2024

Feb 2024
Insights/Research

How did cooperative behavior prevail in human evolution? Researchers from the Universities of Zurich, Lausanne and Constance have challenged two prevailing explanations – repeated interactions on the one hand or group competition on the other. Instead, they conclude, both mechanisms synergistically contribute to fostering cooperation effectively. The new study by Ernst Fehr and other researchers, which was published in the renowned journal Nature, thus contributes to answering one of the great unsolved mysteries of human evolution.

Feb
 
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How did cooperative behavior prevail in human evolution? Researchers from the Universities of Zurich, Lausanne and Constance have challenged two prevailing explanations – repeated interactions on the one hand or group competition on the other. Instead, they conclude, both mechanisms synergistically contribute to fostering cooperation effectively. The new study by Ernst Fehr and other researchers, which was published in the renowned journal Nature, thus contributes to answering one of the great unsolved mysteries of human evolution.

Feb 2024
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In a major interview, former finance minister Kaspar Villiger explains how our country can be successful in the future. He talks about how he disappointed his parents - and why it's not a bad thing when Federal Councilors have an emotional outburst.

Feb
 
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In a major interview, former finance minister Kaspar Villiger explains how our country can be successful in the future. He talks about how he disappointed his parents - and why it's not a bad thing when Federal Councilors have an emotional outburst.

Jan 2024
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Mistrust between ethnic groups is a major problem for many African countries. Economist David Yanagizawa-Drott accompanies a project in Ghana that seeks to build trust between the different ethnic groups and at the same time improve school teaching.

Jan
 
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Mistrust between ethnic groups is a major problem for many African countries. Economist David Yanagizawa-Drott accompanies a project in Ghana that seeks to build trust between the different ethnic groups and at the same time improve school teaching.

Jan 2024
Insights/Dialogue & Events

We invite you to browse through the highlights of the UBS Center’s activities over the past year. After all, the topicality of the issues we have been discussing in recent months has not diminished in the new year. Two speeches stood out for us in terms of their authenticity and scope: we have therefore prepared a special supplement with the speeches of Nobel laureate Herta Müller and political figurehead Wolfgang Schäuble. To our deepest regret, Wolfgang Schäuble passed away only a few weeks after his appearance in Zurich. We are still deeply affected by his sudden passing.

Jan
 
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We invite you to browse through the highlights of the UBS Center’s activities over the past year. After all, the topicality of the issues we have been discussing in recent months has not diminished in the new year. Two speeches stood out for us in terms of their authenticity and scope: we have therefore prepared a special supplement with the speeches of Nobel laureate Herta Müller and political figurehead Wolfgang Schäuble. To our deepest regret, Wolfgang Schäuble passed away only a few weeks after his appearance in Zurich. We are still deeply affected by his sudden passing.

Jan 2024
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Wir gedenken des kürzlich verstorbenen Wolfgang Schäuble, dessen Tod uns zutiefst betrübt. Unsere Gedanken sind bei seiner Familie und seinen Angehörigen. Sein Vortrag an der Universität Zürich im Oktober letzten Jahres ist uns noch sehr präsent. Der ehemalige Bundesrat Kaspar Villiger hielt die Laudatio vor Dr. Schäubles Festrede – eine Hommage an eine politische Galionsfigur, die Wolfgang Schäuble verkörpert hat.

Jan
 
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Wir gedenken des kürzlich verstorbenen Wolfgang Schäuble, dessen Tod uns zutiefst betrübt. Unsere Gedanken sind bei seiner Familie und seinen Angehörigen. Sein Vortrag an der Universität Zürich im Oktober letzten Jahres ist uns noch sehr präsent. Der ehemalige Bundesrat Kaspar Villiger hielt die Laudatio vor Dr. Schäubles Festrede – eine Hommage an eine politische Galionsfigur, die Wolfgang Schäuble verkörpert hat.

Jan 2024
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Yale professor Hélène Landemore discusses migration issues in Europe, the 2024 US election, and how AI could help solve the Middle East conflict.

Jan
 
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Yale professor Hélène Landemore discusses migration issues in Europe, the 2024 US election, and how AI could help solve the Middle East conflict.

2023

Dec 2023
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Right-wing populists are on the rise in both the US and in Europe and are becoming a threat to democracy. Do we need a “rule of the knowers”? This is at least the measure that the American political scientist Jason Brennan calls for. Here are his reasons.

Dec
 
23
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Right-wing populists are on the rise in both the US and in Europe and are becoming a threat to democracy. Do we need a “rule of the knowers”? This is at least the measure that the American political scientist Jason Brennan calls for. Here are his reasons.

Dec 2023
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Right-wing populists endanger democracies. Harvard political scientist Daniel Ziblatt provides a guide for preventing autocrats.

Dec
 
23
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Right-wing populists endanger democracies. Harvard political scientist Daniel Ziblatt provides a guide for preventing autocrats.

Dec 2023
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In the limelight of the French president’s state visit to Switzerland, political scientist Hélène Landemore sees French democracy in crisis. Without a reform of the constitution, a revolution could soon take place.

Dec
 
23
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In the limelight of the French president’s state visit to Switzerland, political scientist Hélène Landemore sees French democracy in crisis. Without a reform of the constitution, a revolution could soon take place.

Nov 2023
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Zurich-based Professor David Dorn researches the downsides of globalization – making him one of the most respected Swiss economists. In an interview with NZZ am Sonntag he talks about globalization and immigration to Switzerland.

Nov
 
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Zurich-based Professor David Dorn researches the downsides of globalization – making him one of the most respected Swiss economists. In an interview with NZZ am Sonntag he talks about globalization and immigration to Switzerland.

Nov 2023
Insights/Dialogue & Events

The CDU politician Wolfgang Schäuble spoke at the University of Zurich about the future of free democracy. In his speech, he painted a cautiously optimistic picture, peppered with anecdotes and quotes from his impressive political career.

Nov
 
23
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The CDU politician Wolfgang Schäuble spoke at the University of Zurich about the future of free democracy. In his speech, he painted a cautiously optimistic picture, peppered with anecdotes and quotes from his impressive political career.

Nov 2023
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Democracies around the globe are facing pressure on its democratic norms and institutions – affecting established and fragile democracies alike. Low voter turnout, a polarized electorate, populists gaining grounds – so many things are chipping away at democracy, making it obvious that it needs care and tending to survive. How this can be achieved is the subject of our event series in the fall.

Nov
 
23
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Democracies around the globe are facing pressure on its democratic norms and institutions – affecting established and fragile democracies alike. Low voter turnout, a polarized electorate, populists gaining grounds – so many things are chipping away at democracy, making it obvious that it needs care and tending to survive. How this can be achieved is the subject of our event series in the fall.

Nov 2023
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The renowned professor Steven Pinker is an unshakeable believer in human progress and reason. How does he respond to widespread pessimism?

Nov
 
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The renowned professor Steven Pinker is an unshakeable believer in human progress and reason. How does he respond to widespread pessimism?

Oct 2023
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Wolfgang Schäuble has been involved in politics in Germany for 50 years, and hardly anyone has ever had such extensive experience. In a wide-ranging interview, the 81-year-old looks at the war in the Middle East and Ukraine, the role of Switzerland, and the shift to the right in Europe.

Oct
 
23
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Wolfgang Schäuble has been involved in politics in Germany for 50 years, and hardly anyone has ever had such extensive experience. In a wide-ranging interview, the 81-year-old looks at the war in the Middle East and Ukraine, the role of Switzerland, and the shift to the right in Europe.

Sep 2023
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The Corona pandemic and the Ukraine war are the two most recent events that put globalization to the test. In this UZH Magazin interview, political scientist Stefanie Walter and UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn discuss the challenges for global cooperation and its future.

Sep
 
23
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The Corona pandemic and the Ukraine war are the two most recent events that put globalization to the test. In this UZH Magazin interview, political scientist Stefanie Walter and UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn discuss the challenges for global cooperation and its future.

Sep 2023
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Governments need tax revenue to create wealth and prosperity for their countries, but in low-income countries, raising taxes often hits the poorest people the hardest. UBS Foundation Professor Dina Pomeranz is searching for solutions in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent that from happening.

Sep
 
23
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Governments need tax revenue to create wealth and prosperity for their countries, but in low-income countries, raising taxes often hits the poorest people the hardest. UBS Foundation Professor Dina Pomeranz is searching for solutions in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent that from happening.

Aug 2023
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Poverty, infant mortality, and other ills have decreased enormously over the past 30 years. But for how much longer? Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger asked 16 people from different scientific disciplines to outline big unresolved questions in their field and attempt to answer them. This is UBS Foundation Professor Dina Pomeranz' contribution.

Aug
 
23
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Poverty, infant mortality, and other ills have decreased enormously over the past 30 years. But for how much longer? Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger asked 16 people from different scientific disciplines to outline big unresolved questions in their field and attempt to answer them. This is UBS Foundation Professor Dina Pomeranz' contribution.

Jul 2023
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Gender inequality is not only based on the effects of gender norms on behavior and choices, but also, if not even more so, on perceived gender norms. A new survey across 60 countries shows that misperceptions regarding the support of affirmative action for women are widespread.

Jul
 
23
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Gender inequality is not only based on the effects of gender norms on behavior and choices, but also, if not even more so, on perceived gender norms. A new survey across 60 countries shows that misperceptions regarding the support of affirmative action for women are widespread.

Jun 2023
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Florian Scheuer has been director of the UZH Department of Economics since the beginning of 2023. In an interview with Oec. Magazin, he reveals his goals as director of the institute and how he will ensure that the renowned institute remains a pioneer in the future.

Jun
 
23
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Florian Scheuer has been director of the UZH Department of Economics since the beginning of 2023. In an interview with Oec. Magazin, he reveals his goals as director of the institute and how he will ensure that the renowned institute remains a pioneer in the future.

