Petrik Runst, Ph.D. Economics

Senior Researcher, Institute for Small Business Economics, Göttingen




Dosis Facit Effectum Why the Scope of the Carbon Tax Matters – Evidence from the Swedish Residential Sector. (w/ Anita Thonipara), Revise and Resubmit, Energy Economics (link to working paper)

Small business owners as gatekeepers of knowledge? Personality traits & modes of innovation (w/ Jörg Thomä), (link to working paper)

Poor soil as a fertile breeding ground: Historical agricultural specialization and persistence of regional specialization in crafts (w/ Michael Wyrwich), under consideration for a special issues at Annals of Regional Science

Can APPealing and more informative bills “nudge” individuals into conserving electricity? (w/ Kaja Fredriksen and Lukas Meub) (link to working paper) (Data & Stata Do-File)



Digitization and Knowledge Spillover Effectiveness—Evidence from the “German Mittelstand” (forthcoming, w/ Till Proeger), Journal of the Knowledge Economy. (link to article)

Does the Deregulation of Ocupational Licensing affect vocational Training in Germany? (2020, w/ Jörg Thomä), Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie), 240 (1), 51-88.. (link to article) (Data & Stata Do-File)

A replication of 'Entry regulation and entrepreneurship: a natural experiment in German craftsmanship' (2019,w/ Jörg Thomä, Katarzyna Haverkamp, Klaus Müller), Empirical Economics, 56(6), 2225-2252. (link to article)

The Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings in the European Union (2019, w/ Anita Thonipara, Kilian Bizer, Christian Ochsner), Energy Policy, 129:1156-1167. (link to article)

Masterful Meisters? Voluntary Certification and Quality in the German Crafts Sector (2019, w/ Kaja Fredriksen and Kilian Bizer), German Economic Review, 20(1):83-104. (link to article)

Does Immigration affect Demand for Redistribution? An Experimental Design (2018), German Economic Review, 19(4):383-400. (link to article)

Does the Deregulation of Occupational Licensing affect the Labor Market Participation of Migrants in Germany? (2018), European Journal of Law and Economics, 45(3), 555-589. (link to article)

Energy efficiency consultants as change agents?  Examining the reasons for EECs' limited success (2016, with Daniel Feser), Energy Policy, 98:309-317. (link to article)

Alienation, Rationality and the Retreat of Postwar Socialism (2015, with Steve Horwitz), Review of Austrian Economics, 28(2), 123-137. (link to article)

Crisis & Belief - The Behavioral Political Economy of Recession (2014) in Constitutional Political Economy, 25(4): 376-392

Popular Attitudes Towards Markets & Institutional Reform (2014) in Review of Social Economy, 72(1): 83-115

'Post-socialist Culture and Entrepreneurship (2013) in American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 72(3), 593-626

Introduction and Commentary for F.A. Hayek’s ‘The Overrated Reason’ (2013) Journal of the History of Economic Thought (with Evelyn Gick), 35(2) : 233-237

English Translation of 'The Overrated Reason', by F.A.Hayek (2013) Journal of the History of Economic Thought (with Evelyn Gick), 35(2) : 239-256 

Choice, Emergence, and Constitutional Process: A Framework for Positive Analysis (2011, with R.E.Wagner) Journal of Institutional Economics, Vol 7(1):131-141

Schützian Methodology as a Progressive Research Agenda - Commentary on Lester Embree’s ‘Economics in the Context of Alfred Schütz’s Theory of Science’ (2010) Schützian Research, Vol. 2



Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr (ed.) (2019). Das Sächsische Handwerk 2019. Struktur- und Potentialanalyse. Dresden.

Effektivität einer CO2-Besteuerung im Wohngebäudesektor: empirische Hinweise (2019, w/ Anita Thonipara) Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, 99(12) : 4-6. (link to article)

Pro & Contra Wiedereinführung der Meisterpflicht (2018 lead article w/ Jörg Thomä), Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, 98(8): 534 - 535. (link to article)

Ökonomische Effekte der Deregulierung der Handwerksordnung im Jahr 2004 – ein Literaturüberblick ( 2018, w/ Kaja Fredriksen, Till Proeger, Katarzyna Haverkamp, Jörg Thomä), Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, 98(5) : 365-371. (link to article)

Energiewende im Gebäudesektor - Die Rolle des Handwerks, internationale Unterschiede und Handlungsempfehlungen, (Dec 2017, w/ Ralph Henger und Michael Voigtländer) IW-Analysen, Download

Kurswechsel in der deutschen Klimapolitik am Beispiel der energetischen Gebäudesanierung (2016), Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, 96(5) : 340-43. (link to article)

Erst breit, dann tief sanieren. Die Rolle von Sanierungsfahrplänen in der Energieberatung (w/ Ralph Henger und Marcel Hude), Gutachten, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln, 2016




Explaining dynamics of occupational segregation by gender: A longitudinal study of the German vocational training system of skilled crafts (2015, with Katarzyna Haverkamp) in Comparative Social Research, 31

Between Community and Society – Political Attitudes in Transition Countries (July, 2015), in Culture and Economic Action (ed. Virgil Storr and Laura Grube, Edward Elgar.)

"Entrepreneurship and Social Networks in Post Disaster Environments" (2010) in After Katrina: The Political Economy of Disaster and Community Rebound’ eds. Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil Henry Storr, Edward Elgar



Review of Nancy Bermeo and Larry M. Bartels (Eds.), Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes, and Protest in the Great Recession (2017), Review of Austrian Economics, 30(2) : 255-258.

Review of Giacomo Corneo, Bessere Welt ( 2016), Review of Austrian Economics, 29(1) : 99-102.

Review of James Scott, Two Cheers for Anarchism (2013), Review of Austrian Economics, 26(4 ) : 501-503

Review of Annette Miae Kim, Learning to be Capitalist: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (2012), Entrepreneurship & Public Policy, Vol 1(1 ) : 97.