Celebrating 10 years of success through strong partnerships
In only 10 years, the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich has cat­a­pult­ed it­self into the top 20 eco­nom­ics re­search de­part­ments world­wide. How was this pos­si­ble? It all start­ed with a vi­sion. In 2011, Prof. Ernst Fehr, then Chair­man of the De­part­ment, ini­ti­at­ed the cre­ation of a foun­da­tion to help the De­part­ment reach a new lev­el. He want­ed to cre­ate a cen­ter of ex­cel­lence for eco­nom­ics in Zurich with the con­vic­tion that this would make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to ad­dress­ing the ma­jor chal­lenges of our time. This vi­sion, this pas­sion for re­search, and the con­vic­tion of how im­por­tant re­li­able knowl­edge is for so­ci­ety, has dri­ven the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics and the Foun­da­tion ever since. Many in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions that share these val­ues have be­come part of our com­mu­ni­ty, a net­work of like-mind­ed peers.


  • Ex­ten­sion of our found­ing part­nerʼs sup­port, the Zürcher Kan­ton­al­bank
  • Cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of find­ing an­swers to the most press­ing ques­tions of our time


  • Zurich In­sur­ance Schol­ar­ships
  • Found­ing of ECON Alum­ni UZH ‒ The Net­work for Econ­o­mists
  • UBS Foun­da­tion As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor­ship for Be­hav­ioral Eco­nom­ics of Fi­nan­cial Mar­kets


  • Kühne Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of In­ter­na­tion­al Trade
  • Kühne Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Trade and Lo­gis­tics
  • Cred­it Su­isse Pro­fes­sor­ship of the Eco­nom­ics of Cor­po­rate Cul­ture, Busi­ness Ethics and So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­i­ty


Lars­son-Rosen­quist Foun­da­tion Cen­ter for Eco­nom­ics of Breast­feed­ing


  • Mar­lene Porsche Grad­u­ate School of Neu­roe­co­nom­ics
  • Lars­son-Rosen­quist Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of Child and Youth De­vel­op­ment with a Fo­cus on Breast­feed­ing
  • UBS Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of Glob­al­iza­tion and Emerg­ing Mar­kets
  • UBS Foun­da­tion As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor­ship of Ap­plied Eco­nom­ics


  • Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment, in part­ner­ship with UNICEF and SDC
  • Zurich Cen­ter for Eco­nom­ic De­vel­op­ment, in part­ner­ship with Swiss Re Foun­da­tion
  • UBS Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of Eco­nom­ics of In­sti­tu­tions


  • Pro­fes­sor­ship of De­vel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics, in part­ner­ship with Swiss Re Foun­da­tion
  • Pro­fes­sor­ship for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment, sup­port­ed by UNICEF Switzer­land
    NOMIS Pro­fes­sor­ship for De­ci­sion and Neu­roe­co­nom­ics The­o­ry
  • UBS Foun­da­tion As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor­ship of Ap­plied Eco­nom­ics
  • UBS Foun­da­tion As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor­ship of Eco­nom­ics of In­no­va­tion and En­tre­pre­neur­ship


Part­ner­ship with the Swiss Agency for De­vel­op­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion (SDC)


  • Re­search part­ner­ship with the Got­tlieb Dut­tweil­er In­sti­tute (GDI)
  • Es­tab­lish­ment of UBS Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor­ship of Macro­eco­nom­ics and Fi­nan­cial Mar­kets, the first of a to­tal of 7 UBS Foun­da­tion pro­fes­sor­ships


  • Found­ing of the UBS Cen­ter for Eco­nom­ics in So­ci­ety thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from UBS
  • Award of first ZKB schol­ar­ship


Found­ing of the Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion Zurich thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from the Zürcher Kan­ton­al­bank

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.