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.


van den Broek KL, Luomba J, Onyango HO, Musobya M, Klein SA. A framework for co-developing conservation research projects with stakeholders: A Lake Victoria case study. Lakes & Reserv. 2020;00:1–10.
Heck, D. W., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., & Hilbig, B. E. (2020). On the limited generality of air pollution and anxiety as causal determinants of unethical behavior: Commentary on Lu, Lee, Gino, & Galinsky (2018). Psychological Science, 31(6), 741-747. doi:10.1177/0956797619866627
The paper by M. Hänsel, M.A. Drupp,  D.J.A. Johansson, Frikk Nesje, C. Azar, M. C. Freeman , B. Groom  & T. Sterner (2020): “Climate Economics Support for the UN Climate Targets” has been accepted for publication in Nature Climate Change. A press release was published on July 17 on occasion of the paper’s publication [Twitter].
Van den Broek, K.L., Luomba, J.O. & Fischer, H. (2020). M-Tool: mental model mapping tool  [Mobile app]. This is a new app, called M-Tool, which has been developed to allow users to capture people’s perceptions of complex systems (or mental models) with mobile devices, and can be tailored to map perceptions of any system or phenomenon. Thanks to the standardized set-up of the tool, you can directly compare the perceptions of groups of respondents. The app can now be downloaded for free in app stores, see for more information. 

Balietti, S., Klein, B. & Riedl, C. Optimal design of experiments to identify latent behavioral types. Experimental Economics (2020) [Link]

Balietti, S., "The Human Quest for Discovering Mathematical Beauty in the Arts" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) [Link]

van den Broek, K. L., Luomba, J., Onyango, H. O., Musobya, M., & Klein, S. A. (2020). A framework for co‐developing conservation research projects with stakeholders: A Lake Victoria case study. Lakes & Reservoirs: Science, Policy, and Management for Sustainable Use. doi: 10.1111/lre.12342 



Sebastian Rausch joined us on August 1st as Professor of Environmental, Resource & Energy Economics in a joint appointment with the ZEW. Previously, Sebastian was Assistant Professor of Energy Economics at ETH Zurich. More information on Sebastian can be found here.



Timo Goeschl was interviewed on national radio (‘Deutschlandfunk’) about the effect of the German government’s VAT changes on petrol prices at the pump and the environmental consequences of lowering taxes on fuels and cars.


The International Joint Research Project OceanFrontChange started at Heidelberg University in June under the direction of Florian Diekert with the support of Yonss José and Paul Tuda.



Next presentation

Stephen Jarvis - UMA

Date: 16.02.2021
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Title: The Economic Costs of NIMBYism
Location: via ZOOM (send an email to one of the organizers to receive the link)





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