Urs Fischbacher

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Fischbacher, Urs, Simeon Schudy, and Sabrina Teyssier. Heterogeneous Preferences and Investments in Energy Saving Measures, forthcoming Resource and Energy Economics.


  • Fehrler, Sebastian, Urs Fischbacher, and Maik T Schneider. 2020. Honesty and Self-Selection into Cheap Talkk, The Economic Journal, 130: 2468-96.
  • Chen, Fadong and Urs Fischbacher. "Cognitive Processes Underlying Distributional Preferences: A Response Time Study." Experimental Economics, 23(2), 421-446.
  • Lobmaier, Janek S.; Fabian Probst; Urs Fischbacher; Urs Wirthmüller and Daria Knoch. 2020. "Pleasant Body Odours, but Not Genetic Similarity, Influence Trustworthiness in a Modified Trust Game." Scientific Reports, 10(1), 3388.
  • Kleinert, Tobias, Bastian Schiller, Urs Fischbacher, Laura-Anne Grigutsch, Nicolas Koranyi, Klaus Rothermund, and Markus Heinrichs. 2020. "The Trust Game for Couples (TGC): A new standardized paradigm to assess trust in romantic relationships", PLoS ONE, 15: e0230776.
  • Hausfeld, Jan, Urs Fischbacher, and Daria Knoch. 2020. “The value of decision-making power in social decisions”, Journal of economic behavior & organization, 177, 898-912.
  • Fischbacher, Urs, and Simeon Schudy. 2020. "Agenda Control and Reciprocity in sequential voting decisions", Economic Inquiry, 58: 1813-29.


  • Karlsson Linnér, Richard; Pietro Biroli; Edward Kong; S. Fleur W. Meddens; Robbee Wedow; Mark Alan Fontana; Maël Lebreton; Stephen P. Tino; Abdel Abdellaoui; Anke R. Hammerschlag, et al. 2019. "Genome-Wide Association Analyses of Risk Tolerance and Risky Behaviors in over 1 Million Individuals Identify Hundreds of Loci and Shared Genetic Influences." Nature Genetics, 51(2), 245-57.
  • von Dawans, Bernadette; Beate Ditzen; Amalie Trueg; Urs Fischbacher and Markus Heinrichs. 2019. "Effects of Acute Stress on Social Behavior in Women." Psychoneuroendocrinology, 99, 137-44.


  • Lobmaier, Janek S.; Urs Fischbacher; Urs Wirthmüller and Daria Knoch. 2018. The Scent of Attractiveness: Levels of Reproductive Hormones Explain Individual Differences in Women's Body Odour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1886).
  • Bernadette von Dawans; Amalie Trueg; Clemens Kirschbaum; Urs Fischbacher; Markus Heinrichs (2018) Acute social and physical stress interact to influence social behavior: The role of social anxiety. PLoS ONE 13(10): e0204665.
  • Lobmaier, Janek S.; Urs Fischbacher; Fabian Probst; Urs Wirthmüller and Daria Knoch, "Accumulating Evidence Suggests That Men Do Not Find Body Odours of Human Leucocyte Antigen-Dissimilar Women More Attractive", Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1878)., 2018
  • Rudorf, S.; Baumgartner, T.; Markett, S.; Schmelz, K.; Wiest, R.; Fischbacher, U. & Knoch, D., "Intrinsic connectivity networks underlying individual differences in control-averse behavior", Human Brain Mapping, 39(12), 4857-4869., 2018
  • Rudorf, S.; Schmelz, K.; Baumgartner, T.; Wiest, R.; Fischbacher, U. & Knoch, D., "Neural Mechanisms Underlying Individual Differences in Control-Averse Behavior", The Journal of Neuroscience, 38(22), 5196-5208., 2018


