Public Event

The political economy of culture and conflict

October 30, 2018
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


Inaugural lecture

The political economy of culture and conflict

Highlighting the Rwandan genocide and the role of propaganda, David Yanagizawa-Drott asked in his inaugural lecture: «If media induce violence, can media induce peace?» A further snippet of evidence from his research was about gender norms in the context of labour markets. Yanagizawa-Drott showed the audience how peer values could be influenced to the benefit of all.

In 2016 David Yanagizawa-Drott was appointed Professor of Development and Emerging Markets at the University of Zurich, affiliated at the UBS Center. His work is centered around economic development and political economy, with current focus on culture, conflict and globalization. Professor Yanagizawa- Drott’s inaugural lecture covered the latest evidence on topics such as social norms in job markets and the shaping of labourforce.

His inaugural lecture took place at the Kunsthalle Zurich and was open to the public.

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Prof. David Yanagizawa-Drott

Prof. David Yanagizawa-Drott


Professorship of Development and Emerging Markets, University of Zurich
Prof. David Yanagizawa-Drott


Kunsthalle Zürich
Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich