Articles in Refereed Journals (selection)


  1. Asking to give: once, twice, simultaneously or sequentially? Moral licensing and
    pro-social behavior in the aggregate. (September 9, 2021),
    (With Manuel Grieder and Jan Schmitz) Available at SSRN:
  2. Social Resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Comparisons between Singapore and
    Switzerland. Future Resilient Sytems, Technical Notes Series, June 2021, No.1, (With Tingting Wu, Ante Busic-Sontic, Natalia Borzino and Jonas Joerin)
  3. Beware of side effects? Spillover evidence from a hot water challenge, (With Alexander Götz and Harald Mayr) Available at SSRN 10/21:
  4. Mitigating the Privacy Paradox Through Higher Privacy Literacy? Insights from a Lab
    Experiment Based on Facebook Data. Available at SSRN 10/21, (
    With Ioana Marinica and Luca Mosetti)
  5. Appliance-specific feedback and social comparisons: Evidence from a field experiment on energy conservation, Energy Policy 145, 2020, 111742, (With Marcel Brülisauer, Lorenz Goette, Zhengyi Jiang, Jan Schmitz)
  6. Willingness to Pay for Urban Heat Island Mitigation: A Case Study of Singapore, Climate 8(7), 2020, (With Natalia Borzino, Samuel Chng and Muhammad Omer Mughal)
  7. Nudging the Poor and the Rich – A Field Study on the Distributional Effects of Green Electricity Defaults. Energy Economics 86, 2020, 104616, (With Claus Ghesla and Manuel Grieder)
  8. Beliefs in “Brilliance” and Belonging Uncertainty in Male and Female STEM Students. Frontiers in Psychology 10, 2019, (With Anne Deiglmayr and Elsbeth Stern)
  9. How Do Different Designs of Energy Labels Influence Purchases of Household Appliances? A Field Study in Switzerland. Ecological Economics 144, 2018, (With Marcel Stadelmann), 112-123.
  10. Emission budget approaches for burden sharing: some thoughts from an environmental economics point of view. Climatic Change 133(3), 2015, (With Markus Ohndorf and Julia Blasch), 385–395.
  11. Energy-using durables – why consumers refrain from economically optimal choices. Frontiers in Energy Research 03(7), 2015, (With Marcel Stadelmann).
  12. Risk and rationality: The effects of mood and decision rules on probability weighting. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 78(1-2), 14-24, 2011, (With Helga Fehr-Duda, Thomas Epper and Adrian Bruhin).
  13. Sustainability standards for bioenergy – A means to reduce climate change risks? (With Julia Blasch), Energy Policy 38(6), June 2010, 2797–2805.
  14. Rationality on the Rise: Why Relative Risk Aversion Increases with Stake Size. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 40(2), 2010, (With Helga Fehr-Duda, Adrian Bruhin and Thomas Epper), 147–180.
  15. Gender, Financial Risk, and Probability Weights. Theory and Decision 60. 2006, (With Helga Fehr-Duda and Manuele de Gennaro), 283–313.
  16. Analyzing and Managing Risks – On the Importance of Gender Differences in Risk Attitudes. Managerial Finance 32(9), 2006, 706–715.
  17. Financial Decision Making: Are Women Really More Risk Averse? Gender and Economic Transactions. The American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 89(2), 1999, (With Martin Brown, Mathias Gysler and Hans Wolfgang Brachinger), 381–385.

