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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

  • 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
  • D'Amato, A., T. Goeschl, L. Lorè, M. Zoli (2022): True to Type? EU-Style Date Marking and the Valuation of Perishable Food. Food Policy 114 (2023), 102381.
  • Goeschl, T. M. Oestreich & A. Soldà (2022): Compliance and Truthfulness: Leveraging Peer Information for Competitive Audit Mechanisms. Journal of the Association of Environmental & Resource Economists. Forthcoming.
  • 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.


Every semester, the Chair of Environmental Economics offers a wide variety of lectures and seminars: from compulsory lectures such as Introduction to Economics (Bachelor) and Environmental Economics (Master) to in-depth elective lectures such as The Economics of Carbon Pricing (Master) and seminars on Applied Empirical Methods in Environmental and Development Economics (Master).

In addition, Bachelor's and Master's theses are supervised.


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