Jun 2023
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Since becoming a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, also known as the "Wirtschaftsweise", Ulrike Malmendier has been a star of the German economists' guild, partly because of her illustrious career in the USA. In an interview with NZZ, the UBS Center Advisory Board member explains why inflation is so high and whether a wage-price spiral is looming. Moreover, she states that the government's 2030 electricity targets are unrealistic.

Jun
 
23
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Since becoming a member of the German Council of Economic Experts, also known as the "Wirtschaftsweise", Ulrike Malmendier has been a star of the German economists' guild, partly because of her illustrious career in the USA. In an interview with NZZ, the UBS Center Advisory Board member explains why inflation is so high and whether a wage-price spiral is looming. Moreover, she states that the government's 2030 electricity targets are unrealistic.

Jun 2023
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Artificial intelligence will make certain jobs in service industries redundant, but technological progress will ensure higher per capita economic output, higher wages, and more prosperity in the longer term. Learn more by reading UBS Center Foundation Professor Joachim Voth’s op-ed as published in Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Jun
 
23
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Artificial intelligence will make certain jobs in service industries redundant, but technological progress will ensure higher per capita economic output, higher wages, and more prosperity in the longer term. Learn more by reading UBS Center Foundation Professor Joachim Voth’s op-ed as published in Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Jun 2023
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In the USA, the emergence of monopolies has been allowed to continue for far too long, says American lawyer Eric Posner in an interview with NZZ. This has contributed significantly to inequality and political polarization. If the government consistently protected competition, the US economy could grow 1.25 times as quickly as it currently does.

Jun
 
23
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In the USA, the emergence of monopolies has been allowed to continue for far too long, says American lawyer Eric Posner in an interview with NZZ. This has contributed significantly to inequality and political polarization. If the government consistently protected competition, the US economy could grow 1.25 times as quickly as it currently does.

May 2023
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Tension between Athens, Berlin during Greek debt crisis hit German car sales in WWII reprisal areas, a study by UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth and co-author finds. Learn more from this report by Greek political and financial newspaper Kathimerini.

May
 
23
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Tension between Athens, Berlin during Greek debt crisis hit German car sales in WWII reprisal areas, a study by UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth and co-author finds. Learn more from this report by Greek political and financial newspaper Kathimerini.

Apr 2023
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Nobel Prize winner and UBS Center Advisory Board member Abhijit Banerjee hated school and became an economist by accident. Today, he is overhauling our ideas of life in poverty with field experiments. Learn more from his conversation with NZZ.

Apr
 
23
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Nobel Prize winner and UBS Center Advisory Board member Abhijit Banerjee hated school and became an economist by accident. Today, he is overhauling our ideas of life in poverty with field experiments. Learn more from his conversation with NZZ.

Apr 2023
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To what extent the wealth derived from slavery contributed to Europe’s economic growth has been a hotly debated question for more than two centuries. Most economists studying the question have looked at national aggregates. This column examines geographically disaggregated data on the impact that slavery wealth had on Britain’s industrial development. The authors find that slaveholding areas were less agricultural, closer to cotton mills, and had more property wealth. Not only did the slave trade affect the geography of economic development after 1750, it also accelerated Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Apr
 
23
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To what extent the wealth derived from slavery contributed to Europe’s economic growth has been a hotly debated question for more than two centuries. Most economists studying the question have looked at national aggregates. This column examines geographically disaggregated data on the impact that slavery wealth had on Britain’s industrial development. The authors find that slaveholding areas were less agricultural, closer to cotton mills, and had more property wealth. Not only did the slave trade affect the geography of economic development after 1750, it also accelerated Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Mar 2023
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Pandemie, Klimawandel, Krieg in der Ukraine und Energieknappheit versetzen die Schweiz in den Krisenmodus. Wie fit sind unsere föderalistischen Strukturen für die Krisenbewältigung? Alt Bundesrat Ueli Maurer äussert sich im Interview zu den Stärken und Schwächen des Schweizer Föderalismus und stimmt ein auf das kommende Wirtschaftspodium vom 3. April 2023, wo er als Hauptreferent auftritt.

Mar
 
23
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Pandemie, Klimawandel, Krieg in der Ukraine und Energieknappheit versetzen die Schweiz in den Krisenmodus. Wie fit sind unsere föderalistischen Strukturen für die Krisenbewältigung? Alt Bundesrat Ueli Maurer äussert sich im Interview zu den Stärken und Schwächen des Schweizer Föderalismus und stimmt ein auf das kommende Wirtschaftspodium vom 3. April 2023, wo er als Hauptreferent auftritt.

Feb 2023
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Google and Facebook sell our personal data and earn billions worth of profits by doing that. Economist Gregory Crawford and philosopher Francis Cheneval think that they ought to share the money with us and that we should have ownership rights over our personal data.

Feb
 
23
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Google and Facebook sell our personal data and earn billions worth of profits by doing that. Economist Gregory Crawford and philosopher Francis Cheneval think that they ought to share the money with us and that we should have ownership rights over our personal data.

Feb 2023
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The past shows: A shortage of labor stimulates technical progress. This gives hope for the future. More thoughts are revealed in the article from “Fazit” - the economics blog of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Feb
 
23
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The past shows: A shortage of labor stimulates technical progress. This gives hope for the future. More thoughts are revealed in the article from “Fazit” - the economics blog of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Feb 2023
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Income inequality is increasing. According to UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn, this is causing wider demographic groups to turn their back on the established system – most notably in the US, but also elsewhere. UZH Magazin talked to Dorn about redistribution of salaries, temporary protective tariffs and the future of work.

Feb
 
23
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Income inequality is increasing. According to UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn, this is causing wider demographic groups to turn their back on the established system – most notably in the US, but also elsewhere. UZH Magazin talked to Dorn about redistribution of salaries, temporary protective tariffs and the future of work.

Feb 2023
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Two research projects by UBS Foundation Professors Dina Pomeranz and Florian Scheuer on the topic of taxation are being funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF 1.7 million and CHF 1.2 million respectively. Taxes, sound boring? On the contrary, the multifaceted nature of the topic of taxation is reflected in the different focus of the projects.

Feb
 
23
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Two research projects by UBS Foundation Professors Dina Pomeranz and Florian Scheuer on the topic of taxation are being funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF 1.7 million and CHF 1.2 million respectively. Taxes, sound boring? On the contrary, the multifaceted nature of the topic of taxation is reflected in the different focus of the projects.

Jan 2023
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Today, economics is a universal behavioral science, says Ernst Fehr. In an experiment at schools, the economist shows that young students who can regulate themselves well learn better. This ability can be trained.

Jan
 
23
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Today, economics is a universal behavioral science, says Ernst Fehr. In an experiment at schools, the economist shows that young students who can regulate themselves well learn better. This ability can be trained.

Jan 2023
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Equality of opportunity is a significant feature of a well-functioning democratic society. Increasing economic and social inequalities are therefore perceived as major challenges in public and academic discourse. UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn initiated and has been leading the University Research Priority Program 'Equality of Opportunity' since 2021.

Jan
 
23
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Equality of opportunity is a significant feature of a well-functioning democratic society. Increasing economic and social inequalities are therefore perceived as major challenges in public and academic discourse. UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn initiated and has been leading the University Research Priority Program 'Equality of Opportunity' since 2021.

Jan 2023
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Regulators should deflate the crypto bubble by treating cryptocurrencies like a lottery. That would be a signal to the markets that profits and returns are risky at best in this segment. Learn more by reading UBS Center Foundation Professor Joachim Voth’s op-ed as published in Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Jan
 
23
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Regulators should deflate the crypto bubble by treating cryptocurrencies like a lottery. That would be a signal to the markets that profits and returns are risky at best in this segment. Learn more by reading UBS Center Foundation Professor Joachim Voth’s op-ed as published in Finanz und Wirtschaft.

2022

Dec 2022
Insights/Research

On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, we invite you to browse through the Center’s highlights from the past decade. What are the social and economic origins of populism? How can we reduce inequality? Is culture key? How can we keep Swiss finance in the game? Can Europe be saved? Answers to these and other important questions are provided by numerous experts in lectures, interviews, and papers made possible by the UBS Center.

Dec
 
22
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On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, we invite you to browse through the Center’s highlights from the past decade. What are the social and economic origins of populism? How can we reduce inequality? Is culture key? How can we keep Swiss finance in the game? Can Europe be saved? Answers to these and other important questions are provided by numerous experts in lectures, interviews, and papers made possible by the UBS Center.

Dec 2022
Insights/Research

Just before the end of the year, we would like to put a spotlight on our world of research with you. The topics are current issues that have preoccupied us throughout the year: Switzerland as an endangered success model, green innovation policies, spin dictators, European energy policy at war, and superstar firms as a threat to competition and democracy. What measures are needed to address these issues? You will find answers to these questions in the works and assessments of our researchers and other experts.

Dec
 
22
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Just before the end of the year, we would like to put a spotlight on our world of research with you. The topics are current issues that have preoccupied us throughout the year: Switzerland as an endangered success model, green innovation policies, spin dictators, European energy policy at war, and superstar firms as a threat to competition and democracy. What measures are needed to address these issues? You will find answers to these questions in the works and assessments of our researchers and other experts.

Dec 2022
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Resurgent nationalism and increasing populism, rejection of free trade, opposition to immigration, growing global inequality, and a retreat from multilateralism: These are the defining issues of our time that fuel the globalization backlash. What are the causes of these phenomena and what are effective solutions to address these issues?

Dec
 
22
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Resurgent nationalism and increasing populism, rejection of free trade, opposition to immigration, growing global inequality, and a retreat from multilateralism: These are the defining issues of our time that fuel the globalization backlash. What are the causes of these phenomena and what are effective solutions to address these issues?

Dec 2022
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With Claudia Gentile and Lexi Schubert the UBS Center has two new scholarship holders – both young talented women, who are devoting their dissertations to important economic issues: environmental policies and the psychological aspects of poverty. In this interview, the two talk about their passion for economics and the advantages of a research semester abroad.

Dec
 
22
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With Claudia Gentile and Lexi Schubert the UBS Center has two new scholarship holders – both young talented women, who are devoting their dissertations to important economic issues: environmental policies and the psychological aspects of poverty. In this interview, the two talk about their passion for economics and the advantages of a research semester abroad.

Dec 2022
Insights/Research

It is almost impossible to predict when the next financial crisis will occur. However, we know how to react correctly in such a crisis. This year's Nobel Prize honors three economists for their research on banks and how their actions contribute to the formation of financial crises.

Dec
 
22
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It is almost impossible to predict when the next financial crisis will occur. However, we know how to react correctly in such a crisis. This year's Nobel Prize honors three economists for their research on banks and how their actions contribute to the formation of financial crises.

Dec 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Since 1980, the world economy has experienced an increase of dominant firms. Dominant firms face limited competition in their market and exert monopoly power. At our anniversary edition of the Forum for Economic Dialogue we focused on questions around these superstar firms and their impact on society.

Dec
 
22
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Since 1980, the world economy has experienced an increase of dominant firms. Dominant firms face limited competition in their market and exert monopoly power. At our anniversary edition of the Forum for Economic Dialogue we focused on questions around these superstar firms and their impact on society.

Nov 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Reducing poverty and inequality is one of the five global challenges that the researchers at the Department of Economics want to help solve. They presented their own research and work that inspired them in short talks at the fourth Research Slam.

Nov
 
22
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Reducing poverty and inequality is one of the five global challenges that the researchers at the Department of Economics want to help solve. They presented their own research and work that inspired them in short talks at the fourth Research Slam.

Nov 2022
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Big tech companies are getting bigger and bigger. Is this exacerbating income inequality? Yes, says economics professor David Dorn. Income is being redistributed more strongly from labor to capital.

Nov
 
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Big tech companies are getting bigger and bigger. Is this exacerbating income inequality? Yes, says economics professor David Dorn. Income is being redistributed more strongly from labor to capital.

Nov 2022
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Being a core area of economics, finance related topics are reflected in numerous activities of the UBS Center. Questions on the most diverse aspects of finance are key: What can we learn from past financial crises? What does a fair tax system look like? What does the financial system of the future look like? How can we keep Swiss finance in play? How do we deal with sovereign debt?

Nov
 
22
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Being a core area of economics, finance related topics are reflected in numerous activities of the UBS Center. Questions on the most diverse aspects of finance are key: What can we learn from past financial crises? What does a fair tax system look like? What does the financial system of the future look like? How can we keep Swiss finance in play? How do we deal with sovereign debt?

Nov 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Monopolies lead to high prices for consumers, low wages for employees - and excessive corporate profits. The tech giants are a prime example of this development. Economist Jan Eeckhout explains how this came about and what can be done about it.

Nov
 
22
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Monopolies lead to high prices for consumers, low wages for employees - and excessive corporate profits. The tech giants are a prime example of this development. Economist Jan Eeckhout explains how this came about and what can be done about it.

Oct 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Economists should work less like physicists and more like craftsmen, says Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee in an interview with Schweizer Monat. They could help solve global problems - but they would first have to win back the public's trust.

Oct
 
22
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Economists should work less like physicists and more like craftsmen, says Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee in an interview with Schweizer Monat. They could help solve global problems - but they would first have to win back the public's trust.

Oct 2022
Insights/Research

Dina Pomeranz and Dave Donaldson (MIT) talked with Tim Phillips (Vox) about their work on ghost firms along with Paul Carrillo and Monica Singhal. The group has been investigating how ghost firms operate in Ecuador, evaluating the government’s efforts to shut them down.

Oct
 
22
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Dina Pomeranz and Dave Donaldson (MIT) talked with Tim Phillips (Vox) about their work on ghost firms along with Paul Carrillo and Monica Singhal. The group has been investigating how ghost firms operate in Ecuador, evaluating the government’s efforts to shut them down.

Oct 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Sergei Guriev knows the Putin system intimately. Because he was too liberal for Moscow, he had to flee. Now he tells us who Putin still listens to, what the Kremlin leader is doing in the crisis - and how serious the nuclear threat is.

Oct
 
22
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Sergei Guriev knows the Putin system intimately. Because he was too liberal for Moscow, he had to flee. Now he tells us who Putin still listens to, what the Kremlin leader is doing in the crisis - and how serious the nuclear threat is.

Sep 2022
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The labor market is currently dominated by divergent trends. On the one hand, we have enormous technological progress and innovation as well as record high profits of large corporations, which are competing for the best talents with attractive wages and new work models. On the other hand, we have rising prices, a declining labor’s share of GDP, stagnating wages, especially those of middle-class workers, resulting in a polarization of the labor market. What are the causes of these trends and what solutions from business and politics are needed to safeguard prosperity and counteract polarizing trends that are harmful to society?

Sep
 
22
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The labor market is currently dominated by divergent trends. On the one hand, we have enormous technological progress and innovation as well as record high profits of large corporations, which are competing for the best talents with attractive wages and new work models. On the other hand, we have rising prices, a declining labor’s share of GDP, stagnating wages, especially those of middle-class workers, resulting in a polarization of the labor market. What are the causes of these trends and what solutions from business and politics are needed to safeguard prosperity and counteract polarizing trends that are harmful to society?

Aug 2022
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The European Single Market allows its citizens to choose in which country they want to work. This freedom of movement should lead to a convergence of wages and employment rates across countries. However, despite increasing migration flows within Europe, a full equilibration of wage levels is not in sight.

Aug
 
22
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The European Single Market allows its citizens to choose in which country they want to work. This freedom of movement should lead to a convergence of wages and employment rates across countries. However, despite increasing migration flows within Europe, a full equilibration of wage levels is not in sight.

Aug 2022
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Florian Scheuer spricht im Studio Libero über die Ungleichheit der Einkommen und der Vermögen in der Schweiz, über die 99-Prozent-Initiative der Juso und über Besonderheiten im Schweizer Steuersystem.

Aug
 
22
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Florian Scheuer spricht im Studio Libero über die Ungleichheit der Einkommen und der Vermögen in der Schweiz, über die 99-Prozent-Initiative der Juso und über Besonderheiten im Schweizer Steuersystem.

Aug 2022
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Economist Esther Duflo explains why the fight against climate change is so difficult. And why people often don't do what models predict.

Aug
 
22
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Economist Esther Duflo explains why the fight against climate change is so difficult. And why people often don't do what models predict.

Aug 2022
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Nir Jaimovich is leaving the UBS Center to accept a new position as Anonymous Family Chancellor Endowed Chair in Macroeconomics at UC San Diego. From 2017 to 2022, he was Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Zurich, and Affiliated Professor at the UBS Center. We wish him all the best and continued success in San Diego.

Aug
 
22
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Nir Jaimovich is leaving the UBS Center to accept a new position as Anonymous Family Chancellor Endowed Chair in Macroeconomics at UC San Diego. From 2017 to 2022, he was Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Zurich, and Affiliated Professor at the UBS Center. We wish him all the best and continued success in San Diego.

Jul 2022
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Reducing global carbon emissions can seem like an uphill battle. Countries struggle to implement policies that do not lead to unintended consequences defying their original aims and economic interests. A change in our understanding of the effects of policies on technological innovation can help overcome this hurdle. The authors propose a green industrial policy that combines emission taxes, trade policy and subsidies.

Jul
 
22
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Reducing global carbon emissions can seem like an uphill battle. Countries struggle to implement policies that do not lead to unintended consequences defying their original aims and economic interests. A change in our understanding of the effects of policies on technological innovation can help overcome this hurdle. The authors propose a green industrial policy that combines emission taxes, trade policy and subsidies.

Jul 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Why do we find it so difficult to solve pressing global problems? Nobel laureate in economics Abhijit Banerjee explains the reasons.

Jul
 
22
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Why do we find it so difficult to solve pressing global problems? Nobel laureate in economics Abhijit Banerjee explains the reasons.

Jul 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Nobel laureate in economics Esther Duflo is skeptical about single, decisive measures. She has used field trials in developing countries to study how to reduce poverty. Her research has improved the lives of 540 million people.

Jul
 
22
Insights

Nobel laureate in economics Esther Duflo is skeptical about single, decisive measures. She has used field trials in developing countries to study how to reduce poverty. Her research has improved the lives of 540 million people.

Jul 2022
Insights/Research

Culture is a core element of human coexistence and encompasses all areas of life, including the economy. The influence of culture on various economic dimensions is the subject of numerous studies and provides important insights into core issues of economic behavior: Which rules and incentives are needed for a successful corporate culture? What role do cultural values play in financial decisions? How can we identify and change harmful practices based on misbeliefs and misconceptions?

Jul
 
22
Insights

Culture is a core element of human coexistence and encompasses all areas of life, including the economy. The influence of culture on various economic dimensions is the subject of numerous studies and provides important insights into core issues of economic behavior: Which rules and incentives are needed for a successful corporate culture? What role do cultural values play in financial decisions? How can we identify and change harmful practices based on misbeliefs and misconceptions?

May 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

It would be good if empires like Russia and China were to break up, says Gérard Roland of the University of California at Berkeley. He is convinced that the world is developing in the direction of small democracies that enter into military alliances with each other.

May
 
22
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It would be good if empires like Russia and China were to break up, says Gérard Roland of the University of California at Berkeley. He is convinced that the world is developing in the direction of small democracies that enter into military alliances with each other.

