Journal Articles

Lekfuangfu, Warn N. and Reto Odermatt (2022). All I have to do is dream? The role of aspirations for intergenerational mobility and well-being. European Economic Review, accepted.

Media coverage: UniNews, Nau, MoneyCab, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft, TeleBasel, SRF Regionaljournal, Eurek Alert, Geo News, TechnoBlender, StudyFinds, Agadir Group, Mental Health, Strange India, Sexi News, Archyde, TrainersAdda, OiCanadian, Santé Magizine,, Europe News, Science Daily, Finanznachrichten

Reto Odermatt, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and Alois Stutzer (2021). Are Newly Self-Employed Overly Optimistic About Their Future Well-Being? Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, 95: 101779. [link]

Media coverage: The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, UniNews, MoneyCab, Blick, SwissInfo, Handelszeitung, Press24, Opera News, Volksblatt, MSN, myScience

Meier, Armando N., Reto Odermatt, and Alois Stutzer (2021). Tobacco Sales Prohibition and Teen Smoking. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 188: 998-1014. [link]

Media coverage: Tages-Anzeiger, Blick, Basler Zeitung, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Berner Oberländer, Tagblatt, 24 Heures, Journal du Jura, Le Temps, SRF, Uni News, Science-Switzerland

Odermatt, Reto and Alois Stutzer (2019). (Mis‐)Predicted Subjective Well‐Being Following Life Events. Journal of the European Economic Association, 17(1): 245–283 [link]

Media coverage: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Uni News, 20 Minuten, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Kleine Zeitung, Göttinger Tageblatt; Happy Times, Madonna24, Moneycab, Hannoversche Allgemeine, OÖNachrichten,, Tiroler Tageszeitung, Medicalxpress,, Die Presse, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, Kieler Nachrichten, Salzburger Nachrichten, L'Essentiel, Neue Presse, Ärzte Zeitung

Odermatt, Reto and Alois Stutzer (2015). Smoking Bans, Cigarette Prices and Life Satisfaction. Journal of Health Economics, 44:176-194 [link]

Media coverage: Tages-Anzeiger, Blick, Uni Nova,, 20 Minuten, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Aargauer Zeitung, Thurgauer Zeitung

Book chapters

Stutzer, Alois, Thorsten Henne, and Reto Odermatt (2022). Aspiration Theory. In Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. New York.

Odermatt, Reto and Alois Stutzer (2018). Subjective Well-Being and Public Policy. In E. Diener, S. Oishi, and L. Tay (Eds.), Handbook of Well-Being. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publishers. [link]

Book review

Odermatt, Reto (2016). Review of Happiness Explained: What Human Flourishing Is and What We Can Do to Promote It by Paul Anand. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Reviewed for Global Policy, 4th November [link]

Submitted working papers

"Does the Dream of Home Ownership Rest upon Biased Beliefs? A Test Based on Predicted and Realized Life Satisfaction" (with Alois Stutzer). IZA Discussion Paper No. 13510, 2020. Bonn: IZA [link]

"Tobacco Control Policies and Smoking Behavior in Europe: More than Trends?" (with Alois Stutzer), WWZ Working Paper 2018/24. Basel: University of Basel[link]

"Medical Marijuana Laws and Mental Health in the United States" (with Jörg Kalbfuss and Alois Stutzer), CEP Discussion Paper No 1546, 2018. London: CEP, LSE [link]

Media articles

"Ambitous Career Aspirations: A Double-Edged Sword." Psychology Today, August 4, 2022. [link]

"Over-Optimism in the Newly Self-Employed." Psychology Today, April 26, 2022. [link]

"Welche Auswirkungen haben Zigarettenverkaufsverbote an Jugendliche?" (with Armando Meier and Alois Stutzer). Ökonomenstimme, July 5, 2021. [link]

"All I have to do is dream? The role of aspirations for intergenerational mobility and well-being" (with Warn N. Lekfuangfu). What Works Wellbeing blog, August 19, 2020. [link]

"Positiver Glückseffekt wird offenbar überschätzt" (with Alois Stutzer). IZA-Newsroom, August 19, 2020. [link]

"The Long-Term Effects of Life Events on Happiness are Overestimated" (with Alois Stutzer), Oxford University Press blog, March 22, 2019 [link]

"Raucher profitieren am meisten vom Rauchverbot" (with Alois Stutzer), Der Standard, February 28, 2018 [link]

"Rauchverbote machen zufriedener. Glücksforschung analysiert Tabakprävention aus umfassender Perspektive" (with Alois Stutzer), Tages-Anzeiger, October 1, 2016 [link]

"Eine verhaltensökonomische Betrachtung der Tabakpolitik" (with Alois Stutzer), Ökonomenstimme, October 12, 2016 [link]

Work in progress

"Psychological Opportunity Cost: The Effect of Opportunity Cost on Consumption Utility" (with Fanny Brun, Benjamin Scheibehenne and Itay Sisso)

"Behavioural Spatial Economics: Utility Misprediction in Spatial Sorting" (with Christian Krekel)

"How Paradoxical Is the Parenthood Paradox? (Mis-)Predicted Subjective Well-Being Following the Birth of a Child"

"Consumer's Curse? Dynamics of Forecasting Errors Around Consumption Decisions"

Refereeing (*multiple)

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy; Annual Review of Economics; B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy*; Canadian Journal of Economics*; Demography*; Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics; European Economic Review; European Journal of Political Economy; European Journal of Health Economics; German Economic Review; Homo Oeconomicus: Journal of Behavioral and Institutional Economics; International Review of Economics*; Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics*; Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization*; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Evolutionary Economics; Journal of Happiness Studies*; Journal of Health Economics*; Journal of Human Capital; Labour Economics; Review of Development Economics; Scottish Journal of Political Economy; Social Science & Medicine; Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

Recogntion as an outstanding reviewer by the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics in 2017 and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization in 2018