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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:...

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Multi-targeting bioactive compounds extracted from essential oils as kinase inhibitors

Maruca, Annalisa ; Lanzillotta, Delia ; Rocca, Roberta ; Lupia, Antonio ; Costa, Giosuè ; Catalano, Raffaella ; Moraca, Federica ; Gaudio, Eugenio ; Ortuso, Francesco ; Artese, Anna ; Trapasso, Francesco ; Alcaro, Stefano

In: Molecules, 2020, vol. 25, no. 9, p. 14 p

Essential oils (EOs) are popular in aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine that claims their curative effects. Moreover, several studies reported EOs as potential anti- cancer agents by inducing apoptosis in different cancer cell models. In this study, we have considered EOs as a potential resource of new kinase inhibitors with a polypharmacological profile. On the other hand,...

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Secrecy in the age of transparency : an investigation into legitimations, conceptions and practices of non-disclosure

Heide, Marlen ; Villeneuve, Jean-Patrick (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2019 ; 2019COM004.

The objective of this research is to illustrate the complexity and fluidity of the relationship between secrecy and transparency by considering the multiple rationales that serve to justify secrecy. The conceptual contribution of this thesis lies at two levels: (1) the reconceptualization of national security secrecy from realism to risk management and (2) the implications of such...

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Experiential learning under ambiguity

Wahle, Thorsten ; Martignoni, Dirk (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO003.

In this dissertation I study choice contexts of learning under ambiguity. Experiential learning takes place by making choices, observing the outcomes, and altering future choices accordingly. Over time, such learning is expected to improve choices and outcomes but only when decision makers can classify outcomes as either successes or failures. This dichotomous outcome has clear behavioral...

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Labour market outcomes : Careers, transitions and durations

Malfitano, Paolo ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO004.

This thesis contributes to labour economics by considering a wide range of factors influencing career paths, transitions to self- employment and duration in entrepreneurship. In the past literature, several studies have analysed labour market outcomes, transitions and durations. Nevertheless, there is the need of knowing more about the influence of individual and background characteristics on...

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Living heritage and sustainable tourism

Cantoni, Lorenzo ; De Ascaniis, Silvia ; Elgin-Nijhuis, Karin

Lugano : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020

ISBN: 978-88-6101-020-8

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The environmental cost and the accident externality of driving : evidence from the Swiss franc’s appreciation

Bello, Piera

This study investigates the effects of driving on air quality and road safety by exploiting exogenous variation in traffic flows associated with the Swiss franc’s appreciation. During the Swiss franc’s appreciation, the volume of cars crossing the Swiss-Italian border rose considerably– the higher purchasing power of Swiss francs in the Euro area induced more Italian workers to cross the...