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.


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. 



RCEE researchers were present at many of the season’s virtual conferences.

  • At the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists’ Virtual Conference on June 3-5, Alexander Dangel presented the paper “Air Quality Alerts and Transportation Choice: Investigating the Effectiveness of a Particulate Matter Alert System” (joint with Timo Goeschl and Julia Zyder).  
  • At the 25th Annual and 1st entirely virtual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economist (EAERE), the following papers by members of the AWI were presented (in alphabetical order of authors, presenters in bold):  Date Marks, Valuation, and Food Waste: An In-Store `Eggsperiment' (Alessio D Amato, Timo Goeschl, Luisa Lorè, Mariangela Zoli);  Where the wind blows: Using wind direction to assess the impact of air pollution on the long-term health consequences of Indian children (Anca Balietti, Souvik Datta, Stefanija Veljanoska);  Basis Risk Effects on the Demand for Index Insurance. Experimental Games with Colombian Coffee Growers (Stephen Boucher, Santiago Gomez Cardona, and Andres Moya);  How to Design the Ask? Funding Units vs. Giving Money (Johannes Diederich, Raphael Epperson, and Timo Goeschl);  The Creation of Social Norms under Weak Institutions (Florian Diekert, Tillmann Eymess, Joseph Luomba, and Israel Waichman);  The Nature of Experience (Florian Diekert, Timo Goeschl, and Christian König-Kersting);  Early Warning Signals (Florian Diekert, Daniel Heyen, and Frikk Nesje);  Restrictive quotas, risk, and income smoothing (Florian Diekert and Robbert Schaap);  The Effectiveness of Prosocial Air Quality Alerts: An Empirical Study of a Particulate Matter Alert System (Timo Goeschl, Alexander Dangel, and Julia Zyder);  Cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism (Frikk Nesje).
  • Timo Goeschl organized and chaired a Thematic Session at the EAERE conference under the title “More Dilemmas for the Omnivore: Experiments on the Role of Information in Food & Environment” with presentations by Alessio d’Amato (Rome), Luca Panzone (Newcastle), Grischa Perino (Hamburg), and Nicolas Treich (Toulouse).



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.



Junior Professor (W1) Innovation and sustainability in Ibero-America


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Presenter: Dana Kassem (University of Mannheim)
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