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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
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.

26.11.21 > News
(In)equality of opportunity

Under the motto "Impact", the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at UZH has launched a new event series together with its alumni associations. The series kicked off with an event, supported by the UBS Center, on November 24.

Inequality is a multifaceted topic, with some aspects being better known than others. In the public debate, the focus is currently on increasing economic and social inequalities. This is because a high level of inequality is perceived as a challenge in societies striving for democratic and meritocratic ideals. This was made clear in the keynote address by UBS Foundation Professor David Dorn, whose presentation focused in particular on income inequality. Using data from the US and Switzerland, Dorn showed clear differences in the historical development of income distribution both between and within countries – especially in the highest income percentiles. Why is income inequality steadily increasing and why are the richest getting richer? The scientific community is challenged to identify the causes of inequality and to identify possible solutions to reduce inequality. With the University Research Center "Equality of Opportunity", UZH is addressing this challenge and strengthening interdisciplinary research in this important topic. David Dorn is the director of the research focus, which includes the research modules of economic and social change and public policy.

Following Professor Dorn's presentation, Vanessa Gentile, Salesforce Switzerland, Daniel Kalt, UBS Switzerland and Eveline Saupper, lawyer and certified tax expert, discussed with him the topic of opportunity (in)equality with a focus on gender. The discussion was moderated by business journalist Patrizia Laeri.

19.11.21 > News
Forum on sustainability and climate change

Coinciding with COP 26, our Forum for Economic Dialogue produced valuable insights into the climate debate and generated lively discussions among the speakers and participants. While the devastating consequences of global warming – especially for the world's most vulnerable people – were acknowledged by all, there was intense debate about the different measures that can be taken to fight climate change. Which measures are effective, efficient, and socially acceptable – e.g., carbon tax, innovation, or green bonds? How much will they cost and who should pay for them? Here, opinions differed, especially on the question of whether the costs we incur for the measures are proportionate. The highlight and conclusion of the Forum was the Zurich Lecture delivered by Nobel laureate Jean Tirole, who on the one hand emphasized the importance of sustainable policies and on the other voiced criticism of false good ideas, such as green central banks or the inclusion of environmental criteria in public procurement.

19.11.21 > News
Impact of parental leave on companies

What are the consequences of a female worker giving birth and taking parental leave on her employer and co-workers? In the newest UBS Center Policy Brief Anne Brenøe shows there is little evidence of negative effects on either the employing company or co-workers. The study focuses on Denmark – a wealthy country with generous parental leave benefits.

08.11.21 > News
New Public Paper: Green innovation policies

Our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will determine how fast we can stop global warming. In his UBS Center Public Paper, UBS Foundation Professor David Hémous explains that achieving the necessary reduction in emissions – while maintaining (and improving) worldwide living standards – can only be accomplished through innovation. Innovation has the potential to combine the necessary decline in greenhouse gas emissions with sustained economic growth; and it responds largely and rapidly to price signals. However, innovation is not a silver bullet. It is conducted by scientists and firms, it reacts to market and policy incentives, and needs therefore be regulated by governments. Hémous reviews recent economic research on the role of innovation in the design of climate policy, he evaluates the effectiveness of current technological trends, and introduces a new economic climate policy innovation framework.

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
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.

Sep 2021
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.

Sep
 
21
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.

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Spotlight events

Nov
09
Public event/Forum

Nobel laureate Jean Tirole, Walter B. Kielholz, and many more

Nov
09
Public event/Forum

Nobel laureate Jean Tirole, Walter B. Kielholz, and many more

Nov
23
Public event/Education

Jan Eeckhout (UPF Barcelona)

Nov
23
Public event/Education

Jan Eeckhout (UPF Barcelona)

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