Upcoming Events

Inaugural lecture - 26.05.2016
Joachim Voth: "Fear, Folly, and Financial Crises – Some Policy Lessons from History"
University of Zurich, Aula more

Public lecture - 02.06.2016
Robert J. Shiller: "Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception"
University of Zurich, Aula more


The relationship between inequality and economic growth is complex. Yet, an evergrowing income inequality risks harming future growth by creating support for bad policies. A column by Fabrizio Zilibotti in the current issue of the Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft.

FuW online article

The New York Times features David Dorn's research on trade and political polarization on its front page. The new research shows that the U.S. regions which were hardest hit by Chinese import competition became much more likely to elect politicians from the far right or far left, thus contributing to the strong ideological polarization of U.S. Congress. While trade-exposed regions with white population majority move to right, non-white voters move to the left, thus eroding support for moderate candidates in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

NYT online article

Can directed technical change be used to combat climate change? David Hémous (University of Zurich) together with his colleagues Philippe Aghion (Harvard University), Antoine Dechezleprêtre (LSE), Ralf Martin (LSE), and John Van Reenen (LSE) answer this question in their recently published article in the Journal of Political Economy. They show that firms tend to innovate more in clean (and less in dirty) technologies when they face higher tax-inclusive fuel prices.

Journal of Political Economy article

Often, it is hard to understand why people behave the way they do, because their true motives remain hidden. A team around Grit Hein and Ernst Fehr have now shown how peoples’ motives are characterized by a specific interplay between different brain regions and how this interplay allows precise classification of the motives underlying a shown behavior.

Article in Science, Press Release UZH

Six scientists from UZH are among the most influential researchers in their field. Thomson Reuters recently published the ranking for 2015.

Thomson Reuters, UZH News (In German)

A new study by labor economists David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson shows that increased trade with China caused severe and permanent harm to many American workers. Exposed workers experience greater job churning and reduced lifetime income.

The Economist, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Bloomberg News, Washington Post, The Atlantic

Joachim Voth has been invited to deliver the 2016 Hicks Lecture at All Souls College, Oxford. Named after Sir John Hicks, Nobel Laureate in Economics (1972), the lectures bring prominent economic historians to Oxford to give a keynote. Speakers in recent years have included Claudia Goldin, Joel Mokyr, Jeffrey Williamson, Christina Romer, Peter Temin, and Robert Allen. The lecture will take place on April 26.
Fabrizio Zilibotti delivered the "Keio Economic Society Lecture 2016" with the title "Do Unequal Societies Have More Pushy Parents? The Economics of Parenting Styles" on December 24. 2015. Following the event, Nikkei Shinbun Nikkei's flagship publication and the world's largest financial newspaper published a full-page interview with Zilibotti on January 11, 2016.