Apr 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Wir befinden uns in einer epochalen Auseinandersetzung zwischen Demokratie und Despotismus, Rechtsstaat und Willkür, Freiheit und Zwang. Als kleines, exportorientiertes Land muss sich die Schweiz wappnen. Ein Auszug aus Kaspar Villiger's Rede am Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz, publiziert als Gastkommentar in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung.

Apr
 
22
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Wir befinden uns in einer epochalen Auseinandersetzung zwischen Demokratie und Despotismus, Rechtsstaat und Willkür, Freiheit und Zwang. Als kleines, exportorientiertes Land muss sich die Schweiz wappnen. Ein Auszug aus Kaspar Villiger's Rede am Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz, publiziert als Gastkommentar in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung.

Apr 2022
Insights/Research

No other topic shows the interrelation of our own environment with global developments as clearly as climate change. Economists of all disciplines agree that climate change is having unprecedented effects on economic and social development and should be one of our top priorities. If we want to sustainably reduce CO2 emissions, globally coordinated measures are needed. The question is, how do we do that? What are the costs of climate change and what are sensible measures in the fight against global warming?

Apr
 
22
Insights

No other topic shows the interrelation of our own environment with global developments as clearly as climate change. Economists of all disciplines agree that climate change is having unprecedented effects on economic and social development and should be one of our top priorities. If we want to sustainably reduce CO2 emissions, globally coordinated measures are needed. The question is, how do we do that? What are the costs of climate change and what are sensible measures in the fight against global warming?

Mar 2022
Insights/Research

The consensus view until the 2010s was that trade had little impact on inequality in high-income countries. This column reviews the recent evidence that challenges this view. Manufacturing employment contracted sharply in countries like the US and the UK which faced rapid net import growth from China. The resulting, persistent adverse effects on employment and incomes of low-skilled workers do not appear to have been offset by trade’s effect on prices, which seems to have benefited rich and poor households alike. Mitigating these effects is an important but difficult task for policymakers.

Mar
 
22
Insights

The consensus view until the 2010s was that trade had little impact on inequality in high-income countries. This column reviews the recent evidence that challenges this view. Manufacturing employment contracted sharply in countries like the US and the UK which faced rapid net import growth from China. The resulting, persistent adverse effects on employment and incomes of low-skilled workers do not appear to have been offset by trade’s effect on prices, which seems to have benefited rich and poor households alike. Mitigating these effects is an important but difficult task for policymakers.

Mar 2022
Insights/Media

Many think billionaires are spared too much by the taxman compared to average earners. Where does this impression come from? Article translated from the original which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Florian Scheuer.

Mar
 
22
Insights

Many think billionaires are spared too much by the taxman compared to average earners. Where does this impression come from? Article translated from the original which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Florian Scheuer.

Feb 2022
Insights/Media

Digital data collection began with the breakthrough of the internet over twenty years ago. The amount of data collected and its use have led to remarkable social progress, but at the same time they lead to problems. What can economics contribute to solving these problems? What role can it play in regulating of digitization? Gregory Crawford provides insights into his work and shows how his findings can contribute to the regulation of digitization in our society.

Feb
 
22
Insights

Digital data collection began with the breakthrough of the internet over twenty years ago. The amount of data collected and its use have led to remarkable social progress, but at the same time they lead to problems. What can economics contribute to solving these problems? What role can it play in regulating of digitization? Gregory Crawford provides insights into his work and shows how his findings can contribute to the regulation of digitization in our society.

Feb 2022
Insights/Research

Inequality, opportunities, and development is a subject area that encompasses numerous current social issues. How can we reduce inequality? What are the causes of social and economic inequality? How can we create opportunities for women in the labor market? What measures help to combat inequality in developing countries?

Feb
 
22
Insights

Inequality, opportunities, and development is a subject area that encompasses numerous current social issues. How can we reduce inequality? What are the causes of social and economic inequality? How can we create opportunities for women in the labor market? What measures help to combat inequality in developing countries?

Feb 2022
Insights/Media

Neuroeconomic methods can be used to explore the biological basis of human behavior in unprecedented ways and allow us to better understand the motives and processes that define our behavior. In this interview, Ernst Fehr explains how neuroeconomics provides answers to fundamental questions the field faces.

Feb
 
22
Insights

Neuroeconomic methods can be used to explore the biological basis of human behavior in unprecedented ways and allow us to better understand the motives and processes that define our behavior. In this interview, Ernst Fehr explains how neuroeconomics provides answers to fundamental questions the field faces.

Jan 2022
Insights/Research

Das Coronavirus und Covid-19 beschäftigen die Welt. Aktuell beteiligen sich Forschende des Departments in nationalen und internationalen Medien an der öffentlichen Analyse und Diskussion. Neben den Beiträgen aus ihren jeweiligen Spezialgebieten haben die Professorinnen und Professoren des Department of Economics ein gemeinsames Positionspapier veröffentlicht. Dieses fasst den Konsens der ökonomischen Debatte zusammen und zeigt Handlungsoptionen für die Schweiz auf.

Jan
 
22
Insights

Das Coronavirus und Covid-19 beschäftigen die Welt. Aktuell beteiligen sich Forschende des Departments in nationalen und internationalen Medien an der öffentlichen Analyse und Diskussion. Neben den Beiträgen aus ihren jeweiligen Spezialgebieten haben die Professorinnen und Professoren des Department of Economics ein gemeinsames Positionspapier veröffentlicht. Dieses fasst den Konsens der ökonomischen Debatte zusammen und zeigt Handlungsoptionen für die Schweiz auf.

2021

Dec 2021
Insights/Research

Just before the end of the year, we would like to put a spotlight on our world of research with you. The topics are current issues that have preoccupied us throughout the year: Healthcare and pension provision, economics of global challenges, sustainability and climate change. What measures are needed to address these issues? Do we need rules and bans or is an appeal to personal responsibility enough? You will find answers to these questions in the works and assessments of our researchers and other experts.

Dec
 
21
Insights

Just before the end of the year, we would like to put a spotlight on our world of research with you. The topics are current issues that have preoccupied us throughout the year: Healthcare and pension provision, economics of global challenges, sustainability and climate change. What measures are needed to address these issues? Do we need rules and bans or is an appeal to personal responsibility enough? You will find answers to these questions in the works and assessments of our researchers and other experts.

Dec 2021
Insights/Media

«People weigh losses more than gains of the same size,» UBS Center director Ernst Fehr says in an interview with finews.com. The idea behind this is that events or processes that are more readily available in our memory determine our decisions more strongly than memories that are less readily available.

Dec
 
21
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«People weigh losses more than gains of the same size,» UBS Center director Ernst Fehr says in an interview with finews.com. The idea behind this is that events or processes that are more readily available in our memory determine our decisions more strongly than memories that are less readily available.

Dec 2021
Insights/Media

Religion and prosperity – do they go hand-in-hand? Can extreme religious events in the past influence levels of economic prosperity (or poverty) today? Can a doctrinaire insistence on religious conformity have a negative impact on economic development? Find out below by reading UBS Center Foundation Professor Joachim Voth’s op-ed on “The Cost of Intolerance” as published in Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Dec
 
21
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Religion and prosperity – do they go hand-in-hand? Can extreme religious events in the past influence levels of economic prosperity (or poverty) today? Can a doctrinaire insistence on religious conformity have a negative impact on economic development? Find out below by reading UBS Center Foundation Professor Joachim Voth’s op-ed on “The Cost of Intolerance” as published in Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Nov 2021
Insights/Media

Nobel laureate Jean Tirole spoke to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in the margins of the UBS Center Forum for Economic Dialogue earlier this month. Read the translated interview below to discover Mr Tirole’s views on COP26, emissions trading, nuclear power plants as well as his suggestions for tackling climate change.

Nov
 
21
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Nobel laureate Jean Tirole spoke to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in the margins of the UBS Center Forum for Economic Dialogue earlier this month. Read the translated interview below to discover Mr Tirole’s views on COP26, emissions trading, nuclear power plants as well as his suggestions for tackling climate change.

Oct 2021
Insights/Research

How different is human behaviour today to 90 years ago or 200 years ago? How easily are we swayed in our opinions by others? What lessons can be learned by analysing and understanding the power of propaganda, be it propaganda marches or fake news? UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth explores these questions in a fascinating podcast as part of the Tim Phillips VoxTalks series where he uncovers parallels between the spread of the Spanish Flu virus to the spread of Nazi propaganda in 1933 Hamburg and what implications this can have for us today.

Oct
 
21
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How different is human behaviour today to 90 years ago or 200 years ago? How easily are we swayed in our opinions by others? What lessons can be learned by analysing and understanding the power of propaganda, be it propaganda marches or fake news? UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth explores these questions in a fascinating podcast as part of the Tim Phillips VoxTalks series where he uncovers parallels between the spread of the Spanish Flu virus to the spread of Nazi propaganda in 1933 Hamburg and what implications this can have for us today.

Sep 2021
Insights/Media

Eine ZDF-Dokumentation schaut auf vier historische Pandemien und deren Langzeitfolgen zurück. UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth zeigt auf, wieso die Engländer die Zeit nach der Pest als das "goldene Zeitalter der einfachen Arbeitskräfte" beschrieben. «So reich, wie die Menschen im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert sind, sind sie bis ins 19. Jahrhundert nicht mehr,» fasst er den heutigen Stand der Forschung zusammen.

Sep
 
21
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Eine ZDF-Dokumentation schaut auf vier historische Pandemien und deren Langzeitfolgen zurück. UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth zeigt auf, wieso die Engländer die Zeit nach der Pest als das "goldene Zeitalter der einfachen Arbeitskräfte" beschrieben. «So reich, wie die Menschen im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert sind, sind sie bis ins 19. Jahrhundert nicht mehr,» fasst er den heutigen Stand der Forschung zusammen.

Sep 2021
Insights/Media

In the pandemic, the global economy was able to play to its strengths, says UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn. But globalization also creates net losers.

