New Advisory Board Members
The UBS Center welcomes six new advisory board members: Prof. Raquel Fernández (New York University), Prof. Rachel Griffith (University of Manchester), Prof. Yingyi Qian (Tsinghua University), Prof. Klaus Schmidt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Prof. Kjetil Storesletten (University of Oslo), and Prof. Harald Uhlig (University of Chicago).
UBS Center Working Paper Series
Of Parenting Styles and the Importance of Social Capital for the Nazi Party
The newest Working Papers offer current research results on two very different topics. In the paper on "Parenting with Style" the authors develop a theory of intergenerational transmission of preferences that rationalizes the choice between alternative parenting styles. The results in the Paper entitled "Bowling for Fascism" suggest that social capital aided the rise of the Nazi movement that ultimately destroyed Germany’s first democracy.
Fear, Folly, and Financial Crises – Some Policy Lessons from History
The second UBS Center Public Paper is available now
Since the world financial crisis of 2007/2008, it has become clear that financial crises and the major economic downturns they cause happen neither just in distant countries nor in the distant past. They are part of the economic realities of developed countries in the present. In the second Public Paper, Prof. Joachim Voth presents the latest academic insights into the history of financial crises.
UBS Center Swiss Forum
Switzerland as a business location – is the model for success in danger?
Video clips of speeches and sessions available now
Watch international specialists from academia, the public and the private sector debate about the strengths and weaknesses of Switzerland as a business location. Hear topnotch speakers such as Aymo Brunetti (University of Bern), Thomas Knecht (Knecht Holding), Roger Nordmann (member of the Swiss parliament), and many more
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Sound Economic and Institutional Foundations for Europe
Forum for Economic Dialogue on November 17, 2014
While some of the most immediate economic strains seem to be receding, many commentators would agree that more fundamental economic and political measures are needed to ensure the stability of the European Union and its economies in the medium and long term. This year’s Forum brings together leading specialists from academia, current and former politicians, and business leaders to discuss how new economic and institutional foundations would have to be designed in order to put the continent back on a more stable footing. Read more
Adair Turner (UK House of Lords and member of the Group of Thirty), Alberto Alesina (Harvard University), Hans-Werner Sinn (Ifo Institute), George Alogoskoufis (Athens University and former Greek finance minister), Axel Weber (UBS), Kemal Dervis (Brookings Institution, former Turkish minister of the economy), Guido Tabellini (Bocconi University), and many more. Link
On November 6th, 2014, Fabrizio Zilibotti will deliver the 2014 YAN Fu Memorial lecture. Established in 2001 and hosted by the National School of Development at Peking University, the "Yan Fu Memorial Lecture in Economics" is one of the most prestigious academic events in China across all fields. It annually invites an internationally renowned economic scholars to speak, both to recall the contribution of sages, but also in order to inherit their ancestors and to continue to promote the development of Chinese modern economic discipline for China's prosperity.
Previous speakers include Nobel Laureates Robert Mundell, Amartya Sen, Kenneth Arrow, and other renowned economists including Partha Dasgupta, Dani Rodrik, Prasanta Pattanaik, James Robinson, Timothy Besley, Robert Feenstra, and Steven Durlauf.
The Department of Economics at the University of Zurich is bringing back Swiss talent with David Dorn who is leaving the CEMFI Madrid for a professorship in Zurich. In addition, the renowned professor Andrei Levchenko has accepted a guest professorship at the University of Zurich for one year. Both professors will be affiliated with the UBS Center. Press release of the Econ Department
The UBS Center welcomes six new advisory board members: Prof. Raquel Fernández (New York University), Prof. Rachel Griffith (University of Manchester), Prof. Yingyi Qian (Tsinghua University), Prof. Klaus Schmidt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Prof. Kjetil Storesletten (University of Oslo), and Prof. Harald Uhlig (University of Chicago). Link
The newest Working Papers offer current research results on two very different topics: "Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party" and "Parenting with Style: Altruism and Paternalism in Intergenerational Preference Transmission" Link
With this newsletter, we would like to take the opportunity to share some of our recent highlights with you and to look ahead at upcoming activities. Link
In the second Public Paper, Prof. Joachim Voth presents the latest academic insights into the history of financial crises. Link
The Gutenberg Research Award honours distinguished academics who have decisively shaped their fields of research. Link
The WZB Distinguished Lectures in Social Sciences aim to showcase the work of leading social scientists. Link