Selected recent publications

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The long-run effects of religious persecution: Evidence from the Spanish Inquisition (PDF, 12 MB)

Mauricio Drelichmana, Jordi Vidal-Robertb, and Hans-Joachim Voth

PNAS, August 2021





Generous with individuals and selfish to the masses

Carlos Alós-Ferrer, Jaume García-Segarra & Alexander Ritschel

Nature Human Behaviour, July 2021

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Killer Incentives: Rivalry, Performance and Risk-Taking among German Fighter Pilots, 1939-45 (PDF, 6 MB)

Philipp Ager, Leonardo Bursztyn, Lukas Leucht, Hans - Joachim Voth

Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming



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Signalling to Experts

Pablo Kurlat and Florian Scheuer

Review of Economic Studies, March 2021





Nature Human Behavior Cover

The Impact of Peer Personality on Academic Achievement

Bart H. H. Golsteyn, Arjan Non and Ulf Zölitz

Journal of Political Economy, March 2021






American Economic Review

Genetic underpinnings of risky behaviour relate to altered neuroanatomy

Gökhan Aydogan, Remi Daviet, Richard Karlsson Linnér, Todd A. Hare, Joseph W. Kable, Henry R. Kranzler, Reagan R. Wetherill, Christian C. Ruff, Philipp D. Koellinger, BIG BEAR Consortium & Gideon

Nature Human Behaviour, January 2021


American Economic Review

What Motivates Paternalism? An Experimental Study

Sandro Ambuehl, B. Douglas Bernheim, Axel Ockenfels

American Economic Review, March 2021





American Economic Review

Behavioral Constraints on the Design of Subgame-Perfect Implementation Mechanisms

Ernst Fehr, Michael Powell, Tom Wilkening

American Economic Review, April 2021




Nature Human Behavior Cover

Attention Please!

Jakub Steiner, Olivier Gossner, Colin Stewart

Econometrica (forthcoming)





American Economic Review

Wages and the Value of Nonemployment

Simon Jäger Benjamin Schoefer Samuel Young Josef Zweimüller

The Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2020





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  • Berger, Eva M; Fehr, Ernst; Hermes, Henning; Schunk, Daniel; Winkel, Kirsten (2020). The impact of working memory training on children’s cognitive and noncognitive skills. Working paper series / Department of Economics 347, University of Zurich. ZORA
  • Schneider, Florian H; Brun, Fanny; Weber, Roberto A (2020). Sorting and wage premiums in immoral work. Working paper series / Department of Economics 353, University of Zurich. ZORA
  • Lee, Yoojin; Kettinger, Adam O; Wilm, Bertram Jakob; Deichmann, Ralf; Weiskopf, Nikolaus; Lambert, Christian; Pruessmann, Klaas Paul; Nagy, Zoltan (2020). A comprehensive approach for correcting voxel‐wise b‐value errors in diffusion MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 83(6):2173-2184. ZORA
  • Alós-Ferrer, Carlos; Fehr, Ernst; Netzer, Nick (2020). Time will tell: recovering preferences when choices are noisy. Working paper series / Department of Economics 306, University of Zurich. ZORA
  • Efferson, Charles; McKay, Ryan; Fehr, Ernst (2020). The evolution of distorted beliefs versus mistaken choices under asymmetric error costs. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 2:E27. ZORA
  • Dorn, David; Vontobel, Niklaus. Ökonomieprofessor warnt: «Es ist problematisch zu sagen, die Restaurantbesitzer haben halt Pech gehabt». In: Luzerner Zeitung, 2 Mai 2020, ZORA
  • Letina, Igor; Liu, Shuo; Netzer, Nick (2020). Optimal contest design: a general approach. Discussion Papers 20-11, Department of Economics, University of Bern. ZORA
  • Maggi, Giovanni; Ossa, Ralph (2020). Are trade agreements good for you?. NBER Working Papers 27252, National Bureau of Economic Research. ZORA
  • Letina, Igor; Liu, Shuo; Netzer, Nick (2020). Delegating performance evaluation. Theoretical Economics, 15(2):477-509. ZORA
  • Fehr, Ernst; Miettinen, Topi; Kosfeld, Michael; Weibull, Jörgen (2020). Revealed preferences in a sequential prisoners’ dilemma: A horse-race between six utility functions. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 173:1-25. ZORA
  • Adams-Prassl, Abi; Boneva, Teodora; Golin, Marta; Rauh, Christopher (2020). The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on mental health: evidence from the US. HCEO Working Paper 2020-30, University of Zurich. ZORA
  • Campos-Mercade, Pol; Meier, Armando N; Schneider, Florian H; Wengström, Erik (2020). Prosociality predicts health behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working paper series / Department of Economics 346, University of Zurich. ZORA
  • Autor, David; Dorn, David; Katz, Lawrence F; Patterson, Christina; Van Reenen, John (2020). The fall of the labor share and the rise of superstar firms. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 135(2):645-709. ZORA
  • Ambuehl, Sandro; Groves, Vivienne (2020). Unraveling over time. Games and Economic Behavior, 121:252-264. ZORA
  • Murd, Carolina; Moisa, Marius; Grueschow, Marcus; Polania, Rafael; Ruff, Christian C (2020). Causal contributions of human frontal eye fields to distinct aspects of decision formation. Scientific Reports, 10(7317):online. ZORA
  • Carlson, Ryan W; Maréchal, Michel; Oud, Bastiaan; Fehr, Ernst; Crockett, Molly J (2020). Motivated misremembering of selfish decisions. PsyArXiv Preprints 7ck25, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. ZORA
  • Fehr, Ernst; Fuster, Thomas; Eisenring, Christoph; Brunetti, Aymo; Danthine, Jean-Pierre; Föllmi, Reto; Frey, Bruno S; Osterloh, Margit; Schaltegger, Christoph; Sturm, Jan-Egbert. Interview : Corona-Krise: So wollen Schweizer Ökonomen das Land vom Lockdown befreien. In: NZZ, 85, 11 April 2020, p.18. ZORA
  • Dorn, David. Wie die Volkswirtschaft überlebt. In: Finanz und Wirtschaft, 6 April 2020, ZORA
  • Belfield, Chris; Boneva, Teodora; Rauh, Christopher; Shaw, Jonathan (2020). What drives enrolment gaps in further education? The role of beliefs in sequential schooling decisions. Economica, 87(346):490-529. ZORA
  • Fehr, Ernst; Burghart, Daniel R; Epper, Thomas (2020). The uncertainty triangle – uncovering heterogeneity in attitudes towards uncertainty. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 60(2):125-156. ZORA