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Claes Ek


Department of
Visiting address
Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 640
40530 Göteborg

About Claes Ek

I am a postdoc at the Department of Economics and am affiliated with the Centre for Collective Action Research at the University of Gothenburg. I obtained my PhD from Lund University in September 2016.

My main research interests are in the intersection between environmental and behavioral economics, with a particular focus on individual pro-environmental and prosocial behavior. One of the issues I am interested in is whether policies to encourage a particular prosocial activity spills over onto other activities - for example, if local government incentivizes recycling, will people become more or less inclined to buy organic food or bike to work?

Link to my personal web page (external site)

Research areas

  • Behavioral economics, environmental economics, public economics, applied theory

Teaching areas

  • Microeconomics, Environmental economics

Selected publications

Some Causes are More Equal than Others? The Effect of Similarity on Substitution in Charitable Giving
Ek, Claes
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 136, 2017