PD Dr. Lars Schwettmann, Source: Helmholtz Zentrum München

PD Dr. Lars Schwettmann
Deputy director, Head of research group 1

Phone: +49 89 3187-4128
Building/Room: 96/06


Academic Appointments

  • Since 2016: Deputy director and head of research group 1 at the IGM
  • Since 2016: Private lecturer (Privatdozent)
  • 2012 – 2015: Post-doctoral researcher, project “Willingness-to-Pay for a QALY in Germany“ financed by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • 2010: Research visit: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2008 – 2016: Post-doctoral fellow (Habilitand), Chair of Microeconomics and Public Finance, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2008 – 2014: Associate member of the interdisciplinary DFG-researchers group “Prioritizing in Medicine” (FOR 655)
  • 2008: Visiting Lecturer; University of Osnabrück
  • 2003 – 2006: Graduate Researcher; DFG-Project “Social Justice and Risks: New Approaches”, Universities of Barcelona (UAB), Leuven and Osnabrück
  • 2001 – 2008: PhD-Student, Research and Teaching Assistant; Chair of Microeconomic Theory, University of Osnabrück

University Education

  • 2015: Habilitation and Venia legendi in Economics, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2008: PhD in Economics, University of Osnabrück, Germany
  • 2002: Diplom-Volkswirt (equivalent to Master of Economics), University of Osnabrück
  • 2000: MSc in Economics, University of Birmingham

Primary Research Interests

  • Health services research with a special focus on social inequality and vulnerable groups
  • Behavioral economics and health behavior
  • Life-course specific events and health behavior
  • Normative health economics

Selected Teaching Experiences

  • Lectures at the Master level (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg): Health Economics for Health and Health Care Sciences, Health Economics, Insurance Economics
  • Lectures at the Master level (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich): Economic Evaluation Methods (cooperation)
  • Lectures at the Bachelor level (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg): Public Economics, Game and Decision Theory, Microeconomics II

Activities in Boards and Scientific Associations

  • Memberships: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (dggö), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (GfeW), Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS)
  • Associate Editor: Social Justice Research (2016-2017)
  • President of the dggö-committee Allocation and Distribution (since 2017)
  • Refereeing for scientific journals: Das Gesundheitswesen, Economica, Economics & Politics, European Journal of Health Economics, Genetics in Medicine, Health Economics, Health Economics Review, Health Expectations, Health Policy, Homo Oeconomicus, Inquiry, International Journal for Equity in Health, International Journal of Transplantation Research and Medicine, Journal of Global Ethics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Kyklos, Social Choice and Welfare, Social Justice Research, Social Science Journal, Social Theory and Practice, Theory and Decision

Selected Publications

(A full list of publications until 2016 can be found here)

Finke, I., Behrens, G., Schwettmann, L., et al.: Socioeconomic differences and lung cancer survival in Germany: Investigation based on population-based clinical cancer registration. Lung Cancer 142, 1-8 (2020)

Fiorito, G., et al.: A multi-cohort analysis. Aging 11, 2045-2070 (2019)

Stephan, A.-J., Strobl, R., Schwettmann, L. et al.: Being born in the aftermath of World War II increases the risk for health deficit accumulation in older age: Results from the KORA-Age study. European Journal of Epidemiology, 34, 675-687 (2019)

Ahlert, M., Schwettmann, L.: Allocating health care resources: A questionnaire experiment on the predictive success of rules. International Journal for Equity in Health 16, 112 (2017)

Ahlert, M., Breyer F., Schwettmann, L.: How you ask is what you get: Framing effects in willingness-to-pay for a QALY. Social Science & Medicine 150, 40-48 (2016)

Konow, J., Schwettmann, L.: The economics of justice. Chapter: Sabbagh, C., Schmitt, M. (eds), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research. New York: Springer (2016)

Schwettmann, L.: Decision solution, data-manipulation and trust: The (un-)willingness to donate organs in Germany in critical times. Health Policy 119, 980-989 (2015)


Further publications can be found here (pubmed):