Raisa Sherif

Raisa Sherif


I am a Post-doc at the department of Public Economics at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Economics. My research tries to bring insights from experimental and behavioural economics to study individual decisions in collective action problems like environmental behaviours or voting.

  • Behavioural economics
  • Environmental decisions
  • Experimental methods
  • PhD in Economics, 2021

    Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Munich Graduate School of Economics

  • Integrated Masters in Economics, 2014

    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Work in progress

Wins and losses in collective actions.

AEA Registry

Environmental nudges, norms, and behaviour: Evidence from the field.

AEA Registry

Incentivized vs Non-incentivized elicitation of norms.

AEA Registry

Working paper

Are pro-environment behaviours substitutes or complements? Evidence from the field.

Working paper (Submitted)

Abstract: This paper uses a field experiment among adolescents in India to study how an intervention to increase one pro-environment activity (namely, recycling single-use plastic carry bags), spills over to other pro-environment activities. The paper shows using lab and field experiments combined with survey data that (i) providing information on the need to recycle does not change recycling levels, whereas (ii) providing incentives along with the information, leads to higher recycling. There is a positive spillover from the incentive treatment to other pro-environment activities. This positive spillover is observed among subjects who respond to the incentives and increase recycling. Notably, the positive spillover is also observed among those in this treatment who do not respond to the incentives and do not change recycling behaviour. This suggests complementarities among pro-environment behaviours and that interventions may have unaccounted positive effects on non-target environment behaviours.

Published Papers

Sanctioning, selection, and pivotality in voting: theory and experimental results

(with Kai Konrad)


I co-host the Max Planck Economics Podcast with Lisa Windsteiger and Jonas Send. Please find some of the episodes here:

  1. Social Media and the Survival of Autocracies with Galina Zudenkova

  2. How to Motivate Teams for Cognitively Challenging Tasks with Florian Englmaier

  3. Gender Equality, Parental Leave and the Gender Pay Gap with Andreas Peichl

  4. Does Participatory Theatre Empower Women? with Jyotsna Jalan


My friend Arun Sudarsan and I wrote a three part series for the newspaper Malayala Manorama. If you read Malayalam you can find them here, here, and here.

Equality of opportunities

As the elected equal opportunities officer for the MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance, I spend some of my time advocating for and handling issues of inclusivity in science and academia. You can find out more about the initiatives of the Max Planck Society here. If you would like to get in touch, please write to raisa.sherif@tax.mpg.de.