Research Centre for Environmental Economics (RCEE)

Research Center for Environmental Economics

Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU)



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.



The paper “Trust, but verify? Monitoring, inspection costs, and opportunism under limited observability” by Timo Goeschl and Johannes Jarke has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

The Journal of Public Economics has recently published Florian Diekert’s paper ‘Threatening Thresholds? The effect of disastrous regime shifts on the non-cooperative use of environmental goods and services’.


Dr. Lisa Björk and Dr. Karlijn van den Broek have joined the Research Center as postdoctoral researchers. This team, combining environmental psychology (Karlijn) and environmental economics (Lisa), is developing the MULTITIP  project on managing complex lake ecosystems, which has received seed funding from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF.



The next FZU-ZEW EnvEcon Monthly Brownbag will take place Tuesday, January 16th , 12:30 to 14:00 hours at the ZEW, room Heinz-Koening-Hall (HKH), L7,1 69161 Mannheim.


Title: Cigarette Consumers Behavior: Effects of Smoking Bans in Brazil

Presenter: Camila Steffens (University of Sao Paolo)


Abstract: Approximately 135,000 Brazilians die from smoking-related diseases every year. Due to the relevance of this public health issue, many governments propose public policies to reduce cigarette consumption. Smoking bans are the most common measures, regulating at the highest level 18% of the world population in 2014 (WHO). In Brazil, this policy was first implemented locally, by a few states and municipalities, from 2008 on. The national regulation became effective only in 2014. In this paper we explore such regional differences in the law adoption to evaluate the impacts on cigarette consumption. We propose a difference-in-differences approach to estimate the impacts throughout the years and in two age groups (adults and young adults). 

We build a panel using micro data from the Tobacco Special Research and from the National Health Research, both collected by the Brazilian Bureau of Statistics (IBGE). The preliminary results indicate that smoking bans reduced daily cigarette consumption among young adults around 6%, by influencing smoking quit. No impacts were found on smoking initiation. Robustness tests show that the results estimated are consistent.

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