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Background and Research Agenda
I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Finance at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Affiliated Faculty of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, USA. I hold a PhD in Economics (excellent cum laude) with a research interest in game theory, experimental economics, public economics, industrial organization, and environmental and natural resource economics.
My research program addresses how economic agents make decisions in social dilemmas on the use of natural resources; focusing on incentives and how these incentives are affected by contextual factors – such as institutional change.
A first line of research focuses on the use of natural resources in settings of scarcity and conflict. This study of scarcity includes, in a broad sense, the analysis of behavioral responses to changes in the availability of resources, the private and social marginal value of those resources as well as their resilience. My interest in conflict refers to settings where there is a trade-off between conservation and social welfare and on how institutional change can alleviate such trade-offs.
A second line of research addresses firms' corporate environmental responsibility. Research efforts in this direction study voluntary abatement by firms and the role of certifications in modifying firms’ strategies as a result of market incentives.