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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...

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...

Università della Svizzera italiana

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...

Haute école de gestion de Genève

Operational risk management in the digital era in the Swiss banking industry

Gimblett, Romain ; Courbage, Christophe (Dir.)

Mémoire de bachelor : Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2018 ; TDIBM 35.

This report analyses and attempts to answer the following question: How will digitalization affect operational risks and the management of such risks in the Swiss banking industry? Digitalization will force banks to rethink their business models and to deal with new operational risks. An important condition for an entity to be successful and to survive in the digital era is to manage risks at...

Université de Neuchâtel

Energy service contracting : an economic perspective

Klinke, Sandra ; Farsi, Mehdi (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018 ; 2672.

Energy service contracting consists in the outsourcing of energy-related services to a contractor, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), through a long-term contract. This business model has been deemed, in the literature, a promising market-based instrument to foster the deployment of renewable energy and energy conservation projects. This thesis examines empirically the determinants of adoption of...

Université de Neuchâtel

Improvement of quality of life through adaptation ? : A qualitative longitudinal approach on households in precarious prosperity in three european countries

Sieber, Rebekka ; Suter, Christian (Dir.) ; Budowski, Monica (Codir.) ; Bonvin, Jean-Michel (Codir.) ; Maeder, Philippe (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

The present study investigates adaptation to precarious prosperity through linking quality of life research with social inequality research. The focus is on households in a specific socioeconomic position termed precarious prosperity. These households struggle to maintain a degree of secure prosperity and are a concern addressed by researchers and policy makers. The topic of adaptation is...

Università della Svizzera italiana

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...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Move people or move the plant? : Business travel and relocation choices of firms

Rossi, Federica ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO007.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays on firms’ location-related behaviour, focusing on two strategic issues: business travel plans and relocation choices. The first chapter studies the potential impact on business travel of the future high-speed railway line project, called AlpTransit, which in the meantime links Lugano, the small economic hub of the southern part of...

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Università della Svizzera italiana

Strategies to access and manage donations for humanitarian operations

Urrea Castaño, Gloria Cecilia ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO006.

Scarcity of funding and high competition among organizations are typical characteristics of the humanitarian setting, which create high uncertainty for humanitarian organizations (HOs) regarding their ability to access and manage the required donations for their operations. In contrast with past research, which usually considers that HOs have a passive role in the donations process, the main...

Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Optimal investments in volatility

Hafner, Reinhold ; Wallmeier, Martin

In: Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 2008, vol. 22, no. 2, p. 147-167