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10.01.2018 > News
The disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas

An article in the NY Times quotes research on international airlinks and economic growth by David Yanagizawa-Drott.

Megacities are increasing global connections while losing their local links. Rural areas are bereft of economic spillover effects.

10.01.2018 > News
Right at the top incomes grow faster

The issue of distribution of income and wealth is raging around the world in a heated debate. Daniel Hug (NZZ) takes a look at the conditions in Switzerland with Reto Föllmi and Isabel Martínez.

The incomes are relatively evenly distributed here, but the rise to higher strata is lacking. These and other findings can be read in the latest UBS Center Public Paper.

08.01.2018 > News
Top 40 under 40

Florian Scheuer is named one of Germany’s outstanding talents.

Each year, 40 young people are honored by Capital in the four categories “entrepreneur”, “manager”, “politics and state”, “society and science”. The editorial team interviews managers, politicians, headhunters and consultants as well as the award winners of the previous years

08.01.2018 > News
«Technological development is losing pace»

David Dorn pleads for cooler minds in the discussion about digitization.

Technological change is not always straightforward and not necessarily entails mass unemployment, he says in an interview with the Volkswirtschaft. In addition, one overestimates the current progress.

21.12.2017 > News
Does “Swiss Finance” have a Future?

We are delighted to announce that William N. Goetzmann (Yale) will open the 2018 edition of our Wirtschaftspodium with a keynote lecture.

This time, we will discuss how new technologies and regulatory frameworks have affected the finance sector and what the future holds for the financial center in Switzerland.

20.12.2017 > News
Globalization in reverse?

“How to Deal with the Globalization Backlash?” was the question for leading thinkers and academics who joined us for this thought-provoking and very successful Forum for Economic Dialogue at the Kaufleuten Zurich in November.

19.12.2017 > News
The distribution of income and wealth in Switzerland

We are proud to launch the sixth UBS Center Public Paper, which focuses on the distribution of income and wealth in Switzerland.

The authors, Reto Föllmi and Isabel Martínez, show that Switzerland is a center of stability – in a good as well as in a less good sense.

19.12.2017 > News
Poor Economics

Esther Duflo (MIT) and Abhijit V. Banerjee (MIT) visited the University of Zurich to share the lessons they learned after publishing “Poor Economics: A radical re- thinking of the way to fight global poverty”.

18.12.2017 > News
Bitcoin – Bubble or Brave New World?

Talking about crypto currencies, Joachim Voth has a clear message: “Apart from blackmailers, drug dealers, and arms dealers, there is only one other source of demand for Bitcoin – which is speculators”.

18.12.2017 > News
Class of 2017

A special welcome goes to four promising UBS Center Scholarship holders who joined the Zurich Graduate School of Economics this September.

We sat down with the freshman doctoral students to talk about their reasons for coming to Zurich.

18.12.2017 > News
Interview with Prof. Nir Jaimovich

We are pleased to announce that Nir Jaimovich, formerly of University of Southern California, joined the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich in July 2017.

He is affiliated with the UBS Center. You can find out more about his work in our interview.

18.12.2017 > News
Newsletter No. 10 out now

With the holidays just around the corner, we would like to share recent and upcoming highlights of the UBS Center with you.

We wish you an interesting read and hope to welcome you at one of our future events. Season’s Greetings to all of you.

18.12.2017 > News
Irrationality - The problem of others

We want to make good decisions and think that our behavior is rational – whereas we assume others to act irrationally. Behavioral scientist Ernst Fehr analyzes this paradox. He will be speaking at GDI on January 25, 2018.

06.12.2017 > News
«The new study creates more clarity»

Tagesanzeiger chief economist Markus Diem Meier reports extensively on our latest public paper.

Increased inequality in developed countries is one of the big issues of our time. Studies on the situation in Switzerland are still rare. Reto Föllmi and Isabel Martinez used tax data to take a closer look at both the development of income and wealth distribution in Switzerland.

06.12.2017 > News
This is how the debate runs on social media

The no-billag initiative is a hot topic on Twitter, Facebook and Co. In the midst is Dina Pomeranz.

Who has the biggest influence? And which posts got the most likes? Answers and backgrounds provides a data analysis by Persönlich.

06.12.2017 > News
Dollars and Sense - How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

Dan Ariely (Duke University) is a renowned behavioral economist who provides us with the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better. We thus look forward to hearing his advice on these smart choices.

01.12.2017 > News
Evolution of Individual Values and Economic Outcomes

On October 31, 2017, the Center on Capitalism and Society gathered leading scholars in economics, philosophy and sociology to explore themes of individualism, emancipation and self-actualization.

Amongst other, Joachim Voth traced their roots to the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door at Wittenberg on October 31, 1517.

01.12.2017 > News
Pietro Biroli's inaugural lecture

Biroli explained that genes and environment are inextricably intertwined.

The lecture took place in the main auditorium of the University of Zurich and was open to the public. Pietro Biroli is a microeconomist, interested in the early origins and the life cycle evolution of health and human capital. His research aims at understanding the mechanisms through which effective interventions and optimal choices of investment can help promote human development.