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Corporate mobility : Impacts on life domains and implications for work-life balance of international business travelers and expatriates

Tretyakevich, Natalia ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016ECO001.

In my dissertation I aim to explore the impacts of work-related mobility on job, family life and personal well-being of the travelling employees. To do so, three studies have been conducted with the purpose to investigate business travel behavioral patterns and impacts of work-related mobility on various life domains of the three segments, namely frequent corporate business travelers,...

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Corporate flat tax reforms and businesses' location choices : evidence from Switzerland

Galletta, Sergio ; Redonda, Agustin

Profit taxation affects corporate investment decisions through several channels. This paper focuses on the impact of corporate income flat tax reforms on businesses' location choices. Since 1990, Swiss states (cantons) have been switching from a graduated to a flat tax rate scheme on profits. The paper assesses the effects of such a reform on the number of establishments by computing a...

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Dalle apparenze alle inferenze: i predicati sembrare e apparire come indicatori argomentativi

Musi, Elena ; Rocci, Andrea (Dir.) ; Miecznikowski, Johanna (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016COM001.

This dissertation focuses on the role played by evidential strategies in argumentative discourse, taking as a case the Italian verbs of appearance sembrare and apparire. It contributes to the stream of research on argumentative indicators, i.e. those linguistic clues which can be exploited by an analyst to reconstruct the unfolding of arguments in a text. Evidential strategies are linguistic...

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Law enforcement, municipal budgets and spillover effects : evidence from a quasi-experiment in Italy

Galletta, Sergio

In this paper, I empirically investigate the presence of spillover effects resulting from the strengthening of law enforcement against corruption and organized crime in local governments. Specifically, I take advantage of an Italian law that gives power to the central government to replace democratically elected municipal officials who are potentially connected with mafia with a commission of...

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External debt duplication : Effect of a payment system aberration

Brunette, Carol ; Cencini, Alvaro (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO008.

This work examines an existing anomaly within the system of international payments and shows how it lies at the core of a duplication occurrence that adversely compounds external debt. It considers the case of the European monetary union. We explain why it would be in Member States' best economic interest, with respect to tackling their external debt and ultimately its sustainability, if...

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Understanding planning practices : insights from a situated study on an Italian airport

Redaelli, Ilaria ; Carassa, Antonella (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015COM008.

This research projects examines planning as an instance of instructed action - that is, by focusing on how plans are designed and changed to anticipate actions, by competently using the instructions that regulate work. It does so by drawing on ethnomethodology and membership categorization analysis to understand the empirical materials collected over the course of ethnomethodologically...

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TagNet : a scalable tag-based information-centric network

Papalini, Michele ; Carzaniga, Antonio (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015INFO012.

The Internet has changed dramatically since the time it was created. What was originally a system to connect relatively few remote users to mainframe computers, has now become a global network of billions of diverse devices, serving a large user population, more and more characterized by wireless communication, user mobility, and large-scale, content-rich, multi-user applications that are...

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Rational habits in residential electricity demand

Filippini, Massimo ; Hirl, Bettina ; Masiero, Giuliano

Dynamic partial adjustment models of residential electricity demand account for the fact that households may not adjust electricity consumption immediately in response to changes in prices, income, and other relevant factors, because of behavioral habits or adjustment costs for the capital stock of appliances. However, forward-looking behavior is generally neglected. Expectations about future...

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Towards adaptive and autonomous humanoid robots : from vision to actions

Leitner, Jürgen ; Schmidhuber, Jürgen (Dir.) ; Förster, Alexander (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014INFO020.

Although robotics research has seen advances over the last decades robots are still not in widespread use outside industrial applications. Yet a range of proposed scenarios have robots working together, helping and coexisting with humans in daily life. In all these a clear need to deal with a more unstructured, changing environment arises. I herein present a system that aims to overcome the...

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Università della Svizzera italiana

Competitive tendering versus performance-based negotiation in Swiss public transport

Filippini, Massimo ; Koller, Michael ; Masiero, Giuliano

In: Transportation research part A: policy and practice, 2015, vol. 82, p. 158-168

The purpose of this study is to assess differences in the levels of cost efficiency of bus lines operated under competitively tendered contracts and performance-based negotiated contracts. Following the revision of the Swiss railways act in 1996, regional public authorities were given the choice between two different contractual regimes to procure public passenger transport services. We...