UBS Foundation Assistant Professor of Applied Economics
University of Zurich
Department of Economics
Schönberggasse 1, Room SOF-H15
Dina Pomeranz's research focuses on public policies in developing countries, in particular in the areas of taxation and public procurement. She aims to contribute to the movement towards more evidence-based policy making, both in developing and economically more developed countries. Prior to joining the University of Zurich, she was an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, where she taught entrepreneurship for MBA students, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT's Poverty Action Lab.
She is an affiliate professor at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and a member of the International Growth Centre (IGC). In 2018, she was elected to the Council of the European Economic Association, and in 2020 to the Board of Management of the International Institute of Public Finance.
Her work has been published in academic journals including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Economic Development. In 2017, she was awarded one of the prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for her research on tax evasion and the role of firm networks.
Besides her academic interests, Professor Pomeranz also serves on the board or advisory board of a number of social enterprise ventures committed to translating research into practice, including Helvetas, Evidence Action, Policy Analytics, TamTam-Together Against Malaria and IDinsight. She has served as an expert witness to the Swiss parliament and is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Cooperation.