Prof. Dr. Beat Hintermann: Public Economics

Our team is engaged in a number of activities across the field of public economics. In terms of theory, they include the modeling of health care provisions at the end of life, the efficiency and equity implications of fiscal federalism and corrective taxation in the presence of endogenous social norms.  Current empirical investigations include the effectiveness and efficiency of the European and Swiss carbon markets, the importance of flood risk in the Zurich housing market, the consequences of the Swiss hospital reimbursement scheme reform, the welfare implications of the South African pension system and the response of traffic participants to dynamic pricing.  Each team member works on at least one different project. Whereas some researchers are funded by the department, others are part of projects financed by the SNF, SCCER or the WWZ Förderverein.

Funded projects

Empirische Analyse des Mobilitätsverhaltens mit dynamischen Preisanreizen (SCCER / ASTRA)

Measuring the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (SNF)

Estimating the Effect of Climate Policy on Swiss Firms (WWZ Förderverein)

Auswirkungen und Anreizeffekte der Einführung von Fallpauschalen zur Vergütung von Krankenhausbehandlungen am Beispiel der Schweiz (WWZ Förderverein)

Climate Change Extremes and Adaptation Strategies considering Uncertainty and Federalism (SNF Sinergia)

The Cost of Health Interventions at the End of Life (SNF NRP 67)





Master and bachelor theses

Students are welcome to apply for a master thesis in public economics, under the supervision of one or several team members. Students can propose their own ideas, which requires writing a short proposal. Alternatively, a thesis topic can be proposed by a member of the public economics team.

Every Spring semester we offer a bachelor seminar, in which students have the opportunity to write a paper in the field of public and environmental economics. For this seminar, students are free to propose a topic of their choice, but a number of topics will also be provided. 

In the spring we also offer a master seminar, which consists of the replication and (marginal) extension of a paper published in the public and environmental economics  literature. Students are closely supervised by a member of the public economics team.