Marius Brülhart       

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  Member of the Editorial Board: Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Review of World Economics, International Economics, Applied Economics Quarterly.

  Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

  Member, Swiss National Covid-19 Science Task Force.

  International Research Fellow, Kiel Institute of World Economics.

  External Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham.

  Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Avenir Suisse.

  Member of the Scientific Committee, European Trade Study Group.

  Co-Leader, Swiss Research Network on Fiscal Federalism.

  Co-Director, Tax Policy Center, University of Lausanne.

Current manuscripts:                               (return to top of page)

  "Daily Suffering: Helpline Calls during the Covid-19 Crisis" (with Rafael Lalive)

  “Covid-10 Financial Support to Small Businesses in Switzerland: Evaluation and Outlook” (with Rafael Lalive, Tobias Lehmann and Michael Siegenthaler)

  "Behavioral Responses to Wealth Taxes: Evidence from Switzerland" (with Jonathan Gruber, Matthias Krapf and Kurt Schmidheiny)

  "The Shrinking Advantage of Market Potential" (with Klaus Desmet and Gian-Paolo Klinke)

  "Who Bears the Burden of Local Taxes?" (with Jayson Danton, Raphaël Parchet and Jörg Schläpfer)

  "Let There Be Light: Trade and the Development of Border Regions" (with Olivier Cadot and Alexander Himbert) r&r Journal of International Economics

  "On Nesting Location Models Correctly: A Reply" (with Kurt Schmidheiny)

Peer-reviewed publications:                       (return to top of page)

  "Does Tax Competition Tame the Leviathan?" (with Mario Jametti) Journal of Public Economics, 177, 2019.

  "Trade and Towns: Heterogeneous Adjustment to a Border Shock" (with Céline Carrère and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud), Journal of Urban Economics, 105: 162-175, 2018.

  "Agglomeration Economies, Taxable Rents and Government Capture: Evidence from a Place-Based Policy" (with Helen Simpson), Journal of Economic Geography, 18(2): 319-353, 2018. (article in VoxEU)

  "Inheritance Flows in Switzerland, 1911-2011" (with Didier Dupertuis and Elodie Moreau), Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 154(8), 2018.

  "Taxes in Cities" (with Sam Bucovetsky and Kurt Schmidheiny), in: G. Duranton, J.V. Henderson and W. Strange (eds.), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Volume 5B: 1123-1196, 2015.

  "Estimating the Rivalness of State-Level Inward FDI" (with Kurt Schmidheiny), Journal of Regional Science, 55(1): 139-148, 2015.

  "Alleged Tax Competition: The Mysterious Death of Inheritance Taxes in Switzerland" (with Raphaël Parchet), Journal of Public Economics, 111: 63-78, 2014.

  "Progressive Taxes and Firm Births" (with Hans Ulrich Bacher), International Tax and Public Finance, 20(1): 129-168, 2013.

  "Do Agglomeration Economies Reduce the Sensitivity of Firm Location to Tax Differentials?" (with Mario Jametti and Kurt Schmidheiny), Economic Journal, 122(563): 1069-1093, 2012.

  "How Wages and Employment Adjust to Trade Liberalisation: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Austria" (with Céline Carrère and Federico Trionfetti), Journal of International Economics, 86(1): 68-81, 2012.

  "Does the Trust Game Measure Trust?" (with Jean-Claude Usunier), Economics Letters, 115(1): 20-23, 2012. (A longer version is available here.)

  "On the Equivalence of Location Choice Models: Conditional Logit, Nested Logit and Poisson" (with Kurt Schmidheiny), Journal of Urban Economics, 69(2): 214-222, 2011.

  "The Spatial Effects of Trade Openness: A Survey", Review of World Economics, 147(1): 59-83, 2011.

  "A Test of Trade Theories When Expenditure is Home Biased" (with Federico Trionfetti), European Economic Review, 53(7): 830-845, 2009.

  "Agglomeration and Growth: Cross-Country Evidence" (with Federica Sbergami), Journal of Urban Economics, 65(1): 48-63, 2009.

  "An Account of Global Intra-Industry Trade, 1962-2006", World Economy, 32(3): 401-459, 2009. (See working paper version for colour graphs.)

  "Sectoral Agglomeration Economies in a Panel of European Regions" (with Nicole Mathys), Regional Science and Urban Economics, 38(4): 348-362, 2008.

