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21.08.19 > News
Women in Economics with Rachel Griffith

The fourth economist to be featured in the 'Women in Economics' series is UBS Center advisory board member Rachel Griffith. She is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Much of Griffith’s work has been centered on nutrition and how it relates to public policy. “The big takeaway from a lot of the work I've done on nutrition is that it's quite hard for the government to come in and change people's behavior in a constructive way, with one particular policy,” she says.

20.08.19 > News
Power poker on the edge

"Is Trump plunging the world into recession?" asks the Swiss paper 'Weltwoche'. In the article, David Dorn carefully weighs his words when interpreting events involving the minds of millions of people and enormous sums of money. "It is possible that the entire economy is significantly influenced by the erratic behavior of an individual," he says. But in contrast to earlier crises, we are dealing with gradually increasing intensification, also in the trade war. Above all, Dorn sees a threat in the resurgence of nationalism and the endeavor of some countries to be economically isolated from each other. This is particularly serious for a small, connected country like Switzerland.

20.08.19 > News
Good education and training are crucial

David Dorn is convinced that Switzerland is able to address the challenges of automation by artificial intelligence (AI). "History has repeatedly shown us that the automation of work does not result in long-term unemployment," he says in an interview with the Swiss paper 'Finanz und Wirtschaft'. But AI is likely to once again lead to a significant automation step in information processing, which will probably affect the banking sector, for example. According to Dorn, the good initial and continuing training of employees is crucial. They must be able to adapt to changing work content throughout their career.

07.08.19 > News
The facts about the gender gap

"Our advantage are facts," reply UBS Center scholarship holder Ursina Schaede and her Department colleague Andrea Hofer to the Swiss publication Beobachter. When it comes to equal opportunities for men and women, points out the consumer magazine, anecdotes and preconceptions dominate. Read the facts about the gender gap in the detailed report. Inspired by the 'Research Slam' on the Swiss women's strike and the conversation with the journalists, Ursina and Andrea also started to write a blog. In a loose cycle, they spotlight new studies that all deal, in one way or another, with factors that influence women's participation in the labor market.

05.08.19 > News
How power is distributed in the economy

Oliver Hart, Nobel laureate and UBS Center Advisory Board member, explores, among other things, the question of how power is distributed in the economy. In a recent conversation with the Swiss weekly NZZ am Sonntag, he puts the following consideration in the room: «How can one limit the power of companies, which grow thanks to the network effect to such an enormous size?» Continue reading in the article, why Hart is not sure whether the break-up of technology giants like Facebook is the solution and that corporate targets for businesses would be much more effective.

31.07.19 > News
Latest News & Insights

Where are the women in economics? Should we tax robots? How does poverty affect economic decisions? What is the right time for insurance? What are the social and economic origins of populism? Is culture key? What does research say about gender equality? With summer in full swing, the holidays approaching and plenty of time to deliberate on these questions, we are delighted to share with you the latest insights from the UBS Center. We will be back with more news and insights in early September. In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful summer and hope these lines will give you much food for thought.

17.07.19 > News
Small change, big impact

Only a very small proportion of farmers in developing countries take out crop insurance. Even though the affected ones know about the dangers of the risky business of agriculture. Speaking to the Swiss newspaper NZZ, Lorenzo Casaburi is convinced that the willingness to take out insurance increases if you claim the premium at a later date and embed this insurance in an existing contract (e.g. a microcredit). His entire field experiment can be reproduced in our latest Policy Brief.

17.07.19 > News
The EconTwitter-Olympics

356 profiles, nearly 100,000 evaluated tweets: the latest issue of the Twitter ranking by Makronom, the online magazine for economic policy, shows who in the German-speaking #Econtwitter scene had the greatest influence during the second quarter of 2019. Dina Pomeranz achieves the excellent 3rd place in the individual ranking. In the team ranking, the UBS Center managed to get 15th place at first attempt. We stay tuned, with #EconomicsForSociety.

12.07.19 > News
What's driving populism?

"Economists have produced a number of studies that link political support for populists to economic shocks", explains Dani Rodrik in an essay for Project Syndicate, highlighting the work of David Autor, David Dorn, Gordon Hanson, and Kaveh Majlesi on importing political polarization. The greater the loss of jobs due to rising imports from China, the higher the support for Donald Trump in 2016, notes Rodrik. "Is it culture or economics?" he initially asks, and states that this question frames much of the debate about contemporary populism. What are the economic consequences of populism: progress, stagnation, or regression? How should we address the challenges related to the rise of populism? These questions take center stage at our Forum for Economic Dialogue in November.

12.07.19 > News
We and the machines

The relationship between humans and machines is the main topic of the current UZH Magazin issue, dealing with the question of whether artificial intelligence (AI) could fundamentally change the relationship. Overall, David Hémous outlines a positive future scenario for this relationship - as long as we put the machines into our service and fairly distribute the productivity gains. He states: "When people are replaced by robots, productivity increases. People get richer."

Jul 2019
Insights/Dialogue & Events

We followed up on the "Women in Economics" initiative by UBS and CEPR and organized a breakfast talk with Marianne Bertrand, Raquel Fernandez, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya for young female economists at the University of Zurich’s Graduate School of Economics.

Jul
 
19
Insights/Dialogue & Events

We followed up on the "Women in Economics" initiative by UBS and CEPR and organized a breakfast talk with Marianne Bertrand, Raquel Fernandez, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya for young female economists at the University of Zurich’s Graduate School of Economics.

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Spotlight events

Sep
26
Academic event/Education

Homecoming der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät und der Alumni-Vereine

Sep
26
Academic event/Education

Homecoming der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät und der Alumni-Vereine

Oct
21
Public event/Inaugural lecture

Prof. Florian Scheuer, Professorship for Economics of Institutions

Oct
21
Public event/Inaugural lecture

Prof. Florian Scheuer, Professorship for Economics of Institutions

Nov
04
Public event/Inaugural lecture

Prof. Nir Jaimovich, Professor of Economics

Nov
04
Public event/Inaugural lecture

Prof. Nir Jaimovich, Professor of Economics

Nov
11
Public event/Forum

Including Zurich Lecture by Thorsten Persson (Stockholm University)

Nov
11
Public event/Forum

Including Zurich Lecture by Thorsten Persson (Stockholm University)

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