Publications

Why school holidays?

I don’t mind the evil eyes as a response to that question.  Give it a thought, please. What do we as a society cause with all those school holidays? 5 weeks of summer holidays – 7 weeks at school – 2 weeks autumn holidays – 9 weeks school – 2 weeks Christmas holidays – 5 […]

childhood

well supported – double win

Due to recent events – my column from June 1, 2017 reloaded. In May 2017 the first ambassadors’ meeting of the initiative “Ready! Early childhood is crucial.” took place. It has been set up by the Jacobs Foundation, supported by committed individuals from politics, business and society. The goal is to improve the conditions in […]

Wanted: undervalued shares

Women as yield killers? I found this headline in a business newsletter. It came along with a picture of a crying blonde. The content was about an Insead study which states that share prices fall as soon as a woman is appointed to the non executive board. Pardon me? She hasn’t done anything for the […]

Diversity made easy

Small changes – big effect. How to easily get diversity. Summary from the scientific study “Leaning In or Not Leaning Out? Opt-Out Choice Framing Attenuates Gender Differences in the Decision to Compete” can be found at: https://www.nber.org/papers/w26484 In most companies, promotions require initiative and that candidates prove themselves in the competition among the applicants. However, […]

Welfare

The bolder, the dumber

A recession is approaching say some powerful fortune tellers in the media. What is to be done? “Buying gold” tells someone who was exorbitantly successful, but limited his toolbox only to the financial sector. Anyone who still believes today that such one-size-fits-all approach can solve future complexities – well, we will see whether it was […]

Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (CVP)

Built on sand

There’s 350 million at stake. That sounds like a lot of money. The Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland (CVP) wants to reduce the tax burden on families with children with a higher federal tax deduction. This leaves a four-person household with a maximum of an additional 910 francs per year – starting from CHF […]