Persistent gender wage gaps in Switzerland

In his thesis, Dr Patrick McDonald observed that for men, marriage is associated with a wage premium, while for women, having children is associated with a wage penalty, especially for young mothers.

Press release - Less spatial segregation in cantons with many foreigners

In the 22nd issue of the journal Social Change in Switzerland, Jonathan Zufferey and Philippe Wanner (University of Geneva) examine the spatial distribution of the foreign population in Switzerland. Spatial segregation is strongest in the cantons of Bern and Valais and weakest in Geneva, Vaud and Ticino. With regard to nationalities, the highest segregation is observed for nationals from Turkey and North America. 

LIVES call for research projects

The LIVES Centre invites advanced researchers to submit a research project proposition with an international collaboration until June 30, 2020.

The funding will start as of January 2021 at the earliest and will finish at the end of 2022 at the latest.


Press release - Reducing energy consumption: The inconsistent intentions of the Swiss population

While consumption of fossil fuels is increasing and global awareness of global warming is growing, the intentions of households to reduce their own consumption are not keeping pace. The new issue of the journal Social Change in Switzerland shows with the help of a survey of 5,000 households that only one third of individuals say they want to reduce their carbon footprint. Moreover, among the latter, this intention is hardly translated into concrete intentions in terms of car use, electricity or heating.

Press release - Brain or muscles, what do we lose first?

Researchers from NCCR LIVES and the Swiss Centre for Affectives Sciences (CISA, UNIGE) have shown that the decline in cognitive abilities after 50 years of age results ina decline in physical activity, and that – contrary to what has been suggested by the literature to date – the inverse relationship is much weaker.