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14.01.21 > News
When the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

Researchers observe the widening of the income gap with concern. Unfortunately, a Swiss National Radio report with Florian Scheuer makes it clear that the pandemic is exacerbating the trend. Low-income earners in contact-intensive industries are rapidly losing out, and their children are more likely to be left behind because of homeschooling. Superrich like Amazon CEO Besos, on the other hand, have even been able to profit from the crisis and grow in wealth. Scheuer also sees this as a danger of political polarization, which could lead to increased social tensions and mistrust.

Jan 2021
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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
 
21
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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.

06.01.21 > News
David Dorn: Covid-19 depts and US unemployment

Two recently published articles by Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger refer to David Dorn's research activities. One article highlighting U.S. Treasury Department developments sees studies where Dorn was involved indicating impressively, how entire regions in the US suffered most of all through Chinese imports. Another article on Covid-19 related Swiss state depts cites task force expert Dorn giving the all-clear: "Government spending that averts economic hardship during the crisis, maintains viable economic structures, and helps accelerate post-crisis recovery is important and should not be unduly constrained by concerns about future government debt."

05.01.21 > News
Facts, options and (not) all the answers

A highly recommended David Dorn spotlight in the latest University of Zurich Journal underlines his work ethics of "sticking to the facts and refrain from commenting in a narcissistic manner". Furthermore our faculty publication Oec. Magazin portraits Dorn as a member of the Swiss Covid-19 Science Taskforce. Referring to scientific consensus and interdisciplinarity, he describes the core task of the group as to "design options for action". In the same issue a great read with Nir Jaimovich clears the assumption that scientists have all the answers.

05.01.21 > News
Inequality and populism

A recent article by the Chicago Booth Review on the populism puzzle quotes a 1999 paper by Ernst Fehr and Klaus M. Schmidt, "that many people dislike large inequalities — and in fact will give up material payoffs to achieve more balance." The article continues by indicating that Fehr is now finding that people averse to inequality are more likely to vote for populist proposals. Inequality and populism are both topics we discussed at length during our Forum for Economic Dialogue series.

Dec 2020
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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: 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
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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: 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
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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.

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.

14.12.20 > News
"I take a very critical view of Swiss fiscal federalism"

One of the big mysteries for him as a tax expert is, says Florian Scheuer in an interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit, why we don't see more redistribution or expropriation of the rich in democracies. "One answer is that the middle class believes that their children could become rich. And many realize that if you take too much away from the rich, others will suffer because jobs might be lost, for example." But Scheuer sees the beginning of a new era coming, as many perceive growing inequality as a pressing problem.

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