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Center for Labor, Digital and Regional Economics

«Our methodological strengths are on an econometric, empirical-experimental, and theoretical level.»

Prof. Patrick Arni, PhD, Head of the Center

The Center for Labor, Digital and Regional Economics is the point of contact for economic subjects at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. Our team is engaged in the teaching and research of applied micro- and macroeconomic issues. These range from studies of labor market policies or the Swiss-EU relationship to the real-estate market and questions of migration.


Our focus areas are efficiency analysis in the public sector and the evaluation of political processes. For details of current research projects, please refer to our studies and reports. In addition, all research publications are listed under publications as well as team member profiles.

Study and Continuing Education Programs

The Center for Labor, Digital and Regional Economics does not offer any continuing education programs. Nevertheless our teachers participate in various economic courses within different continuing education programs.

In addition we organize together with the Institute of Public Management the field of Study "BSc in Business Administration with Major in Economics and Politics". The focus laid within the Major is in all fields of the public management, public companies, national and international Non-Profit organizations and Non-Governmental organizations.


Our methodological competencies include economic modeling, quantitative analytics, empirical-experimental economic research, efficiency analysis, economic policy analysis, and evaluation. We provide both professional and methodological support to our clients in the following areas:

Invited Talks

At the Center for Labor, Digital and Regional Economics, we communicate topical, specialist knowledge of economics tailored to specific target audiences like BSc, MSc and continuing education students or at national and international congresses. Our faculty members are available as speakers for corporations, associations, and charitable organizations.