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Department of Economics

Ulf Zölitz

Short Bio

Ulf Zölitz is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development. He has studied Economics at the University of Bonn and received his PhD in economics from Maastricht University in 2014. From 2014 to 2017 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at IZA and briq in Bonn.

Ulf Zölitz primary research interests are in the field of applied microeconomics. He is interested in labor economics, economics of education and behavioral economics. His current research focuses on peer effects, the role of personality in education and interventions aiming to enhance the development of cognitive skills in children.

Selected Publications

Achievement Rank Affects Performance and Major Choices in College, Economic Journal (forthcoming) with Benjamin Elsner and Ingo Isphording

The Impact of Peer Personality on Academic AchievementJournal of Political Economy (forthcoming) with Bart Golsteyn and Arjan Non

The Effect of Peer Gender on Major Choice in Business School, Management Science (forthcoming) with Jan Feld

Exposure to More Female Peers Widens the Gender Gap in STEM Participation (PDF, 1 MB), Journal of Labor Economics (38)4,2020, with Anne Ardila Ardila Brenøe

Are Professors Worth It? The Value-added and Costs of Tutorial Instructors (PDF, 771 KB), Journal of Human Resources (55)3,2020, with Jan Feld and Nicolás Salamanca

Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations (PDF, 532 KB), Journal of the European Economic Association  (17)2, 2019, with Friederike Mengel and Jan Sauermann

‘High’ Achievers? – Cannabis Access and Academic Performance, Review of Economic Studies 84(3), 2017, with Olivier Marie

Understanding Peer Effects – On the Nature, Estimation and Channels of Peer Effects (PDF, 845 KB), Journal of Labor Economics 35(2), 2017, with Jan Feld 

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