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Université de Fribourg

A novel approach to estimate glacier mass balance in the Tien Shan and Pamir based on transient snowline observations

Barandun, Martina ; Huss, Matthias (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Fribourg, 2018 ; no 2099.

Glaciers are recognised as an excellent proxy for climate change and their centennial massloss has accelerated during the past decades. The Central Asian mountain ranges Tien Shan and Pamir host over 25,000 glaciers that have been observed to respond heterogeneous to climate change. Glacier changes in the region have very important consequences on the water availability for the densely populated...

Université de Fribourg

Emotional Inertia and Interpersonal Adaptation in Intimate Relationships

Luginbühl, Tamara ; Schöbi, Dominik (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Fribourg, 2018.

Emotions are not static but fluctuate over time as a function of contextual changes (Kuppens, Allen, & Sheeber, 2010). This temporal feature of emotions is considered in the concept of emotional inertia, which reflects the degree to which emotions are resistant to change over time (Kuppens et al., 2010). Several studies suggest an association between emotional inertia and psychological...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Three essays in economics of catastrophes

Slerca, Edoardo ; Jametti, Mario (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO013.

Many events can have a catastrophic effect on an economic environment, such as natural disasters, wars, migrations, pandemic diseases, etc. This thesis focuses on three of them: catastrophic agglomeration of firms as a response to tax differentials, immigration phenomena described as catastrophic by the natives and catastrophic earthquakes with destructive consequences for both physical and...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Integrating anti-money laundering compliance duties into the banking culture

Sandulescu, Mihaela ; Barone Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016ECO011.

This thesis sets out to investigate whether the anti-money laundering (AML) compliance duties have been integrated into the banking culture. The first two chapters briefly present the Swiss AML framework and relevant numbers. Using survey data from 52 respondents, Chapter 3 presents evidence on how banks coped with compliance requests, starting from the internal due diligence and reporting...

Université de Neuchâtel

La gestion durable des sols agricoles : sécuriser les démarches ou légitimer les controverses ? L’exemple des politiques agroenvironnementales autour de l’érosion hydrique des sols arables en Suisse

Derungs, Nicolas ; Hertz, Ellen (Dir.) ; Mitchell, Edward (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018 ; TH. 2722.

This interdisciplinary dissertation (combining natural, political and social sciences) focuses on the sustainable management of agricultural soils. More specifically, it tackles Swiss environmental and agricultural policies for qualitative soil protection and the accompanying measures to limit water erosion of arable lands. Aiming to launch sustained debate and reflection about the dominant...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Strategic M&A announcement timing, information asymmetry and behavioral biases

Filipovic, Zoran ; Degeorge, François (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO012.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are among the largest and most important corporate events. Companies acquire other companies for a variety of reasons. The most quoted one is without any doubt the potential additional value from combining two firms, better known as synergy, while the most obscure and the most controversial one is probably the elimination of future competition. No matter what...

Université de Neuchâtel

Pension fund governance in Switzerland

Bregnard, Nadège ; Salva, Carolina (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018 ; 2702.

This thesis studies the internal governance of pension funds with evidence from Switzerland. It is composed of four chapters. Chapter 1 describes the current Swiss occupational pension system with a focus on its governance aspects. It documents in details how the various and different Swiss pension funds are organised and identifies six key structure characteristics to classify them. Chapter 2...