Newspaper Articles (Selection)


  1. Der Preis der Nachhaltigkeit. Schweizer Monat 1089, September 2021, S. 56-58
  2. Hat politische Neutralität noch eine Chance? Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, 1.7.21, S.48
  3. OcCC-Empfehlungen 2021– Herausforderung «Netto Null 2050» für die Schweiz.
    Berne, June 2021
  4. Die WTO braucht eine Runderneuerung. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, 8.4. 2021, S. 48
  5. Merkels und von der Leyens Pyrrhussieg, Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, 4.2.2021, S. 15
  6. Kein Geld mehr für fossile Energien. NZZ amSonntag, 31.1.2021, S. 47 (With Philip Thalmann, David N. Bresch, Thomas F. Stocker)
  7. USA versus China – und wo steht die Schweiz? Der geopolitische Großkonflikt lässt sich mit dem Geschäftsmodell der Alpenrepublik gut vereinbaren. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, October 2020
  8. Übungsplatz für ein geeintes Europa. Worum es beim Streit um die Gas-Pipeline North Stream 2 wirklich geht. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, August 2020
  9. Warum Corona Europas Position stärken kann. Trumps Pandemiepolitik gegen die WHO und China eröffnet dem Kontinent neue politische Spielräume. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, June 2020
  10. Jeder für sich oder Wohlfahrt für alle? Die Corona-Krise eröffnet die Chance, statt Kostensenkungen weltweit Sozialstandards in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, May 2020
  11. Vorteil China. Die Volksrepublik ist zum Schrittmacher der energiepolitischen Wende geworden – und profitiert davon im internationalen Machtkampf. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges, March 2020
  12. Mündig statt bequem. Greift der Trend zur totalen digitalen Überwachung von Asien nach Europa über? Es liegt an uns, die Vorteile des Internets zu nutzen und die Nachteile auszuschalten. Handelsblatt, Global Challenges March 2020

Books (selection)

  1. Sustainability and Environmental Decision Making. Springer Nature Singapore, June 2021 (With E. Quah), 400 pages
  2. World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability, WBGU, Berlin 2011 (with other authors), 420 pages.
  3. World in Transition – Future Bioenergy and Sustainable Land Use, WBGU, Berlin 2009 (With other authors), approx. 400 pages.
  4. Solving the climate dilemma: The budget approach. Special Report. WBGU, Berlin 2009 (with other authors), 58 pages.
  5. World in Transition, Climate Change as a Security Risk, WBGU, Berlin 2008 (With other authors), 248 pages.
  6. World in Transition, Fighting Poverty through Environmental Policy, WBGU, Berlin 2004 (With other authors), 289 pages.
  7. World in Transition, Towards Sustainable Energy Systems, WBGU, Berlin 2003 (With other authors), 242 pages.
  8. Charging the Use of Global Commons – Special Report, WBGU, Berlin 2002 (With other authors), 48 pages.
  9. Ökonomische Diskriminierung von Frauen – Eine volkswirtschaftliche Verschwendung, Frankfurt/M. 1993, 160 pages.

Working Papers and Studies (selection)

