Professor Hintermann is a Professor of Public Economics at the University of Basel. He is member of the University of Basel’s Research Network Sustainable Future, a member of the environmental and resource economics chapter of the German Economics Association (AURÖ) and the CESifo Research Network.

His current research revolves around such externalities as arise when decentralized markets fail, for example in the context of environmental pollution or congestion, and call for an intervention by the public sector, with a particular focus on the functioning of cap-and-trade markets for emissions, their interaction with electricity and fuel markets, and on transport pricing. More generally, he is interested in questions related to environmental and public economics and their relationship to public policy.