About UBS Center

The UBS International Center of Economics in Society, UBS Center in short, is an Associated Institute at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich.

It was established in 2012, enabled by a founding donation by UBS, which the bank made on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. In view of the very generous donation, the university named the UBS Center after its benefactor.

The Center serves two main aims, the first of which is to finance world-class research in economics at the University of Zurich on all levels by endowing several new permanent professorships and assistant professorships and awarding full doctoral scholarships. It thereby supports the department’s ambition to further strengthen its position as one of the top economics departments in Europe. The Center’s other aim is to serve as a platform for dialogue between academia, business, politics, and the broader public, fostering continuous knowledge transfer in the process. Delivering on these aims will in turn also contribute to the quality of Zurich, and Switzerland more generally, as leading locations for education and business.

The UBS Center is governed by and financed through an independent foundation, the UBS Foundation of Economics in Society, chaired by former Federal Councillor Kaspar Villiger. It is led by a management team consisting of Prof. Ernst Fehr, Director, Prof. Joachim Voth, Scientific Director and Dr. Ladina Jenal, Chief Operating Officer.

The Center’s Advisory Board, comprised of some of the most renowned economists of our time, including several Nobel Prize laureates, ensures the high quality of the work at the UBS Center, and provides guidance on all academic matters. Its members include Nobel Prize winner Prof. James Heckman, Nobel Prize winner Prof. Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner Prof. Thomas Sargent, Nobel Prize winner Prof. Robert Shiller, and many more.