  • Urs Fischbacher; Gerson Hoffmann; Simeon Schudy, "The causal effect of stop-loss and take-gain orders on the disposition effect", The Review of Financial Studies 30 (6), 2110-2129., 2017
  • Fabian Probst; Urs Fischbacher; Janek S. Lobmaier; Urs Wirthmüller and Daria Knoch, "Men’s Preferences for Women’s Body Odours Are Not Associated with Human Leucocyte Antigen", Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1864)., 2017
  • Urs Fischbacher; Nadja Kairies-Black and Ulrike Stefani. 2017. "Non-Additivity and the Salience of Marginal Productivities: Experimental Evidence on Distributive Fairness." Economica, 84(336), 587-610., 2017
  • Maik Bieleke; Peter M. Gollwitzer; Gabriele Oettingen and Urs Fischbacher, "Social Value Orientation Moderates the Effects of Intuition Versus Reflection on Responses to Unfair Ultimatum Offers", Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30(2), 569-81., 2017


  • Fadong Chen and Urs Fischbacher, "Response Time and Click Position: Cheap Indicators of Preferences", Journal of the Economics Science Association 2(2), 109-126. doi: 10.1007/s40881-016-0026-6., 2016
  • Birgit M. Beisswingert; Keshun Zhang; Thomas Goetz; Urs Fischbacher, "Spillover Effects of Loss of Control on Risky Decision-Making", PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150470. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150470., 2016
  • Aleksandra Kupferberg; Oliver M. Hager; Urs Fischbacher; Laura S. Brändle; Melanie Haynes; Gregor Hasler, "Testing the social competition hypothesis of depression using a simple economic game", British Journal of Psychiatry Open 2(2), 163-169; DOI: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.001362., 2016
  • Nora Preuss; Laura S. Brändle; Oliver M. Hager; Melanie Haynes; Urs Fischbacher and Gregor Hasler, "Inconsistency and social decision making in patients with Borderline Personality Disorder", Psychiatry Research 243, 115-122., 2016
  • Kimmich, Christian and Urs Fischbacher, "Behavioral determinants of supply chain integration and coexistence", Journal of Forest Economics 25, 55-77., 2016
  • Yan Chen, Ernst Fehr; Urs Fischbacher; Peter Morgan, "Matching and Segregation: An Experimental Study", forthcoming Games and Economic Behavior, 2016


  • Björn Bartling; Urs Fischbacher and Simeon Schudy, "Pivotality and Responsibility Attribution in Sequential Voting", Journal of Public Economics 128, 133-39 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2015.03.010., 2015
  • Gerald Eisenkopf and Urs Fischbacher, "Naïve responses to kind delegation", Managerial and Decision Economics 36(7), 487–498., 2015
  • Gerald Eisenkopf; Zohal Hessami; Urs Fischbacher and Heinrich Ursprung, "Academic Performance and Single-Sex Schooling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Switzerland", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 115, 123–143., 2015
  • Beisswingert Birgit M.; Keshun Zhang; Thomas Goetz; Ping Fang and Urs Fischbacher, "The Effects of Subjective Loss of Control on Risk-taking Behavior: The Mediating Role of Anger", Frontiers in Psychology 6:774. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00774., 2015


  • Chen, Yan; Ernst Fehr; Urs Fischbacher and Peter Morgan, "Decentralized matching and social segregation", Games and Economic Behavior 90, 17-43. doi: 10.1016/j.geb.2014.11.004., 2014
  • Ernst Fehr; Elena Tougareva and Urs Fischbacher, "Do High Stakes and Competition Undermine Fair Behaviour? Evidence from Russia", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 108, 354-363., 2014
  • Philipp A.W. Käser; Cornelius J. König; Urs Fischbacher and Martin Kleinmann, "Helping as Mundane Knowledge Sharing: Do Bundled Help Request and Quiet Time Increase Performance?", Journal of Information and Knowlegde Management 13(3), [10 pages] DOI: 10.1142/S0219649214500257., 2014
  • Urs Fischbacher; Simeon Schudy and Sabrina Teyssier, "Heterogeneous reactions to heterogeneity in returns from public goods", Social Choice and Welfare 43(1), 195-217., 2014
  • Urs Fischbacher and Simeon Schudy, "Reciprocity and resistance to comprehensive reform", Public Choice 160(3-4), 411-428., 2014
  • Jonathan Schulz; Urs Fischbacher; Christian Thöni and Verena Utikal, "Affect and fairness: Dictator games under cognitive load", Journal of Economic Psychology 41, 77-87., 2014
  • Verena Utikal and Urs Fischbacher, "Attribution of Externalities. An economic Approach to the Knobe Effect", Economics and Philosophy 30, 215-240., 2014
  • Sabrina Strang; Verena Utikal; Urs Fischbacher; Bernd Weber and Armin Falk, "Neural Correlates of Receiving an Apology and Active Forgiveness: An fMRI Study", PLoS ONE 9, e87654., 2014
  • Andreas Pedroni; Christoph Eisenegger; Matthias N. Hartmann; Urs Fischbacher and Daria Knoch, "Dopaminergic stimulation increases selfish behavior in the absence of punishment threat", Psychopharmacology 231, 135-141., 2014


