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25.06.19 > News
Fight for world domination

For the first time since the Second World War, two competing economic systems are facing each other again: Chinese state capitalism challenges the liberal market economy. "The Chinese economy uses the well-known advantages of the market economy, such as the price as a coordination tool," explains David Dorn in the Swiss daily NZZ am Sonntag. Though China ties the capitalist system to a political dictatorship rather than democracy, Dorn explains. But the opening to the market economy sparked a huge industrial boom and freed some 800 million Chinese from dire poverty.

25.06.19 > News
Higher rents for everyone!

People are getting angrier. One hears of endless queues at apartment viewings, of new rents going through the roof. Where does this drastic development come from - and what is the right remedy to address this problem? Joachim Voth discusses this question in a guest article in the FAZ. His conclusion: instead of moving closer together to make room for the newcomers, the peak of demand affects single mothers, migrants, and large families who are looking for a new home and who have no chance in competing against hundreds of other prospective tenants.

07.06.19 > News
Women in Economics presents Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo is one of the most influential economists working on global poverty today. She has done extensive work in immunization, female leadership in developing countries, and health. Professor Duflo talks about how being exposed to a female leader in Indian villages actually resulted in higher graduation rates for girls and increased young people’s own aspiration for their lives and careers. Brought to you by UBS and CEPR, Women in Economics highlights the achievements of female leaders and their contributions to economics. The stories cover some of the most influential thinkers and doers in the field.

07.06.19 > News
Moving the needle on social norms

What if I thought everyone around me was more regressive than they actually were? And then what if you told me I was wrong? Markus Goldstein, a chief economist of the Worldbank, asks these questions in a recent blog post on the 'Misperceived Social Norms' paper by Leonardo Bursztyn, Alessandra Gonzalez, and David Yanagizawa-Drott. He concludes that "all in all, this is a neat paper. Bursztyn and co. are quite careful about how they set things up and I learned a couple of things about how to set up this kind of experiment." Coming back to the results, he would think it being interesting to explore which are the norms which one systematically overestimates as more restrictive than they actually are. And what kind of interventions could start moving the needle.

07.06.19 > News
Social advancement takes generations

While income and wealth differences can be justified, low income mobility in meritocratic societies seems hard to accept. "Many people today are no better off than their parents," comments Joachim Voth in his opinion article in the Swiss newspaper 'Finanz und Wirtschaft'. The figures that the OECD has gathered for this kind of social leap are bleak: relative social advancement is still taking place but is extremely slow. For example, children from families in the bottom 10% of the income distribution typically need 4.5 generations to earn as much as the average.

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.

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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.

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21
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Prof. Florian Scheuer, Professorship for Economics of Institutions

Oct
21
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Prof. Florian Scheuer, Professorship for Economics of Institutions

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04
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Prof. Nir Jaimovich, Professor of Economics

Nov
04
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Prof. Nir Jaimovich, Professor of Economics

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