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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...

Public access from 1-gen-2017
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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...

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Self-adaptivity of applications on network on chip multiprocessors : the case of fault-tolerant Kahn process networks

Derin, Onur ; Sami, Mariagiovanna (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015INFO010.

Technology scaling accompanied with higher operating frequencies and the ability to integrate more functionality in the same chip has been the driving force behind delivering higher performance computing systems at lower costs. Embedded computing systems, which have been riding the same wave of success, have evolved into complex architectures encompassing a high number of cores interconnected...

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No-signalling attacks and implications for (quantum) nonlocality distillation

Salwey, Leonhard Benno ; Wolf, Stefan (Dir.) ; Brassard, Gilles (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015INFO008.

The phenomenon of nonlocality, which can arise when entangled quantum systems are suitably measured, is perhaps one of the most puzzling features of quantum theory to the philosophical mind. It implies that these measurement statistics cannot be explained by hidden variables, as requested by Einstein, and it thus suggests that our universe may not be, in principle, a well-determined entity...

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Aligning capital with risk

Ebnöther, Silvan ; Trojani, Fabio (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO007.

The interaction of capital and risk is of primary interest in the corporate governance of banks as it links operational profitability and strategic risk management. Senior executives understand that their organization's monitoring system strongly affects the behaviour of managers and employees. Typical instruments used by senior executives to focus on strategy are balanced scorecards with...

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Credibility in CSR communication : concepts, methods, analyses

Lock, Irina ; Seele, Peter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015COM006.

In globalized markets, norms for legitimate behavior are scattered and businesses must satisfy often conflicting demands of various stakeholders simultaneously. This is why communicating their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) in a legitimate way is challenging. The present is also a high time for a debate of CSR issues and an era of public scrutiny and mistrust, catalyzed by real-time...

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Linking health literacy and health disparities : conceptual implications and empirical results

Sarah, Mantwill ; Schulz, Peter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; COM2015004.

Health literacy, defined as “(…) the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” (IOM, 2004), has been found to be an important concept in explaining differences in health. Limited health literacy has been linked, amongst others, to worse general health (Wolf,...

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Essays in empirical finance

Parise, Gianpaolo ; Franzoni, Francesco (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO006.

This thesis contains three essays on the role of incentives in financial decisions. The first essay documents how airlines financial choices are affected by the threat of future competition. The second essay explores the role of cross-trading in mutual fund families. The third essay shows the effect of stock undepricing on innovation spending.

Public access from 14-set-2017
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Structural and managerial cost differences in nonprofit nursing homes

Di Giorgio, Laura ; Filippini, Massimo ; Masiero, Giuliano

In: Economic Modelling, 2015, vol. 51, p. 289-298

Population aging is challenging governments to find new solutions to finance the increasing demand for nursing home care and slow down the increase in expenditures. In this light, many European countries are currently considering reforms to increase efficiency in the provision of nursing home services. One popular restructuring policy is the transformation of public organizations into private...