Prof. Dr. Alois Stutzer

Professor für Wirtschaft und Politik
alois.stutzer-at-unibas.ch

Büro 4.44
University of Basel
Department of Business and Economics
Peter Merian-Weg 6
CH-4002 Basel

Tel.
+41 (0)61 267 33 61
Fax
+41 (0)61 267 33 40

Professional Affiliations

Managing Editor of Kyklos [ link ]

Research Fellow of the Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA)

Member of the Comparative Law and Economics Forum (CLEF)

Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


Publications

Recent Publications

The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances. Forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2014. (with Roland Hodler and Simon Luechinger). [ paper | online appendix ]

Economic Consequences of Mispredicting Utility. Forthcoming in the Journal of Happiness Studies. (with Bruno Frey) [ paper ]

Do Lawyer-Legislators Protect Their Business? Evidence from Voting Behavior on Tort Reforms. WWZ Discussion Paper 2013/09, University of Basel, 2013. (with Ulrich Matter)
[ link ]

Governance, Bureaucratic Rents and Well-Being Differentials Across U.S. States. Forthcoming in Oxford Economic Papers, 2014. (with Simon Luechinger and Mark Schelker) [ paper | appendix ]

Smoking Bans, Cigarette Prices and Life Satisfaction. IZA Discussion Paper
No. 7177, IZA, Bonn, 2013. (with Reto Odermatt) [ paper ]

Is Camera Surveillance an Effective Measure of Counterterrorism? Defence and Peace Economics 24(1): 1-14, 2013. (with Michael Zehnder) [ link | paper ]

Political Selection of Public Servants and Parliamentary Oversight. Economics of Governance 14(1): 45-76, 2013. (with Thomas Brändle) [ link | paper ]

Recent Developments in the Economics of Happiness: A Selective Overview. In: Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer (eds.). Recent Developments in the Economics of Happiness. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013. (with Bruno S. Frey) (also published as IZA Discussion Paper No. 7078, IZA, Bonn, 2013) [ paper

Recent Developments in the Economics of Happiness. Edited volume with Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2013. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ link ]

 

Economics and the Study of Individual Happiness. In:  Susan A. David, Ilona Boniwell and Amanda Conley Ayers (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Happiness. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 431-447, 2013. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ link ]

The Use of Happiness Research for Public Policy. Social Choice and Welfare 38(4): 659-674, 2012. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Suboptimal Choices and the Need for Experienced Individual Well-Being in Economic Analysis. International Journal of Happiness and Development 1(1): 63-85, 2012.  (with Christopher Hsee and Yuval Rottenstreich ) [ free download ]

Active Decisions and Prosocial Behaviour: A Field Experiment in Blood Donation. Economic Journal 121(556), 2011, pp. F476-F493. (with Lorenz Goette and Michael Zehnder) [ link ]

Selection of Public Servants into Politics. WWZ Discussion Paper No. 06/11, University of Basel, 2011. (with Thomas Brändle) [ link ]

TV Channels, Self Control and Happiness. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 10(1): 2010, Article 86. (with Christine Benesch and Bruno S. Frey) [ link ]

The Life Satisfaction Approach to Environmental Valuation. Annual Review of Resource Economics 2, 2010, pp. 139-60. (with Bruno S. Frey and Simon Luechinger) [ link ]

Public Servants in Parliament: Theory and Evidence on Its Determinants in Germany. Public Choice 145(1/2), 2010, 223-252. (with Thomas Brändle) [ link ]

Prosocial Motivation and Blood Donations: A Survey of the Empirical Literature. Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy 37(3), 2010, pp.  149-154. (with Lorenz Goette and Beat Frey) [ link ]

Recent Advances in the Economics of Individual Subjective Well-Being. Social Research 77(2), 2010, pp. 679-714. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ] [ link journal ]

Why Does Unemployment Hurt the Employed? Evidence from the Life Satisfaction Gap between the Public and the Private Sector. Journal of Human Resources 45(4), 2010, pp. 998-1045. (with Simon Lüchinger and Stephan Meier) [ paper ]

