Prof. Dr. Beat Hintermann: Public Economics

My research revolves around externalities. These arise when decentralized markets fail, for example in the context of environmental pollution or congestion, and call for an intervention by the public sector. A particular focus of my research lies on the functioning of cap-and-trade markets for emissions and their interaction with electricity and fuel markets, and on transport pricing. I am furthermore interested in questions related to fiscal federalism, behavioral public economics and health economics.

I am a member of the Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (CREST), the environmental and resource economics chapter of the German Economics Association (AURÖ) and the CESifo Research Network.

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Current / recent projects:

"Empirical analysis of mobility behavior in the context of dynamic pricing (MOBIS)", funded by Innosuisse and UVEK; joint project with ETHZ and ZHAW.

"MOBIS:COVID-19", joint project with ETH Zurich and LINK Institute. Monitoring of mobility in Switzerland since before the pandemic (Project website).

"Reduction of transport emissions due to E-biking in Switzerland (EBIS)", funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

"Pollution, environmental regulation and firm performance", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

"The implications of Covid-19 for mobility-related energy use and external costs”, funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.





Hintermann, Beat

Prof. Dr. Beat Hintermann
Office 4.42 Faculty of Business and Economics
Public Economics
Peter Merian-Weg 6 4002 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 33 39

Selected Publications

  • Decentralization with Porous Borders: Public Production in a Federation with Tax Competition and Spillovers (2019), with Stephanie Armbruster. International Tax and Public Finance (forthcoming).

  • Linking with uncertainty: The Relationship between EU ETS Pollution Permits and Kyoto Offsets (2019), with Marc Gronwald. Environmental and Resource Economics, Online First. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-019-00346-7.  [Open Access]

  • The Welfare Costs of Tiebout Sorting with True Public Goods (2019), with Florian Kuhlmey. International Tax and Public Finance, Online First. DOI: 10.1007/s10797-019-09534-z. [Open Access]

  • Social Planning and Coercion under Bounded Rationality with an Application to Environmental Policy (2017), with Thomas Rutherford. International Tax and Public Finance, 24(5): 854-878.
  • Market Power in Emission Permit Markets: Theory and Evidence (2017). Environmental and Resource Economics, 66(1): 89-112. 

  • Pass-through of CO2 Emission Costs to Hourly Electricity Prices in Germany (2016), Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 3(4): 857-891.

  • Price and Market Behavior in Phase II of the EU ETS (2016), with Sonja Peterson and Wilfried Rickels.  Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 10(1): 108-128.

  • Valuing Public Investments to Support Bicycling (2014), with Thomas Goetschi.  Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 150(4): 297-329. 

  • Learning Abatement Costs: On the Dynamics of the Optimal Regulation of Experience Goods (2013), with Andreas Lange.  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 66(3): 625-638. 

  • Allowance Price Drivers in the First Phase of the EU ETS (2010).  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 59(1): 43-56.