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Seminar: 01.04.2015
Pete Klenow (Stanford University)
16:15 to 17:45 (SOF-G-21) more
Podium: 21.04.2015
Switzerland and its grey matter
Human capital as major economic factor more

News

David Dorn (together with David Autor and Gordon H. Hanson) explains why blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on fears of globalization would be a mistake. read more
The German newspaper Handelsblatt is currently featuring the 25 most important thinkers of our time in a series. The article refers to Ernst Fehr as the worldwide leading neuroeconomic scientist. read article (in German)
Fabrizio Zilibotti criticizes that many politicians believe that only a tough stand can solve the Greek problems. Current research findings at the University of Zurich indicate an efficient way to handle a debt crisis involving an economy struggling with a persistent recession. Zilibotti points out the risk that – in the name of misconceived economic principles – the outcome imposes large welfare losses. read more
Hans-Joachim Voth promotes economic history, with research on Hitler and government debts. read more
The European Central Bank (ECB) carries out monthly asset purchases to amount to 60 billion euros until at least September 2016. Mario Draghi, the president of the ECB, announced this program in late January 2015. Professor Fabrizio Zilibotti discusses the measure on Radio della Svizzera Italiana. read more (italian)
In the years to come, China will be one of the main engines of worldwide economic growth. In the year 2014, a growth of 7.4% of the GDP is reported for China. By comparison, the latest IMF-forecast suggests an increase of 3.5% in the global GDP in 2015. This is why the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos draws worldwide attention. China Radio International interviewed Professor Fabrizio Zilibotti on the China-relevant elements of this year’s World Economic Forum and on the importance of China and Switzerland to each another. read more | MP3
Fabrizio Zilibotti’s article on "Parenting with Style" (together with Matthias Doepke) has gained considerable attention in the media. A review of the article was published in the New York Times on 28 October, 2014, entitled "Unequal Societies Give an Incentive for Pushy Parenting". The article has received additional media coverage in different newspapers. The column "Tiger moms and helicopter parents: The economics of parenting style" – based on the same research and published in VOX, CEPR's Policy Portal – has consistently topped the number of downloads of the portal with over 30.000 reads. Parenting with Style | voxeu.org column | Article New York Times | Article NZZ am Sonntag
The Forum for Economic Dialogue 2014 on "Sound Economic and Institutional Foundations for Europe" offered an ideal platform for academics, business people, public officials, and interested citizens to engage in an exchange of knowledge, latest insights, and ideas. Videos | Photo gallery
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. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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
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