  • Urs Fischbacher; Ralph Hertwig and Adrian Bruhin, "How to Model Heterogeneity in Costly Punishment: Insights from Responders´ Response Times", Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 26(5), 405-492., 2013
  • Urs Fischbacher and Verena Utikal, "On the Acceptance of Apologies", Games and Economic Behavior 82, 592–608., 2013
  • Lisa Bruttel and Urs Fischbacher, "Taking the initiative. What characterizes leaders?", European EconomicReview 64, 147–168., 2013
  • Urs Fischbacher; Thorsten Hens and Stefan Zeisberger, "The impact of monetary policy on stock market bubbles and trading behavior: evidence from the lab", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 37, 2104-2122., 2013
  • Gerald Eisenkopf; Urs Fischbacher and Franziska Föllmi-Heusi, "Unequal Opportunities and Distributive Justice", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 93, 51–61., 2013
  • Armin Falk; Urs Fischbacher and Simon Gächter, "Living in Two Neighborhoods – Social Interactions Effects in the Lab", Economic Inquiry 51(1), 563–578., 2013
  • Verena Utikal and Urs Fischbacher, "Disadvantageous lies in individual decisions", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 85(1), 108-111., 2013
  • Philipp A. W. Käser; Urs Fischbacher and Cornelius J. König, "Helping and Quiet Hours, Interruption-Free Time Spans can Harm Performance", Applied Psychology: An International Review 62(2), 286–307., 2013
  • Urs Fischbacher and Franziska Föllmi-Heusi, "Lies in Disguise – An experimental study on cheating", Journal of the European Economic Association 11(3), 525–547., 2013


  • Urs Fischbacher; Simon Gächter and Simone Quercia, "The Behavioral Validity of the Strategy Method in Public Good Experiments", Journal of Economic Psychology 33(4), 897–913., 2012
  • Bernadette von Dawans; Urs Fischbacher; Clemens Kirschbaum; Ernst Fehr and Markus Heinrichs, "The social dimension of stress reactivity: acute stress increases prosocial behavior in humans", Psychological Science 23, 651-660., 2012
  • Björn Bartling and Urs Fischbacher, "Shifting the Blame: On Delegation and Responsibility", Review of Economic Studies 79(1), 67-87., 2012


  • Urs Fischbacher and Simon Gächter, "Social Preferences, Beliefs, and the Dynamics of Free Riding in Public Goods", American Economic Review 100(1), 541-556., 2010


  • Thomas Baumgartner; Urs Fischbacher; Anja Feierabend; Kai Lutz and Ernst Fehr, "The Neural Circuitry of a Broken Promise", Neuron 64(5), 756-770., 2009
  • Dirk Engelmann and Urs Fischbacher, "Indirect Reciprocity and Strategic Reputation Building in an Experimental Helping Game", Games and Economic Behavior 67(2), 399-407., 2009
  • Urs Fischbacher; Christina M. Fong and Ernst Fehr, "Fairness, Errors and the Power of Competition", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 72(1), 527-45., 2009


