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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“Uniting the best scientists in Zurich in order to take on the central themes of a globalized world using interdisciplinary approaches. That is the mission of the Excellence Foundation Zurich.”

Prof. Ernst Fehr, Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich