The Department of Economics is part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at the University of Zurich, the largest Swiss university founded in 1833. Over the last decade, the department has developed into a leading research department, consistently ranked among the top 10 European economics departments. Our PhD program attracts applications from excellent students from all over the world.
The Department’s distinguished faculty members have received several prestigious ERC grants and numerous other awards. Faculty members include current and former editors of leading scholarly journals (including Econometrica, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Economic Journal) and have served as presidents of international economic associations (including the European Economic Association and the Economic Science Association).
Faculty expertise covers all key areas of economics, including macroeconomics, theoretical and applied microeconomics, econometrics and neuroeconomics. The research conducted at the department often has an interdisciplinary focus, combining modern economics with elements from history, political science, psychology, biology, and sociology. The department hosts the world-renowned laboratory for experimental and behavioral economics, as well as the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research.
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. The UBS center supports the
department's ambition to further strengthen its position as one of the top
economics departments in Europe and to make Zurich one of the best places for
research in economics in the world. It further serves as a platform for
dialogue between academia, business, politics, and the broader public.
The Excellence Foundation Zurich supports the Department of Economics in bringing leading researchers to Zurich and in establishing additional professorships directed towards the most important subjects of our times. In the sense of an interface between research and business, it brings science and its supporters together with enterprises, foundations, and private persons. As an innovative foundation, it offers its supporters many diverse possibilities for cooperation and tailor-made partnerships.