Björn Bartling

Current Positions


Professor of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Vice Chair of the Department of Economics, University of Zurich

Visiting Professor, Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality (FAIR) - The Choice Lab, 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


"The Complementarity Between Trust and Contract Enforcement," October 2022, with Ernst Fehr, David Huffman and Nick Netzer
"The Causal Effect of Income Growth on Market Social Responsibility," September 2022, with Vanessa Valero and Roberto Weber, revise and resubmit at: Economic Journal
"Public Discourse and Socially Responsible Market Behavior," July 2022, with Vanessa Valero, Roberto Weber and Yan Lao, revise and resubmit at: American Economic Review
"Fairness in Winner-Take-All Markets," Mai 2018, with Alexander Cappelen, Mathias Ekström, Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden

Work in progress


"Free to Fail? Paternalistic Preferences in the United States," with Alexander Cappelen, Henning Hermes, Marit Skivenes and Bertil Tungodden
"Paternalistic Preferences Accross the World," with Alexander Cappelen, Henning Hermes, Akshai Moorthy, Marit Skivenes and Bertil Tungodden
"Paternalism: Determinants of Demand and Supply," with Krishna Srinivasan
"Paternalistic Interventions by Certified Financial Planners," with Sandro Ambühl, Gonzalo Arrieta, Doug Bernheim and Dave Yeske
"The Talent Paradox: Why is it fair to reward talent but not luck?," with Alexander Cappelen, Ingvild Skarpeid, Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden

Selected Publications


"The Limits to Moral Erosion in Markets: Social Norms and the Replacement Excuse" Games and Economic Behavior, 2023, Vol. 138: 143-60, with Yagiz Özdemir
"Does Market Interaction Erode Moral Values?" Review of Economics and Statistics, 2023, Vol. 105(1): 226-35, with Ernst Fehr and Yagiz Özdemir
"An Externality Robust Auction: Theory and Experimental Evidence," Games and Economic Behavior, 2016, Vol. 97: 186-204, with Nick Netzer
"Do Markets Erode Social Responsibility?," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, Vol. 130(1): 219-66, with Roberto Weber and Lan Yao
"Expectations as Reference Points: Field Evidence from Professional Soccer," Management Science, 2015, Vol. 61(11): 246-61, with Leif Brandes and Daniel Schunk
"Reference Points, Social Norms, and Fairness in Contract Renegotiations," Journal of the European Economic Association, 2015, Vol. 13(1): 98-129, with Klaus Schmidt
"The Intrinsic Value of Decision Rights," Econometrica, 2014, Vol. 82(6): 2005-39, with Ernst Fehr and Holger Herz
"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 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 Schmidt
"Shifting the Blame: On Delegation and Responsibility," Review of Economic Studies, 2012, Vol. 79(1): 67-87, with Urs Fischbacher