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Jul 2022
Insights/Research

On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, we invite you to browse through the Center’s highlights from the past decade. What are the social and economic origins of populism? How can we reduce inequality? Is culture key? How can we keep Swiss finance in the game? Can Europe be saved? Answers to these and other important questions are provided by numerous experts in lectures, interviews, and papers made possible by the UBS Center.

Jul
 
22
Insights

On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, we invite you to browse through the Center’s highlights from the past decade. What are the social and economic origins of populism? How can we reduce inequality? Is culture key? How can we keep Swiss finance in the game? Can Europe be saved? Answers to these and other important questions are provided by numerous experts in lectures, interviews, and papers made possible by the UBS Center.

01.07.22 > News
David Hémous receives EAERE award

UBS Foundation Professor David Hémous has been announced as the winner of the European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty for his significant contributions to the analysis of the role of technological changes, the dynamics of the economy and of climate change. As the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists states, David "has led a strong push in the literature demonstrating that the direction of technological change responds to economic incentives, which is key information for shaping the right policies driving the energy transition. Congratulations!"

29.06.22 > News
A thought experiment with wealth and inheritance

What would change if everyone could freely inherit a maximum of €1 million? But 100% taxes would be levied on everything above that? UBS Foundation Professor Florian Scheuer was asked these and other questions as part of a thought experiment on the German ARD tagesschau Zukunfts podcast: mal angenommen. Topics such as optimal tax rates, evasive reactions and plugging loopholes were addressed.

07.06.22 > News
Quarterly Journal of Economics publishes research paper by Dina Pomeranz

A paper analyzing the effects of trade on inequality in Ecuador by Dina Pomeranz and co-authors has been published by the Quarterly Journal of Economics. The key finding shows that export exposure is pro middle class, that import exposure is pro rich, and that, in terms of overall incidence, the import channel is the dominant force. As a result, earnings inequality in Ecuador is higher than it would be in the absence of trade.

30.05.22 > News
Ukrainian women send money to the homeland

The total amount of money flowing from refugees to Ukraine has not yet been researched. But UBS Foundation Professor Dina Pomeranz emphasizes to Swiss national broadcaster SRF that the so-called remittances have a great effect: "These remittances are definitely worthwhile, we know that from research. They have a very positive effect on the countries of origin. They are often invested in education, business or health. Worldwide, migrants make a huge contribution to global development. The total repayments are three times higher than global development aid added together."

May 2022
Insights/Dialogue & Events

It would be good if empires like Russia and China were to break up, says Gérard Roland of the University of California at Berkeley. He is convinced that the world is developing in the direction of small democracies that enter into military alliances with each other.

May
 
22
Insights

It would be good if empires like Russia and China were to break up, says Gérard Roland of the University of California at Berkeley. He is convinced that the world is developing in the direction of small democracies that enter into military alliances with each other.

11.05.22 > News
Ursina Schaede receives doctoral degree

Congratulations to Dr. Ursina Schaede, who successfully defended her PhD thesis. She is a talented young economist studying applied microeconomics with a focus on labor markets and the impact of education and gender. Ursina was awarded an UBS Center Scholarship for the Zurich Graduate School of Economics in 2016. She will be joining MIT as an SNSF Postdoc before taking on an Assistant Professorship at Tufts University. We wish you all the best, Ursina!

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Spotlight events

Jun
20
Opinions

Nobel laureates Esther Duflo (MIT) and Abhijit Banerjee (MIT)

Jun
20
Opinions

Nobel laureates Esther Duflo (MIT) and Abhijit Banerjee (MIT)

Sep
20
Opinions

Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po)

Sep
20
Opinions

Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po)

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