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Università della Svizzera italiana

Gender-based price discrimination in the annuity market : evidence from Chile

Bello, Piera Istituto di economia politica (IdEP), Facoltà di scienze economiche, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera

This paper studies gender-based price discrimination in the annuity market. The dataset consists of transaction-level data on the universe of individuals accessing the Chilean annuity market in the 2004-2017 period. It exploits the fact that, in Chile, individuals can access the annuity market through three different channels: an independent financial advisor, a sales agent at a company, or...

Public access from Jul 7, 2022
Università della Svizzera italiana

Gender inequality in knowledge-based organizations : Evidence from R&D scientists in STEM fields 1985 – 2010

Rua Gomez, Carla Carolina ; Carnabuci, Gianluca (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO009.

This dissertation examines how intra-organizational networks interact with individual and macro-level characteristics to affect employees’ innovativeness and access to social capital in knowledge-based organizations. Primarily, my dissertation focuses on how such intra- organizational network dynamics limit or perpetuate gender inequality in the workplace. For example, I demonstrate that to...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Financial market integration and asset prices

Sandulescu, Paula Mirela ; Trojani, Fabio (Dir.) ; Gagliardini, Patrick (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020ECO008.

My doctoral thesis examines the relationships among the degree of financial market integration and the pricing of different classes of assets. The first chapter provides a theoretical framework that uncovers in a model-free way the relationship between international stochastic discount factors (SDFs), stochastic wedges, and financial market structures. Exchange rates are in general different...

Università della Svizzera italiana

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...

Public access from May 8, 2022
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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...

Università della Svizzera italiana

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

Università della Svizzera italiana

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...

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Systematic review of level 1 and level 2 screening tools for Autism Spectrum Disorders in toddlers

Petrocchi, Serena ; Levante, Annalisa ; Lecciso, Flavia

In: Brain sciences, 2020, vol. 10, no. 3, p. 31 p

The present study provides a systematic review of level 1 and level 2 screening tools for the early detection of autism under 24 months of age and an evaluation of the psychometric and measurement properties of their studies. Methods: Seven databases (e.g., Scopus, EBSCOhost Research Database) were screened and experts in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) field were questioned; Preferred...