News from the Lab: Even Small Contributions (to environmental protection) Make a Difference

Why do we go to the polls when the road to the polling station is sometimes long and troublesome? When alternative Sunday activities are enticing and a single vote may only have a minor impact on election results as a whole? Why reduce heating and cooling within your home when the reduction in CO2 production has no measurable impact on total global emissions and thus on the environment? A group of experimental economists, led by FEM Professor Joachim Weimann, recently made an important contribution to solving the mystery: 
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Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg: Accredited

In February 2017, the well-known agency evalag, which is itself accredited and registered by the European Quality Assurance Register, was commissioned to carry out the assessment procedure for the accreditation of the OVGU quality assurance system. This was followed by two and a half years of intensive stocktaking and reporting, examination and process optimization, inspection, consultation, second inspection, and more, before approval was given in July 2019 and the hard-earned accreditation certificate was issued.  Now it is official: The system of internal quality assurance for studies and teaching established at the OVGU and in the individual faculties has passed all necessary tests and received a system accreditation valid until September 30, 2025. We would like to congratulate all those involved, above all Dr. Jessica Naundorf, Quality Assistant and Advisor of the Dean of Studies. 

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Timetables for the 2019/2020 Winter Semester Are Online

The 2019/2020 winter semester timetables for all Bachelor and Master programs of the FEM have been uploaded and are available online. Experience has shown, however, that there will be a number of changes in the syllabus leading up to the start of lectures on October 14th. These adjustments will be taken into account and changes to the timetables will be made promptly.

Until then: Best wishes to all FEM students - enjoy the summer, recharge yourself, and get ready to start the winter semester freshly motivated!

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Positive Mid-term Evaluation for Jun. - Prof. Dr. Sabine Jeworek

Congratulations to Sabrina Jeworrek, FEM Junior Professor of Applied Microeconometrics and Head of a Research Group at the Leibniz Institut Halle of Economics Research (IWH), for a successful interim evaluation! Following the recent endorsement by the Senate of OvGU in correspondence with recommendations from an evaluation commission (chaired by Prof. Knabe), external experts, and the Faculty Council, there are no obstacles preventing further cooperation with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jeworrek. After almost three years of teaching and research at the FEM, and the IWH her "Bewährung im Amt" (preliminary office period) has been confirmed and an extension of his employment contract has been initiated. 

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EURAM Best Paper Award for Susanne Enke and Andreas Reinhardt

Prof. Susanne Enke and Andreas Reinhardt, M. Sc., researchers at the FEM Chair of International Management, were recently presented with the Best Paper Award in the field of Public and Non-Profit Management at the 2019 EURAM in Lisbon. Congratulations! The title of their award-winning paper is: "The Influence of Familiarity with the Status Quo, Power, and For-Profit Experience on the Openness to Change: the Moderating Role of Satisfaction".

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