- The Excellence Foundation Zurich was founded as an independent foundation in accordance with Swiss law in 2011. Its initiator and founder was Prof. Ernst Fehr, who was chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich at the time. The Excellence Foundation Zurich has since supported the department in its objective of establishing an excellence center for economics in Zurich.
- Founder with renown
- The initiator and founder of the Excellence Foundation Zurich is considered to be the most influential economist in the German language area. Ernst Fehr is professor of microeconomics and experimental economic research at the Department of Economics, Global Professor at New York University, and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a sought-after lecturer and discussion partner for leading representatives of business and politics.
- Innovative research
- Ernst Fehr is a leading representative of behavioral economics and one of the co-founders of neuroeconomics. His research extends far into psychology, sociology, biology, and neuroscience; it is both innovative and original. Thanks to the research efforts of Ernst Fehr, the Department of Economics at University of Zurich is presently one of the world's leading centers in experimental economic research.
- Recipient of many awards
- Professor Fehr has won a number of prestigious awards for his work and research performance in behavioral economics and neuroeconomics. For example, he was awarded the renowned Marcel Benoist Prize in 2008, a prize that honors scientific excellence. He was granted the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize in 2013, and the University of Vienna bestowed the Oskar Morgenstern Medal on him in 2017.