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2014-03-12: Anjali Raja Beharelle receives Trainee Abstract Travel Award

Anjali Raja Beharelle received one of the highly competitive Trainee Abstract Travel Awards (700 USD) for her abstract entitled "Sustaining exploration during value-based learning with frontopolar brain stimulation", which she will present at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in June. Congratulations!

2014-03-12: Thorsten Kahnt accepts new position at Feinberg School of Medicine

Thorsten Kahnt has accepted a position as tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Congratulations, Thorsten!

2014-01-15: Marie Curie Fellowship for Anjali Raja Beharelle

Anjali Raja Beharelle received an EU grant amounting to EUR 192,622 for her 2-year research project "Cortical Mechanisms of Exploratory Learning," which begins February 1, 2014 and will be conducted with Christian Ruff and Todd Hare. This was a huge success: Of the 1,447 applications submitted, only 193 projects (13%) were selected to receive funding.

2013-12-20: New Faculty Member

We would like to give a warm welcome to Hans Joachim Voth who will join our department in January 2014. His research focuses include the history of financial markets, long run economic growth, as well as political risk and macroeconomic instability.

Professor of Economics of Development and Emerging Markets

2013-11-08: Center for Economic Studies (CES) Honours Ernst Fehr

The Center for Economic Studies (CES) is nominating Professor Ernst Fehr as a "Distinguished CES Fellow". Ernst Fehr is receiving the prize for his outstanding experimental work in the field of behavioural economics, which calls into question the traditional concept of the Homo Oeconomicus for the purposes of economic forecasting. Fehr links economic instruments with knowledge of other scientific disciplines like social psychology, biology and neurology. The prize will be awarded on 19 November 2013 in the Great Hall of the University of Munich.

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2013-11-08: Florian Zimmermann receives CESifo Prize in Behavioural Economics

Florian Zimmermann, Postdoc at the Department of Economics, has received the CESifo Prize in Behavioural Economics 2013 “Distinguished CESifo Affiliate”. The prize has been awarded during the CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics (2013) in recognition of his paper “Correlation Neglect in Belief Formation” (co-authored with Benjamin Enke, University of Bonn).

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2014-04-10: What makes people happy/unhappy?

Should we adopt the enjoyment of life as our measure of social progress and as the guide for policy-making? Richard Layard will discuss whether this is desirable, and if so, whether it is feasible. He will review the evidence on what makes people happy, and propose a new form of policy-making which aims at the greatest possible happiness of the population.


The Department of Economics and the Excellence Foundation Zurich welcomed over 200 people on April 10, 2014 in the main hall of the University of Zurich.

Press Releases


2014-04-17: Nice work if you can get out (Joachim Voth)

For most of human history rich people had the most leisure. In “Downton Abbey”, a drama about the British upper classes of the early 20th century, one aloof aristocrat has never heard of the term “weekend”: for her, every day is filled with leisure. On the flip side, the poor have typically slogged. Hans-Joachim Voth, an economic historian at the University of Zurich, shows that in 1800 the average English worker laboured for 64 hours a week. “In the 19th century you could tell how poor somebody was by how long they worked,” says Mr Voth.
The Economist

2014-04-16: Haben sich die Eigenschaften konjunktureller Schwankungen geändert? (Ulrich Woitek)

Die längere Periode einer relativ stabilen Wirtschaftsentwicklung seit Mitte der 1980er-Jahre, die sogenannte Great Moderation, hatte unter vielen Ökonomen ­Erwartungen genährt, dass grosse Konjunkturausschläge der Vergangenheit angehörten. Die ­Finanzkrise von 2008/09 und die seither instabile weltweite Konjunkturentwicklung hat diese Sichtweise indes als zu optimistisch entlarvt. Somit stellen sich wieder vermehrt Fragen, ob und vor allem wie sich Konjunktur­zyklen über die Zeit verändern. ­Hierzu lassen sich verschiedene Kriterien heranziehen, etwa die Zyklenlänge oder das – gerade für eine kleine offene Volkswirtschaft wie die Schweiz wichtige – Ausmass der konjunkturellen ­Synchronisierung mit anderen Ländern.
Die Volkswirtschaft

2014-01-24: Once nearly bitten, twice shy (Joachim Voth)

Peter Koudijs and Hans-Joachim Voth analyze if personal experience can change risk-taking. Using a unique set of historical records from 18th century Amsterdam, they document that collateral requirements were increased markedly by lenders who almost lost money during the collapse of an investment syndicate - despite escaping without a loss in the end.
The Economist_WhichMBA

2014-01-10: Die spanische Staatsbank Bankia ist zurück am Kapitalmarkt (Joachim Voth)

Die erste Anleihe, die Bankia gestern platziert hat, ist bei Investoren auf reges Interesse gestossen. Das erstaunt auf den ersten Blick: denn noch vor knapp 2 Jahren musste der spanische Staat Milliarden in die Bankia pumpen, um einen Kollaps zu verhindern.
Audiobeitrag Radio SRF4

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