Interview with Handelszeitung
2017-09-13: After the Department and its professors achieved excellent results in current rankings, Rainer Winkelmann talks with the Handelszeitung about the reasons, developments, and future visions behind the numbers. System changes as well as sponsoring and the acquisition of competitive research funding allowed for a focused growth that ultimately established the Department as a top place for economics on an international level. Future developments aim to continue this positive trend with sustained attention to high quality hirings, teaching and research.
Read the interview (in German)
Zurich Number 1 by far in Handelsblatt Ranking
2017-09-12: The German Handelsblatt published their ranking of Economics Departments and Professors in the German speaking area. The ranking is based on relevant research output in scientific publications. The Department ranks number one by far and is home to a considerable share of the experts: 10 of the top 100 Professors teach in Zurich, and 7 of 100 in the under 40s category. In the latter, Florian Scheuer (2nd place) and Ralph Ossa (4th place) achieved two remarkable results.
(the articles include links to the complete lists)
Economists don’t need to be popular
2017-09-08: Interview with Ernst Fehr in the NZZ on the choice an economist faces between spending his time on research, teaching, contributing to the public or engaging with politicians and the private sector. After dedicating most of his career deepening his understanding of human behavior he talks about the potential of small changes and nudges for policy making and business. Worth the read.
Article (in German)
Dreamers in Silicon Valley
2017-09-08: 20 Minuten interviewed Florian Scheuer on the reaction and impact of Silicon Valley CEOs to the ending of the Daca Program for the so-called dreamers. Although Silicon Valley’s direct influence on the President is limited, they do have a very active lobby in congress, he explains. Their contributions to GDP as well as social- and health insurance are crucial to the American economy.
read more (in German)
Three ERC grants for the Department
2017-09-07: Dina Pomeranz, Florian Scheuer and Rafael Polania received an ERC Grant to advance their research projects. We are proud that three of the four grants given to the employees from the University of Zurich went to the Department of Economics.
In her project, Dina Pomeranz examines various strategies of tax evasion and avoidance. These lead to billions of losses in government revenues worldwide, particularly in developing countries, where public funding for infrastructure and infrastructure could have a major impact. Her international project is being developed in partnership with the tax authorities in Chile and Ecuador.
Florian Scheuer is concerned with income and asset inequalities, which have increased drastically in many countries. The focus of his research is on the changed labor market conditions: automation and globalization lead to shifts from work to capital. This has consequences on the optimal taxation of profits, machinery and labor income.
Rafael Polania, currently PostDoc at the Department, entered a project on understanding the neural and computational mechanisms underlying human decision-making. With his ERC grant, he will take decisive steps to provide a neurophysiological characterization of how neural oscillations contribute to cognitive processes such as attention, short-term memory and value-based decision-making. He will carry out his research project at the ETH, starting in 2018.
read more (in German)
Press Release ETH for Rafael Polonia's Grant here
Ernst Fehr receives Oskar Morgenstern Medal
2017-09-06: The University of Vienna awarded the Oskar Morgenstern Medal to Ernst Fehr on 5th September. Fehr is the third person to have received this award. It was bestowed upon him for his research achievements in behavioral economics and neuroeconomics. Every two years, the Society for the Advancement of Economics at the University of Vienna awards the Oskar Morgenstern Medal for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of economics. The previous prize winners were the Nobel laureates Roger B. Myerson (2013) and Robert F. Engle (2015).
read more (in German)
About the medal (in German)
2017-09-04: The Tagesanzeiger and Süddeutsche Zeitung cover David Dorn’s recent paper The Fall of the Labor Share and the Rise of Superstar Firms, offering empirical evidence of national income shifting from employers towards equity owners. Dorn and co-authors find that, over the last years, the top four companies of a sector have significantly increased their market share and profitability, allowing them to reduce unit and workforce costs.
NZZ Economist Influence Ranking 2017: Fehr remains most influential economist, David Dorn shooting star 2017
2017-09-01:The NZZ published their annual economist ranking, together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) and Die Presse (Austria). The ranking is based on performance in three relevant areas: academic output, media visibility and political influence. Ernst Fehr heads the list for the fourth year running. David Dorn’s much cited research on the US labor market, the effects of international trade agreements and the rise of the Chinese economy hoists him onto 15th place, an unparalleled increase of 28 places in one year. Congratulations!
