Colin von Negenborn
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Dr. Colin von Negenborn is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hamburg. Within the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments, his research contributes to the Emerging Field "Grounds, Norms, Decisions". Here, he works on the interdisciplinary research project "Markets and Moral(s)". The project combines practical philosophy and microeconomic theory.
Academic Education & Career
- since 10/2022: University of Hamburg, Emerging Field "Grounds, Causes, Reasons" (Postdoc Fellow as port of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments)
- 2020 - 2022: University of Kiel (CAU), Department of Philosophy (research fellow with Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott) and Walther Schücking Institute for International Law (research fellow with Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück)
- 2015 - 2019: Humboldt University of Berlin (HU), Department of Economics (research fellow with Prof. Dr. Anja Schöttner)
- Doctorate in economics (Dr. rer. pol) at Humboldt University of Berlin
- Title: Essays in Economic Design
- Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Roland Strausz, Prof. Dr. Anja Schöttner
- Research focus: game theory & mechanism design, market regulation
- Granted the Karl Paul Hensel Price for institutional economic research and the Add-on Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Economics and Interdisciplinary Business Administration of the Joachim Herz Foundation
- Fellowships as PhD student: Berlin School of Economics (former Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Managements Science), RTG 1659 Interdependencies in the Regulation of Markets, SFB TR 190 Rationality and Competition (Project B02), Leibniz ScienceCampus Berlin Campus for Consumer Policies
- M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of York; MA in Practical Philosophy of the Economy and the Environment at the University of Kiel (CAU Kiel)
- B.Sc. in Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich)
- von Negenborn, C. (forthcoming): ‘Das Spiel des Lebens: zur Möglichkeit einer physiozentrischen Erweiterung der Spieltheorie', Studia Philosophica, 82, 66–79. Link
- von Negenborn, C. (2023): ‘The more the merrier? On the optimality of market size restrictions', Review of Economic Design, 27, 603–634. Link
- von Negenborn, C. (2023): ‘Gerechtigkeit und Tiere’, in M. Latif (ed.) Gerechtigkeit im 21. Jahrhundert. Freiburg i. Br.: Herder. pp. 91–97. Link
- Ott, K., von Negenborn, C. and Matz-Lück, N. (2022) ‘Ethics, justice, and human rights: normative considerations in marine environmental change’, in P. Harris (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change. London: Routledge, pp. 299–312. Link
- von Negenborn, C. (2022) ‘A fuzzy ontology: on the relevance of ecocentrism in marine environmental ethics’, WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, 21(1), pp. 59–71. Link
- von Negenborn, C. and Pollrich, M. (2020) ‘Sweet lemons: Mitigating collusion in organizations’, Journal of Economic Theory, 189, p. 105074. Link
- von Negenborn, C., Ott, K., and Matz-Lück, N.: 'A closer look at blue justice', R&R at Marine Policy
- von Negenborn, C. and Pollrich, M.: 'Alerting the Auditor: Combating Corruption in Accounting'
- von Negenborn, C.: 'Sentiments and Posterity – Smith on Intergenerational Justice'
The research project "Markets & Moral(s)" analyses questions of distributive and procedural justice. In particular, the project discusses the possibility - and necessity - to extend the moral community in two ways. First: How should we factor future generations into our concerns for justice, and what is the relationship between intergenerational justice vis-à-vis the concept of sustainability? Second: Are nonhuman agents, particularly higher animals, to be considered as part of the moral community and the institutional regime?
Furthermore, the research project aims to shed light on the role of markets in the quest for 'just' rules of distribution and procedures. A subproject studies cases where alleged cases of market failure can be exploited to further rather than diminish social welfare. Such cases can be twofold. First, asymmetric information - commonly taken to be an undesirable friction in trade - can be created endogenously to impede clandestine corruption. Second, imperfect competition may - contrary to intuition - at times be the regulator's optimal policy in terms of welfare maximisation.
The project combines the tools of microeconomic theory - particularly game theory and mechanism design - with questions of political philosophy and PPE.
Projects & Fundings
- Young Academy Fellowship at the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg (link)
- Add-On Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Economic Research at the Joachim Herz Foundation (link)
- Postdoc Fellowship at the University of Hamburg within the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments (link)
- Karl Paul Hensel Price for research on institutional and ordo economics (link)
Colin von Negenborn has a broad teaching repertoire both at the under- and postgraduate level. His past teaching has been both for ‘traditional’ monodisciplinary degrees (including philosophy, economics, and business administration) as well as for interdisciplinary curricula (PPE/PEP as well as university-wide classes). Teaching languages are English and German. His teaching methods heavily rely on interaction - on-site and digital - and group work.
Past teaching (selection):
- Utility and Altruism: Interdisciplinary Seminar (Co-Teaching with Dr. Eline Gerritsen, Philosophy)
- Beyond the Invisible Hand: Adam Smith's Philosophy and Economics
- Markets: their value and their limits
- Intergenerational Justice & Sustainability
- Ecological Thought: Interdisciplinary Seminar (Co-Teaching with Prof. Dr. Peter Niesen, Political Theory)
- Collective Decision-Making
- Distributive Justice
- Ocean Ethics
- Organization and Management
- Introduction to Personnel Economics