  "Vertical Versus Horizontal Tax Externalities: An Empirical Test" (with Mario Jametti), Journal of Public Economics, 90(10): 2027-2062, 2006.

  "The Fading Attraction of Central Regions: an Empirical Note on Core-Periphery Gradients in Western Europe", Spatial Economic Analysis, 1(2): 227-235, 2006.

  "New Economic Geography Meets Comecon: Regional Wages and Industry Location in Central Europe" (with Pamina Koenig), Economics of Transition, 14(2): 245-267, 2006.

  "Intra-Industry Trade and Labour-Market Adjustment: A Reassessment Using Data on Individual Workers" (with Robert Elliott and Joanne Lindley), Review of World Economics, 142(3): 521-545, 2006.

  "An Account of Geographic Concentration Patterns in Europe" (with Rolf Traeger), Regional Science and Urban Economics, 35(6): 597-624, 2005. (Extracts reprinted in de Gijsel, P. and Schenk, H. (eds.), Multidisciplinary Economics, Springer, 2005).

  "Enlargement and the EU Periphery: The Impact of Changing Market Potential" (with Matthieu Crozet and Pamina Koenig), The World Economy, 27(6): 853-875, 2004.

  "Public Expenditure, International Specialisation and Agglomeration" (with Federico Trionfetti), European Economic Review, 48(4): 851-881, 2004. (Reprinted in Jovanovic, M.N. (ed.), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firms and Industries, vol. II [series: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics], Edward Elgar, 2007.)

  "A Tale of Two Cycles: Co-Fluctuations Between UK Regions and the Euro Zone"  (with Salvador Barrios, Robert Elliott and Marianne Sensier), The Manchester School, 71(3): 265-292, 2003.

  "Labour-Market Effects of Intra-Industry Trade: Evidence for the United Kingdom" (with Robert Elliott), Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 138(2): 207-228, 2002.

  "Achats publics et spécialisation internationale: l'effet d'entraînement" (with Federico Trionfetti),  Économie Internationale, 89-90: 173-187, 2002. [Abstract]

  "Evolving Geographical Specialisation of European Manufacturing Industries", Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 137(2): 215-243, 2001.

  "Industrial Structure and Public Procurement: Theory and Empirical Evidence" (with Federico Trionfetti), Journal of Economic Integration, 16(1): 106-127, 2001.

  "Export Growth of NAFTA Members, Intra-industry Trade and Adjustment" (with Michael Thorpe), Global Business and Economics Review, 3(1): 94-110, 2001.

  "Dynamics of Intra-Industry Trade and Labour-Market Adjustment", Review of International Economics, 8(3): 420-435, 2000. (Reprinted in: Kwan Choi, E. and Greenaway, D., Globalization and Labor Markets, Blackwell, 2001.)

  "Intra-Industry Trade and Adjustment in Malaysia: Puzzling Evidence" (with Michael Thorpe), Applied Economics Letters, 7(11): 729-733, 2001.

  "East-Asian Export Growth, Intra-Industry Trade and Adjustment" (with Michael Thorpe), Asia Pacific Journal of Economics and Business, 3(2): 34-47, 1999.

  "Ireland's Trading Potential with Central and Eastern European Countries: A Gravity Study" (with Mary Kelly), Economic and Social Review, 30(2): 159-174, 1999.

  "Economic Geography, Industry Location and Trade: The Evidence", The World Economy, 21(6): 775-801, 1998. (Reprinted in Jovanovic, M.N. (ed.), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firms and Industries, vol. II [series: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics], Edward Elgar, 2007.)

  "Trading Places: Industrial Specialisation in the European Union", Journal of Common Market Studies, 36(3): 319-346, 1998. (Reprinted in Jovanovic, M.N. (ed.), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firms and Industries, vol. III [series: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics], Edward Elgar, 2007.)

  "Adjustment to the European Single Market: Inferences from Intra-Industry Trade Patterns" (with Robert Elliott), Journal of Economic Studies, 25(3): 225-247, 1998.

  "Commerce et spécialisation géographique dans l’Union Européenne", Économie Internationale, 65(1): 169-202, 1996.

  "Intra-Industry Trade, Adjustment and the Single Market: The Irish Experience" (with Dermot McAleese), Economic and Social Review, 26(2): 107-129, 1995.