  1. Social Resilience Indicators for Disaster Related Contexts: Literature Review, FRS Working Paper 2, Singapore-ETH – Centre Future Resilient Systems, July 2020, (With L. Khoja, J. Joerin)
  2. Social Resilience and Climate Related Risks in Singapore: Insights from a Case Study at Cambridge Road, FRS Working Paper 1, Singapore-ETH – Centre Future Resilient Systems, March 2020, (With N. Borzino, L. Khoja, J. Joerin)
  3. How Choice Complexity in Liberalized Markets Hurts the Demand for Green Electricity, SSRN, 3628373, 2020, (With R. Bärenbold and M. Grieder)
  4. The Behavioral Effects of Carbon Taxes – Experimental Evidence, SSRN, 3628516, 2020, (With M. Grieder, R. Bärenbold, J. Schmitz)
  5. Facebook data: sharing, caring, and selling (pp. 451-453). In C. Onwubiko, X. Bellekens, A. Erola, M. G. Jaatun, & C. Nogueira (Eds.). Cyber Science 2019. Cyber Situational Awareness for Predictive Insight and Deep Learning. United Kingdom: C-MRiC.ORG (With I. Marinica)
  6. Contribution to exhibition: Privatsphäre – geschützt, geteilt, verkauft. Stadthaus Zürich, September 19, 2019 – February 29, 2020, (With I. Marinica)
  7. Facebook Data: Sharing, Caring, and Selling. Collegium Helveticum, 2019, (With I. Marinica)
  8. Are People Willing to Share Their Personal Data? Insights from Two Survey Studies. Collegium Helveticum, 2018, (With P. Koumoutsakos, G. Arampatzis, Y. Wang, F. Hug, I. Marinica)
  9. Gender attainment gaps. Literature review and empirical evidence from IARU universities. ETH Zurich, 2018, (With I. Marinica)
  10. Green by default: implications of a default on subsequent behavior. Amendment to Project C: ‘Moral Licensing and Defaults’ of ‘Welfare Effects of Green Default Electricity Contracts’. Final Report, Bundesamt für Energie BFE, 2018, (With J. Schmitz, M. Grieder, C. Ghesla)
  11. Green by Default – Welfare Effects of Green Default Electricity Contracts. Final Report 7th November 2017, Bundesamt für Energie BFE, 2017, (With J. Schmitz, M. Grieder, C. Ghesla)
  12. Energy-Using Durables: Driving Forces of Purchase Decisions – Schlussbericht, Bundesamt für Energie BFE, 2016, (With M. Stadelmann)
  13. Klimapolitik auf der Basis klimaökonomischer Modelle? In: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 165.8/2014 (With M. Ohndorf and A.-M. Delas), 210.
  14. Energy labels for household applicances and their disclosure format. A literature review. (With Moritz Rohling). IED Working Paper 21, Zürich, December 2013.
  15. Accelerating CO2-Emission Reductions via Corporate Programmes; Analysis of an Existing Corporate Programme. (With J. Manser, M.J.J. Handgraaf, E. Gsottbauer, M. Cornielje and E. Lede). OFF4Firms Working Paper D2b.1, 2013.
  16. Ist die globale Energiewende (noch) finanzierbar? Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht (ZUR) 10/2012, 521-584.
  17. The Current Climate and Energy Policy in the EU and in Switzerland. Off4Firms Working Paper D. 1.3, December 2012, (With J. Gerigk, K.S. Halbritter, M.J.J. Handgraaf, J. Manser and M. Ohndorf).
  18. Emission Reduction Activities in Private Households. Development of evaluation criteria and an application to the transport sector. Off4Frims Working Paper D. 1.1, December 2012, (With J. Manser and M. Ohndorf).
  19. Research and Education: Drivers of Transformation. WBGU Factsheet 5, 2012, (With other authors), WBGU, Berlin.
  20. Grün aus der Krise – Was können «grüne» Konjunkturpakete leisten? (With J. Blasch and Birgit Soete). IED Working Paper 10, July 2010, ETH Zurich.
  21. Financing the Global Energy-System Transformation. Policy Paper 7, June 2012, (With other authors), WBGU, Berlin.
  22. Energy-Using Durables: The Role of Time Discounting in Investment Decisions. (With T. Epper and H. Fehr-Duda). IED Working Paper 16, April 2011.
  23. Climate Policy Post-Copenhagen: A Three-Level Strategy for Success. Policy Paper 6, Mai 2010, (With other authors), WBGU, Berlin.
  24. Jeder für sich und alle gegen die Zukunft. Zus. Mit Claus Leggewie und Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (2010). Als Artikel in der „zeit“: „2 Grad und nicht mehr“ (15.04.2010).

