Who we are

A foundation of the Department of Economics

The Excellence Foundation Zurich is a foundation of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. As an independent foundation established in accordance with Swiss law, it emphasizes the mentoring and strengthening of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. Utilizing the most up-to-date knowledge and methods, researchers at the department take interdisciplinary approaches to search for answers to the pressing question of how to enable sustainable economic development.

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Cutting-edge research in Zurich

The mission of the Excellence Foundation Zurich is to unite the best scientists at the Department of Economics in Zurich and to provide them optimal prerequisites for interdisciplinary, world-class research. As a strong business center, Zurich offers perfect conditions for establishing a platform for a continuous exchange between science and industry. The Department of Economics at the University of Zurich belongs to the leading addresses for European economic research – and the step to becoming a global leader is within reach.

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Interface between research, business, and society

In order to attain its mission, the Excellence Foundation Zurich unites the Department of Economics with enterprises, foundations, and private persons. The resulting projects and partnerships include a broad spectrum of themes, reflecting the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the department. They range for the behavior of individuals to the ideal regulation of institutions and markets, up to the question of how developing countries should invest their limited resources.

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