Approval of Equal Rights and Gender Differences in Well-Being. Journal of Population Economics 23(3), 2010, pp. 933-962. (with Rafael Lalive) [ paper ]

Self-Selection Models for Public and Private Sector Job Satisfaction. In: Solomon W. Polachek and Konstantinos Tatsiramos (eds.). Jobs, Training and Worker Well-Being. Research in Labor Economics, Volume 30. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2010, pp. 233-251. (with Simon Luechinger and Rainer Winkelmann)

Books and Edited Volumes

Economics and Psychology. A Promising New Cross-Disciplinary Field.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007. (edited with Bruno S. Frey) [introduction] [link]

Happiness and Economics: How the Economy and Institutions Affect Human Well-Being.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ announcement ]

Translation into Japanese published with Diamond, Tokyo 2005.

Translation into Chinese published with Beijing University Press, Beijing 2006.

Translation into Italian published with Il Sole 24 ORE, Milan 2006.

                    


Eine ökonomische Analyse menschlichen Wohlbefindens.
Dissertation, Universität Zürich, 2001. (Published with Shaker Verlag, Aachen, 2003)
[ link ]

Papers in Refereed Journals and Books

Ökonomische Überlegungen zur Kameraüberwachung als Maßnahme gegen den Terrorismus. DIW Quarterly Journals of Economic Research No. 4/2009, 2009, pp. 119-135. (with Michael Zehnder) [ paper | link ]

The Life Satisfaction Approach to Valuing Public Goods: The Case of Terrorism. Public Choice 138 (3-4), 2009, pp. 317-345. (with Bruno S. Frey and Simon Luechinger) [ paper | link ]

Free Cholesterol Testing as a Motivation Device in Blood Donations: Evidence from Natural Field Experiments. Transfusion 49(3), 2009, pp. 524-531. (with Lorenz Goette, Gürcan Yavuzcan and Beat Frey) [ paper | link ]

Measuring Well-Being Across Europe: Description of the ESS Well-being Module and Preliminary Findings. Social Indicators Research 91(3), 2009, pp. 301–315. (with Felicia A. Huppert, Nic Marks, Andrew Clark, Johannes Siegrist, Joar Vittersø and Morten Wahrendorf)  [ link ]

Bureaucratic Rents and Life Satisfaction. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 24(2), 2008, pp. 476-488 (with Simon Luechinger and Stephan Meier).
[ abstract | paper ]

Stress That Doesn't Pay: The Commuting Paradox. Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110(2), 2008, pp. 339-366 (with Bruno S. Frey)
[ abstract | paper | blog Business Week | blog American Prospect ]

Is Volunteering Rewarding in Itself? Economica, 75(1), 2008, pp. 39-59. (with Stephan Meier) [ abstract | paper ]

The Impact of Postal Voting on Participation, Evidence for Switzerland. Swiss Political Science Review 13(2), 2007, pp. 167-202. (with Simon Luechinger and Myra Rosinger)
[ paper | abstract ]

Does Watching TV Make Us Happy? Journal of Economic Psychology, 28(3), 2007, pp. 283-313. (with Bruno S. Frey and Christine Benesch) [ paper | abstract

Calculating Tragedy: Assessing the Costs of Terrorism. Journal of Economic Surveys 21(1), 2007, pp. 1-24. (with Bruno S. Frey and Simon Luechinger) [ paper | abstract | link ]

Direct Democracy: Designing a Living Constitution. In: Roger Congleton and Birgitta
Swedenborg (eds). Democratic Constitutional Design and Public Policy, Analysis and Evidence. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006, pp. 39-80. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Mispredicting Utility and the Political Process. In: Edward J. McCaffery and Joel Slemrod (eds). Behavioral Public Finance . Russell Sage Foundation, 2006, pp. 113-140. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Does Marriage Make People Happy, Or Do Happy People Get Married? Journal of Socio-Economics 35(2), 2006, pp. 326-347. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper | link ]

