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, K., Klein, S. A., Luomba, J., & Fischer, H. (2021). Introducing M-Tool: A standardised and inclusive mental model mapping tool. System Dynamics Review, 37(4), 353-362.


van den Broek, K., Luomba, J., van den Broek, J., & Fischer, H. (2021). Evaluating the Application of the Mental Model Mapping Tool (M-Tool). Frontiers in Psychology, 12:761882.


Diederich, J., Eckel, C., Epperson, R., Goeschl, T. & Grossmann, P. (2021) Subsidizing unit donations: matches, rebates, and discounts compared. Experimental Economics.


Balietti, S. Does Your Experiment Smell?" S. Balietti Communications of the ACM September 2021, Vol. 64 No. 9, Page 107. Here.


Klein, S. A., Nockur, L., & Reese, G. (in press). Prosociality from the perspective of environmental psychology. Current Opinion in Psychology.


Klein, S. A., van den Broek, K. L., Luomba, J., Onyango, H. O., Mbilingi, B., & Akumu, J. (in press). How knowledge acquisition shapes system understanding in small-scale fisheries. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology.


Gómez, S., Mejía, D., & Tobón, S. (2021). The Deterrent Effect of Surveillance Cameras on Crime. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 40(2), 553-571. Here.


Guzman, L. A., & Gómez, S. (2021). Density-oriented public transport corridors: Decoding their influence on BRT ridership at station-level and time-slot in Bogotá. Cities, 110, 103071. Here.


Hilbig, B. E., Moshagen, M., Horsten, L. K., & Zettler, I. (in press). Agreeableness is dead. Long live Agreeableness? Reply to Vize and Lynam. Journal of Research in Personality.


Klein, S. A., & Rudert, S. C. (in press). If they don’t care, I won’t share: Feeling unrelated to one’s in-group increases selfishness instead of behavior for the greater good. European Journal of Social Psychology.


Hilbig, B. E., Thielmann, I., Klein, S. A., Moshagen, M. & Zettler, I. (2021). The dark core of personality and socially aversive psychopathology. Journal of Personality, 89, 216-227. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12577


Balietti, S., Riedl, C. (2021) "Incentives, Competition, and Inequality in Markets for Creative Production", Reseach Policy (Forthcoming) 


Ogunbode, C.A., Pallesen, S., Böhm, G., Doran, R., Bhullar, N., Aquino, S., Marot, T., Schermer, J.A., Wlodarczyk, A., Lu, S., Jiang, F., Salmela-Aro, K., Hanss, D.,  Maran, D.A., Ardi, R.,  Chegeni, R.,  Tahir, H., Ghanbarian, E., Park, J., Tsubakita, T.,  Tan, C.,  van den Broek, K.L., Chukwuorji, J.C.,  Ojewumi, K.,  Reyes, M.E.S.,  Lins, S., Enea, V., Volkodav, T., Sollar, T.,  Navarro-Carrillo, G., Torres-Marín, J.,  Mbungu, W., Onyutha, C., &  Lomas, M.J (2021). Negative emotions about climate change are related to insomnia symptoms and mental health: Cross-sectional evidence from 25 countries. Current Psychology.




At the Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 23-25, the following ten papers (co-)authored by researchers from the Research Center for Environmental Economics were presented:


“Changing Collective Action: Social Information Increases Cooperation of Teams in a Prisoner's Dilemma”( Tillmann Eymess & Florian Diekert)

“The Effects of Social Information and Luck on Risk Behavior of Small-Scale Fishers” (Florian Diekert joint with Astrid Dannenberg and Philipp Händel, University of Kassel)

“Does nature shape risk- and social preferences? Evidence from Chile, Norway and Tanzania” (Florian Diekert & Robbert Schaap)

“Subsidizing appliance replacement in low-income households” (Bettina Chlond & Timo Goeschl joint with Martin Kesternich, ZEW and University of Kassel)

“Disaggregating the Effect of Air Quality Alerts on Modal Choice by Space and Time: An Empirical Study of a Particulate Matter Alert” (Alexander Dangel & Timo  Goeschl)

“Competitive vs. Random Audit Mechanisms in Environmental Regulation: Emissions, Self-Reporting, and the Role of Peer Information” (Alice Soldà & Timo Goeschl joint with Marcel Oestreich, Brock University)

“Too Far to Profit: Fishing Effort's Spatial Distribution in Lake Victoria's Nile Perch Fishery” (Santiago Gomez-Cardona)

“Distributional and Efficiency Impacts of Higher EU Climate Targets Authors” (Sebastian Rausch with Florian Landis and Gustav Fredriksson, ETH Zurich)

“A Single Carbon Price: Really?” (Sebastian Rausch with Oliver Kalsbach)

“A model intercomparison of the welfare effects of regional cooperation for ambitious climate mitigation targets” (Sebastian Rausch with Ramiro Parrado et al.)


Timo Goeschl presented the paper “Competitive vs. Random Audit Mechanisms in Environmental Regulation: Emissions, Self-Reporting, and the Role of Peer Information” (joint with Alice Soldà & Marcel Oestreich, Brock University) at the Summer Conference of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 3-4 and at the ComplianceNet Conference 2021, June 28-30.




Timo Goeschl and Jale Tosun are offering a tremendous opportunity to students enrolled in economics, political sciences, public policy, or environmental studies in the form of the 4EU+ Spring School. Please note that places are limited (6). Expressions of interest from now until February 13, 2022 via email to


Timo Goeschl was a live guest on 3sat on 10 December 2020 on the topic Tipping Points: Systems on the Tipping Point.


The DFG Research Project "Conflict of cooperation and pro-environmental behavior: Social and temporal determinants of choice behavior" started at Heidelberg University on 1 February 2021 under the direction of Sina Klein with the support of Benjamin Hilbig and Luisa Horsten.


The Field of Focus 4 Project: “The Nature of the Evidence: Studying the evidence base of policy, stakeholders, and policy design in an in vivo setting [NEVIVO]“, started at Heidelberg University on 1 July 2021 under the supervision of Timo Goeschl with the support of Bettina Chlond.




Bettina Chlond joined the Research Center for Environmental Economics as a researcher on 1. July 2021. Bettina studied economics at the University of Mannheim and holds a Master’s degree in development economics from the University of Lund in Sweden. She is also a member of the ZEW's Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management”, which she joined as a researcher in November 2019. At the AWI, Bettina will be working on the Field of Focus 4 Project: “The Nature of the Evidence: Studying the evidence base of policy, stakeholders, and policy design in an in vivo setting [NEVIVO]“, which started on July 1 under the supervision of Timo Goeschl.




Next presentation

Peter Andre (Institute of Behaviour and Inequality / Bonn)

Date: 15.02.2022
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Title: Fighting Climate Change: The Role of Norms, Preferences, and Moral Values
Location: via ZOOM

Upcoming seminar dates can be found here





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