Prof. Kurt Schmidheiny
Our group focuses on the application of microeconometric methods to policy relevant questions. Our research emphasis lies on tax competition, fiscal federalism, and urban economics. More broadly, we study questions in a variety of fields, including public economics, labor economics, international economics, and demography. For many of our research projects, we draw on big administrative data from Switzerland and abroad.
We offer an array of courses introducing students to empirical work and providing them with the tools needed. At the bachelor level, we foster the practical application of basic econometric methods and motivate students to work with real-world data. At the master level, we offer a range of courses covering both the theoretical foundations as well as the application of more advanced microeconometric techniques.
Kurt Schmidheiny presents paper on "Ethno-Linguistic Diversity and City Size" at the 9th European Meeting of the Urban Economics Association in Amsterdam. He is also a member of the association's board and the Kraks Fond Prize committee in Amsterdam.
Kurt Schmidheiny participates in panel discussion on "Statistical Neutrality and Political Responsibility" at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Conference of European Statisticians in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Marius Faber wins Best Paper Award at Spring Meeting of Young Economists (SMYE 2019)
Wealth tax paper by Marius Brülhart, Jon Gruber, Matthias Krapf and Kurt Schmidheiny mentioned in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, NBC News, and The New Yorker
New working paper "On Event Study Designs and Distributed-Lag Models: Equivalence, Generalization and Practical Implications" (by Kurt Schmidheiny and Sebastian Siegloch)