  "Marginal Intra-Industry Trade: Measurement and Relevance for the Pattern of Industrial Adjustment", Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 130(3): 600-613, 1994. (Reprinted in Lloyd, P.J. and Grubel, H.G. (eds.), Intra-Industry Trade [series: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics], Edward Elgar, 2003.)


Publications in books:                             (return to top of page)

  "Economic Integration in the Lower Congo Region" (with Mombert Hoppe), in Paul Brenton and Gözde Isik (eds.) De-Fragmenting Africa: Deepening Regional Trade Integration in Goods and Services, World Bank, 2012.

  "EU External Trade Policy" (with Alan Matthews), in Ali M. El-Agraa (ed.) The European Union: Economics & Policies, 8th edition, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

  "Marginal Intra-Industry Trade: Towards a Measure of Non-Disruptive Trade Expansion", in Peter J. Lloyd and Hyun-Hoon Lee (eds.) Frontiers of Research on Intra-Industry Trade, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

  "Growing Alike or Growing Apart?  Industrial Specialisation of EU Countries", in Charles Wyplosz (ed.) The Impact of EMU on Europe and the Developing Countries, Oxford University Press, 2001.

  "EU External Trade Policy" (with Dermot McAleese), in:  Ali M. El-Agraa (ed.) The European Union: Economics and Policies, 6th edition, Pearson Education, 2001.

  "Intra-Industry Trade and Adjustment: The European Experience" (co-edited with R.C. Hine), Macmillan Publishers, London, January 1999. (click here for the Economic Journal’s book review)


Unpublished working papers:                                (return to top of page)

  "Intra-Industry Trade and Job Turnover" (with Anthony Murphy and Eric Strobl), 2004.

  "Regional Integration, Scale Economies and Industry Location in the European Union" (with Johan Torstensson), CEPR Discussion Paper #1435, 1996. (Reprinted in Jovanovic, M.N. (ed.), Economic Integration and Spatial Location of Firms and Industries, vol. I [series: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics], Edward Elgar, 2007.)

  "Industrial Specialisation in the European Union: A Test of the New Trade Theory", Trinity Economic Papers, Technical Paper No. 95/5, 1995.

  "Scale Economies, Intra-Industry Trade and Industry Location in the New Trade Theory", Trinity Economic Papers, Technical Paper No. 95/4, 1995.

Teaching                                                           (return to top of page)

 Courses 2019-2020:

  Statistique II (1st year Bachelor)

  International Trade and European Integration (3rd year Bachelor)

  International Trade (2nd year MScE)


Graduate students and post-docs 2019-2020:

  Alan Asprilla

  Matthias Krapf

  Nicola Mauri

  Bernhard Nöbauer


Media / policy                                                   (return to top of page)


Auf Deutsch

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  99-Prozent-Initiative: Ökonomische Betrachtung (Präsentation WAK-Nationalratskommission, 12.5.2020)

  Wer hat, dem wird vererbt? (SAGW Bulletin, 1.4.2020)

  Wieso und wie der Staat die wirtschaftlichen Kosten des Lockdown übernehmen sollte: Lohnfortzahlungen und Corona-Darlehen (E4S Policy Brief, 26.3.2020)

  Einführung einer Flugticketabgabe in der Schweiz: Schätzungen zu den Nachfragewirkungen (E4S Policy Brief, 12.3.2020)

  Erbschaften in der Schweiz (Social Change in Switzerland, 10.12.2019)

  95 Milliarden beinahe steuerfreie Schweizerfranken (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 10.12.2019)

  Wie durchlässig sind Vermögenssteuern? (Ökonomenstimme, 9.12.2019)

  Die indirekte Progression der Gemeindesteuern (Die Volkswirtschaft, Dezember 2019)

  Abschaffung des Eigenmietwerts: Gewinner und Verlierer (Präsentation SP Fachkommission Wirtschaft und Finanzen, 19.6.2019)

  Unternehmenssteuern vor und nach der STAF (Präsentation Swiss Association of Tax Law Professors, 13.6.2019)

  Vermögen und Erbschaften in der Schweiz (Präsentation Schweizerische Geschichtstage, 7.6.2019)

  Eigenmietwert: Steuerschikane für sparsame Rentner? (22.3.2019)

  Der Finanzausgleich im Umbau (Die Volkswirtschaft, März 2019)

  Eigenmietwert: Eine unbeliebte aber sinnvolle Steuer (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 29.1.2019)

