Dr. Matthias Uhl

Center Digitisation.Bavaria (CD.B)- Junior Research Group

Ethics of Digitization

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research group develops concrete policy suggestions on organizational and state level that help to deal with the diverse ethical challenges caused by digitization. A first research string is devoted to the question of how Human-Machine-Interactions should be designed in a world where numerous decisions with moral consequences are taken in digital environments. A second research string focuses on societal resistances against digitization that are often caused by prejudices against the use of computers in novel domains. The group uses empirical methods, in particular economic experiments, to observe moral behavior directly instead of merely relying on hypothetical statements.


Dr. Uhl (b. 1980) conducts research in the areas of the ethics of digitization as well as business ethics. Further research interests are experimental ethics, experimental economics and behavioral economics as well as the philosophy of science.


Dr. Uhl first studied business administration at the University of Applied Science Mainz (2000 – 2004) and then economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (2004 – 2007). Subsequently, he did research at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena and finished his PhD in economics in 2011 at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. From March 2012 to January 2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Peter Loescher Chair of Business Ethics at TU München. Since February 2017, he is leader of the junior research group “Ethics of Digitization” at TUM.


    • Forschungsstipendium der Bayerischen Forschungsallianz für einen zweimonatigen Aufenthalt an der Universität Verona (2015)
    • Tandem-Fellowship des Stifterverbands für Lehrende (2014)
    • Auslandsstipendium der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft für einen zweimonatigen Aufenthalt an der Hebräischen Universität in Jerusalem (2010)
    • Promotionsstipendium der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (2008 – 2011)

    • Jauernig, J., Uhl, M., Luetge. C. „Moral Commitments Between Competitors: Trick or Truth“. Journal of Business Economics. 2017.


    • Jauernig, J., Uhl, M., Luetge. C. „Competition-Induced Aggression: Who Is the Target?“. Journal of Economic Psychology. 2016; 57: 13 – 25.


    • Kandul, S., Uhl, M. „Inspirations or Incitements? Ethical Mind-Sets and the Effect of Moral Examples“. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 2016; 65: 146 – 153.


    • Kataria, M., Levati, VM, Uhl, M. „Paternalism with Hindsight. Do Protégés React Consequentialistically to Paternalism?“. Social Choice and Welfare. 2014; 43(3): 731 – 746.


    • Levati, VM, Uhl, M., Zultan, R. „Imperfect Recall and Time Inconsistencies: An Experimental Test of the Absentminded Driver’s Paradox“. International Journal of Game Theory. 2014; 43(1): 65 – 88.