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Università della Svizzera italiana

Gender-based price discrimination in the annuity market : evidence from Chile

Bello, Piera Istituto di economia politica (IdEP), Facoltà di scienze economiche, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera

This paper studies gender-based price discrimination in the annuity market. The dataset consists of transaction-level data on the universe of individuals accessing the Chilean annuity market in the 2004-2017 period. It exploits the fact that, in Chile, individuals can access the annuity market through three different channels: an independent financial advisor, a sales agent at a company, or...

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Gender inequality in knowledge-based organizations : Evidence from R&D scientists in STEM fields 1985 – 2010

Rua Gomez, Carla Carolina ; Carnabuci, Gianluca (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO009.

This dissertation examines how intra-organizational networks interact with individual and macro-level characteristics to affect employees’ innovativeness and access to social capital in knowledge-based organizations. Primarily, my dissertation focuses on how such intra- organizational network dynamics limit or perpetuate gender inequality in the workplace. For example, I demonstrate that to...

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Financial market integration and asset prices

Sandulescu, Paula Mirela ; Trojani, Fabio (Dir.) ; Gagliardini, Patrick (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO008.

My doctoral thesis examines the relationships among the degree of financial market integration and the pricing of different classes of assets. The first chapter provides a theoretical framework that uncovers in a model-free way the relationship between international stochastic discount factors (SDFs), stochastic wedges, and financial market structures. Exchange rates are in general different...

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Isonitrile-based multicomponent synthesis of β-amino boronic acids as β-lactamase inhibitors

Bassini, Emanuele ; Gazzotti, Stefano ; Sannio, Filomena ; Lo Presti, Leonardo ; Sgrignani, Jacopo ; Docquier, Jean-Denis ; Grazioso, Giovanni ; Silvani, Alessandra

In: Antibiotics, 2020, vol. 9, no. 5, p. 21 p

The application of various isonitrile-based multicomponent reactions to protected (2-oxoethyl)boronic acid (as the carbonyl component) is described. The Ugi reaction, both in the four components and in the four centers–three components versions, and the van Leusen reaction, proved effective at providing small libraries of MIDA-protected β-aminoboronic acids. The corresponding free...

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The MRE11 complex : a versatile toolkit for the repair of broken DNA

Reginato, Giordano ; Cejka, Petr

In: DNA repair, 2020, vol. 91–92, no. July–August, p. 13 p

When DNA breaks, the ends need to be stabilized and processed to facilitate subsequent repair, which can occur by either direct but error-prone end-joining with another broken DNA molecule or a more accurate homology-directed repair by the recombination machinery. At the same time, the presence of broken DNA triggers a signaling cascade that regulates the repair events and cellular progression...

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Lattice-based protocols for privacy

Boschini, Cecilia ; Wolf, Stefan (Dir.) ; Camenisch, Jan (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020INFO002.

Privacy and control over data have become a public concern. Simultaneously, the increasing likelihood of the construction of a general purpose quantum computer has led companies and governments to demand for quantum safe alternatives to the protocols used today. New schemes have been elaborated, whose conjectured security against a quantum computer relies on the hardness to solve different...

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Essays in household finance and monetary policy transmission

Gianinazzi, Virginia ; Plazzi, Alberto (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO005.

This thesis consists of three chapters that contribute to two fundamental questions in finance: how households make financial decisions and how market prices react to uninformative demand shocks. The first chapter investigates how household respond to mortgage refinancing incentives. A well-documented finding in household finance is that many borrowers miss out on substantial savings by...

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Human-robot interaction with pointing gestures : intuitive interaction between co-located humans and robots

Gromov, Boris ; Gambardella, Luca Maria (Dir.) ; Giusti, Alessandro (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020INFO004.

Human-robot interaction (HRI) is an active area of research and an essential component for the effective integration of mobile robots in everyday environments. In this PhD work, we studied, designed, implemented, and experimentally validated new efficient interaction modalities between humans and robots that share the same workspace. The core of the work revolves around deictic (pointing)...

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Parallel space-time multilevel methods with application to electrophysiology : theory and implementation

Benedusi, Pietro ; Krause, Rolf (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020INFO005.

The goal of this thesis is to design and study an efficient strategy to solve possibly non-linear parabolic partial differential equations on massively parallel machines. Traditionally, when solving time-dependent problems, time stepping methods are used to advance the solution in time. These techniques are inherently sequential and therefore they introduce a bottleneck in the overall...

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Maintenance fluid therapy with saline, dextrose-supplemented saline or lactated Ringer in childhood: short-term metabolic effects

Ricciuti, Alessandra ; Milani, Gregorio P. ; Tarantino, Silvia ; Ghilardi, Roberta ; Lava, Sebastiano A.G. ; Alberzoni, Marco ; Bianchetti, Mario G. ; Agostoni, Carlo

In: Nutrients, 2020, vol. 12, no. 5, p. 8 p

Maintenance with isotonic fluids is recommended in children with gastroenteritis and failure of oral rehydration therapy. However, little is known on the short-term effects of the commonly prescribed intravenous solutions on metabolic balance in children. The aim of this study is to report on our experience with normal saline, dextrose-supplemented saline and lactated Ringer solution. Methods:...