Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Main research topics

  • statistical method development
  • robust statistical procedures and outlier identification
  • robust statistical methods for dimension reduction in complex data structures
  • planning and evaluation of surveys
  • collection of sensitive data
  • recording complex situations and correlations through surveys

Selected publications of the chair

Articles in refereed journals

Herrmann, C., Rhein, S., Sträter, K. F. (2022). Consumers` sustainability-related perception of and willingness-to-pay for food packaging alternatives. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 181, 106219. DOI:   .

Rhein, S., Sträter, K. F. (2021). Corporate Self-Commitments to Mitigate the Global Plastic Crisis: Recycling rather than Reduction and Reuse. Journal of Cleaner Production, 126571. DOI:    .

Hirschauer, N., Grüner, S., Mußhoff, O., Becker, C., Jantsch, A. (2020). Can p-values be meaningfully interpreted without random sampling? Statistics Surveys, 14, 71-91. DOI: 10.1214/20-SS129   .

Hirschauer, N., Gruener, S., Mußhoff, O., Becker, C. (2020). Inference in economic experiments, Economics, The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 14(2020-7), 1-14. DOI:   .

Rhein, S., Schmid, M. (2020). Consumers’ awareness of plastic packaging: More than just environmental concerns. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 162, 105063. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105063   .

Hirschauer, N., Grüner, S., Mußhoff, O., Becker, C. (2019). Twenty steps towards an adequate inferential interpretation of p-values in econometrics, Journal of Economics and Statistics, 239(4), 703-721. DOI:   .

Hirschauer, N., Grüner, S., Mußhoff, O., Becker, C. (2018). Pitfalls of significance testing and p-value variability: An econometrics perspective, Statistics Surveys, 12, 136-172. DOI: 10.1214/18-SS122   .

Droste, N., Becker, C., Ring, I., Santos, R. (2018). Decentralization Effects in Ecological Fiscal Transfers: A Bayesian Structural Time Series Analysis for Portugal, Environmental Resource Economics, 71, 1027-1051. DOI:   .

Angelova, D., Becker, C., Hockmann, H. (2018). An indicator for nature-state detection in the state-contingent framework and the case of grain production in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, Ecological Indicators, 89, 422-437. DOI:   .

Schmid, M.; Rhein, S. (2018). Kunststoffflut – Potenziale von Substitutions- und Designstrategien. Wirtschaftsdienst, 98(12), 877-883. DOI: 10.1007/s10273-018-2380-x   .

Kirschstein, T., Liebscher, S., Becker, C. (2013). Robust Estimation of Location and Scatter by Pruning the Minimum Spanning Tree, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 120, 173-184. DOI:   .

Liebscher, S., Kirschstein, T., Becker, C. (2012). RDELA a Delaunay-triangulation-based, location and covariance estimator with high breakdown point, Statistics and Computing, 23, 677-688. DOI:   .

Liebscher, S., Kirschstein, T., Becker, C. (2012). The Flood Algorithm – A Multivariate, Self-Organizing-Map-Based, Robust Location and Covariance Estimator, Statistics and Computing, 22, 325-336. DOI:   .

Dettmann, E., Becker, C., Schmeißer, C. (2011). Distance Functions for Matching in Small Samples, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 55, 1942-1960. DOI:   .

Ngui, D. M., Becker, C., Thomi, W. (2008). Corruption, Insecurity and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Kenyan Manufacturing firms, International Journal of Afro-Asian Studies 1, 65-78.

Contributions to conference volumes

Rhein, S., Schmid, M., Sträter, K. F. (2020). Besondere Aspekte von Interviewsituationen – Ein Erfahrungsbericht, in: Raich, M., Müller-Seeger, J., Ebert, H. (Hrsg.). Symposium Qualitative Sozialforschung 2019. Dialoge, Denken und Durchbrüche. Hallesche Schriften der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden. DOI:   .

Lindner, S., Herrmann C. (2020). The Behavior of Spontaneous Volunteers: A Discrete Choice Experiment on the Decision to Help. HICCS, Hawaii. DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2020.264   .

Becker, C. (2010). Exploring Sensitive Topics: Sensitivity, Jeopardy, and Cheating, in: Locarek-Junge, H., Weihs, C. (Eds.), Classification as a Tool for Research, Springer, Berlin, 299-305. DOI:   .

Becker, C., Theis, W. (2007). Combining dimension reduction and Fuzzy-Clustering: An application to business cycles, in: Heilemann, U., Weihs, C. (Eds.), Classification and Clustering in Business Cycle Analysis, RWI: Schriften, Heft 79, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 137-144. DOI:   .

Contributions to commemorative publications

Becker, C., Dombrowski, K. (2013). Eine Trendwende in der Marketingforschung Aktuelle Chancen und Risiken von Web Surveys, in: Crockford, G., Ritschel, F., Schmieder, U.-M. (Hrsg.), Handel in Theorie und Praxis, Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Prof. Dr. Dirk Möhlenbruch, Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden, 439-465. DOI:   .

Becker, C., Liebscher, S., Kirschstein, T. (2013). Multivariate Outlier Identification Based on Robust Estimators of Location and Scatter, in: Becker, C., Fried, R., Kuhnt, S. (Eds.), Robustness and Complex Data Structures, Festschrift in Honour of Ursula Gather, Springer, Heidelberg, 103-115. DOI:   .


Rhein, S. (2017): Stakeholder-Dialoge für unternehmerische Nachhaltigkeit. Eine qualitativ-empirische Studie zum Diskursverhalten von Unternehmen, Wiesbaden, Springer-Gabler. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-16275-7   .

Becker, C., Fried, R., Kuhnt, S. (Eds.) (2013). Robustness and Complex Data Structures, Festschrift in Honour of Ursula Gather, Springer, Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35494-6   .

Genschel, U., Becker, C. (2004). Schließende Statistik. Grundlegende Methoden. Springer, Berlin. DOI: 10.1007/b137973   .

Working Papers

Hirschauer, N., Gruener, S., Mußhoff, O., Becker, C. (2020). A primer on p-value thresholds and α-levels – two different kettles of fish. SocArXiv Papers. DOI: 10.31235/   .