Christian Zünd wants to know why we behave the way we do.
I’m a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Zurich. My research combines field and online experiments with data from large administrative databases and genetic repositories. My work has been published in Science and Nature Genetics and has recently received quite a bit of media attention.
Scholarships: Dissertation Fellowship, University of Zurich (2019), SNF Doc.Mobility Fellowship, Swiss National Science Fund (2018), Excellence Scholarship, Excellence Foundation EFZH (2014), Cambridge Trust Scholarship, Cambridge Trust, (declined, 2014).
Additional Training: RSF Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics (2018), SINTEF Winter School in Practical Artificial Intelligence (2018), RSF Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics (2017), ETH-Zurich courses in Bioinformatics, Functional Genomics, and Cancer Genetics (2016-18).
–Job Market Paper–
Using a novel identification strategy and large administrative data, I show that the causal effect of Brasil’s Bolsa Família on school enrollment is significantly smaller in municipalities where corruption is rampant. Local corruption increases income underreporting during the registration phase of the program, making it harder to target the families that benefit most, consistent with the evidence of a theoretical model and a field experiment.
Field experiment on civic behavior in 40 countries, 355 cities, and involving over 17’000 apparently lost wallets.
–Work in progress–
Gene-environment correlation and gene-environment interaction for alcohol consumption using data on more than 400’000 individuals and 60’000 pubs in the UK.
Genome-wide association study of risk tolerance in over 1 million individuals.