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Blog e giornalismo : l'era della complementarietà = Blogs and journalism : the age of the complementarities

Faré, Marco ; Foa, Marcello ; Uboldi, Francesco

C’è chi li ama e c’è chi li odia. C’è chi pensa che siano il mezzo di comunicazione del futuro e chi li considera una moda e in quanto,tale transitoria. In realtà i blog sembrano entrati in una nuova fase: quella della complementarietà con i media tradizionali. Il blog rappresenta una porta di accesso al giornalismo. In altri casi favorisce lo sviluppo di nuovi modelli come quello,...

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L'informazione su Internet : inizia l'era della concretezza = Online news : an industry matures

Corti, Andrea

L’evoluzione dell’informazione su internet ha smesso finalmente di assomigliare alle montagne russe. Un su e giù ingiustificato: prima troppa euforia, poi troppa depressione. Oggi stiamo assistendo a una terza fase di consolidamento, molto più equilibrata. Una crescita lenta ma continua, forse poco appariscente ma solida. L'Ejo - European Journalism Observatory - dell’Università della...

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The perils of visualization : a classification of risks associated with graphic representations of information

Bresciani, Sabrina ; Eppler, Martin

In this paper, we review and classify the disadvantages and risks associated with the use of visual representations of information. We complement a review of literature with expert interviews and focus group results on the practical negative experiences with the use of visual representations of information. Based on these two sources, we distinguish between social, cognitive, and emotional risks...

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Effects of performance appraisal decisions in the public sector : an evidence-based framework

Kunz, Stefan ; Meneguzzo, Marco (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2007 ; 2007ECO007.

During the last decade, international research literature on the public and private sectors has universally reported a significant relationship between Human Resource Management (HRM) practices and organizational performance. The mechanisms and interactions through which HRM leads to organizational success, however, remain largely unexplained. This research project aims to explore further the...

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Inflation persistence, structural breaks and omitted variables : a critical view

Vaona, Andrea

Recent empirical contributions assess time changes in inflation persistence by means of simple autoregressive models. Their reliability is discussed in the light of the econometric literature on model misspecification and it is showed that their results can be misleading due to the omission of relevant variables.

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Economies of scale and efficiency measurement in Switzerland’s nursing homes

Farsi, Mehdi ; Filippini, Massimo ; Lunati, Diego

This paper examines the cost efficiency in the nursing home industry, an issue of concern to Swiss policy makers because of the explosive growth of national expenditure on elderly care and the aging of the population. A stochastic cost frontier model with a translog function has been applied to a balanced panel data of 1780 observations from 356 nursing homes operating over five years (1998-2002)...

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Market discipline in banking regulation : theory and evidence from Switzerland

Facchinetti, Matteo ; Barone Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.) ; De Giorgi, Enrico (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2007 ; 2007ECO006.

In Switzerland, relatively little effort has been put into assessing the role and potential of market information and market discipline in banking regulation and supervision. This thesis represents the first attempt to address the issue in a comprehensive way. The first two papers explore to what degree the market disciplines Swiss banks, both directly and indirectly. The empirical results...

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The temporal variation of cost-efficiency in Switzerland’s hospitals : an application of mixed models

Farsi, Mehdi

This paper examines the temporal variation of cost efficiency in Switzerland’s general hospitals. The variation of total costs and the number of empty beds has been analyzed using a sample of 168 hospitals operating from 1998 to 2003. In addition more than 100,000 observations form the inpatient data disaggregated to DRG categories have been used to analyze the variations in the length of...

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Fiscal federalism, patient mobility and the soft budget constraint : a theoretical approach

Levaggi, Rosella ; Menoncin, Francesco

In some countries the reform of public health care provision has been accompanied by a parallel process of devolution that has also entailed the organisation of health care becoming a regional competence. However, the application of fiscal federalism in the context of the provision of health care is not so straightforward due to the nature of the services involved. In this paper we will...