Nudging Academics to Didactic Training

42 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015 Last revised: 25 Jan 2016

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Kathrin Dengler-Roscher

University of Ulm

Cornelia Estner

Universität Ulm; Office of Didactics in Higher Education

Thomas Roscher

no affiliation

Date Written: December 15, 2015


In a field experiment at a German university we tried to nudge academics to participate in didactic training. The treatment group received additional information about the average monetary value of comparable private sector training courses outside of the university's in-house didactic training program.

We cannot find any statistically significant effect of our informational nudge based on nonparametric tests. Due to few participants, logistic regressions yield large confidence intervals that are consistent with no treatment effect as well as a relatively strong positive treatment effect.

Keywords: nudge, field experiment, informational nudge, behavioral economics, decision support

JEL Classification: D10, I20, D83, I2

Suggested Citation

Dengler-Roscher, Kathrin and Estner, Cornelia and Roscher, Thomas, Nudging Academics to Didactic Training (December 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Kathrin Dengler-Roscher (Contact Author)

University of Ulm ( email )

Helmholzstrasse 18
Ulm, D-89081

Cornelia Estner

Universität Ulm; Office of Didactics in Higher Education ( email )

Helmholtzstraße 16
Ulm, 89081

Thomas Roscher

no affiliation ( email )

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