Bruno Lanz

Chair of Applied Economics


Bruno Lanz is professor of applied economics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He currently serves as vice-dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business and director of the Institute of Economic Research. Bruno is also an associate researcher at ETH Zurich and a research affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bruno’s research combines tools from economic analysis and empirical methods to inform concrete problems of resource management. His recent publications focus on information and technology adoption, energy efficiency investments, and on the costs/benefits of energy and climate policy. Previously, Bruno was a research program director at IHEID, and he has also worked as an economic consultant with a London-based company, with whom he still regularly consults.

Bruno holds a PhD in Economics from ETH Zurich, and master degrees from the University of Lausanne and University College London.


  • Environmental, energy and resource economics
  • Public economics and regulation
  • Applied econometrics
  • Numerical methods and computational economics
  • Behavioral and experimental economics


  • Introduction à l'économie 1
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Empirical Methods for Economists
  • Interfaculty course: Changement Climatique et Société


Selected publications

Reciprocity and gift exchange in markets for credence goods (joint with S. Kandul and E. Reins), Games and Economic Behavior 2023, 141, 52-60.

Climate policy without a price signal: Evidence on the implicit carbon price of energy efficiency in buildings (joint with G. Lang), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 2022, 111, 102560

The Return of Malthus? Resource Constraints in an Era of Declining Population Growth (joint with P. Naso and T. Swanson), European Economic Review 2020, 128, 103499.

Social comparison and energy conservation in a collective action context: A field experiment (joint with S. Kandul and G. Lang), Economics Letters 2020, 188, 108947. Working paper

The behavioral effect of Pigovian regulation: Evidence from a field experiment (joint with J.-D. Wurlod, L. Panzone and T. Swanson), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 2018, 87, 190-205. Working paper

Global population growth, technology, and Malthusian constraints: A quantitative growth theoretic perspective (joint with S. Dietz and T. Swanson), International Economic Review 2017, 58 (3), 973-1006. Working paper