Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU)

Research Center for Environmental Economics

Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU)


Das Forschungszentrum für Umweltökonomik (FZU) am Alfred-Weber-Institut dient als gemeinsame Plattform für Ökonomen, die alle an der Schnittstelle von natürlicher Umwelt und Wirtschaft forschen. Wir nutzen theoretische, empirische und experimentelle Methoden, um die Herausforderungen nachhaltigen Umgangs mit der Umwelt besser zu verstehen und Lösungsvorschläge zu erarbeiten. Diese Webseiten bieten aktuelle Informationen zu unseren Aktivitäten und zu den verschiedenen, auch interdisziplinären, Projekten, die wir hier durchführen.




A core output of the CELARIT project funded by the German Research Foundation has just been published in the journal Climatic Change: Establishing causation in climate litigation: admissibility and reliability, by lead author Tobias Pfrommer and contributing author Timo Goeschl, with additional authors from the CELARIT team.


The paper „Illuminating divergence in perceptions in natural resource management: A case for the investigation of the heterogeneity in mental models” by Karlijn van den Broek has just been published in the Journal of Dynamic Decision Making.


The paper "From social information to social norms. Evidence from two experiments" by Timo Goeschl, Sara KettnerHannes Lohse and Christiane Schwieren has been published by Games in its special issue on social norms.





Dr. Santiago Cardona Gomez from the Universidad de Los Andes will be joining the RCEE in March as a postdoctoral researcher in the MultiTip project.

Michael Tanner, an environmental economist with the Charles Darwin Foundation on the Galapagos Islands,  has been selected as Alexander von Humbold International Climate Protection Fellow at the RCEE. Michael will join us in spring 2019 to conduct research on the economics of climate change adaptation.

Timo Goeschl is on research leave at Harvard University.



The next FZU-ZEW Environmental Economics Monthly Brownbag Seminar is coming up

next Tuesday, February 12th, 12:30 to 14:00 hours

at Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), room 2 (L7,1, 68161 Mannheim).

Title: Blue-sky Thinking: Connectivity Impacts on Regional Economies and Innovation in the United States

Presenter: Jason Wong (Columbia U)

How do connections enabled by commercial aviation affect long-run economic growth and innovation? This paper studies the effects of aviation connectivity on regional economies in the United States. I construct a novel set of instruments based on the historical institutional and physical requirements for expanded air connectivity. To account for the network nature of aviation infrastructure, I use an improved measure of aviation activity—the Global Connectivity Index developed by Allroggen et al. (2015). This measure captures accessibility enabled by aviation better than passenger and departure numbers used in prior work. After accounting for endogeneity, I find that a 1% increase in a core-based statistical area (CBSA)’s Global Connectivity Index is associated with an increase in long-term total personal income by 1.7% and 6 more granted patents. For a CBSA like Myrtle Beach, SC, with a connectivity index close to the mean connectivity levels of CBSAs, a 1% increase in connectivity would bring about $218 million in total income over a two-decade period. Finally, I find that the impact of connectivity on regional economies is significantly more pronounced in the largest 100 cities, while these effects vanish in smaller cities. This paper shows, for the first time, the impact of aviation connectivity on innovation and provides suggestive evidence for aviation’s role in strengthening agglomeration economies.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming seminar dates: March 19th, April 16th.

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