Making International Organizations More Democratic. Review of Law and Economics 1(3),
2005, pp. 305-330. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper | link ]

Demokratische Beteiligung und Staatsausgaben: Die Auswirkungen des Frauenstimmrechts. Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 141(4), 2005, pp. 617-650. (with Lukas Kienast) [ paper ]

Happiness Research: State and Prospects. Review of Social Economy 62(2), 2005, pp.
207-228. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Beyond Outcomes: Measuring Procedural Utility. Oxford Economic Papers 57(1), 2005,
pp. 90-111. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Reported Subjective Well-Being: A Challenge for Economic Theory and Economic Policy.
Schmollers Jahrbuch 124(2), 2004, pp. 191-231. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

The Role of Social Work Norms in Job Searching and Subjective Well-Being. Journal of the European Economic Association 2(4), 2004, pp. 696-719.
(with Rafael Lalive) [ paper | link ]

The Role of Income Aspirations in Individual Happiness. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 54(1), 2004, pp. 89-109. [ paper | abstract ]

Introducing Procedural Utility: Not Only What but also How Matters. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 160(3), 2004, pp. 377-401. (with Bruno S. Frey and Matthias Benz) [ paper ]

Do Workers Enjoy Procedural Utility. Applied Economics Quarterly 49(2), 2003, pp. 149-172. (with Matthias Benz) [ paper ]

Are Voters Better Informed When They Have a Larger Say in Politics? Evidence for the European Union and Switzerland. Public Choice 119(1-2), 2004, pp. 31-59. (with Matthias Benz) [ paper | link ]

Was erklärt die gestiegenen Managerlöhne? Ein Diskussionsbeitrag. Die Unternehmung, 57(1), 2003, pp. 5-19. (mit Matthias Benz) [ paper ]

What Can Economists Learn from Happiness Research? Journal of Economic Literature 40, 2002, pp. 402-435. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper | abstract ]

Soziale Arbeitsnorm und Arbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik 138(3), 2002, pp. 293-316. (with Rafael Lalive) [ paper ]

Skalenerträge in der öffentlichen Kernverwaltung. Eine empirische Analyse anhand von Gemeindefusionen. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 8(1), 2002, pp. 27-50. (with Simon Lüchinger) [ paper ]

Economics and Psychology: From Imperialistic to Inspired Economics. Revue de philosophie economique 4, 2001/2002, pp. 5-22. (with Bruno S. Frey)

Outcome, Process and Power in Direct Democracy. New Econometric Results. Public Choice 107(3-4), 2001, pp. 271-293. (with Bruno S. Frey and Marcel Kucher)

Latent Entrepreneurship Across Nations. European Economic Review 45(4-6), 2001, pp. 680-691. (with David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald) [ abstract ]

Happiness, Economy and Institutions. Economic Journal 110 (466), 2000, pp. 918-938. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ abstract | comment in The Economist ]

Maximising Happiness? German Economic Review 1 (2), 2000, pp. 145-167. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ abstract ]

Auf dem Weg zum Freihandel für Agrargüter. Austrian Journal of Agricultural Research 51(4), 2000, pp. 283-290. [ abstract ]

Measuring Preferences by Subjective Well-Being. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 155 (4), 1999, pp. 755-778. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ abstract ]

 

Working Papers

Blood Donations and Incentives: Evidence from a Field Experiment. WWZ Discussion Paper No. 0508, University of Basel, 2008. (with Lorenz Goette)
[ paper | VOX interview ]

Economic Consequences of Mispredicting Utility. WWZ Discussion Paper No. 0108, University of Basel. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Limited Self-Control, Obesity and the Loss of Happiness. WWZ Discussion Paper No. 0707, University of Basel, 2007. [ paper ]

