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.
2019 The “Professorship of the Economics of Corporate Culture, Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, endowed by Credit Suisse” is established in partnership with Credit Suisse
2019 In partnership with the Kühne Foundation, the University of Zurich is establishing the Kühne Center for Sustainable Globalization
2018 With the support of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, the department is setting up the LRF Econ Center for Child Development and Breastfeeding
2017 The professorship in the “Economics of Child and Youth Development with a Focus on Breastfeeding” is established in partnership with the Larsson Rosenquist Foundation
2017 The Marlene Porsche Graduate School of Neuroeconomics is established in partnership with the Marlene Porsche Foundation
2016 The Zurich Center for Economic Development is established in partnership with Swiss Re Foundation
2016 The Center for Child Well-being and Development is established in partnership with UNICEF and SDC
2015 The NOMIS Professorship of Decision and Neuroeconomic Theory is established in partnership with the NOMIS Foundation
2015 In partnership with UNICEF and SDC, the Professorship for Child Well-being and Development is established
2015 In partnership with the Swiss Re Foundation, the Professorship for Development Economics is established
2014 A partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development an Cooperation (DEZA) is established
2013 A research partnership with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) is established
2012 Award of the first ZKB scholarship
2012 The UBS International Center of Economics in Society is established in partnership with UBS
2011 The operative management begins its activities
2011 The Excellence Foundation Zurich is founded thanks to support from the Zürcher Kantonalbank (founding partner), the Gebert Rüf Stiftung, and the Schwyzer-Winiker Stiftung

Ernst Fehr

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.