Johanna Jauernig has a background in philosophy, experimental economics, and moral psychology. Her research is rooted in the idea that understanding both the incentive structures and the cognitive mechanisms behind moral attitudes is crucial for the ethical analysis of societal problems. With this approach, she addresses topics such as market skepticism, agriculture-society tensions, and the societal impacts of disruptive technologies.
After graduating in philosophy and social psychology at the University of Munich, she obtained her doctorate degree at the Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management. Her dissertation, which received the Max-Weber-Prize for Business Ethics, consists of experiments on competition and anti-social behavior and a reflection on the use of economic experiments in ethics. Her articles have appeared in journals like the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Philosophy and Technology.
In her current research projects, she investigates the psychological mechanisms which drive people’s perception of markets and the role systems-thinking plays in overcoming ideological conflict regarding controversial issues.