Ernst Fehr has been Professor of Microeconomics and Experimental Economics at the University of Zürich since 1994. He served as director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics and chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. He currently serves as director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society. He has been a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University since 2011 and was an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2011. He is a former president of the Economic Science Association and of the European Economic Association, an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He was recipient of the Marcel Benoist Prize in 2008 and the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize in 2013. Ernst Fehr has numerous publications in international top journals. His research focuses on the proximate patterns and the evolutionary origins of human altruism and the interplay between social preferences, social norms, and strategic interactions. Fehr’s work is characterized by the combination of game-theoretic tools with experimental methods and the use of insights from economics, social psychology, sociology, biology, and neuroscience for a better understanding of human social behavior.
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Guilherme Lichand is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Research Director of the Center for Child Well-Being and Development at the University of Zurich. His research interests include Development Economics, Political Economy, and Behavioral Economics. Lichand uses lab-in-the-field experiments to study the impacts of poverty on decision-making. Does the risk of a drought impair decision-making, and can rainfall insurance mitigate this effect? Does worrying about being poor affect parents’ willingness to invest in their children, and their ability to pay attention to whether children attend classes? He also combines natural experiments and randomized control trials to study corruption and state capacity. Is fighting corruption good or bad for public service delivery? Does it matter to audit bureaucrats or contractors? Can low-cost technologies increase budget execution by supporting procurement officials? Professor Lichand holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University, and has been acknowledged by MIT Technology Review as Brazil’s top under-35 social innovator in 2014.
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Simon Hänni is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Child Well-Being and Development at the University of Zurich. He holds a PhD in Economics from HEC Lausanne. His research mainly focuses on the development and transmission of pro-social behavior and social norms.
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Onicio Leal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Child Well-being and Development at the University of Zurich. He holds a PhD in Public Health from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Brazil. He holds also a Master's Degree in Public Health and certifications in Collective Health, Social Entrepreneurship, Futurism and Exponential Technologies. His research mainly focuses on the application of digital disease detection, early warning systems for epidemics and disease outbreaks, and social epidemiology.
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With an economics education background and over a decade experience in leading institutions in the finance and banking industry, Walter has joined the Center for Child Well-being and Development in November 2019 as Managing Director. Walter is responsible to lead the strategic growth of the Center and partnerships with key stakeholders. He is part of the Senior Management Team, fostering global alliances to bring innovation and impact for current projects at CCWD.
Nicoló obtained a Master Degree in International and Development Economics at the Universities of Louvain and Namur - in Belgium. After nearly a decade working in development with no-profits and international organizations such as UNDP, he joined the research organization Innovations for Poverty Action. Based in Burkina Faso, he served as Country Director for Francophone West Africa for 5 years, overseeing a growing portfolio of field experiments and up to 35 permanent staff. As Research Director for the Center for Child Well-being and Development, Nicoló leads the coordination of the Child Development Study, a longitudinal panel study in Malawi. Moreover, he oversees research protocols and supports CCWD researchers and students in conceiving and developing their research work.
Alexandra Borsigova is an Economics student at the University of Zurich. Her main interests lie in Development Economics, Econometrics and Social Entrepreneurship. Alexandra is currently writing her bachelor thesis in collaboration with the Frey Charitable Foundation. She is exploring how social impact of different development projects can be measured and aggregated.
Julien Christen recently obtained his master’s degree in International Economics, with a focus on Development Economics, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. During his master, he spent one semester at the University of Zurich. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations, majoring in Economics, from the University of Geneva. His research interests lie at the intersection of Microeconomics, Behavioral Economics and Development. He currently works on a project in Côte d’Ivoire. In the future, Julien wants to continue with a PhD.
Maite Deambrosi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Southern Switzerland, a master in Economics at University of Zurich and spent a year as an exchange student at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her main research interests lie in Microeconomics, Behavioral and Development Economics. She works on projects in Ivory Coast and Malawi.
Matthias Endres recently obtained his master’s degree in Analysis and Policy in Economics at Paris School of Economics. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cologne. During his master studies Matthias focused on applied microeconomics and the economics of well-being and social interactions. For his PhD he is aiming to study how culture in general and social norms in particular develop and spread in society.
Jiajing Feng is a master student at the University of Zurich. She majors in economics and minors in behavioral economics. She obtained her bachelor's degree in economics at Fudan University in China. Her main research interests lie in Development Economics, Behavioral Economics and Microeconomics
Alessa Krautter is a master student of Business Administration, with a major in Accounting and Finance. She obtained her Bachlor's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Zurich. Currently, she is writing her master thesis on translating research findings into policymaking, and factors that prevent or facilitate the uptake of evidence. In addition to Business Administration, she is interested in environmental and development economics.
Before joining the Zurich Graduate School of Economics, Juliette Thibaud studied political sciences at Science Po Lille in France and economics at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and worked on human rights issues in Nepal from 2011 to 2012. She is interested in questions related to the access to public services and labor market of individuals and communities who have been traditionally excluded from them due to socioeconomic or geographical isolation. She wants to study the way this inclusion can be facilitated and the way it impacts a range of economic outcomes, such as education or social mobility.
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Visar Vlahna is an economics student at the University of Zurich. He is currently writing his bachelors thesis with the help of CCWD and in collaboration with UNICEF. His main interests lie in Macroeconomics, Development Economics as well as Behavioral Economics.