Sep
 
21
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In the pandemic, the global economy was able to play to its strengths, says UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn. But globalization also creates net losers.

Sep 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

In a recent exclusive webcast for the UBS Center, University of Chicago’s Professor Esteban Rossi-Hansberg outlined his assessment model of the effect of global warming on economic outcomes and welfare. Assuming heterogenous temperature changes, Rossi-Hansberg explores the resulting impact on decisions regarding where to live, move, trade, and invest.

Sep
 
21
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In a recent exclusive webcast for the UBS Center, University of Chicago’s Professor Esteban Rossi-Hansberg outlined his assessment model of the effect of global warming on economic outcomes and welfare. Assuming heterogenous temperature changes, Rossi-Hansberg explores the resulting impact on decisions regarding where to live, move, trade, and invest.

Sep 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Im Interview mit SRF «Trend» betont Florian Scheuer, dass es eine gesellschaftliche und letztlich auch politische Frage sei, wie viel Ungleichheit wir haben möchten. Die Aufgabe der Forschung ist es in diesem Zusammenhang, die richtigen Mittel und Instrumente dafür zu erarbeiten, die gewünschte Reduktion dann auch zu erreichen.

Sep
 
21
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Im Interview mit SRF «Trend» betont Florian Scheuer, dass es eine gesellschaftliche und letztlich auch politische Frage sei, wie viel Ungleichheit wir haben möchten. Die Aufgabe der Forschung ist es in diesem Zusammenhang, die richtigen Mittel und Instrumente dafür zu erarbeiten, die gewünschte Reduktion dann auch zu erreichen.

Aug 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

The unequal distribution of wealth has been further exacerbated by the Corona pandemic in Switzerland, says economics professor Florian Scheuer in an interview with AWP Soziale Sicherheit. This can lead to increased relative poverty.

Aug
 
21
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The unequal distribution of wealth has been further exacerbated by the Corona pandemic in Switzerland, says economics professor Florian Scheuer in an interview with AWP Soziale Sicherheit. This can lead to increased relative poverty.

Aug 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Die ungleiche Verteilung der Vermögen hat sich durch die Corona-Pandemie auch in der Schweiz nochmals verschärft, sagt Wirtschaftsprofessor Florian Scheuer im Gespräch mit AWP Soziale Sicherheit. Das kann zu einer erhöhten relativen Armut führen.

Aug
 
21
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Die ungleiche Verteilung der Vermögen hat sich durch die Corona-Pandemie auch in der Schweiz nochmals verschärft, sagt Wirtschaftsprofessor Florian Scheuer im Gespräch mit AWP Soziale Sicherheit. Das kann zu einer erhöhten relativen Armut führen.

Aug 2021
Insights/Media

Do minimum wages really lead to higher unemployment? Are high wages detrimental to productivity or do they pave the way for innovation and creative solutions? UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth takes a closer look at what higher wages really mean for an economy and whether economic theory reflects real life.

Aug
 
21
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Do minimum wages really lead to higher unemployment? Are high wages detrimental to productivity or do they pave the way for innovation and creative solutions? UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth takes a closer look at what higher wages really mean for an economy and whether economic theory reflects real life.

Aug 2021
Insights/Media

Führen Mindestlöhne wirklich zu höherer Arbeitslosigkeit? Sind hohe Löhne schädlich für die Produktivität oder ebnen sie den Weg für Innovationen und kreative Lösungen? UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth geht der Frage nach, was höhere Löhne für eine Volkswirtschaft wirklich bedeuten und ob die ökonomische Theorie der Realität entspricht.

Aug
 
21
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Führen Mindestlöhne wirklich zu höherer Arbeitslosigkeit? Sind hohe Löhne schädlich für die Produktivität oder ebnen sie den Weg für Innovationen und kreative Lösungen? UBS Foundation Professor Joachim Voth geht der Frage nach, was höhere Löhne für eine Volkswirtschaft wirklich bedeuten und ob die ökonomische Theorie der Realität entspricht.

Jul 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

UBS Foundation Professor, Florian Scheuer, recently gave an interview to Blue News where he discusses new proposals for a global minimum tax, possible repercussions and challenges for Switzerland and what Switzerland can do to remain attractive to big corporations.

Jul
 
21
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UBS Foundation Professor, Florian Scheuer, recently gave an interview to Blue News where he discusses new proposals for a global minimum tax, possible repercussions and challenges for Switzerland and what Switzerland can do to remain attractive to big corporations.

Jul 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

UBS Foundation Professor Florian Scheuer hat kürzlich ein Interview mit Blue News gegeben, in dem er über neue Vorschläge für eine globale Mindeststeuer, mögliche Auswirkungen und Herausforderungen für die Schweiz spricht und darüber, was die Schweiz tun kann, um für große Unternehmen attraktiv zu bleiben.

Jul
 
21
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UBS Foundation Professor Florian Scheuer hat kürzlich ein Interview mit Blue News gegeben, in dem er über neue Vorschläge für eine globale Mindeststeuer, mögliche Auswirkungen und Herausforderungen für die Schweiz spricht und darüber, was die Schweiz tun kann, um für große Unternehmen attraktiv zu bleiben.

Jul 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

The Swiss welfare systems are facing major challenges - first and foremost retirement provision: an aging society, low interest rates for pension provision as well as misguided incentives for early retirement. Where are the limits of the welfare state and what priorities need to be set in order to ensure the future viability of the social systems? These questions were the focus of a lively discussion among the panel of experts at the Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz (see box). After the event, we spoke with two of the panellists, economist Monika Bütler and economist and UBS pension expert Veronica Weisser, about inequalities and injustices in the pension system.

Jul
 
21
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The Swiss welfare systems are facing major challenges - first and foremost retirement provision: an aging society, low interest rates for pension provision as well as misguided incentives for early retirement. Where are the limits of the welfare state and what priorities need to be set in order to ensure the future viability of the social systems? These questions were the focus of a lively discussion among the panel of experts at the Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz (see box). After the event, we spoke with two of the panellists, economist Monika Bütler and economist and UBS pension expert Veronica Weisser, about inequalities and injustices in the pension system.

Jun 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Die Schweizer Sozialsysteme stehen vor grossen Herausforderungen – allen voran die Altersvorsorge: eine alternde Gesellschaft, tiefe Zinsen für die Altersvorsorge sowie Fehlanreize zur Frühpensionierung. Wo sind die Grenzen des Wohlfahrtsstaates und welche Prioritäten sind zu setzen, um die Zukunftsfähigkeit der Sozialsysteme gewährleisten zu können? Diese Fragen wurden am Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz rege diskutiert. Wir sprachen im Anschluss an die Veranstaltung mit den beiden Referentinnen, Ökonomin Monika Bütler sowie Ökonomin und UBS Vorsorgeexpertin Veronica Weisser, über Ungleichheiten und Ungerechtigkeiten im Vorsorgesystem.

Jun
 
21
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Die Schweizer Sozialsysteme stehen vor grossen Herausforderungen – allen voran die Altersvorsorge: eine alternde Gesellschaft, tiefe Zinsen für die Altersvorsorge sowie Fehlanreize zur Frühpensionierung. Wo sind die Grenzen des Wohlfahrtsstaates und welche Prioritäten sind zu setzen, um die Zukunftsfähigkeit der Sozialsysteme gewährleisten zu können? Diese Fragen wurden am Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz rege diskutiert. Wir sprachen im Anschluss an die Veranstaltung mit den beiden Referentinnen, Ökonomin Monika Bütler sowie Ökonomin und UBS Vorsorgeexpertin Veronica Weisser, über Ungleichheiten und Ungerechtigkeiten im Vorsorgesystem.

May 2021
Insights/Research

When we make decisions for others, we assume that they have the same preferences as we do. And if they don't, we’ll impose our preferences on them. Research by UBS Foundation Professor Sandro Ambühl shows that this assumption and paternalistic interventions based on ideals lead to suboptimal results.

May
 
21
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When we make decisions for others, we assume that they have the same preferences as we do. And if they don't, we’ll impose our preferences on them. Research by UBS Foundation Professor Sandro Ambühl shows that this assumption and paternalistic interventions based on ideals lead to suboptimal results.

Apr 2021
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Die Schweizer Sozialsysteme stehen vor grossen Herausforderungen: eine alternde Gesellschaft, steigende Gesundheits- und Pflegekosten, tiefe Zinsen für die Altersvorsorge, sowie Fehlanreize im Gesundheitsweisen und zur Frühpensionierung. Wachsende Ansprüche stehen Fragen der Machbarkeit gegenüber. Wo sind die Grenzen des Wohlfahrtsstaates? Und welche Prioritäten sind zu setzen, um die Zukunftsfähigkeit der Sozialsysteme gewährleisten zu können?

Apr
 
21
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Die Schweizer Sozialsysteme stehen vor grossen Herausforderungen: eine alternde Gesellschaft, steigende Gesundheits- und Pflegekosten, tiefe Zinsen für die Altersvorsorge, sowie Fehlanreize im Gesundheitsweisen und zur Frühpensionierung. Wachsende Ansprüche stehen Fragen der Machbarkeit gegenüber. Wo sind die Grenzen des Wohlfahrtsstaates? Und welche Prioritäten sind zu setzen, um die Zukunftsfähigkeit der Sozialsysteme gewährleisten zu können?

Apr 2021
Insights/Media

The “Roaring Twenties” were an epic era, molded by optimism and excess. The First World War was over, as was the Spanish flu. And now, one hundred year later, we are again fighting a pandemic. Are there parallels? Nicoletta Cimmino spoke with Joachim Voth, Professor of Economics.

Apr
 
21
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The “Roaring Twenties” were an epic era, molded by optimism and excess. The First World War was over, as was the Spanish flu. And now, one hundred year later, we are again fighting a pandemic. Are there parallels? Nicoletta Cimmino spoke with Joachim Voth, Professor of Economics.

