Urs Fischbacher

Urs Fischbacher

Urs Fischbacher is a Professor of Applied Economic Research at the University of Konstanz and director of the Thurgau Economic Institute. After his doctoral thesis in mathematics at the University of Zurich in 1985, he worked as a software developer in the industry and as a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute WSL. In 1995, he moved to economics as a scientific programmer and later as a lecturer at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics. There, he developed z-Tree, a programming language for interactive laboratory experiments that is being used worldwide in numerous research institutions. His research resulted in the habilitation in economics at the University of Zurich in 2006 on the topics of human motivation and cooperation. His research interests include experimental economics, behavioral economics with a focus on social norms, social preferences and the processes of human decision making.