International Review for Social Sciences


Reiner Eichenberger

Reiner Eichenberger studied Economics at the University of Zurich, where he also gained his PhD and Habilitation. Since 1998 he has been Professor for Public Finance and Economic Policy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He specializes in political and institutional economics. He has authored or co-authored three books and more than 100 academic articles, some of which have been published in Journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and the Journal of Public Economics. As he is convinced that economics is highly fruitful for solving societal problems, he often publishes in non-academic outlets and engages in various ways in public decision-making, for instance as a Member of the Swiss Federal Communication Commission, the independent regulator of the Swiss telecom sector. He is regularly ranked among the top most influential economists in Switzerland according to different media rankings.

Alois Stutzer

Alois Stutzer studied economics at the University of Zurich where he also received his PhD in 2001. He has been a full Professor for Public Choice and Public Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel since 2009. Alois Stutzerís research interests include political economics, public economics, law and economics, and economics and psychology. He has authored several scientific publications in journals such as the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, and Public Choice. His book entitled Happiness and economics: How the economy and institutions affect human well-being by Princeton University Press has over 4000 citations.

David Stadelmann

David Stadelmann studied Economics and Mathematics at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) where he also received his PhD in Economics and Social Sciences in 2010. He started teaching and researching as a professor at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2013. David Stadelmann's research interests include political, public, and institutional economics as well as the broad topics of growth, development and international factor mobility. He has authored numerous scientific publications and publishes the policy-relevant findings of his research in non-academic outlets such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs. He has won diverse research prizes and awards for his activities in the media.

Honorary Editors

Bruno S. Frey

Bruno S. Frey studied Economics at the University of Zurich and Cambridge and gained his PhD and habilitation at the University of Basel. 1970-1977 he was Professor at the University of Constance and at the University of Zurich 1977-2012. He was Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick 2010-2013 and Guest Professor at Zeppelin University, Germany 2012-2015. Since mid 2015, he is Permanent Guest Professor at the University of Basel. He was, among others, Visiting Research Professor at University of Chicago, and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College of Oxford University, Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Jelle Zijlstra Professorial Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar. He is the author of 21 books, which have been translated into 14 languages. Bruno Frey's research interests include the application of economic analysis to politics, the environment, terrorism and the arts. He has extended the economic model by including psychological aspects, in particular motivation and happiness.

René L. Frey

René L. Frey studied at the University of Basel. He was Professor at the same university from 1970-2004 and rector from 1996-1998. His research interests include public policy, public finance and regional economics.