Erich Kirchler

Erich Kirchler graduated in 1979 in psychology and human anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and received his habilitation in psychology in 1989 from the University of Linz, Austria. Since 1992, he is professor of applied psychology (economic psychology) at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria. He received a call for C4-professorship from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and a call for C4-professorship from the University of Cologne, Germany (Homepage:

Since 2010 Erich Kirchler is editor of the Journal of Economic Psychology (with Erik Hoelzl, University of Cologne, Germany). He was president of the Austrian Psychological Society, president of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP) and is currently past president of Division 9 (Economic Psychology) of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP).

His research focuses on money management in the household, expenditures and credit use, tax behaviour and well-being of working people. Most of the 400 scientific publications are dedicated to these research fields. Relevant books are „Wirtschaftspsychologie: Individuen, Gruppen, Märkte, Staat“ (Economic Psychology: Individuals, Groups, Markets, Nation-State) published by Hogrefe, Germany (2011; 4th edition); „Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie“ (Work and Organisational Psychology) published by Facultas, Austria (2011, 3rd edition); „Conflict and Decision Making in Close Relationships“, published by Psychology Press, UK (2001), and „The Economic Psychology of Tax Behaviour“, published by Cambridge University Press, UK (2007).

He teaches work and organizational psychology and economic psychology at the University of Vienna and economic psychology and decision making at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He was invited as guest professor at various European universities (e.g., France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland) and was visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, and ANU, Canberra, Australia.


  • Hölzl, E., Kirchler, E. & Rodler, C. (2002) “Hindsight bias in economic expectations: I knew all along what I want to hear”. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87(3), 437-443;
  • Hölzl, E. & Kirchler, E. (2005) “Causal attribution and hindsight bias for economic developments”. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90 (1), 167-174;
  • Kirchler, E., Hölzl, E. & Wahl. (2008) “Enforced versus voluntary compliance: the “slippery slope” framework”, Journal of Economic Psychology, 29(2), 210-225;
  • Kirchler, E., Kogler, C. & Muehlbacher, S. (2014) “Cooperative tax compliance: From deterrence to deference”, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(2), 87-92;
  • Kirchler, E. (2007) The Economic Psychology of Tax Behaviour. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (2007 hard cover version, 2009; paper back version). Translation into Chinese 2012; translation into Romanian 2013.