Mar 2021
Insights/Research

Aktuelle Studien zeigen, die Pandemie hat die wirtschaftliche Ungleichheit in der Schweiz ausgeweitet. Wie lässt es sich erklären, dass die Reichen immer reicher werden und selbst in einer globalen Krise Rekordgewinne einfahren können? UBS Foundation Professor Florian Scheuer beantwortet diese Frage im Gespräch mit dem SRF Wirtschaftsmagazin ECO.

Mar
 
21
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Aktuelle Studien zeigen, die Pandemie hat die wirtschaftliche Ungleichheit in der Schweiz ausgeweitet. Wie lässt es sich erklären, dass die Reichen immer reicher werden und selbst in einer globalen Krise Rekordgewinne einfahren können? UBS Foundation Professor Florian Scheuer beantwortet diese Frage im Gespräch mit dem SRF Wirtschaftsmagazin ECO.

Mar 2021
Insights/Research

Keep the germs away, wash your hands. The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us that hand washing protects against the spread of infectious diseases. The disgust we feel when someone does not wash their hands after going to the toilet has an important function. But, while being a powerful biological response that has preserved our species for millennia, disgust turns out to be a double-edged sword. As a recent episode of Freakonomics Radio shows, it may be keeping us from pursuing strategies that would improve the environment or the economy.

Mar
 
21
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Keep the germs away, wash your hands. The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us that hand washing protects against the spread of infectious diseases. The disgust we feel when someone does not wash their hands after going to the toilet has an important function. But, while being a powerful biological response that has preserved our species for millennia, disgust turns out to be a double-edged sword. As a recent episode of Freakonomics Radio shows, it may be keeping us from pursuing strategies that would improve the environment or the economy.

Jan 2021
Insights/Publications

Über Unternehmenskultur zu sprechen, ist in der Geschäftswelt ziemlich populär geworden. Aber warum sollten sich Unternehmen überhaupt für die Unternehmenskultur interessieren? Warum sind «weiche» Konzepte wie Kultur wichtig? Können sich Unternehmen nicht einfach auf «harte» Fakten verlassen – den Wert klarer und effizienter institutioneller Regeln und Anreize? In diesem Public Paper legen wir dar, dass Unternehmenskultur wichtig ist, weil menschliches Verhalten immer von den vorherrschenden gesellschaftlichen Normen mitbestimmt wird.

Jan
 
21
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Über Unternehmenskultur zu sprechen, ist in der Geschäftswelt ziemlich populär geworden. Aber warum sollten sich Unternehmen überhaupt für die Unternehmenskultur interessieren? Warum sind «weiche» Konzepte wie Kultur wichtig? Können sich Unternehmen nicht einfach auf «harte» Fakten verlassen – den Wert klarer und effizienter institutioneller Regeln und Anreize? In diesem Public Paper legen wir dar, dass Unternehmenskultur wichtig ist, weil menschliches Verhalten immer von den vorherrschenden gesellschaftlichen Normen mitbestimmt wird.

2020

Dec 2020
Insights/Research

Just before the end of the year, we would like to put a spotlight on our world of research with you. The topics are current issues that have preoccupied us throughout the year: Inequality, taxes, climate change and the Corona crisis. What measures are needed to address these issues? Do we need rules and bans or is an appeal to personal responsibility enough? You will find answers to these questions in the works and assessments of our researchers and other experts.

Dec
 
20
Insights

Just before the end of the year, we would like to put a spotlight on our world of research with you. The topics are current issues that have preoccupied us throughout the year: Inequality, taxes, climate change and the Corona crisis. What measures are needed to address these issues? Do we need rules and bans or is an appeal to personal responsibility enough? You will find answers to these questions in the works and assessments of our researchers and other experts.

Dec 2020
Insights/Research

The UBS Center welcomes two outstanding young talents as this year’s UBS Center Scholarship holders. They were selected from several hundred applicants to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics (Zurich GSE). We asked the freshman doctoral students about their motivation to obtain their degree in Zurich.

Dec
 
20
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The UBS Center welcomes two outstanding young talents as this year’s UBS Center Scholarship holders. They were selected from several hundred applicants to the Zurich Graduate School of Economics (Zurich GSE). We asked the freshman doctoral students about their motivation to obtain their degree in Zurich.

Nov 2020
Insights/Dialogue & Events

NZZ Interview | Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton speaks of "death out of despair": In the USA, the mortality of non-academics has risen sharply. Deaton diagnoses a deep divide between people with good and poor education.

Nov
 
20
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NZZ Interview | Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton speaks of "death out of despair": In the USA, the mortality of non-academics has risen sharply. Deaton diagnoses a deep divide between people with good and poor education.

Nov 2020
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Special times call for special measures. That is why our annual forum this year took place online. Despite the change in format, we have sought to maintain our customary standards. We had a series of events in store, focusing on different aspects of inequality – a topic that has become even more important in light of the global pandemic and its devastating consequences, which has hit many of the most vulnerable people in the world particularly hard.

Nov
 
20
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Special times call for special measures. That is why our annual forum this year took place online. Despite the change in format, we have sought to maintain our customary standards. We had a series of events in store, focusing on different aspects of inequality – a topic that has become even more important in light of the global pandemic and its devastating consequences, which has hit many of the most vulnerable people in the world particularly hard.

Nov 2020
Insights/Research

US Elections 2020 | The economic decline of some regions has deepened the ideological divide.
A commentary by David Dorn.

Nov
 
20
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US Elections 2020 | The economic decline of some regions has deepened the ideological divide.
A commentary by David Dorn.

Oct 2020
Insights/Research

While differences in income and wealth can be justified, low social mobility seems difficult to accept in meritocratic societies. A commentary by Joachim Voth.

Oct
 
20
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While differences in income and wealth can be justified, low social mobility seems difficult to accept in meritocratic societies. A commentary by Joachim Voth.

Sep 2020
Insights/Research

Dr. Matthias Ammann joined the UBS Center as COO in September 2020. Prior to that, he was a Fellow at Avenir Suisse from 2017 to 2020, where he focused on education policy and on the potential of digitization for government and administration. He completed his doctorate at the University of St. Gallen after his studies in International Affairs and Governance as well as International Management at the University of St. Gallen and the Copenhagen Business School.

Sep
 
20
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Dr. Matthias Ammann joined the UBS Center as COO in September 2020. Prior to that, he was a Fellow at Avenir Suisse from 2017 to 2020, where he focused on education policy and on the potential of digitization for government and administration. He completed his doctorate at the University of St. Gallen after his studies in International Affairs and Governance as well as International Management at the University of St. Gallen and the Copenhagen Business School.

Jul 2020
Insights/Research

The UBS Center for Economics in Society (UBS Center) was established as an Associate Institute at the University of Zurich (UZH) to build a bridge between science and society. From the very beginning, the Center's credo was "Economics for Society". This was made possible thanks to a donation of CHF 100 million from UBS on the occasion of its 150-year anniversary. UBS has now decided to extend its engagement for an additional 10 years with a new donation of approximately 25 million Swiss francs, enabling the UBS Center to build on its past achievements.

Jul
 
20
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The UBS Center for Economics in Society (UBS Center) was established as an Associate Institute at the University of Zurich (UZH) to build a bridge between science and society. From the very beginning, the Center's credo was "Economics for Society". This was made possible thanks to a donation of CHF 100 million from UBS on the occasion of its 150-year anniversary. UBS has now decided to extend its engagement for an additional 10 years with a new donation of approximately 25 million Swiss francs, enabling the UBS Center to build on its past achievements.

Jul 2020
Insights/Research

Als 2012 das das UBS Center for Economics in Society (UBS Center) an der Universität Zürich (UZH) gegründet wurde, geschah dies mit dem Ziel, eine Brücke zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft zu schlagen. Von Beginn an lautete daher das Credo des Centers «Economics for Society». Möglich machte dies damals eine 100-Millionen-Spende von UBS anlässlich ihres 150-jährigen Jubiläums. Nun hat UBS entschieden, ihr Engagement mit einer neuen Finanzierung von rund 25 Millionen Schweizer Franken um weitere zehn Jahre zu verlängern, um das bisher Erreichte weiterzuführen.

Jul
 
20
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Als 2012 das das UBS Center for Economics in Society (UBS Center) an der Universität Zürich (UZH) gegründet wurde, geschah dies mit dem Ziel, eine Brücke zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft zu schlagen. Von Beginn an lautete daher das Credo des Centers «Economics for Society». Möglich machte dies damals eine 100-Millionen-Spende von UBS anlässlich ihres 150-jährigen Jubiläums. Nun hat UBS entschieden, ihr Engagement mit einer neuen Finanzierung von rund 25 Millionen Schweizer Franken um weitere zehn Jahre zu verlängern, um das bisher Erreichte weiterzuführen.

Jun 2020
Insights/Research

No other topic shows the interrelation of our own environment with global developments as clearly as climate change. Economists of all disciplines agree that climate change is having unprecedented effects on economic and social development and should be one of our top priorities. We spoke with David Hémous on the challenges facing economists and politicians to find answers to the climate change – and fast.

Jun
 
20
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No other topic shows the interrelation of our own environment with global developments as clearly as climate change. Economists of all disciplines agree that climate change is having unprecedented effects on economic and social development and should be one of our top priorities. We spoke with David Hémous on the challenges facing economists and politicians to find answers to the climate change – and fast.

Jun 2020
Insights/Research

In a fast moving world, there is little time for classification and reflection. However, anyone who really wants to understand something needs context. Joachim Voth's research assumes this task and places social phenomena in their cultural and historical contexts. He applies economic tools, and he likes to refute established theses with his results.

Jun
 
20
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In a fast moving world, there is little time for classification and reflection. However, anyone who really wants to understand something needs context. Joachim Voth's research assumes this task and places social phenomena in their cultural and historical contexts. He applies economic tools, and he likes to refute established theses with his results.

