Welcome  to the Institute of Institutional and Innovation Economics (iino)

Prof. Dr. Christian Cordes is professor of Economics and head of the working group "Evolutionary Economics".

Underlying our research agenda is a naturalistic approach to economics. It explains economic phenomena as a dimension of cultural evolution based on and influenced as well as constrained by humans’ evolved cognitive capacities. Such a scientific endeavor is necessarily an interdisciplinary one. We collaborate with anthropologists and draw on insights from social psychology, cognitive psychology, evolutionary biology, and behavioral sciences. Our naturalistic approach highlights evolved cognitive dispositions as well as their constraints, including humans’ cultural learning capabilities, various biases taking effect therein, and affective facets of human behavior.

For some great challenges for the field of cultural evolution in economics see here.

This enhanced perspective on human economic behavior is applied to the theory of the firm, evolving corporate cultures, human behavior in organizations in general, industry evolution, technological diffusion, consumption behaviors, normative aspects of evolutionary economics, sustainability issues, and conceptual-methodological problems of evolutionary ideas imported to economics.

We publish our results in international peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, the Journal of Institutional Economics, Ecological Economics, the Journal of Socio-Economics, Constitutional Political Economy, or the Journal of Economic Issues.

Our team is also part of a new research group on processes of transnationalization, especially Transnational Firms, at the Center for Transnational Studies (ZenTra), jointly run by the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg, Germany. For further details see our research agenda on Transnational Firms and ZenTra.

Here you can find information on our team.
Here you can find our teaching portfolio.
Here you can find details about our research focus.