Research Areas

All societal phenomena affect or are affected by the economy, which explains today’s wide range of economic subjects. Until the mid-20th century, the field of economics was organized into three main fields: Macroeconomics studied economic outcomes at an aggregate level such as GDP, trade, employment levels, and economic growth. Microeconomics turned the focus towards economic decisions on the level of individual subjects and markets, while Econometrics provided the toolbox to tackle the questions with a mathematical foundation.


Today, and above all within Applied Microeconomics, the field has increasingly diversified and a number of new research areas have established themselves within their own right. At the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich, we cover all current areas of economic research, and are leading in key fields of the subject, i.e. in Neuroeconomics and Behavioral Economics. Our researchers are at the forefront of their respective fields, and research from the Department is published in the most relevant economic and science journals. Our students benefit from the breadth and currentness of the research taking place within the department.


Click on one of the research areas below and learn more about the subject and people at the Department.