International Trade studies the economic transactions between countries and the effects of trade agreements and standards on economic growth and development. Labor Economics analyzes the dynamics of labor markets and interrelations between labor, goods, and monetary markets and how these influence employment levels and GDP. Emily Blanchard, David Dorn, and Ralph Ossa search for answers that revolve around trade and globalization. The challenge going forward is how to, on the one hand, leverage all the benefits that trade can provide, while at the same time avoiding some of the economic and social problems associated with globalization. This also includes how to prevent trade wars, promote trade talks, and how to reform international trade organizations. The Department of Economics at the University of Zurich plays a leading role in the academic world. Our motto is “Pioneering Economics”. With our forward-thinking attitude and multidisciplinary approach, we have entered uncharted territory. Our ambition is to find answers to the most pressing questions of our time and to offer direction to students, to leaders, and to policy makers alike.
With (in order of appearance): David Dorn, UBS Foundation Professor of Globalization and Labor Markets, Ralph Ossa, Kühne Foundation Professorship of International Trade, Emily Blanchard, former Kühne Foundation Visiting Professor