Institute of Economic Research


Created in 1985, the Institute of Economic Research at Neuchâtel (IRENE) is the competence center for research and education in economics at the University of Neuchâtel.

The Institute offers several options for students (Bachelor in Economics, Master in Applied Economics, PhD in Economics, and a continuing education diploma in Economics and Public Finance), carries out applied research in economics, and offers services to the community in the form of projects mandated by national and international organisations.

From 1 August the director is Professor Bruno Lanz.




"Refugee Shocks: What the Sudden Arrival of Many Refugees Does to Others"


"Gestion d'un établissement de soins de santé public et privé: une exception suisse?" under the direction of M. Farsi, Ph. Gnaegi, Editions Slatkine, 2024

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Recent publications

  • Bruno Lanz, Serhiy Kandul & Evert Reins

Games and Economic Behavior: "Reciprocity and gift exchange in markets for credence goods"


  • Nathan Delacrétaz, Bruno Lanz, Amir H. Delju, Etienne Piguet  & Martine Rebetez

Journal Population and Environment: "Impacts of rainfall shocks on out-migration are moderated more by capita income than by agricultural output in Türkiye"


  • Rebecca Stuart

Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics:  160 Years of aggregate supply and demand in Switzerland


  • Jeremy Van Dijk, Nathan Delacrétaz and Bruno Lanz

Journal: Environmental and Resource Economics

"Technology Adoption and Early Network Infrastructure Provision in the Market for Electric Vehicles"

DOI 10.1007/s10640-022-00703-z


  • Daniel Kaufmann and Anne Kathrin Funk

AEA Papers & Proceedings: "Do Bonuses Offset the Allocative Effects of Downward Rigid Base Wages?"


  • Daniel Kaufmann & Fabio Canetg

European Economic Review: Overnight rate ans signalling effects of central bank bills


  • Daniel Kaufmann

KOF Bulletin "Is inflation out of control?"


  • Bruno Lanz & Ghislaine Lang 

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management: "Climate policy without a price signal: Evidence on the implicit carbon price of energy efficiency in buildings"


  • Sylvain Weber (scientific researcher), Laurent Ott (PhD Candidate)

Energy Policy: How effective is carbon taxation on residential heating demand? A household-level analysis