I am a behavioural and experimental economist and finished my doctoral studies in Economics in June 2017 at the University of Innsbruck. I hold a Masters degree in Applied Economics, as well as a Bachelor degree in Management and Economics from the University of Innsbruck. Currently, I am employed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the same university. Even though my current working contract does not include teaching obligations, in every semester I teach and supervise students, an activity I do not want to miss.

My aim is to continue my academic career with all activities I very much enjoy, working for a prestigious university!

Do you want to know more about me?
Please find my detailed CV here


My main research areas

Besides other topics, these are the areas I am most interested in.

Dishonest behaviour and fraud in credence goods markets

Biological determinants
of economic behaviour

Tournaments and
competitive behaviour

Voluntary Climate



Awards & Research Grants

  • 2019: Clemens August Andreae Prize

  • 2019: Funding by the Diligentia Foundation for empirical Research

  • 2018: Financial Grant ``Tiroler Wisssenschaftsförderung'' by the Tyrolean provincial government

  • 2017: “Financial Grant for supporting research stays abroad" by the University of Innsbruck

  • 2017: “Hypo Tirol Research Support Award” by the Hypo Tirol Bank

  • 2017: “Award of Excellence” by the Austrian Federal ministry of Science, Research, and Economy (bmwfw)

  • 2017: Conference stipend provided by the “Förderkreis 1669” of the University of Innsbruck for excellent young researchers

  • 2015: Aktion D. Swarovski KG Förderungsbeiträge für die Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck 

  • 2013: Academic Excellence Scholarship, Innsbruck University



Selection of news paper articles, blog posts, interviews, etc.

More contributions are summarised in my CV.

Tiroler Tageszeitung, 05.11.2018

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„Dream big with your feet on the ground!“


Feel free to contact me at any time!  helena.fornwagner@uibk.ac.at

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