  Der Ressourcenausgleich im Zusammenspiel von Steuervorlage 17 und Anpassung des NFA (Studie für NFA-Geberkantone, Januar 2019)

  Unternehmenssteuerreform und Standortattraktivität (Präsentation Europa Forum Luzern, 12.11.2018)

  Unternehmenssteuerreform in der Schweiz (Präsentation SP Winterthur-Töss, 3.9.2018)

  Schuldenbremse: Wie umgehen mit wiederkehrenden Budgetresten? (Präsentation Finanzkommissionen Stände-/Nationalrat, 15./22.2.2018)

  Wie umgehen mit den strukturellen Budgetunterschreitungen im Schweizer Bundeshaushalt? (Ökonomenstimme, 30.8.2017)

  Steuerzahler suchen bei Vermögenssteuern nach Ausweichstrategien (Die Volkswirtschaft, Mai 2017)

  Die optimale Unternehmenssteuerreform: Auf drei Variablen kommt es an (26.1.2017)

  Steuerstrategie Kanton Bern: Expertenbericht (Mediendossier) (Studie für Finanzdirektion Bern, 17.9.2015)

  Steuerföderalismus in der Schweiz: Erfolgsmodell dank Leitplanken (WPZ Politikanalyse No. 6, Universität St. Gallen, 31.7.2015)

  USRIII: Müssen die Unternehmenssteuern generell gesenkt werden? (Die Volkswirtschaft, November 2014)

  NFA und Steuerwettbewerb (Präsentation Finanzkommissionen Stände-/Nationalrat, 3.7.2014)

  Lusthemmender Finanzausgleich (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 21.5.2014)

  Erbschaftssteuer: Was sagt die wissenschaftliche Forschung? (Die Volkswirtschaft, März 2014)

  Erbschaftssteuern und Mobilität der Steuerzahler (Die Volkswirtschaft, März 2014)

  NFA, Steuerwettbewerb und Mobilität der Steuerzahler (Studie zum Finanzausgleichs-Wirksamkeitsbericht 2012-2015, März 2014)

  Wie steuerempfindlich sind die Schweizer (Präsentation CVP-AWG, 27.1.2014)

  Steuerwettbewerb und Standortattraktivität (Präsentation SGVW-Sommertagung, 18.6.2012)

  Steuern und Umversteilung in der Schweiz (Präsentation SP-Bundeshausfraktion, 27.1.2012)

  Überlegungen zum neu gestalteten Finanzausgleich (Präsentation Finanzkommission des Nationalrats, 27.1.2011)

  Ökonomische Überlegungen zur „Steuergerechtigkeitsinitiative“ (Präsentation WAK-Ständeratskommission, 25.8.2009)

  Steuerwettbewerb: Rhetorik, Theorie und Realität (Referat Kiwanis-Club, 23.2.2006)

  Road Pricing: Basel würde es nicht bereuen (Basler Zeitung, 11.8.2005)


En français

  Radio et télévision : quelques clips sur  

  Déconfinons ! Déconfinons ? Esquisse d’une stratégie combinant facteurs sanitaires et économiques (E4S Policy Brief, 15.4.2020)

  Prise en charge des salaires et « prêts Corona » : Pourquoi et comment l’État devrait assumer les coûts économiques du confinement (E4S Policy Brief, 26.3.2020)

  Les héritages en Suisse (Social Change in Switzerland, 10.12.2019)

  Héritages : 95 millards de francs presque exonérés d’impôts (Le Temps, 10.12.2019)

  La progressivité indirecte des impôts communaux (La Vie économique, décembre 2019)

  La péréquation financière en pleine transformation (La Vie économique, mars 2019)

  Projet fiscal 17 : Quelle est la réforme optimale ? (présentation Table ronde, Martigny, 5.6.2018)

  Frein à l’endettement : Comment gérer les soldes de crédits ? (présentation Commissions des finances, Conseil national et Conseil des États, 15./22.2.1018)

  Le commerce international bénéficie-t-il aux zones frontalières ? (Sciences Po LIEPP Policy Brief, juin 2017)

  Les stratégies d’évitement face à l’impôt sur la fortune (La Vie économique, mai 2017)

  Concurrence fiscale, mobilité des contribuables et la RPT (présentation Département des finances GE, 28.5.2015)

  L’impôt sur les successions : le point de vue de la recherche scientifique (La Vie économique, mars 2014)

