Research Center Environmental Economics and Regional Development


Prof. Hannelore Weck-Hannemann (Institute of Public Finance)

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gottfried Tappeiner (Institute of Economic Theory, Policy and History

Research Objectives

Environmental conditions and regional fragmentation are core components in the contemporary analysis of economic activity. The objective of the research center Environmental Economics and Regional Development is to analyze the interaction between environment, economic development and quality of life within ecologically sensitive regions.

The main lines of research are to investigate the origins and implications of scarcity of natural resources, i.e. the economic and institutional dimensions of scarcity with a focus on global change and conservation of sensitive landscapes and ecosystems, including valuation; and the ecological factors and soft factors, like social capital or cultural norms, driving economic development and the innovative capacity of a region in particular.

Right from the beginning in 2004, the research center is part of the research focus Alpine Space – Man and Environment. The cooperation deals with natural hazard management and global change, driving forces and consequences of changes in land use, as well as with the optimization of and compensation for ecosystem services.

Methodologically, we mainly apply spatial econometric and experimental economics which places the research center within the scope of the research platform Empirical and Experimental Economics.

 Interview with Hannelore Weck-Hannemann (Video)

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