Research Centers

Enabling world-class economics in Zurich
Nu­mer­ous projects have al­ready been re­al­ized at the De­part­ment in part­ner­ship with donors and part­ner in­sti­tu­tions. These in­clude four re­search cen­ters ded­i­cat­ed to cru­cial top­ics, in­clud­ing child de­vel­op­ment, trade and glob­al­iza­tion, health, and pover­ty al­le­vi­a­tion. These cen­ters not only have their own spe­cif­ic re­search agen­da, they also in­clude new pro­fes­sor­ships, en­abling con­cen­trat­ed re­search on spe­cif­ic top­ics by proven ex­perts.


Creating a sustainable impact
The cre­ation of new pro­fes­sor­ships of­ten hap­pens in­de­pen­dent­ly of cen­ters. En­dowed pro­fes­sor­ships are an im­por­tant in­stru­ment for bring­ing new tal­ent and ex­per­tise to Zurich. This has many ad­van­tages. In­spir­ing pro­fes­sors mo­ti­vate stu­dents and doc­tor­al can­di­dates to be ac­tive in their field in the fu­ture. They build a sus­tain­able net­work with­in the in­ter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty and po­si­tion them­selves as ex­perts for the me­dia. The cre­ation and fund­ing of a pro­fes­sor­ship thus guar­an­tees a sus­tain­able im­pact.

Carlos Alós-Ferrer

NOMIS Pro­fes­sor­ship for De­ci­sion and Neu­roe­co­nom­ic The­o­ry
Zurich Cen­ter for Neu­roe­co­nom­ics (ZNE)
Phone: +41 44 634 10 16

De­ci­sions are of­ten based on a con­flict be­tween dif­fer­ent process­es. What does this mean? How and why do pref­er­ences change? How can we mea­sure the in­ten­si­ty of con­flicts be­tween dif­fer­ent be­hav­ioral ten­den­cies? These and sim­i­lar ques­tions are the core of Pro­fes­sor Alós-Fer­rer’s re­search. His fields of ex­per­tise in­clude Neu­roe­co­nom­ics, de­ci­sion the­o­ry, game the­o­ry, evo­lu­tion, and learn­ing in games and mar­kets.
Per­son­al web­site

Lorenzo Casaburi

As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor­ship of De­vel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics, en­dowed by Swiss Re Foun­da­tion
Zurich Cen­ter for Eco­nom­ic De­vel­op­ment (ZCED)
Phone: +41 44 634 61 38

Loren­zo Casaburi’s re­search fo­cus­es on De­vel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics, Po­lit­i­cal Econ­o­my, Be­hav­ioral Eco­nom­ics, and Pub­lic Fi­nance. With his work, he pro­vides an­swers to ques­tions, such as: What are the char­ac­ter­is­tics of agri­cul­tur­al mar­kets in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa in terms of mar­ket struc­ture and agri­cul­tur­al fi­nance? How can be­hav­ioral in­sights help us iden­ti­fy un­der­ly­ing mech­a­nisms of mar­ket struc­tures? What is the role of the state?
Per­son­al web­site

Guilherme Lichand

As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor­ship for Child Well-Be­ing and De­vel­op­ment, sup­port­ed by UNICEF Switzer­land
Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment (CCWD)
Phone: +41 44 634 23 01

Fo­cus­ing on De­vel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics, Po­lit­i­cal Econ­o­my, and Be­hav­ioral Eco­nom­ics his re­search aims to sig­nif­i­cant­ly im­prove the sit­u­a­tion of chil­dren and youth in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries us­ing eco­nom­ic knowl­edge and in­no­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy. How can we im­prove child and teenagers’ de­vel­op­ment? What is the best way to pro­vide re­li­able ev­i­dence for the ef­fi­cient de­sign of pro­grams and poli­cies and by sup­port­ing their route to scale?
Per­son­al web­site

Ralph Ossa

Kühne Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of In­ter­na­tion­al Trade
Kühne Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Trade and Lo­gis­tics
Phone: +41 44 634 55 78

Ralph Ossa is Chair­man of the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics and holds the Kühne Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of In­ter­na­tion­al Trade. His re­search fo­cus­es on in­ter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ics with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on ques­tions of pol­i­cy rel­e­vance. For ex­am­ple, he has ex­plored the eco­nom­ics of trade wars and trade talks and es­ti­mat­ed how much coun­tries gain from in­ter­na­tion­al trade.
Per­son­al web­site

Roberto Weber

Pro­fes­sor­ship of the Eco­nom­ics of Cor­po­rate Cul­ture, Busi­ness Ethics and So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­i­ty, en­dowed by Cred­it Su­isse
Phone: +41 44 634 36 88

Pro­fes­sor We­ber’s re­search falls pri­mar­i­ly with­in the ar­eas of be­hav­ioral and ex­per­i­men­tal eco­nom­ics, de­ci­sion mak­ing, and the study of or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­sti­tu­tions. He ad­dress­es ques­tions, such as: How can we com­bat so­cial­ly cost­ly un­eth­i­cal con­duct? Do lead­ers af­fect eth­i­cal con­duct? Whom do we trust and how much does it cost? How can we mea­sure trust?
Per­son­al web­site