May 2020
Insights/Research

Alberto Alesina, Nathan Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UBS Center for Economics in Society, died suddenly on May 23, 2020 while hiking.

May
 
20
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Alberto Alesina, Nathan Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UBS Center for Economics in Society, died suddenly on May 23, 2020 while hiking.

May 2020
Insights/Research

The challenge to address Covid-19 related urgent health needs and to protect citizens from deep economic distress vary substantially across countries worldwide. In low-and middle-income countries resources and infrastructure are lacking as to implement appropriate measures. This can lead to very negative long-term effects, for example maintaining other health programs such as vaccines for children. Dina Pomeranz offers her analysis and issues a wake-up call to the global community.

May
 
20
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The challenge to address Covid-19 related urgent health needs and to protect citizens from deep economic distress vary substantially across countries worldwide. In low-and middle-income countries resources and infrastructure are lacking as to implement appropriate measures. This can lead to very negative long-term effects, for example maintaining other health programs such as vaccines for children. Dina Pomeranz offers her analysis and issues a wake-up call to the global community.

May 2020
Insights/Publications

Das Coronavirus hat die Welt im Griff. Die Massnahmen zur Eindämmung des Virus haben bereits jetzt eine globale Wirtschaftskrise erheblichen Ausmasses hervorgerufen. Ziel dieses Positionspapiers ist es, die Sicht des Department of Economics auf den Konsens zu beschreiben, der sich in der ökonomischen Disziplin nach intensiven Debatten über den Umgang mit der Krise abzeichnet, und herauszuarbeiten, was dies unserer Meinung nach für die Schweiz bedeutet.

May
 
20
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Das Coronavirus hat die Welt im Griff. Die Massnahmen zur Eindämmung des Virus haben bereits jetzt eine globale Wirtschaftskrise erheblichen Ausmasses hervorgerufen. Ziel dieses Positionspapiers ist es, die Sicht des Department of Economics auf den Konsens zu beschreiben, der sich in der ökonomischen Disziplin nach intensiven Debatten über den Umgang mit der Krise abzeichnet, und herauszuarbeiten, was dies unserer Meinung nach für die Schweiz bedeutet.

May 2020
Insights/Publications

The coronavirus has the world in its grip. It is certain that the measures to contain the virus have already caused a major global economic crisis. The aim of this policy paper is to lay out the Department of Economics' view of the consensus that is emerging in the economics profession after thourough debates on how to deal with the crisis. And to work out what we think this means for Switzerland.

May
 
20
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The coronavirus has the world in its grip. It is certain that the measures to contain the virus have already caused a major global economic crisis. The aim of this policy paper is to lay out the Department of Economics' view of the consensus that is emerging in the economics profession after thourough debates on how to deal with the crisis. And to work out what we think this means for Switzerland.

Apr 2020
Insights/Research

The world stands still while the shockwaves of the corona virus reverberate around the world. Far-reaching economic consequences are difficult to assess. Will some of us be better off than others once we turn back to business as usual? Are we seeing a radical shift in the digitalization of work? Can Western democracies really deal with a challenge of this magnitude? Joachim Voth has studied the economic consequences of plagues. We sat down with him to learn from his research.

Apr
 
20
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The world stands still while the shockwaves of the corona virus reverberate around the world. Far-reaching economic consequences are difficult to assess. Will some of us be better off than others once we turn back to business as usual? Are we seeing a radical shift in the digitalization of work? Can Western democracies really deal with a challenge of this magnitude? Joachim Voth has studied the economic consequences of plagues. We sat down with him to learn from his research.

Mar 2020
Insights/Research

Joachim Voth draws parallels between the current strategies to control the coronavirus and those used to combat the plague in Marseille in 1720. Back then, the rigorous mobility restriction by building plague walls proved to be the most effective solution. Today, politics must balance the costs and benefits of restricting the movement of people and goods. The free exchange of goods and capital does not have to be restricted; only very few diseases are transmitted by contaminated goods. The free movement of people itself also contributes to the advantages of globalisation, but it is far less important for production. Voth argues that the lesson from Wuhan should be that we start a broad discussion about how much mobility is actually desirable.

Mar
 
20
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Joachim Voth draws parallels between the current strategies to control the coronavirus and those used to combat the plague in Marseille in 1720. Back then, the rigorous mobility restriction by building plague walls proved to be the most effective solution. Today, politics must balance the costs and benefits of restricting the movement of people and goods. The free exchange of goods and capital does not have to be restricted; only very few diseases are transmitted by contaminated goods. The free movement of people itself also contributes to the advantages of globalisation, but it is far less important for production. Voth argues that the lesson from Wuhan should be that we start a broad discussion about how much mobility is actually desirable.

Mar 2020
Insights/Research

Last February, José Vila-Belda gave a nanoTalk at the University of Zurich explaining the key contributions for which professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019. By breaking down big open questions into smaller but rigorous and policy-relevant scientific tests and leveraging the power of field experiments, Duflo and her colleagues have revolutionized the study of the causes of poverty and the policies that can effectively reduce it.

Mar
 
20
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Last February, José Vila-Belda gave a nanoTalk at the University of Zurich explaining the key contributions for which professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019. By breaking down big open questions into smaller but rigorous and policy-relevant scientific tests and leveraging the power of field experiments, Duflo and her colleagues have revolutionized the study of the causes of poverty and the policies that can effectively reduce it.

2019

Dec 2019
Insights/Research

We are pleased to introduce the 2019 class of our scholarship holders. Five talented young scholars have been selected among the top-applicants for the Zurich Graduate School of Economics. They come from all over the world and will be affiliated with the UBS Center during their doctoral studies at the University of Zurich.

Dec
 
19
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We are pleased to introduce the 2019 class of our scholarship holders. Five talented young scholars have been selected among the top-applicants for the Zurich Graduate School of Economics. They come from all over the world and will be affiliated with the UBS Center during their doctoral studies at the University of Zurich.

Oct 2019
Insights/Research

When asked about what inspires her as an economist, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya has a few different answers. First, it’s purely academic, she’s trying to solve some of the puzzles that she sees within the political economy. The second comes from the policy failures she sees in democracies, autocratic states and dictatorships and getting to the roots of these. And the third is bringing up a new generation of scholars and economists, watching her students grow and transition in bright young academics.

Oct
 
19
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When asked about what inspires her as an economist, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya has a few different answers. First, it’s purely academic, she’s trying to solve some of the puzzles that she sees within the political economy. The second comes from the policy failures she sees in democracies, autocratic states and dictatorships and getting to the roots of these. And the third is bringing up a new generation of scholars and economists, watching her students grow and transition in bright young academics.

Jul 2019
Insights/Dialogue & Events

We followed up on the "Women in Economics" initiative by UBS and CEPR and organized a breakfast talk with Marianne Bertrand, Raquel Fernandez, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya for young female economists at the University of Zurich’s Graduate School of Economics.

Jul
 
19
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We followed up on the "Women in Economics" initiative by UBS and CEPR and organized a breakfast talk with Marianne Bertrand, Raquel Fernandez, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya for young female economists at the University of Zurich’s Graduate School of Economics.

May 2019
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Taxes are the price we pay for living in a safe and organized country; tax competition ensures that this price remains fair. With this statement, former Swiss Finance Minister Kaspar Villiger openend the sixth edition of our “Wirtschaftspodium” in Zurich.

May
 
19
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Taxes are the price we pay for living in a safe and organized country; tax competition ensures that this price remains fair. With this statement, former Swiss Finance Minister Kaspar Villiger openend the sixth edition of our “Wirtschaftspodium” in Zurich.

Jan 2019
Insights/Publications

The newly established policy brief series conveys main research insights to politicians, policy makers, and the broader public. The policy briefs are nontechnical summaries of research findings that address today’s key challenges, and they come with policy suggestions derived from the research results.

Jan
 
19
Insights

The newly established policy brief series conveys main research insights to politicians, policy makers, and the broader public. The policy briefs are nontechnical summaries of research findings that address today’s key challenges, and they come with policy suggestions derived from the research results.

Jan 2019
Insights/Publications

A sound corporate culture drives a company’s overall performance sustainably – this is not only common sense, but also evidenced in research. Why is culture so important for economic success, and what are the characteristics of a successful corporate culture? A new paper by Ernst Fehr puts cooperation and feedback center stage.

Jan
 
19
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A sound corporate culture drives a company’s overall performance sustainably – this is not only common sense, but also evidenced in research. Why is culture so important for economic success, and what are the characteristics of a successful corporate culture? A new paper by Ernst Fehr puts cooperation and feedback center stage.

Jan 2019
Insights/Research

David Hémous recently received a prestigious grant from the European Research Council, while Urša Krenk just started her doctoral studies at the Zurich Graduate School of Economics. Although they are at different stages of their academic careers, they have one thing in common: their passion for economic research.

Jan
 
19
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David Hémous recently received a prestigious grant from the European Research Council, while Urša Krenk just started her doctoral studies at the Zurich Graduate School of Economics. Although they are at different stages of their academic careers, they have one thing in common: their passion for economic research.

2018

Dec 2018
Insights/Dialogue & Events

1:0, 7:2, 11:3. No – not the latest ice hockey scores, but the ratio of male to female speakers at the UBS Center’s 2018 events. 9:1 – the professors and 8:5 – the scholarship holders at the UBS Center. 18:6 – the UBS Center Advisory Board members.

Dec
 
18
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1:0, 7:2, 11:3. No – not the latest ice hockey scores, but the ratio of male to female speakers at the UBS Center’s 2018 events. 9:1 – the professors and 8:5 – the scholarship holders at the UBS Center. 18:6 – the UBS Center Advisory Board members.