  • Daria Knoch; Michael A. Nitsche; Urs Fischbacher; Christoph Eisenegger; Alvaro Pascual-Leone and Ernst Fehr, "Studying the Neurobiology of Social Interaction with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation The Example of Punishing Unfairness", Cerebral Cortex 18, 1987-1990., 2008
  • Thomas Baumgartner; Markus Heinrichs; Aline Vonlanthen; Urs Fischbacher and Ernst Fehr, "Oxytocin Shapes the Neural Circuitry of Trust and Trust Adaptation in Humans", Neuron 58(4), 639 – 650., 2008
  • Urs Fischbacher and Christian Thöni, "Inefficient Excess Entry in an Experimental Winner-Take-All Market", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 67(1), 150-163., 2008
  • Armin Falk; Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Testing Theories of Fairness Intentions matter", Games and Economic Behavior 62 (1), 287-303., 2008


  • Manfred Spitzer; Urs Fischbacher; Bärbel Herrnberger; Georg Grön and Ernst Fehr, "The Neural Signature of Social Norm Compliance", Neuron 56, 185-196., 2007
  • Urs Fischbacher, "z-Tree: Zurich Toolbox for Ready-made Economic experiments", Experimental Economics 10(2), 171-178., 2007
  • Urs Fischbacher and Ulrike Stefani, "Strategic Errors and Audit Quality – An Experimental Investigation", Accounting Review 82(3), 679-704., 2007


  • Helen Bernhard; Urs Fischbacher and Ernst Fehr, "Parochial altruism in humans", Nature 442, 912-915., 2006
  • Armin Falk and Urs Fischbacher, "A Theory of Reciprocity", Games and Economic Behavior 54(2), 293-315., 2006


  • Armin Falk; Ernst Fehr; and Urs Fischbacher, "Driving Forces behind Informal Sanctions", Econometrica 73(6), 2017-2030., 2005
  • Ernst Fehr; Urs Fischbacher and Michael Kosfeld, "Neuroeconomic Foundations of Trust and Social Preferences: Initial Evidence", American Economic Review 95(2), 346-351., 2005
  • Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Altruists with Green Beards", Analyse & Kritik 27(1), 73-84., 2005
  • Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Human Altruism. Proximate Patterns and Evolutionary Origins", Analyse & Kritik 27(1), 6–47., 2005
  • Michael Kosfeld; Markus Heinrichs; Paul Zak; Urs Fischbacher and Ernst Fehr, "Oxytocin increases Trust in Humans", Nature 435, 673-676., 2005


  • Dominique J.-F. deQuervain; Urs Fischbacher; Valerie Treyer; Melanie Schellhammer; Ulrich Schnyder; Alfred Buck and Ernst Fehr, "The Neural Basis of Altruistic Punishment", Science 305, 1254-1258., 2004
  • Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Third Party Punishment and Social Norms", Evolution and Human Behavior 25, 63–87., 2004
  • Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Social norms and human cooperation", Trends in Cognitive Sciences 8(4), 185-190., 2004


  • Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "The Nature of Human Altruism", Nature 425, 785-791., 2003
  • Armin Falk; Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Reasons for Conflict: Lessons from Bargaining Experiments", Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 159(1), 171-187., 2003
  • Armin Falk; Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "On the Nature of Fair Behavior", Economic Inquiry 41(1), 20-26., 2003


  • Ernst Fehr; Urs Fischbacher; Bernhard von Rosenbladt; Jürgen Schupp and Gert G. Wagner, "A Nation-Wide Laboratory – Examining trust and trustworthiness by integrating behavioral experiments into representative surveys", Schmollers Jahrbuch 122(4), 519-542., 2002
  • Armin Falk and Urs Fischbacher, "“Crime” in the Lab – Detecting Social Interaction", European Economic Review 46, 859-869., 2002
  • Ernst Fehr; Urs Fischbacher and Simon Gächter, "Strong Reciprocity, Human Cooperation, and the Enforcement of Social Norms", Human Nature 13(1), 1-25., 2002
  • Ernst Fehr and Urs Fischbacher, "Why Social Preferences Matter – The Impact of Nonselfish Motives on Competition, Cooperation, and Incentives", Economic Journal 112, C1-C33., 2002


  • Urs Fischbacher; Simon Gächter and Ernst Fehr, "Are People Conditionally Cooperative? Evidence from a Public Goods Experiment", Economics Letters 71, 397-404., 2001

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