Prof. Dr. Dominik Karos

Academic Affiliate

Dominik studied mathematics and economics at Saarland University and worked for several years as financial risk management consultant before completing his PhD at Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics. In 2013 he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford, where he taught and conducted research at the Department of Economics. In 2016 he became assistant professor at the Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics, Maastricht University, from where he moved back to Germany to take over the Chair of Economic Theory at Bielefeld University in 2020.

During his academic career Dominik has taught microeconomics, game theory, and behavioral economics on all levels, and he has given specialized courses and seminars on public and environmental economics, the use of structural models in industrial organization, as well as optimal auction and information design.

Dominik is a game theorist with special interest in modeling market outcomes that depend on strategic behavior, in particular in the context of coalition formation, bargaining, and persuasion. He has done work across the full spectrum of competition starting with empirical assessments of the effect of mergers (see for example his detailed study of Porsche and VW) and including damage quantification work. For example, he has analysed damages allocation in the context of joint liability, proposing methods for achieving stable allocations that facilitate early settlement. His work has appeared in leading international journals such as Games and Economic Behavior, The International Journal of Game Theory, Theory and Decision, and Mathematical Social Sciences.

An internationally established researcher, Dominik has been awarded research grants both from international and national research funding bodies, including the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and a Marie-Curie Fellowship of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding. During a sabbatical in 2019 he was a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University. He has been presenting his work at many conferences in Europe, the US and Asia, and he has been an invited panelist and distinguished lecturer on several occasions.

A native German speaker, he is also fluent in English.