  La dette, le vice ou la vertu (24 Heures, 6.9.2013)

  Concentration de la richesse en Suisse : du déjà-vu (Le Temps, 28.3.2012)

  Concurrence fiscale entre les cantons : une illusion ? (Le Temps, 2.7.2010)

  Le « bouclier fiscal » : un pari risqué (24 Heures, 30.1.2009)

  Sur le fond, Bruxelles a raison : évitons la concurrence par les niches fiscales ! (Le Temps, 28.8.2007)

  Un milliard : quelle excellente affaire (24 Heures, 8.11.2006)

  La Suisse et l’Union européenne : considérations économiques (exposé « Rencontres Suisses », 31.10.2006)

  Fiscalité du canton d’Obwald : qu’on mette des bornes aux rivalités nuisibles (Le Temps, 14.3.2006)

  Concurrence fiscale: rhétorique et réalité (Le Temps, 4.5.2005)

  La progression du train de vie de l'Etat n'est pas excessive (24 Heures, 4.5.2005)

  Financer l'assurance invalidité: les leçons du 16 mai (Le Temps, 9.8.2004)

  Impôt sur les successions: l'analyse économique favorise le contre-projet de l'État (prise de position économistes HEC, 26.3.2004)

  Impôt sur les successions: l'absurde argument de la concurrence fiscale (24 Heures, 19.3.2004)

  Est-il bien sage d'abolir l'impôt sur les successions? (capgenève, nov. 2003)

  L'impôt sur les successions doit être préservé  (Le Temps, 28.7.2003)

  Porto Alegre ou Davos: faut-il choisir?  (24 Heures, 5.2.2003)

  L'idée d'un taux fiscal unique à 92 points est une illusion  (Le Temps, 8.6.2001)


In English

  How To Make Digital Proximity Tracing Work: The View from Economics (E4S Policy Brief, June 2020)

  The Case for Reopening Economies by Sector (Harvard Business Review, May 2020)

  The Economics of Wage Compensation and Corona Loans (, April 2020)

  Introducing an Airline Ticket Tax in Switzerland: Estimated Effects on Demand (E4S Policy Brief, March 2020)

  Wealth Taxation: The Swiss Experience (, Dec. 2019)

  Swiss Corporate Tax Reform and Mobile Firm Profits (presentation at University of Lugano, Feb. 2019)

  Taxpayers Seek Strategies to Avoid Wealth Tax (ifo DICE Report 16(2), Aug. 2018)

  Trade Integration and Spatially Balanced Development: Implications for Uganda and Rwanda (Working Paper, International Growth Centre, London School of Economics, July 2017)

  How Do Taxpayers Respond to Wealth Taxes? (presentation at France Stratégie, June 2017)

  Firm Clusters and Government: Who Taxes Whom? (, June 2015)

  More than Copper: Toward the Diversifiction and Stabilization of Zambian Exports (Policy Research Working Paper, World Bank, Jan. 2015)

  Firms in Clustered Industries Are Prepared to Pay Higher Taxes than those that Are not (EUROPP blog, London School of Economics, Jan. 2013; and Royal Economic Society Media Briefing, Sept. 2012)

  Economic Integration in the Lower Congo Region: Opening the Kinshasa-Brazzaville Bottleneck (Africa Trade Policy Note, World Bank, May 2011)

  Competition for Firms: Zero-Sum or Positive-Sum Game? (IEB World Report on Fiscal Federalism, 2010)

  Is the New Economic Geography Passé? (, Jan. 2009)

  Helpful Tax Competition: New Empirical Evidence (, Nov. 2007)


Academic career                          (return to top of page)


  Ph.D., University of Dublin, Trinity College (1996)

  Lic.Rer.Pol., University of Fribourg (1991)


Positions held:

  Vice-dean, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (2012-2018, 2004-2006)

  Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (2002- )

  Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (1999-2002)

  Jean Monnet Lecturer in European Economics, School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester (1998-99)

  Lecturer, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin (1995-97)

  Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin (1992-95)

  Economist for UBS (1991-92)


How to reach me                                     (return to top of page)

Visit me at my office: Internef building, 5th floor, office no. 534; click here for directions,

send me an email: Marius [dot] Brulhart [at] unil [dot] ch,

or use an old-fashioned form of communication:

Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne, CH - 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 21 692 3471; Fax: +41 21 692 3365.

 [Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne]