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  • The Role of Comprehensive Policies in Mitigating Global Warming

    In a recent paper David Hémous and the co-authors of the paper advocate for both carbon taxes and green innovation subsidies to minimize social costs and drive innovation towards clean technologies.

  • New SNSF Grants

    Three researchers from our institute were recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation.

  • Florian Scheuer appointed to the Board of Editors of The American Economic Review

    The American Economic Review (AER) has appointed Florian Scheuer to join their esteemed Board of Editors. Congratulations to Florian!

  • Combination of Group Competition and Repeated Interactions Promotes Cooperation

    How did cooperative behavior prevail in human evolution? In a new Nature Publication, researchers have challenged two prevailing explanations.

  • You have a match! How telemedicine could improve healthcare

    The digitalization of numerous services is on the rise, including in the healthcare sector. Amanda Dahlstrand, an assistant professor in our department, studied how telemedicine affects the quality of healthcare.

  • Globalization perspectives

    Economic issues deal with the most diverse aspects of globalization. In this contribution, researchers from our department examine different aspects of this extensive topic.

  • Top Publication in Game Theory

    A recently published paper by Christian Ewerhart and Julia Lareida provides novel insights into the role of communication in situations of conflict.

  • University of Zurich – first in economics Ranking

    UZH ranks first in WirtschaftsWoche's latest economics ranking.

  • .inspired Magazin

    The latest issue of our magazine is here and is entirely dedicated to the topic of "globalization".

  • How far can personal responsibility go and and when do we need state intervention ?

    These fundamental question was discussed at the ECONnect event by Prof. Ernst Fehr and former Federal Councillor Kaspar Villiger.

  • Newly SNSF supported Projects

    Three researchers from our institute have recently begun their new research project, supported by SNSF fundings.

  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Goldin awarded with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 2023

    Ihre bahnbrechende Arbeit hat unser Verständnis von Geschlechterungleichheit und Arbeitsmärkten revolutioniert.

  • Annual Research Night: Research Slams

    Three young researchers from the Department of Economics presented their research at this year's Annual Research Night in an entertaining "Research Slam" format.

  • Research and Politics. Win-win, actually.

    Bern needs facts. To prepare political briefings, various federal authorities work closely with researchers. But only a small number of research tenders go to universities. Bruno Parnisari from the Federal Social Insurance Office and economics professor Josef Zweimüller discuss the reasons for this.

  • Disk or Globe?

    Why is the Earth not flat, but spherical? Michael Wolf, together with co-authors has developed a new, easy-to-understand statistical method to determine the curvature of the Earth.

  • Women

    Misperceptions of Gender Norms

    Gender inequality is not only based on the effects of gender norms on behavior and choices, but also, if not even more so, on perceived gender norms. A new survey across 60 countries shows that misperceptions regarding the support of affirmative action for women are widespread.

  • Fairness - the problem child of modern societies

    Fairness is not just a philosophical concept, it is part of our biological and evolutionary nature. But fairness is not above all things, and our ideas of fairness are not universal. Conflicts are pre-programmed, especially in industrialised societies.

    Article by Christian Ruff in the NZZ (in German) 

  • Portrait of Nick Netzer

    Why Economics

    Nick Netzer publishes a Op-Ed in the NZZ on the topic "Why economics?" He argues that the public perception of economics does not match reality.

  • Portrait of Florian Scheuer and Dina Pomeranz

    Dina Pomeranz and Florian Scheuer receive SNSF Consolidator Grants

    Congratulations to Dina Pomeranz and Florian Scheuer. Dina Pomeranz receives an SNSF Consolidator Grant of CHF 1.75 million for her research project "Raising Money for the State: Strengthening Tax Capacity in Lower-Income Countries while Minimizing the Burden on the Poor". Florian Scheuer receives an SNSF Consolidator Grant of CHF 1.22 million for his project "Taxing Capital Gains".

  • Nature Cover

    No Undesirable Side Effects of Financial Incentives in Covid-19 Vaccination

    Financial incentives work in many areas, but they are controversial. Critics worry that incentives designed to encourage certain behaviors may also lead to undesirable side effects. A recent study refutes these concerns.

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