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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...

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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...

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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...

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Options trading strategies and equity risk premia

Tedeschini, Davide ; Schneider, Paul (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO010.

This doctoral thesis examines, from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective, different aspects of the equity derivative markets, such as the appropriate evaluation of equity risk premia and the development of trading strategies based on options. In the first chapter, entitled “Approximate arbitrage with limit orders”, I introduce an almost riskless trading scheme involving two...

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Designing dialogue : argumentation as conflict management in social interaction

Greco, Sara

In: Revue Tranel, 2018, vol. 68, p. 7-15

The escalation of disagreement into overt conflict in social interaction can be avoided, if disagreement is managed through argumentative dialogue. This paper explores the characteristics of argumentative dialogue and presents the role of third parties who design spaces for others' dialogue. After discussing the prototypical example of dispute mediators, this contribution considers other...

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Social dimensions of public large-scale wi-fi networks : the cases of a municipal and a community wireless network

Picco-Schwendener, Anna ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018COM011.

Wireless networks play an increasingly important role in today’s mobile and interconnected society. People use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or portable game consoles on a regular basis to interact, retrieve and share information, and to orient and entertain themselves. However, in order to be fully performant these devices need to be connected to the Internet. Thanks to very...

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Derivative securities in risk management and asset pricing

Legnazzi, Chiara ; Barone-Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO009.

The high informational content and the ease of accessibility are among the most attractive features which make derivative securities particularly useful in financial applications. With a special focus on risk management and asset pricing, I present several methodologies which involve the use of option and futures data in the estimation process. This doctoral thesis consists of three chapters....

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The semiotics of migrants’ food : between codes and experience

Greco, Sara

In: Semiotica, 2016, no. 211, p. 59–80

This paper sets out to analyze cultural semiotics of migrants’ food and culinary practices. Moving from the perspective of the Tartu school of semiotics, which views culture both as a grammar (a set of codes) and as a set of texts, food can be characterized as a specific cultural element where grammar and text (code and experience) are woven together. International migrants live one or more...

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The importance of geographical proximity : Evidence on the concentration of firms, culture and political ideologies

Mantegazzi, Daniele ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO008.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays focusing on the importance of geographical concentrations along various dimensions in regional economics, dealing with topics regarding agglomeration spillovers, firm performance, culture and soft institutions as well as the geographical concentration of political ideologies. The first chapter aims at empirically verifying whether agglomeration...

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Positional goods and legal orderings

Pagano, Ugo ; Vatiero, Massimiliano

In: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

People consume because others consume, maintained Veblen in 1899. More recently, theoretical, empirical and experimental articles have argued that people constantly compare themselves to their environments and care greatly about their relative positions. Given that competition for positions may produce social costs, we adopt a Law and Economics approach (i) to suggest legal remedies for...