Patricia Funk

Professor of Economics
Università della Svizzera Italiana

Head of Department

Master in Economics

Tel.: +41 586 66 4819 


Research Interests 
Political Economy, Gender Research, Behavioral Economics

Curriculum Vitae


Policy Choices in Assembly versus Representative Democracies: Evidence from Swiss Communes (with Stephan Litschig) [Paper] [Online-Appendix]
            Journal of Public Economics, 2020, 182, Article 104122.  

Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral? (with David Card, Stefano DellaVigna and Nagore Iriberri) [NBER Working Paper No. 25967]
            Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2020, 135: 269-327.   
How Accurate are Surveyed Preferences for Public Policies? Evidence from a Unique Institutional Setup. [Paper] [Web-Appendix]
            Review of Economics and Statistics, 
2016, 98(3): 455-466.

Gender Gaps in Policy Making: Evidence from Direct Democracy
 (with Christina Gathmann). [Paper
            Economic Policy, 2015, 30(81): 141-181.

Promoting Rule Compliance with Daily Life: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in the Public Libraries of Barcelona
(with José Apesteguia and Nagore Iriberri). [Paper]
            European Economic Review, 2013, 64: 266-284. 

Voter Preferences, Direct Democracy and Government Spending
 (with Christina Gathmann). 
            European Journal of Political Economy, 2013, 32: 300-319. 

How do Electoral Systems Affect Fiscal Policy? Evidence from Canton Parliaments, 1890-2000
 (with Christina Gathmann). [Paper] [Web-Appendix]  
            Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013, 11(5): 1178-1203. 

            Management Science, 2012, 58(2),pp. 219-235 - lead article. 

  • Does Direct Democracy Reduce the Size of Government? New Evidence from Historical Data, 1890-2000
     (with Christina Gathmann). [Paper 

            Economic Journal2011, 121(557): 1252-1280.

Social Incentives and Voter Turnout: Evidence from the Swiss Mail Ballot System.

            Journal of the European Economic Association2010, 8(5): 1077-1103. 

  • Is there an Expressive Function of Law? An Empirical Analysis of Voting Laws with Symbolic Fines

            American Law and Economics Review2007, 9: 135-159

Governmental Action, Social Norms and Criminal Behavior. 
            Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics2006, 161(3): 522-535. 

On the Effective Use of Stigma as a Crime Deterrent.
            European Economic Review2004, 48(4): 715-725 - lead article. 

Dynamic Interactions between Crimes
 (with Peter Kugler). 
            Economics Letters, 2003, 79: 291-298 - lead article. 

Identifying Efficient Crime Combating Policies by VAR-Models: The Example of Switzerland
(with Peter Kugler). 
            Contemporary Economic Policy2003, 21: 525-538. 

Working Papers  

Gender Differences in Peer Recognition by Economists (with David Card, Stefano DellaVigna and Nagore Iriberri). 

Does Scarcity of Female Instructors Create Demand for Diversity among Students? Evidence from Observational and Experimental Data (with Nagore Iriberri and Giulia Savio) 

Identifying the Effect of Election Closeness on Voter Turnout: Evidence from Swiss Referenda (with Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni, Felix Schönenberger and Noam Yuchtman). [NBER Working Paper 23490] [Latest Draft]

Gender Differences in Academic Performance: The Role of Exam Design in Multiple-Choice Tests (with Helena Perrone).
[Latest Draft[CEPR Discussion Paper  11716]