Björn Bartling

Current Positions


2016-present Full Professor, Department of Economics, University of Zurich
2014-present Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen

Previous Positions and Education


2011-2016 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Zurich
2007-2011 Oberassistent, Department of Economics, University of Zurich
2005-2007 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Department of Economics, University of Munich
2004/05 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Harvard University
2000/01 Visiting Ph.D. student, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge
1998-2004 Ph.D. in Economics, University of Munich
1997/98 M.Sc. in Economics, London School of Economics
1994-1997 Baccalaureat in Economics, University of Munich

Working Papers and Work in Progress


"Does Competition Justify Inequality?," June 2016, with Manuel Grieder and Christian Zehnder
"If I Look at the Mass... I Will Act: Social Responsibility and the Scope of Market Externalities," March 2016, with Vanessa Valero and Roberto Weber

"Does the Absence of Human Sellers Bias Bidding Behavior in Auction Experiments?," April 2016, with Tobias Gesche and Nick Netzer

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"The Limits to Moral Erosion in Markets: Social Norms and the Replacement Logic," April 2016, with Yagiz Özdemir
"Fairness in a Winner-Takes-All Economy," 2015, with Alexander Cappelen, Mathias Ekström, Erik Sørensen, and Bertil Tungodden
"Institutions and the Causal Effect of Trust," 2013, with Ernst Fehr and David Huffman

Selected Publications


"An Externality Robust Auction: Theory and Experimental Evidence," Games and Economic Behavior, 2016, Vol. 97: 186-204, with Nick Netzer
"Expectations as Reference Points: Field Evidence from Professional Soccer," Management Science, 2015, Vol. 61(11): 246-61, with Leif Brandes and Daniel Schunk
"Pivotality and Responsibility Attribution in Sequential Voting," Journal of Public Economics, 2015, Vol. 128: 133-39, with Urs Fischbacher and Simeon Schudy
"Do Markets Erode Social Responsibility?," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, Vol. 130(1): 219-66, with Roberto A. Weber and Lan Yao
"Reference Points, Social Norms, and Fairness in Contract Renegotiations," Journal of the European Economic Association, 2015, Vol. 13(1): 98-129, with Klaus M. Schmidt
"The Intrinsic Value of Decision Rights," Econometrica, 2014, Vol. 82(6): 2005-39, with Ernst Fehr and Holger Herz
"Does Willful Ignorance Deflect Punishment? – An Experimental Study," European Economic Review, 2014, Vol. 70: 512-524, with Florian Engl and Roberto A. Weber
"Use and Abuse of Authority: A Behavioral Foundation of the Employment Relation," Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013, Vol. 11(4): 711-742, with Ernst Fehr and Klaus M. Schmidt
"Screening, Competition, and Job Design: Economic Origins of Good Jobs," American Economic Review, 2012, Vol. 102(2): 834-864, with Ernst Fehr and Klaus M. Schmidt
"Shifting the Blame: On Delegation and Responsibility," Review of Economic Studies, 2012, Vol. 79(1): 67-87, with Urs Fischbacher