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Unia is one of the largest unions in Switzerland with over 200 000 members to its credit. It is a gathering of 14 regions in Switzerland and these regions manage nearly 110 secretariats. The purpose of this organization is to strengthen the rights of employee-e-s and it is committed to a sustainable model of social security. It negotiates working conditions and wages of more than a million people and represents the interests of all workers. Additionally, Unia operates the largest Swiss unemployment fund.


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27 May A surplus of ambition: can Europe rely on large primary surpluses to solve its debt problem?

IMF forecasts and the EU's Fiscal Compact foresee Europe's heavily indebted countries running primary budget surpluses of as much as 5 percent of GDP for as long as 10 years in order to maintain debt sustainability and bring their debt/GDP ratios down to the Compact's 60 percent target. We show that primary surpluses this large and persistent are rare. In an extensive sample of high- and...

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(2014) - English

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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

27 May This mine is mine!: how minerals fuel conflicts in Africa

This paper studies empirically the impact of mining on conflicts in Africa. Using novel data, we combine geo-referenced information over the 1997-2010 period on the location and characteristics of violent events and mining extraction of 27 minerals. Working with a grid covering all African countries at a spatial resolution of 0.5 0.5 degree, we find a sizeable impact of mining activity on the...

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(2014) - English

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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

27 May The academic and labor market returns of university professors

This paper estimates the impact of university teachers on their students' academic achievement and labor market outcomes using administrative data from Bocconi University matched with Italian tax records. The estimation exploits the random allocation of students to teachers in a fixed sequence of compulsory courses. We find that the academic and labor market returns of teachers are only mildly...

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(2014) - English

Institution
Université de Genève

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