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Oct 2020
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Special times call for special measures. That is why our annual forum will this year take place online. Despite the change in format, we have sought to maintain our customary standards. We have a series of events in store for you, 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.

Oct
 
20
Insights/Dialogue & Events

Special times call for special measures. That is why our annual forum will this year take place online. Despite the change in format, we have sought to maintain our customary standards. We have a series of events in store for you, 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.

24.09.20 > News
NZZ ranking: Ernst Fehr remains most influential economist

For the seventh time in a row, Fehr leads the NZZ economist ranking for Switzerland, Germany and Austria: "Behavioral economist Ernst Fehr scores with his outstanding research performance." Dina Pomeranz is the youngest economist among the top 15, and her strong presence on Twitter secures her fourth-best result in the social media category. David Dorn reached the top 5 in the research category, making a total of five places up on the previous year.

24.09.20 > News
AER: Insights - To what extent can technological disruption lead to civil unrest?

Joachim Voth and Bruno Caprettini’s research on the Swing Riots in England in 1830 offers insights into conducive factors driving social unrest when workers are displaced by innovation. Or as Joachim Voth illustrates: "It’s a little bit like how you get a wildfire. The forest has to be dry... Someone's always going to throw a match, but the question is why is the forest dry at that point?"

21.09.20 > News
Why we may trust registered clinical trials

Can we trust clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines or is pharmaceutical research corrupted by financial conflicts of interest? A recent VoxEU column by Christian Decker and co-authors summarizes their (pre-pandemic) research about the integrity of registered clinical trials.

Sep 2020
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
 
20
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.

19.09.20 > News
New appointment in the foundation council

We are very pleased to welcome Sabine Keller-Busse as our new Foundation Council Member. She is Group Chief Operating Officer and President UBS Europe, Middle East and Africa and she is a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS.

“I am delighted to take over the position and I am very proud of the strong track record and achievements of the UBS Center over the last eight years. It is especially great to see how targeted investments, the right leadership team, hard work and persistence have helped to establish the University of Zurich’s economics department as a leading research institution.” Keller-Busse

Sabine Keller-Busse takes over the position from Markus Diethelm, Group General Counsel of UBS and member of the Group Executive Board of UBS. Markus Diethelm joined the UBS Center as Foundation Council Member in 2012 when the Center was founded, and he played an important role in the successful build up and securing the long-term future of the Center. We thank him for his commitment and dedication to the Center over the past eight years.

18.09.20 > News
Multinationals bid to boost their attractiveness

Paternity leave echoes previous welfare initiatives, notes David Dorn in a Swiss Le Temps article: A century ago, private companies created pension funds for their employees, today these are compulsory for all.

18.09.20 > News
Dina Pomeranz on IIPF Board of Management

Dina Pomeranz has been elected to the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) Board of Management. The IIPF is the world organization of Public Finance Economists. Founded in Paris in 1937, the institution plays a valuable role in giving economics an orientation towards the real world.

04.09.20 > News
How much are the bilateral agreements actually worth?

CH Media asked Dina Pomeranz and four other economists to assess the importance of the bilateral agreements. Specifically, they discussed the consequences if the initiative to breach the agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU were to be adopted.

20.08.20 > News
URPP Equality of Opportunity

With its University Research Priority Programs (URPP), UZH fosters cross-disciplinary cooperation between researchers working in fields that are relevant to society. By linking up different academic disciplines, the URPP allow for a broad range of approaches to tackle the subject. The new URPP Equality of Opportunity, which is headed by David Dorn, aims to investigate the economic and societal changes that give rise to inequality. The researchers involved in the program will also analyze concrete legal frameworks and political measures that help to increase equal opportunities for all members of a society.

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Spotlight events

Oct
21
Public event/Forum

Members from the UZH Department of Economics and other fields

Oct
21
Public event/Forum

Members from the UZH Department of Economics and other fields

Oct
28
Public event/Forum

Janet Currie, David Dorn and Branko Milanovic

Oct
28
Public event/Forum

Janet Currie, David Dorn and Branko Milanovic

Nov
03
Public event/Forum

Florian Scheuer

Nov
03
Public event/Forum

Florian Scheuer

Nov
11
Public event/Forum

Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton

Nov
11
Public event/Forum

Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton

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