Dec 2018
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Culture and economics are closely interlinked: a country’s economic success depends on the quality of its culture. This insight is not new, yet, it has long been ignored. It has returned, however, to the center of economists’ attention, as an event by the UBS Center showed in November.

Dec
 
18
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Culture and economics are closely interlinked: a country’s economic success depends on the quality of its culture. This insight is not new, yet, it has long been ignored. It has returned, however, to the center of economists’ attention, as an event by the UBS Center showed in November.

Jul 2018
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Why are our financial decisions often irrational, leading to bad choices? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely answered this question in a very entertaining and thought- provoking way.

Jul
 
18
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Why are our financial decisions often irrational, leading to bad choices? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely answered this question in a very entertaining and thought- provoking way.

Jul 2018
Insights/Research

Ladina Jenal is the new Chief Operating Officer of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society. Her research interests focus on risk management, internal control and corporate governance as well as economic impacts of maternity on labour markets.

Jul
 
18
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Ladina Jenal is the new Chief Operating Officer of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society. Her research interests focus on risk management, internal control and corporate governance as well as economic impacts of maternity on labour markets.

Jul 2018
Insights/Dialogue & Events

New technologies, new services, new client needs – is the financial market at a historic turning point? And if so, what are the implications for Swiss finance? At this year’s UBS Center Podium economic historians and experts from the financial sector were divided on the question about the significance of today’s changes in finance.

Jul
 
18
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New technologies, new services, new client needs – is the financial market at a historic turning point? And if so, what are the implications for Swiss finance? At this year’s UBS Center Podium economic historians and experts from the financial sector were divided on the question about the significance of today’s changes in finance.

Jul 2018
Insights/Publications

We are excited to announce the upcoming publication series titled “UBS Center Policy Briefs.” To get some insights, we sat down with editor-in-chief Florian Scheuer.

Jul
 
18
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We are excited to announce the upcoming publication series titled “UBS Center Policy Briefs.” To get some insights, we sat down with editor-in-chief Florian Scheuer.

Jul 2018
Insights/Research

Does bank expansion cripple growth? How does working during pregnancy affect newborn babies? How can we reduce food waste? What are the right work incentives in disability insurance? These are only a few of the questions that our senior scholarship holders address in their research projects.

Jul
 
18
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Does bank expansion cripple growth? How does working during pregnancy affect newborn babies? How can we reduce food waste? What are the right work incentives in disability insurance? These are only a few of the questions that our senior scholarship holders address in their research projects.

2017

Dec 2017
Insights/Dialogue & Events

'How to Deal with the Globalization Backlash?' was the question for leading thinkers and academics at the UBS Center Forum for Economic Dialogue.

Dec
 
17
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'How to Deal with the Globalization Backlash?' was the question for leading thinkers and academics at the UBS Center Forum for Economic Dialogue.

Dec 2017
Insights/Dialogue & Events

They have dedicated themselves to reduce poverty around the globe. Esther Duflo (MIT) and Abhijit V. Banerjee (MIT) visited the University of Zurich to share the lessons they learned after publishing Poor Economics.

Dec
 
17
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They have dedicated themselves to reduce poverty around the globe. Esther Duflo (MIT) and Abhijit V. Banerjee (MIT) visited the University of Zurich to share the lessons they learned after publishing Poor Economics.

Dec 2017
Insights/Publications

The new UBS Center Public Paper shows that Switzerland is a center of stability – in a good as well as in a less good sense.

Dec
 
17
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The new UBS Center Public Paper shows that Switzerland is a center of stability – in a good as well as in a less good sense.

Jun 2017
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Chipping away at the many misconceptions surrounding migration is just a first step toward finding viable solutions to this highly charged topic. This was one of the main insights of this year’s Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz.

Jun
 
17
Insights

Chipping away at the many misconceptions surrounding migration is just a first step toward finding viable solutions to this highly charged topic. This was one of the main insights of this year’s Wirtschaftspodium Schweiz.

Jun 2017
Insights/Research

There is a thin line between news bias, fake news, and propaganda. Just look at the current debate about manipulation of the media in the U.S. While mass media is believed to play a powerful role in democracies, the ability of the media to perform its prescribed role as the “watchdog” has been questioned.

Jun
 
17
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There is a thin line between news bias, fake news, and propaganda. Just look at the current debate about manipulation of the media in the U.S. While mass media is believed to play a powerful role in democracies, the ability of the media to perform its prescribed role as the “watchdog” has been questioned.

Jun 2017
Insights/Research

Ralph Ossa was appointed to the Professorship in Economics of Globalization and Emerging Markets, endowed by the UBS Center. He joined the University of Zurich at the beginning of this year. His research focuses on international trade, economic geography, and economic development.

Jun
 
17
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Ralph Ossa was appointed to the Professorship in Economics of Globalization and Emerging Markets, endowed by the UBS Center. He joined the University of Zurich at the beginning of this year. His research focuses on international trade, economic geography, and economic development.

2016

Dec 2016
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Economic models tend to assume that people are informed about the decisions they make, so that consumers are able to make markets work to their advantage. Robert Shiller argued that this assumption is at least partially wrong, as many competitive markets by their very nature spawn deception and trickery.

Dec
 
16
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Economic models tend to assume that people are informed about the decisions they make, so that consumers are able to make markets work to their advantage. Robert Shiller argued that this assumption is at least partially wrong, as many competitive markets by their very nature spawn deception and trickery.

Dec 2016
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Whether you call it the third or the fourth industrial revolution, we are entering an era of unprecedented economic, technological and social change. But what are the forces driving this change and will humanity benefit or suffer as a result?

Dec
 
16
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Whether you call it the third or the fourth industrial revolution, we are entering an era of unprecedented economic, technological and social change. But what are the forces driving this change and will humanity benefit or suffer as a result?

Dec 2016
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Seventy years after Winston Churchill gave his historic address calling for a “United States of Europe” at the University of Zurich, Nobel Laureate Professor of economics Paul Krugman stood at the same podium and delivered a provocative lecture on Europe’s future.

Dec
 
16
Insights

Seventy years after Winston Churchill gave his historic address calling for a “United States of Europe” at the University of Zurich, Nobel Laureate Professor of economics Paul Krugman stood at the same podium and delivered a provocative lecture on Europe’s future.

Jun 2016
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Life expectancy in Western societies increases while birth rates drop. There is a fifty-percent chance that a child born today in Switzerland will live to be 100 years old. What does this mean for the economy and for society? How can the pension system be secured?

Jun
 
16
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Life expectancy in Western societies increases while birth rates drop. There is a fifty-percent chance that a child born today in Switzerland will live to be 100 years old. What does this mean for the economy and for society? How can the pension system be secured?

2015

Dec 2015
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Thanks to his recent best-selling book This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Ken Rogoff is widely regarded as one of the world’s leaders on the topic. This may explain why the main auditorium of the University of Zurich was much too small for the hundreds of people who wanted to hear what the former IMF Chief Economist had to say about the world’s current debt problems.

Dec
 
15
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Thanks to his recent best-selling book *This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly*, Ken Rogoff is widely regarded as one of the world’s leaders on the topic. This may explain why the main auditorium of the University of Zurich was much too small for the hundreds of people who wanted to hear what the former IMF Chief Economist had to say about the world’s current debt problems.

Dec 2015
Insights/Research

High debt levels and violent conflicts are two of the themes that have been dominating the headlines for months. It goes without saying that both are seen as indicators of failure or decline. But as economic historian Hans-Joachim Voth shows, this does not always hold true. On the contrary, there were times when military conflict acted as an engine for development and high debt levels spurred economic growth.

Dec
 
15
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High debt levels and violent conflicts are two of the themes that have been dominating the headlines for months. It goes without saying that both are seen as indicators of failure or decline. But as economic historian Hans-Joachim Voth shows, this does not always hold true. On the contrary, there were times when military conflict acted as an engine for development and high debt levels spurred economic growth.

Dec 2015
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Nobel Prize Winner Mohammed ElBaradei opened this year’s forum with a powerful and moving address. He argued the world is facing a crisis of governance and advocated for a global social contract based on inclusion and fostering solidarity.

Dec
 
15
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Nobel Prize Winner Mohammed ElBaradei opened this year’s forum with a powerful and moving address. He argued the world is facing a crisis of governance and advocated for a global social contract based on inclusion and fostering solidarity.

Jun 2015
Insights/Dialogue & Events

On a macroeconomic level, the wealth of nations greatly depends on investment in human capital. For Switzerland with few natural resources, the many positive effects of strong human capital are particularly important. But what kind of human capital does Switzerland need?

Jun
 
15
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On a macroeconomic level, the wealth of nations greatly depends on investment in human capital. For Switzerland with few natural resources, the many positive effects of strong human capital are particularly important. But what kind of human capital does Switzerland need?

2014

Dec 2014
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Leading international figures from science, business, and politics discussed why large parts of the world are still waiting for a return to stable economic growth and a reduction in unemployment and debt levels six years after the outbreak of the financial crisis.

Dec
 
14
Insights

Leading international figures from science, business, and politics discussed why large parts of the world are still waiting for a return to stable economic growth and a reduction in unemployment and debt levels six years after the outbreak of the financial crisis.

Jun 2014
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Switzerland is doing well...too well? Is the model for success in danger? Participants in the UBS Center Swiss Forum discussed the strengths and weaknesses of Switzerland as a business location.

Jun
 
14
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Switzerland is doing well...too well? Is the model for success in danger? Participants in the UBS Center Swiss Forum discussed the strengths and weaknesses of Switzerland as a business location.

2012

Dec 2012
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Forum for Economic Dialogue 2012 – a successful inauguration. Leading economists took it in turn to address the critical issues confronting the international financial system today.

Dec
 
12
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Forum for Economic Dialogue 2012 – a successful inauguration. Leading economists took it in turn to address the critical issues confronting the international financial system today.