The Happiness Gains From Sorting and Matching in the Labor Market. WWZ Discussion Paper No. 0107, University of Basel, 2007. (revised version) (Simon Lüchinger and Rainer Winkelmann) [ paper ]

Versagen in der staatlichen Krippenföderung - Betreuungsgutscheine als Alternative. CREMA Working Paper No. 26, Basel, 2005. (with Reto Dürsteler) [ paper ]

The Role of Direct Democracy and Federalism in Local Power. Institute for Empirical Research in Economics Working Paper No. 209, University of Zurich, 2004. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Stock Options: the Managers' Blessing. Institutional Restrictions and Executive Compensation. Working Paper No. 61. Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, 2001. (with Matthias Benz and Marcel Kucher) [ paper ]

Other Articles

Recent Newspaper Articles


Ökonomische Überlegungen zur Kameraüberwachung - Zwiespältige Erfahrungen bei Anlagen in urbanen Räumen. Neue Zürcher Zeitung No. 249, October 27, 2009, pp. 1/31. (with Michael Zehnder) [ article ]

Gutscheine in der Kinderbetreuung. Ökonomisch sinnvolle Instrumente machen noch keine ökonomisch begründete Politik. Neue Zürcher Zeitung 35, February 12, 2008, p. 17
[ article | link ]

Die briefliche Stimmabgabe wirkt mobilisierend. Neue Zürcher Zeitung 178, August 4/5, 2007, p. 16. (with Simon Lüchinger and Myra Rosinger) [ article ]

Wirtschaftliche Schäden des Terrorismus. Zerstörte Chancen in Spanien, Israel oder Nordirland. Neue Zürcher Zeitung 134, June 12/13, 2004, p. 29.
(with Bruno S. Frey and Simon Lüchinger) [ article ]

Wirtschaftliche Auswirkungen des Terrorismus. Die Volkswirtschaft 11, 2005, pp. 4-7. (with Bruno S. Frey and Simon Lüchinger) [ article german | french ]

Article Contributions to Books

Should National Happiness Be Maximized? In Amitava Krishna Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff (eds.). Happiness, Economics, and Politics: Toward a Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2009. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Happiness When Temptation Overwhelms Willpower. In Amitava Krishna Dutt and Benjamin Radcliff (eds.). Happiness, Economics, and Politics: Toward a Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2009. [ paper ]

Environmental Morale and Motivation. In: Alan Lewis (ed.). The Cambridge
Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 406-428. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

What Happiness Research Can Tell Us About Self-Control Problems and Utility Misprediction. In: Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer (eds.) Economics and Psychology. A Promising New Cross-Disciplinary Field. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007, pp. 169-195. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Testing Theories of Happiness. In: Luigino Bruni and Pierluigi Porta (eds.). Economics and Happiness. Framing the Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 116-146. (with Bruno S. Frey) [ paper ]

Aktienoptionen für Topmanager - Die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen eines Motivationsinstruments. In: Bruno S. Frey und Margit Osterloh (Hrsg.) Managing Motivation. Wie Sie die neue Motivationsforschung für Ihr Unternehmen nutzen können. Wiesbaden: Gabler, 2000, pp. 105-134. (with Matthias Benz and Marcel Kucher)
[ announcement ]
 

Curriculum Vitae

Personal

Born, 1972, Swiss
Married, 2 children
 

Education

2007 Habilitation, University of Zurich
2001 Dr., University of Zurich, with summa cum laude (Ph.D. in Economics)
1998 Lic. oec. publ., University of Zurich, with summa cum laude (Master of Economics)
 

Career

Since August 2009 Professor of Public Choice and Public Economics, Department of Business and Economics, University of Basel
July 2006-July 2009 Assistant Professor of Public Finance/Public Economics, Department of Economics, University of Basel

2003 Senior Assistant at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich

2002 Research Fellow, Program in Law, Economics and Institutions, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

1997-2001 Assistant at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich

1994-1996 Teaching Assistant, Statistical Seminar, University of Zurich

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