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Environmental Economics

The Research Center for Environmental Economics (Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomie, FZU) brings together a dynamic group of economists who all work on solving pressing problems situated at intersection of the natural environment and the economy.

We use theory, empirical, and experimental methods for better understanding the challenges of sustainable resource management and to provide relevant policy recommendations. Use this webpage as a platform to stay tuned in on our work or to explore the various projects we are involved in, many of them interdisciplinary.

New Publications

  • Epperson, R., T. Goeschl, J. Diederich (2023): How to Design the Ask: Funding Units vs. Giving Money. Accepted in Management Science. 
  • Gallier, C., T. Goeschl, M. Kesternich, J. Lohse, C. Reif, D. Römer (2023): Inter-Charity Competition Under Spatial Differentiation: Sorting, Crowding, and Spillovers. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 216, 457-468. 
  • Goeschl, T., M. Oestreich & A. Soldà (2023): Compliance and Truthfulness: Leveraging Peer Information for Competitive Audit Mechanisms. Journal of the Association of Environmental & Resource Economists. 10(4), July 2023, 947-979.
  • D'Amato, A., T. Goeschl, L. Lorè, M. Zoli (2023): True to Type? EU-Style Date Marking and the Valuation of Perishable Food. Food Policy 114 (2023), 102381.
  • Goeschl, T., Jungmann, M., Vardag, S.N., Kutzner, F., M. Schmidt, N. Aeschbach, U. Gerhard, A. Zipf, S. Lautenbach, A. Siegmund, & A. Butz. (2022): Zooming-in for climate action—hyperlocal greenhouse gas data for mitigation action? Climate Action 1(8) (2022).
  • J. Diederich, C. Eckel, R. Epperson, T. Goeschl, P. Grossman (2022) Subsidizing Unit Donations: Matches, Rebates, and Discounts Compared. Experimental Economics 25, 734-758 (2022). AWI Working Paper version titled Subsidizing quantity donations: Matches, Rebates, and Discounts Compared.
  • Diekert, F., T. Eymess, J. Luomba and I. Waichman (2022): The Creation of Social Norms under Weak Institutions. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Volume 9, Number 6
  • Diederich, J., Eckel, C., Epperson, Rl, Goeschl, T. & Grossmann, P. (2022): Subsidizing unit donations: matches, rebates, and discounts compared. Experimental Economics 25, 734-758.
  • Balietti, A., Datta, S. and Veljanoska, S., (2022). Air pollution and child development in India. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, p.102624.
  • Klein, S. A., Nockur, L., & Reese, G. (2022): Prosociality from the perspective of environmental psychology, Current Opinion in Psychology 44, 182-187.

New Projects

  • MultiTip-ER (BMBF) – Tipping points in Lake Victoria fisheries: Phase 2: Enhancing Resilience. See: 


  • ERWIN (Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation) – Improving energy efficiency in low-income households: Empirical evidence and field experiments. See: 


  • DFIELD (4EU+ Seeds) – Designing behavioural field Interventions in Europe to lower air pollution exposure and damages.  See: 


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Members of the FZU are typically active in a number of exciting research projects, many of them externally funded. .