17.11.2014: Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society
Austerity and Fiscal Stability in Europe
This year’s Forum for Economic Dialogue will conclude with the Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society delivered by Prof. Alberto Alesina (Harvard University). No registration is needed for this lecture. The entry is free, but seating is limited. Read more
New Working Papers
In the newest issues of our Working Paper Series, you will find out, whether female officers improve law enforcement quality and what effects they have on crime reporting and domestic violence escalation. You will also learn about the role of the apprenticeship system in terms of employment polarization. We wish you much interest while reading these working papers.
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).
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
Alberto Alesina (Harvard University), George Alogoskoufis (Athens University and former Greek finance minister), Joel Mokyr (Northwestern University and University of Tel Aviv), Thomas Philippon (New York University), Richard Portes (London Business School, EUI, and CEPR), Hans-Werner Sinn (Ifo Institute), Guido Tabellini (Bocconi University), Adair Turner (UK House of Lords and member of the Group of Thirty), Guy Verhofstadt (European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Belgium), and Axel Weber (UBS). 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.
With only two months left in 2014, we would like to share a summary of recent highlights and give you a preview of what we have in store for 2015. Newsletter PDF
Prof. David Dorn has been appointed as professor at the University of Zurich and as affiliated professor with the UBS Center of Economics in Society in Zurich. This will allow for an expansion of the important and current fields of international trade and labor economics in research and teaching at the University of Zurich. Interview with David Dorn
With Andrei Levchenko, one of the most highly cited young economists in the world joins the University of Zurich. He recently began a visiting professorship at the University of Zurich, presently planned for one year. He will be affiliated to the UBS Center. Portrait of Andrei Levchenko
The UBS International Center welcomes this year’s UBS Center Scholarship holders. The three top students were selected from 400 applicants to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics, with the school’s international reputation attracting students from around the world. Read more
Philippe Aghion (Harvard University), member of the UBS International Center advisory board, has been elected President of the European Economic Association (EEA). He will be Vice-President in 2015, President Elect in 2016, and President in 2017. The EEA is the most important association of academic economists in Europe. The list of current and past presidents comprises two Nobel laureates (Christopher Pissarides and James Mirrlees), and most renowned researchers. www.eeassoc.org
In the newest issues of our Working Paper Series, you will find out, whether female officers improve law enforcement quality and what effects they have on crime reporting and domestic violence escalation. You will also learn about the role of the apprenticeship system in terms of employment polarization. We wish you much interest while reading these working papers. Read more
The 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences provided an open exchange of economic expertise and inspired cross-cultural and intergenerational encounters among economists from all over the world. Read more
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