Contributions to Books (selection)


  1. Behavioral Spillovers in Environmental Behavior. In: E Quah, R. Schubert (editors): Sustainability and Environmental Decision Making. Springer Nature Singapore, June 2021, 29-83  (With J. Portmann and C. Ghesla)
  2. The Effects of Upward and Downward Social Comparisons on Energy Consumption Behavior. In: E. Quah, R. Schubert (editors): Sustainability and Environmental Decision Making. Springer Nature Singapore, June 2021, 409-440 (With L. Götte, Z. Jiang and J. Schmitz)
  3. “Purchasing Energy Efficient Appliances – To Incentivize or To Regulate?”, in: Klaus Mathis/Bruce R. Huber (Hrsg.), Environmental Law and Economics, Cham/Heidelberg/New York/Dodrecht/London: Springer, 2017
  4. “Verhaltensänderungen“, in: Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz (2016), Brennpunkt Klima Schweiz. Grundlagen, Folgen und Perspektiven. Swiss Academies Reports 11(5), 164-167.
  5. “Qui doit payer?” in: A. Hamann, C. Zea-Schmidt, R. Leinfelder (eds.): La grande transformation: Climat, inverserons-nous la courbe? Paris: Cambourakis, 2015, 86-97.
  6. “Who is going to pay for it?” in: A. Hamann, C. Zea-Schmidt, R. Leinfelder (eds.): The Great Transformation: Climate – Can We Beat the Heat? Berlin: WBGU, 2014, 84-95.
  7. „Wer soll das bezahlen?“ in: A. Hamann, C. Zea-Schmidt, R. Leinfelder (eds.): Die grosse Transformation. Klima – Kriegen wir die Kurve? Berlin: Jacoby & Stuart, 2013. 84-95.
  8. “Instrumente zur Vermittlung von Wertewandel und Verhaltensänderungen im nachhaltigen Umgang mit den Ressourcen der Erde. Wer soll das bezahlen?“, in: Drenckhahn, D. und Hacker, J. (eds.): Rolle der Wissenschaft im Globalen Wandel: Vorträge anlässlich der Jahresversammlung vom 22. bis 24. September 2012 in Berlin. Vol 118, Nr. 400. Stuttgart: Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft, 2013, 367-396.
  9. “Ressourcenknappheit in Zeiten des Klimawandels – zur Bedeutung technologischer Innovationen“, in: Wallacher, J., Müller, J. und Reder, M. (Hrsg.): Weltprobleme. München: Bayerische Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit, 2013 (With C.R. Bening and J. Blasch), 213-234.
  10. „Der Budgetansatz des WBGU als Anreiz- und Finanzierungsmechanismus für die globale Diffusion Erneuerbarer Energien“, in: Müller, T. (ed.): 20 Jahre Recht der Erneuerbaren Energien. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2012 (With J. Blasch and B. Soete), 74-90.
  11. „Gestaltung und Finanzierung der Transformation von Energiesystemen“, in: Rogall, H., Binswanger, H.-C., Ekardt, F., Grothe, A., Hasenclever, W.-D., Hauchler, I. und Jänicke, M. (eds.): Jahrbuch Nachhaltige Ökonomie 2012/2013 – Im Brennpunkt: Green Economy. Weimar bei Marburg: Metropolis, 2012 (With B. Soete and J. Blasch), 261-280.
  12. „Mainstreaming Impact over Time – Who Measures What for Whom?“, in: Koehn, D. (ed.), Greening the Financial Sector – How to Mainstream Environmental Finance in Developing Countries, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012 (With Markus Ohndorf and Moritz Rohling), 165-190.
  13. “Ökologisch und soziale Dimensionen staatlicher Konjunkturprogramme”, in: Wallacher, J. und Rugel, M. (Hg.): Die globale Finanzkrise als ethische Herausforderung. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2011 (With Julia Blasch and Catharina Bening), 66-82.
  14. „Eine Krise kommt selten allein – Zusammenhänge zwischen den ökologischen und ökonomischen Krisen 2007-2009“, in: Held, M., Kubon-Gilke, G. und Sturn, R. (Hg.): Normative und institutionelle Grundfragen der Ökonomik, Jahrbuch 10, Ökonomik in der Krise. Marburg: Metropolis, 2011 (With Birgit Soete and Julia Blasch), 93-121.