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Università della Svizzera italiana

Reframing as an argumentative competence in dispute mediation

Jermini-Martinez Soria, Chiara ; Greco, Sara (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021COM005.

Dispute mediation is a dialogical and communicative process in which a neutral third party, a mediator, helps conflicting parties modifying the way in which they interact with each other so that they become able to co-construct a solution to their conflict that is mutually satisfactory. Mediators cannot impose solutions to the parties, yet they play a fundamental role in conflict resolutions...

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Scalable algorithms for high-dimensional graphical lasso and function approximation

Eftekhari, Aryan ; Schenk, Olaf (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021INFO008.

Fundamental tasks in multivariate and numerical analysis, such as sparse precision matrix estimation via graphical lasso and function approximation, are formulated in ever-increasing dimensions. Consequently, this results in a significant increase in the computational demand that quickly renders standard solution methods intractable. With this motivation, we present two scalable algorithms that...

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Node-level performance modeling of sparse factorization solver

Janalík, Radim ; Schenk, Olaf (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021INFO006.

Solving large sparse linear systems is at the heart of many application problems arising from scientific and engineering problems. These systems are often solved by direct factorization solvers, especially when the system needs to be solved for multiple right-hand sides or when a high numerical precision is required. Direct solvers are based on matrix factorization, which is then followed by...

Public access from Sep 24, 2021
Università della Svizzera italiana

Exchange rate effects on cross-border commuting : Evidence from the Swiss-Italian border

Bello, Piera

In: Journal of economic geography, 2020, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 969-1001

Are cross-border workers responsive to changes in the exchange rate between the home and host countries' currencies? I answer this question by examining the effects of appreciation in the Swiss franc (CHF) relative to the euro (EUR) on labour supply decisions of Italian cross-border workers. I use hourly data on traffic flows in Ticino, the southernmost canton of Switzerland, together with...

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From blue to steel-collar jobs : The decline in employment gaps?

Lerch, Benjamin

The adoption of labor-replacing technologies has already displaced thousands of workers in the US. In this paper, I analyze how the adverse effects of the implementation of robots in firms’ production processes are spreading among the population and how they are shaping the composition of labor markets. Exploiting exogenous variation in robot exposure across local labor markets and over time,...

Public access from Dec 4, 2022
Università della Svizzera italiana

Natural disasters and electoral outcomes

Masiero, Giuliano ; Santarossa, Michael

In: European Journal of Political Economy, 2021, vol. 67, p. 19 p

Natural disasters are good examples of catastrophic events that may affect vote decisions. In this study, we analyze how the occurrence of earthquakes changes voters' behavior at municipal elections and which channels drive this change, focusing in particular on the role of media exposure. We exploit data from 13,338 municipal electoral cycles where incumbents seek reelection between 1993 and...

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Essays in institutional investors, market efficiency and the real economy

Tubaldi, Roberto ; Frésard, Laurent (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021ECO004.

My dissertation consists of three chapters, each of which focuses on how institutional investors trade, impact price efficiency in secondary financial markets and influence the allocation of resources in the real economy. Using a novel approach based on hurricanes, the first chapter, Mutual Funds’ Fire Sales and the Real Economy: Evidence from Hurricanes, contributes to the recent debate on...

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Exploring, understanding, and promoting pluralistic strategies for (qualitative) research

Hoorani, Bareerah Hafeez ; Gibbert, Michael (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021COM004.

There have been growing calls in the field of management for pluralistic research, primarily because it allows for scientific discovery and advancement. However, despite these calls, the field of management is still homogenous in its research approaches and practices. This motivates the aim of this thesis, which is to explore, understand and promote pluralistic (qualitative) research. The...

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Exploring the behavioural base for the Swiss energy transition : The role of attitudes and heterogeneity in the preferences of electricity consumers

Motz, Alessandra ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021ECO003.

In the context of the international climate change mitigation efforts, several countries have been scaling up their efforts to decarbonize their economies and energy systems. The restructuring of the electricity systems has brought about new challenges, among which the acceptance of the new infrastructures and technologies, and the need of ensuring an optimal level of security of supply. This...

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Essays in institutional investors and financial markets

Cötelioglu, Efe ; Plazzi, Alberto (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021ECO002.

I use empirical methods to study the effect of institutional investors on financial markets. My studies provide novel evidence on the commonality in liquidity of fixed-income securities, the liquidity provision of hedge funds and mutual funds in equity markets, and the information diffusion from credit default swaps to equities.