In cooperation with the Sustainability Data Center (SDC), which was founded by the departments of Social Sciences and Economics, ZNWU regularly conducts behavioral science experiments. In addition, the acquisition, processing and analysis of other data relevant to sustainability research is also made possible.

Overview of the current experiment

The ZNWU hereby cordially invites you to the first experiment!

The experimental series on 30 and 31 January 2020 is a modified version of a game theory experiment on the use of Common-Pool Resources (CPR). No previous knowledge is required for this experiment. An experimental round will last about one hour, and of course you will be rewarded for your participation. At the end of the experiment there will be a payout of the amount you have earned, up to 20€ per participant.


All experimental rounds will be held at the Sustainability Data Center (D21 1.06). We are looking for participants for the following times:

9:00-10:00 | 11:00-12:00 | 13:00-14:00 | 15:00-16:00

10:00-11:00 | 12:00-13:00 | 14:00-15:00

We are looking forward to your participation!

For further questions please contact Marvin Drach:



The theoretical basis of the experiment is provided by the book “Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources” written by Elinor Ostrom, Roy Gardner and James Walker (1994). In the book, the authors looked at so-called Common-Pool Resources, which could be described in German as Allmende, i.e. consumable public goods. As an example, they cite fisheries that can overfish seas and lakes and thus contribute to the destruction of the CPR.

The experiment examines how a group of test persons who make investment decisions deal with the CPR. Participants earn real money depending on how they invest, the personal profit during the experiment is paid out in cash at the end.

The results of the experiment are evaluated anonymously and serve as the basis for a bachelor’s thesis.

For further questions please contact Marvin Drach:


If there is interest in conducting an experiment at the SDC itself, to example as a student project for your own thesis, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Klüh is at your disposal as contact person.