Schmeller Price for Master Thesis

The economic society of the canton of Bern has awarded the Schmeller Price to Luca Moretti – a former staff member of the Centre for Resarch in Economics of Education – for his master thesis. His work is incorporated into the Leading House Working Paper No. 137 on differences of firm’s costs and benefits of apprenticeship training in Austria and Switzerland.


Keynote on STEM and gender

On the occasion of the 60th founding anniversary ceremony of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW) at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Stefan Wolter held one of the two keynote lectures entitled:

"STEM and gender: or why is it so difficult to get girls into math-intensive careers?"


A roundtable with the King of the Belgians

In a round table, organised for a delegation headed by the King of the Belgians in Lucerne, Stefan Wolter informed about the Swiss vocational education system. King Philippe was accompanied by several ministers and the EC Commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility Marianne Thyssen.


Presentation at the University of Bath

Stefan Wolter was invited by the Economics Department to speak at the University of Bath about gender, competitiveness and career choices along the whole ability distribution.


The Best Paper Award of the 5th international VET Congress

The paper "Public Attitudes Towards the Role of the State and the Private Provision of Training: Evidence from the Swiss Apprenticeship System“, written by Stefan Wolter, Andreas Kuhn and Jürg Schweri, has received the Best Paper Award of the 5th internationalen VET Congress of the SFIVET.


Elected as Chairman of the Committee of Economics of Education

Stefan Wolter has been elected new chairman of the Standing Field Committee of Economics of Education of the Verein für Socialpolitik and thus also member of the Executive Council of the German Economic Association.

This Association is the oldest association of economists in the German-speaking area and counts more than 1’200 professors and 2’000 young academics from more than 20 countries as its members. The association has 24 Standing Field Committees. The Field Committee of Economics of Education has existed since 1975 and counts more than 60 members.


Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the AEA in Chicago

The Paper: «Gender, competitiveness and study choices in high school - evidence from Switzerland», written by Prof. Stefan Wolter (University of Berne) and Prof. Thomas Buser (University of Amsterdam), was presented by Prof. Noémi Peter (University of Groningen) at the Annual Conference of the American Economic Association in Chicago and selected for the Papers and Proceedings of the American Economic Review. This research paper examines the specialization choices of Bernese Baccalaureate school students.