Mathias Herzing

Stockholm University
Department of Economics
SE-106 91 Stockholm Sweden







Short presentation

I obtained my PhD in 2005 at the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University (Dissertation title: Essays on Uncertainty and Escape in Trade Agreements) and have since 2006 been affiliated with the Department of Economics, Stockholm University.

Research interests

  • Regulations and enfocement of legislation: Since September 2019 I work on the research project "Welfare effects of monitoring oligopolistic markets" (Välfärdseffekter av tillsyn av oligopolistiska marknader), which is led by Jonas Häckner. This project focuses on the effects of enforcing regulations regarding the environment, public health safety, taxation and competition.
  • Competition policy: Since July 2017 I work on the research project "The Effectiveness of Efforts against Competition-limiting Collusion" (Kostnadseffektiviteten av insatser mot konkurrensbegränsande samarbeten), which is funded by the Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket).
  • Environmental inspections and enforcement: Together with Adam Jacobsson I have led the multi-disciplinary research programs "Evaluating Inspections as an Instrument for Achieving Environmental Targets" (Utvärdering av tillsynen som styrmedel för att uppnå miljökvalitetsmålen), "Inspections and enforcement as instruments for enhancing environmental behavior" (Tillsynen som styrmedel för förbättrat miljöbeteende) and "Efficient environmental inspections and enforcement" (Effektiv miljötillsyn), which were all funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Microeconomics, industrial organization and game theory

Current teaching



“Measuring the Effects of Feedback from Inspections on Cleanliness in Swedish Pre-schools - A Field Experiment” (with Adam Jacobsson), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 78, 1–9, 2019.

“The Effectiveness of Environmental Inspections in Oligopolistic Markets” (with Jonas Häckner), Resource and Energy Economics 48, 83–97, 2017.

“Inspections and Enforcement as Instruments for Enhancing Environmental Behavior” (editor, with Adam Jacobsson), report 6801, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2017.

“Applying Motivational Interviewing to Induce Compliance with Radon Gas Radiation Legislation - A Feasibility Study” (with Hans Wickström, Lars Forsberg, Adam Jacobsson and Håkan Källmén), Psychology and Education 54(3), 1–22, 2017.

“Welfare Effects of Taxation in Oligopolistic Markets” (with Jonas Häckner), Journal of Economic Theory 163, 141–166, 2016.

"Efficient Environmental Inspections and Enforcement" (editor, with Adam Jacobsson), report 6713, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2016.

"On the Optimal Production Capacity for Influenza Vaccine" (with Rikard Forslid), Health Economics 24(6), 726-741, 2015.

"Effektiv miljötillsyn", with Adam Jacobsson et al), report 6558, Naturvårdsverket, 2013 (Swedish version of report 6713, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2016).

"Does Hidden Information Make Trade Liberalization More Fragile?", Canadian Journal of Economics 44(2), 561-579, 2011.

"Utländska direktinvesteringar: Effekter på det inhemska näringslivet" (”Foreign Direct Investment: Effects On the Domestic Economy”, with Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson), Ekonomisk debatt 36(2), 57-72, 2008.

"Essays on Uncertainty and Escape in Trade Agreements", IIES Monograph Series No. 50, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, 2005.