Category Archives: Economy & Society

Economic decisions have a direct impact on the development of our society. Learning to manage the synergies between the economic world, businesses and communities helps improve individuals’ living environments, deal with crises and conflicts, and support organizational development.

Taxation of multinationals: what are the new rules of the game?

HEC Podcast – Are you interested in the decisions taken at the last G7 and G20 regarding the taxation of multinationals at a minimum rate of at least 15%? Would you like to know more about these new rules of the game?

Robert Danon is a Professor of Swiss and International tax law at University of Lausanne and teaches at the Business and Economics Faculty (HEC Lausanne), as well as at the University’s Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration. Additionally, he is a director of the Tax Policy Centre at the University of Lausanne.


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Insights into the work of Prof. Marius Brülhart in the Swiss National COVID Science Task Force

Following the announcement of the reorganization of the National Task Force, Marius Brülhart, professor of economics at HEC Lausanne, gives an initial overview of his contribution as Chair of the Expert Group Economics. In this interview, he also presents other pandemic-related research projects in which he is currently involved.

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Responding to Public Health Crises: Avoiding a Legacy of Social Unrest and Conflict

Research investigating the crisis response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014-16 contains some important lessons for policymakers, both for dealing with the ongoing COVID pandemic and for building resilience to prepare for future heath crises.

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Ethno-linguistic diversity: an indicator of urban evolution

Urbanization has a significant impact on social and economic growth and prosperity. But predicting the pattern of urban evolution in the future is difficult. New research, however, reveals that the level of ethno-linguistic diversity is a significant predictor of how urbanization is likely to evolve in a region.

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Motivation matters: The importance of intrinsic motivation in behavioral change app design

Designing a mobile app to help create lasting changes in behavior is a difficult challenge. New research suggests that a measure of motivation – the Intrinsic Motivation Index score (IMI) – could play an important role in any solution.

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Maximizing the benefits from R&D subsidies: How some enterprise support policies can discourage high-growing entrepreneurship

Many governments offer support for entrepreneurs in a bid to boost entrepreneurship and startup success. However, as Annamaria Conti shows, both policymakers and entrepreneurs need to thoroughly assess the impact of that support to ensure that it is having the desired effect.

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The economic cycle of fear: Will panic fuel the next global recession?

As President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously once observed: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. At the tail of end of an historic bull market, with an ongoing trade war, bond bubble and worrying signs of impending recession, policymakers should take note of, given the findings of research by Philippe Bacchetta and Eric van Wincoop into the causes of the Great Recession. As the two academics reveal, it can be a comparatively short step from boom to bust, once negative sentiment begins to drive a self-fulfilling chain of events that can quickly evolve into a panic driven, full-blown global economic crisis. A panic that would make the difference between an economic slowdown and another deep global recession.

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The impact of the vote May 19 corporate tax reforms: a Q&A with Pierre-Marie Glauser

As an academic and lawyer specializing in taxation, Pierre-Marie Glauser was closely involved in the corporate tax reform campaign in Switzerland that culminated in the referendum held on May 19th. An advocate of the proposed reforms, Glauser was a member of a number of working groups involved with the reforms and gave presentations at various conferences on the implications of accepting or refusing the reforms. Here he discusses the government backed provisions approved by 64.4% of Swiss voters on May 19th and their impact.

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How the Camorra is cleaning up: A grubby tale of entrepreneurial talent gone to waste

Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics, highlights a case where entrepreneurial ingenuity has turned environmentally and socially toxic, threatening the health and economic welfare of thousands of people living and working in Italy.

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Brexit, Uncertainty and Values at Risk – Five Risk Management Lessons

After nearly three years of negotiations, Brexit is proving a seemingly intractable problem, with all routes out of the EU looking costly for the UK. With emotions running high, opinions polarised, and reasoned argument often elusive, maybe a risk management perspective can offer some useful insights, suggests Professor Anette Mikes (HEC Lausanne, UNIL).

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