Patricia Funk
Full Professor
Università della Svizzera Italiana

Tel.: +41 586 66 4819 


Research Interests 
Political Economy, Gender Research, Behavioral Economics

Curriculum Vitae


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  

Are Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral? With David Card, Stefano DellaVigna and Nagore Iriberri. [First Draft]

Polls, the Press, and Political Participation: The Effects of Anticipated Election Closeness on Voter Turnout
 (with Leonardo Bursztyn, Davide Cantoni and Noam Yuchtman). [NBER Working Paper 23490] [Latest Draft]

Policy Choices in Assembly versus Representative Democracies: Evidence from Swiss Communes
 (with Stephan Litschig) [Paper] R & R, Journal of Public Economics

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


Master in Economics. 

Sinergia Project:
"The Swiss Confederation: A Natural Laboratory for Research on Fiscal and Political Decentralization"