Gratulation zum Semesterpreis HS17

Für das Herbstsemester 2017 wurden vier Arbeiten von Studierenden der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät mit dem Semesterpreis ausgezeichnet: 

Anika Berens, für ihre Arbeit «The influence of leader and coworker support on new employees’ organizational commitment: An intercultural comparison», Antrag Prof. Dr. Bruno Staffelbach

Jason Blunier, für seine Arbeit «Spillover Effects of Universities of Applied Sciences on the Labor Market: An Econometric Analysis of a Policy Reform in Switzerland», Antrag Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner

Gianluca De Nard, für seine Arbeit «Linear and Nonlinear Shrinkage Estimation of the Covariance Matrix: Portfolio Optimization for Benchmarked Managers», Antrag Prof. Dr. Michael Wolf

Anna Catharina Hotz, für ihre Arbeit «Kinder, Karriere und Geschlechterungleichheit: Evidenz aus Österreich», Antrag Prof. Dr. Josef Zweimüller

Wir gratulieren allen Preisträgerinnen und den Preisträgern ganz herzlich!

Jason Blunier, einer der Preisträger, erzählt im Kurzinterview worum es in seiner Bachelorarbeit geht:

What is your thesis about?

In the mid-1990s the Swiss federal government undertook an educational reform by establishing Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) with the purpose of strengthening and reinvigorating the Swiss education system and the Swiss economy. One of the main goals of the UAS was to foster innovation and to provide a steady supply of individuals with higher education.

Much is known about the positive effect of higher education for these individuals themselves and for the economy, but little about how low-skilled workers (i.e., workers without any formal qualifications) are affected by the expansion of higher education.

My thesis tackles this issue by investigating the effect of the establishment of UAS on the employment stability of low-skilled workers at the firm level.

What's the main result?

My empirical results show that workers with higher education and low-skilled workers are complements. The establishment of UAS had on average positive effects on the employment stability of low-skilled workers within a firm.

What has inspired you to choose this topic?

During my Bachelor I have always been interested in economics of education. Furthermore, I like to apply econometric methods to analyze policy changes. This led me to the projects of the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education at the chair of Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner, who offered and supported me to work on this very interesting research topic.

What are you planning to do with the CHF 600?

Part of the money I will use to invite my friends to dinner and the remaining money I will save for my next vacations.