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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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 Managing Director for the Center for Child Well-being and Development, Nicoló leads the strategic growth of the Center and the partnership with key stakeholders. He is part of the Senior Management team, together with Research Director, Prof. Guilherme Lichand.
Emilio Dal Re is a PhD student in Economics at the University of Zurich and an affiliated student at the Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP) at Bocconi University, Milan. Upon completing a Master Degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University, Milan, he worked as a Research Assistant for the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Princeton University, and as a Field Coordinator for BRAC, an international development organization, in Kampala, Uganda. His research interests lie at the intersection of development economics, behavioral economics and political economics. He studies the psychological consequences of poverty, and whether these consequences have an impact on economic behaviors, such as investment in education or labor force participation.
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.
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
Jonas Hartmann is a Bachelor Student in Economics at the University of Zurich. He spent a semester at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands and will soon finish his Bachelor's degree in Zurich. His interests are mainly in Macroeconomics, Behavioral Economics and Development Economics.
Qingyang is a research assistant at the Department of Economics, the University of Zurich, his interest lies in Development Economics. He is currently a master student in Economics at the University of Zurich, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with a second major in mathematics from the University of Hong Kong.
Giulia Milesi will soon complete her Bachelor‘s degree in Economics at the University of Zurich. As well she spent a semester in the Netherlands at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen studying among others behavioral corporate finance. In addition to Economics she has an interest in Environmental, Development and Sports Economics in which field she will finish her Bachelor thesis as well.
Prior to joining Zurich Graduate School of Economics, Claude Raisaro worked for Columbia University and the University of Warwick on public finance issues in Uganda from 2016 to 2017. Before that, he worked for the Statistics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on topics related to poverty, food security and natural disasters in West Africa. Claude received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Bocconi University. He is interested in questions related to psychological constraints in poverty context. His focus is on the role of aspirations and self-empowerment in alleviating poverty, improving education and promoting entrepreneurship.
Mirela Sabotic is studying economics at the University of Zurich and she will graduate next August. In January, she will start to write her bachelor thesis about why chronic malnutrition is falling in Malawi. During her studies, she has always been interested in topics related to social issues, behavioral economics and development. After finishing her degree, she would like to do an internship in a global company with presence in developing countries. She likes the idea of research-based work to create new solutions. In the future, she hopes to develop new ideas in the fields of education, health and poverty.
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.