Research Platform Empirical and Experimental Economics


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Janette Walde (Department of Statistics)

Research Objectives

The research platform eeecon is the home of researchers working in the area of empirical and experimental economics based on theory. The research platform (eeecon) includes the four research centers (1) Empirical Economics and Econometrics, (2) En-vironmental Economics and Regional Development, (3) Experimental Economics and Applied Game Theory, and (4) Financial Markets and Risk.

The main objective of RP is to support the exchange and cooperation between the members involved. Methodological knowledge in the form of experiments, statistics or econometrics, but also theoretical knowledge and modelling possibilities can diffuse into the working groups with content-related questions and enable interdisciplinary research projects and publications with the highest quality standards.

The working paper series of the platform is published via the RePEc network (Research Papers in Economics) and allows members to make their latest ideas and results available to interested scientists in a timely manner. The broad and rapid exchange of knowledge thus achieved is a central concern of the RP, which makes it possible to give the scientific findings of its members international visibility.

The research areas of the platform are the research goals of its members. As far as content is concerned, eeecon is therefore concerned with:

  1. Macroeconomic and globalisation issues and evaluation of economic policies.
  2. Investigation of causes and effects of business cycles.
  3. Methodological basic research in the field of econometrics and statistics, in particular spatial modelling, distribution regression, panel econometrics and statistical Software.
  4. Investigation of individual and strategic decision-making behaviour (using both theoretical and experimental methods).
  5. Innovation of complex financial products and their impact on a sustainable improvement of our societies/economies.
  6. Importance of intangible factors (e.g. environment) and cultural structures (social capital) for the development of quality of life, innovation and competitiveness of regions.

In the future, it is planned to work together in working groups directly under the umbrella of the research platform and thus increase the visibility of the research results. Therefore, RC Empirical Economics and Econometrics and RC Environmental Economics and Regional Development are not to be continued, but integrated into eeecon as working groups. Due to the congruent structure of the SFB (F63 Credence Goods, Incentives and Behavior) with the RC Experimental Economics and Applied Game Theory and the RC Financial Markets and Risk, there is no need for adjustment here. This leaner and more homogeneous structure of eeecon is also conducive to cooperation within the framework of a doctoral college (DC) under the eeecon umbrella. The streamlining of structures within RP can be used to further network research at RP, especially in the field of PhD training. Therefore the development of a concept for a DC will be our next step.
It is precisely this application of the latest methodological knowledge to answer current, socially relevant questions that has enabled and will continue to enable the members of RP to publish in top international journals and to collaborate with international scientists of high reputation. Hence, the members of eeecon contribute valuably to make Innsbruck visible nationally and internationally as a successful research location in the field of empirical and experimental economic research.

 Interview with Janette Walde (Video)

Affiliated Organisational Units

Faculty of Business and Management

Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Affiliated Research Centres

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