Chronic Lack of Sleep Increases Risk-Seeking
2017-08-31: Sleepiness, reduced concentration and performance – more and more people are suffering from the consequences of a chronic lack of sleep. Experiments on risk behavior carried out at UZH under the supervision of Prof Christian Ruff have now demonstrated a further consequence: fatigued people are subject to more intensive risk-seeking behavior without being aware of this riskier behavior. While a single sleepless night had no effect on risk-seeking, 11 of 14 of the subjects behaved significantly and increasingly riskier as the week of a reduced sleep duration went on. An additional finding is particularly alarming: The students assess their risk-taking behavior to be the same as under regular sleep conditions: We therefore do not notice ourselves that we are acting riskier when suffering from a lack of sleep.
Countering Tax Evasion: New Paper by Dina Pomeranz
2017-08-30: Dina Pomeranz, Assistant Professor of Microeconomics at our Department, recently published a paper on the limits of countering tax evasion in developing countries. Using third-party data to estimate the revenue of a company, tax authorities in Ecuador found that a quarter of the companies significantly underrepresent their revenues. Confronted with the mismatch and requested to submit an amended tax return, only few complied. The amended tax returns not only changed in revenue, but costs were also reported higher than before leading to a relatively small increase in tax revenue for the state. Pomeranz and her co-authors found that third party information is not a silver bullet in solving the tax compliance problem, as long as the enforcing infrastructure (capacity to follow up on evasion, poor legal regimes and corruption) is weak.
Read more on the article on VoxDev
David Dorn at Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole
2017-08-30: David Dorn spoke at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium, held August 24-26 in Wyoming, discussing Nina Pavcnik’s paper on income equality. The symposium brings together economists, financial market participants, academics, government representatives and news media to discuss key long-term policy issues of mutual concern.
In an article on the symposium, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung concentrates on the current debates on international trade agreements and highlights Dorn’s findings on the reasons people might have to oppose or endorse them.
The NZZ am Sonntag also picks up on the themes of his research, further exploring why job mobility in a changing industry is less than expected, and what consequences this development has on the marriage potential of men in the US.
Promotions and Appointments
2017-08-30: As of 1 September 2017, Prof. Michel Maréchal, born 1979, is appointed Professor ad personam for Economics of Organizations and Behavior. Prof. Maréchal studied Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and completed his PhD at the Institute for Empirical Economics and Economic Policy at the HSG as a research and teaching Assistant. From 2007 onwards, he was a senior teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics (WWF) at the UZH. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Experimental Economics.
As of 1 October 2017, Dr. Ulf Zölitz, born 1985, is appointed Assistant Professor of Economics of Child and Youth Development. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Behavior and Inequality Research Institute (briq) in Bonn. His research interests lie in the field of labor economics, economics of education and behavioral economics, and he wrote his PhD thesis on «The Nature and Consequences of School Choice».
Beyond the Boom: The Problem With Cryptocurrencies
2017-08-24: What connects Iceland, graphic processing units and criminals? In a new opinion piece for Finanz und Wirtschaft, Joachim Voth delves into the intricacies of cryptocurrencies and the current boom they are experiencing. While the rise of bitcoin and co. has been impressive, Voth questions the real-world value of the currency and the driving forces behind their ascension.
Read the full article on Finanz und Wirtschaft (in German)
Studies by David Dorn Continue to Provide Basis for Media Coverage of Global Issues
2017-08-23: Several studies carried out by David Dorn and co-authors continue to form the basis for central arguments about, and analysis of, global political and economic developments in the media. The research, focusing on various aspects of international trade and its socioeconomic impacts, is not only relevant for the US under Trump, but also for trade and labor market issues on a global scale. Recent articles referencing the findings of Autor, Dorn and co. include the following:
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s article covers the German market and paradoxical development of higher employment rates and lower wage trends, with Dorn providing a grim estimation for workers as their share of profits wane in relation to those of capital owners in the age of superstar companies
The Atlantic explores how marriage is increasingly becoming seen in economic terms, citing the study When Work Disappears: Manufacturing Decline and the Falling Marriage-Market Value of Men
Vox comments on the recent departure of Steve Bannon from Trump’s White House and the errors surrounding fears of globalization effects and trade policies, pointing out the influential study on the “China Shock”.
Similarly, the Financial Times, also using Dorn's study to argue about the same topic, warns from using zero-sum thinking and war rhetoric when it comes to trade negotiations.
Increasing Adoption of Agricultural Insurance
2017-08-23: Lorenzo Casaburi, Assistant Professor of Development Economics at our Department, has a new paper that aims to find solutions to increase cooperation between crop farmers and insurers for their mutual benefit. While the need for insurance is ostensibly high due to the inherent risks of the trade, challenges such as low trust in or unfamiliarity with insurance and inopportune timing of payments have kept demand lower than expected. Casaburi, together with his co-author Jack Wills, showed with several experiments that changing to a system with pay-at-harvest premiums – instead of upfront – strongly increased insurance adoption for smallholder crop farmers.
Read more about the study in an article by the authors on VoxDev
Link to Working Paper
Superstar Companies: Impacts of Market Dominance
17-08-2017: A new article by David Dorn, published in Finanz und Wirtschaft, examines the aspects behind the rise of superstar companies as well as the resulting effects on market shares, innovation incentives, and income inequality. Drawing from his research, he provides an overview of likely causes for the shift in market dominance and outlines the impacts it has had equity ownership and wage ratios. Read the full article in Finanz und Wirtschaft (in German)
Prof. Dorn's research is the also the basis of an article covering the same subject in Tages Anzeiger, which highlights the global decline of earned income ratios: read the full article on TagesAnzeiger Online (in German)
Lemon Technologies and Adoption
A study by David Yanagizawa-Drott published in the current edition of The Quarterly Journal of Economics provides the first large-scale empirical assessment to understand the reasons of low adoption of new agricultural technologies (fertilizer and hybrid seed) in local markets in Africa. Their findings show that quality is variable and generally rather low. Also, price is not a reliable indicator of quality. Therefore, farmers cannot infer quality from the price. This reduces the incentive for a high-quality producer to build up and maintain a reputation.
Generous People Live Happier Lives
2017-07-11: A new study by a team around Soyoung Park and Philippe Tobler shows how a little generosity can make us happier - even if it just promised. The experiment, which was carried out at the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (SNS Lab) at the Department of Economics, asked participants to commit to either selfish or generous actions, and measured the activity in their brain regions while doing so. The resulting intensified interactions in the brain demonstrated how even altruistic intent can lead to happiness.
Possible Ramifications of Trade Wars for Switzerland
2017-07-05: Media outlets Watson and 20 Minuten report on Ralph Ossa's newest research on possible ramifications of trade wars and his findings on the consequences for Switzerland. Recent tensions in trade talks give rise to the need for a better understanding of tariff effects, a topic that Ossa analyzed with quantitative models in a what-if scenario. His findings suggest that the gains from international trade for Switzerland are higher than presumed, and while a US-China tariff increase would not have a large impact on the Swiss economy, effects from a US-EU conflict could significantly lower overall exports and wealth.
Ralph Ossa on Google Scholar
David Dorn, Florian Scheuer and Joachim Voth awarded Excellence in Refereeing Award
2017-07-04: The American Economic Review announced their list of awards for referees who provided exceptional service to the Review by a large number and quality of referee reports in 2016. This year, David Dorn, Florian Scheuer and Joachim Voth received the AER Excellence in Refereeing Award for the dedication and time they devoted to the advancement of the field.
Read the full report: American Economic Association
Bali or Lake Lucerne? Ecological conscience and decision-making
2017-06-28: In it's program "Input", SRF3 explores why we buy seasonal fruits to protect the environment yet regularly fly to holiday destinations. Christian Ruff provides answers in an interview and explains which factors determine our decisions in the brain. Our inner reward system favors the unknown and exotic, and the joyful sensations simulated by our brain while choosing holiday destinations cause us to prefer the Bali beach in the travel brochure over the familiar and more realistic image of Lake Lucerne - thus ignoring our ecological conscience. Conversely, an increase in open discussion in our social circle can have a significant influence on environmental awareness and actions.
Listen to the entire program on SRF Online (in German)
Job Polarization and Jobless Recoveries
2017-06-24: The Economist discusses the repeal of a long held economic paradigm and refers to a recent paper by Nir Jaimovich. Until the mid-1980s productivity increased during booms and slowed in recessions. Currently, we see the opposite: productivity growth leaps in recessions and slows during booms. Prof Jaimovich’s paper argues that firms began responding to recessions by eliminating or outsourcing routine jobs and thus used recessions to implement labour-saving structural changes that raised productivity and made it easier to accommodate rising demand without hiring new workers.
Article from «The Economist»
Making the World a Better Place
2017-06-18: Article on Ernst Fehr about pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making the world a better place. In the interview, he also offers a solution for appropriate and fair management compensation practices based on value-adding parameters.
Sonntagsblick (PDF, 292 KB) (in German)
Young Economist Award for Liu Liu
At this year’s Annual Congress 2017 of the Swiss Society for Economics and Statistics titled "Economists and Policy Making", Liu Liu (PhD, Department of Economics, UZH) was awarded the prestigious Young Economist Award. The event took place in Lausanne from June 8-9, 2017. We applaud Liu on this amazing success. Congratulations!
WTO Trade Dialogues with Ralph Ossa
2017-06-13: As part of its Trade Dialogues Series, the WTO invited Ralph Ossa to share insights from his research on the benefits of trade talks and the possible costs of a full breakdown of international trade policy cooperation.
Interview with Dina Pomeranz in Schweizer Monat
2017-06-07: In the current edition of Schweizer Monat, Dina Pomeranz talks about developments in economics, tackles questions about the self-awareness of economists, and makes a strong case for the utilization of experiments and empirical methods in economic research. Examples from previous studies, including her investigation of VAT implementation in Chile, provide additional, real-world insights into the vast range of topics covered by the field of economics.
The Influence of Organized Networks on the Rise of the Nazi Party
2017-06-01: A recent study by Joachim Voth and his co-authors shows that social capital can be used for good or bad depending on the political and institutional context. The use of new data on the networks of associations and organistions in 229 German cities from the inter-war period showed that cities with denser networks had higher rates of party affiliation. According to the authors, the density of these networks contributed to the rise of the Nazi Party. Although these are unique historical data that document the role of physical organizations, their potential implications for our current circumstances regarding the Trump administration should not be overlooked. The study was published in the Journal of Political Economy in April 2017, and discussed in the recent edition of Nature Human Behavior.
Comment in Nature (for subscribers only)
The Department of Economics welcomes new members
Prof. Marek G. Pycia has been appointed Professor for Organization Economics as of July 1, 2017. Marek Pycia obtained a PhD in Mathematics from the Polish Academy of Sciences and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusettes Institut of Technology. He is currently Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California (USA). His recent research includes the analysis of matching mechanisms, auctions and risk aversion.
Prof. Nir Jaimovich has been appointed Professor for Economics, as of July 1, 2017. Nir Jaimovich obtained his PhD from the Northwestern University in Chicago and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California (USA). His research focuses on business cycles and the dynamics of the labor market.
Online dating: preferences, asymmetries and gender roles
2017-05-25: Florian Schaffner’s doctoral thesis on online dating behavior provides the basis for an article in the newest edition of the NZZ Folio, which explores the topic of sex and gender roles. In his thesis, Florian Schaffner empirically studied the preference parameters and differences in mobile dating behavior between men and women and the asymmetries resulting from it.
Read article in NZZ Folio (in German)
The Rise of the Superstar Companies
2017-05-14: The NZZ am Sonntag presents recent research by David Dorn on how a small number of companies dominating a sector leads to lower shares of labor vs capital gains. The article also offers ideas on how to counterbalance the resulting inequality within a society.
Read the article (in German) (PDF, 2187 KB)
Radio Interview on SRF Echo der Zeit (04.07.2017): Listen
Macron and Switzerland: a new, demanding partner
2017-05-10: In an interview with the newspaper Handelszeitung, Mathias Hoffmann provides insight on what Switzerland can expect from the new French president – a former banker - and future negotiations with the EU after the election: improved stability and benefits for the exporting industry on the one hand, and less concessions from a newly strengthened EU on the other.
Full interview in Handelszeitung (in German)
Does the threat of war produce stronger governments?
2017-05-10: In a recent article, The Economist cites research by Hans-Joachim Voth to present the argument that periods of threat and war have spurred the creation of strong governments by inciting spending on security, education and infrastructure. Peaceful times, however, caused politics to become less effective. In their research paper, Hans-Joachim Voth and Nicola Gennaioli analysed the emergence of powerful, centralized states in Europe after 1500 in reaction to the increasing importance of money for military success.
Inconsistencies between salaries and performance
2017-05-01 In interviews with NZZ am Sonntag and SRF News, Ernst Fehr talks about new findings indicating that management enumeration often does not correspond with their objective achievements and are based on a false index, sometimes even rewarding poor performance. Implementing a system that juxtaposes a company's performance with a comparison group would create a fairer indicator and take external factors, such as macroeconomic fluctuations, into consideration.
Related article: "Was sie verdienen", Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)
Ernst Fehr is named foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association
2017-04-27: The most important organization of economists in the world, the American Economic Association (AEA), has named the Zurich economist Ernst Fehr as a foreign honorary member. He is thus the first scientist who conducts research at a Swiss university to receive this honor.
Accounting for the new gains from trade liberalisation
2017-03-26: In a recently published column on Vox, Ralph Ossa and his co-authors expand on the notion that in addition to lower prices for imported goods, trade agreements also benefit the domestic welfare by increasing import variety and average domestic productivity. Their research shows that these positive effects are countered by the welfare loss associated with the reduction in domestic variety (smaller domestic firms are pushed out of the market), and the fact that liberalization also leads to less productive non-domestic firms entering into the market, reducing average productivity.
Why we are happiest at age 23 and 67
2017-04-10: Studies have shown that the level of happiness over the span of a lifetime resembles a u-curve with the highest peaks at age 23 and 67. In an interview with jetzt, part of the Süddeutsche Zeitung network, Hannes Schwandt explains how the relationship of expectations and reality shifts over time and influences our happiness as we age.
Link to Article (in German)
Brain stimulation influences honest behavior
The Role of Manufacturing
2017-03-31: There is a good reason why American politics seem to be obsessed with the manufacturing industry. When large plants close down, the towns around them change drastically. Men with low education levels are hit hardest: They lose their income, become less marriageable and are likely to adapt an unhealthy and dangerous lifestyle. More children are born to single mothers with higher poverty risk. There are no simple answers to these challenges, but it is important that politicians address them, says David Dorn in his comment in this week’s Finanz und Wirtschaft.
Read the Article (in German)
Honorary Doctorate for Ernst Fehr
2017-03-30: The University of Antwerp conferred an honorary doctorate to Prof. Ernst Fehr. He received this for his groundbreaking contribution to the development of economics into a multidisciplinary behavioural science and, in particular, for his pioneering role in neuroeconomics, in which insights and methods from neuroscience are used to expose the foundations of human decision-making in a socioeconomic context. Congratulations!
Watch trailer by the University of Antwerp
Digitalization and Productivity
2017-03-23: In the current edition of the «Weltwoche»David Dorn talks about the effect of digitalization on productivity and the workforce. Contrary to general belief, recent data of industrial nations shows limited growth of GDP during the last decades. Looking back further into history, technical advances led to much larger increases of productivity. Dorn explains that, in contrast to the current digital revolution, e.g. the industrial revolution was a time of innovations across many areas, spurring on widespread increases in productivity and growth.
Read the article (PDF, 756 KB) in German
Learnings from Berkeley
2017-03-20: In the current edition of the «Finanz und Wirtschaft» Joachim Voth discusses how Berkeley manages to be at the top of academic league tables with a fraction of the budget of private US Universities. What makes them so efficient in turning their funding into academic excellence, and what can Europe and Switzerland learn from them? According to Voth, a key weakness of the European system is the rigid salary structure of most universities, leaving most professors either over- or underpaid. The former is a waste of resources while the latter leads to difficulties in retaining top league academics.
Read the article (in German)
Center for Child Well-Being and Development holds 2-day conference
2017-03-17: This year’s conference of the Center for Child Well-Being and Development focused on Social Norms and Behavior as well as Climate Change and Resilience. The aim of the conference was for researchers to provide evidence-based findings and recommendations for NGOs and relief organizations to improve the design of intervention programs. Internationally renowned speakers presented their work on topics such as child marriage, nutrition, health and hygiene as well as harmful practices against young girls and teenagers, for example Female Genital Cutting. More than 50 researchers and representatives of foundations took part in the lectures and contributed to the roundtable discussions.
Philosopher and bestselling author Richard David Precht on Populism, Post-Truth and Polemics
2017-03-16: The Department of Economics and the Müller-Möhl Foundation invited the public to a joint event at the University of Zurich with their special guest, Richard David Precht. More than 1300 guests came to listen to the philosopher, publicist, and bestselling author present his views and discuss this explosive and highly topic of conflict with Professor Ernst Fehr.
Values are an expression of what people consider important, the needs they have, and what the most important determinants of their lives are. But how do our values and value hierarchies actually develop?
One thing is clear for Richard David Precht - we live in revolutionary times and are on the verge of a new age. Digitalization has brought on profound changes. Social interaction and the working environment are facing radical changes. According to Precht the population has a sense that the current model has no future but lacks alternative visions.
A central concern of the philosopher: “We must prepare ourselves for all other scenarios and critically reflect the current situation”. For society, Precht sees a gloomy and less promising future, characterized by inequality and an ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor. This, says Precht, provides an optimal breeding ground for populism. However, he does not believe that populists are an acute threat to our society, as long as they can’t offer a viable plan for economic prosperity to a society.
Free Trade Debate Highlights Weaknesses in Education
2017-03-12: In a recent issue of the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse" Ernst Fehr expounds various aspects of education policy and the need to convey fundamental economic concepts in schools. Many school leavers do not understand compound interest rate effects or have no idea about the effects of free trade on the economy as a whole. He pleads for evidence-based education programs and underlines the need to invest in preschool education, as these interventions are many times more effective than retraining programs for adults.
Read the article (PDF, 1796 KB) (in German)
Superstar Companies and the Falling Share of Labor of GDP
2017-02-15: A recent paper co-authored by David Dorn follows a new approach to why workers' share of total GDP has continuously fallen over the last decades in the US. The authors show that the share of revenue controlled by the top four companies within an industry has risen drastically during this period, with the figure nearly doubling in some industries. These winning companies become increasingly profitable with falling shares of labor. Technology and the increase of information-intensive goods with high fixed and low marginal costs (e.g. software platforms and online services) are key drivers to this development.
Article in Bloomberg
Comment in Bloomberg View
Article in The Atlantic
Article in the New York Times
Article in Finanz und Wirtschaft (German)
Presentation by David Hémous at conference of France Stratégie
2017-02-01: David Hémous held a presentation on the enabling factors and economic effects of innovation and productivity in France and Europe at the conference of France Stratégie (the economic advisory council to the Prime Minister) and the Banque de France.
Watch the presentation (starts 3:20:15)
Promotion Prof. Dr. Todd Hare
2017-02-01: Prof. Dr. Todd Hare, born 1980, has been appointed Associate Professor for Neuroeconomics and Human Development. Prof. Hare studied Biology at Iowa State University, USA. In 2007, he received his PhD in Neuroscience at the Weill Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University, USA. He spent the following years as a Postdoctorate Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and joined the Department of Economics in 2010 as Assistant Professor for Neuroeconomics.
New collaboration between Unicef and the Department of Economics fosters research for children
2017-02-01: A new center at the Department of Economics called the “Center for Child Well-Being and Development” evaluates programs to improve future policies for children’s well-being. Thanks to the funding by Unicef as well as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, progress can be made on child well-being across the world.
Limits of Globalization
2017-01-16: In view of the WEF 2017, SRF Eco discusses globalization, it's limits, losers and future. In an interview David Dorn explains how globalization also shapes the political landscape.
Non-invasive biomarker for self-control
2017-01-11: In the current edition of the Journal of Neuroscience Silvia Maier and Todd Hare show that higher heart-rate variability (HRV) is associated with increased resistance to temptation in dietary self-control challenges. HRV may serve as an easily acquired, noninvasive, and low-cost biomarker for self-control ability.
Article in Neuroscience
Hazardous 9/11 Dust Made Newborn Babies Smaller
Excellence in Refereeing Award for Profs Maréchal and Yanagizawa-Drott
2017-01-03: Michel Maréchal and David Yanagizawa-Drott received the “Excellence in Refereeing Award” from the European Economic Association. The Award recognizes the outstanding work of those referees whose service and dedication have contributed to the high quality and prestige of the Journal of the European Economic Association. Congratulations!
The Writing That Shaped Economic Thinking in 2016
2017-01-01: In his comment on Bloomberg View, Noah Smith lists the 10 most influential and accessible papers of 2016. In third place, the paper by David Dorn et al.: The China Shock: Learning from Labor-Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade.