Bruno Lanz

Assistant professor of applied economics


Bruno Lanz is an assistant professor of applied economics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and the director of the MSc in Applied Economics. 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 water supply investment decisions, on the economic and environmental impacts of global population growth, 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.


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


  • Applied Econometrics
  • Empirical Methods for Economists

Selected publications

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

Models-as-usual for unusual risks? On the value of catastrophic climate change (joint with A. Bommier and S. Zuber), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 2015, 74, 1-22.