Prof. Dr. Ulrich Woitek

Founding Member & Member of the Board of Directors CRSA

Professor of Economic History
Department of Economics, University of Zurich


Zürichbergstrasse 14

Room ZUH-E-08

CH-8032 Zürich

+41 (0)44 634 36 51


Short Bio

Ulrich Woitek is a full professor at the Chair for Economic History at the University of Zurich, and the director of undergraduate studies in economics. He has published in diverse fields, ranging from applied macroeconomics and econmetrics to sports economics and anthropometrics. Ulrich Woitek is also a member of the Research Center for Social and Economic History - FSW.

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Selected Publications

Overvalued: Swedish Monetary Policy in the 1930s, in International Economic Review, 2017, 58, (with Alexander Rathke and Tobias Straumann).

Temporal Trends, Regional Variation and Socio-economic Differences in Height, BMI and Body Proportions among German Conscripts, 1956-2010, in Public Health Nutrition, 2016, (with Andreas Lehmann, Joël Floris,  Kaspar Staub, and Frank Rühli).

From Left-Skewness to Symmetry: How Body-Height Distribution among Swiss Conscripts has changed Shape since the late 19th Century, in Annals of Human Biology, 2015, 42,  (with Kaspar Staub, Joël Floris, and Frank Rühli).

Alanine Transaminase Individual Variation is a Better Marker than Socio-Cultural Factors for Body Mass Increase in Healthy Males, in Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2011, 2, (with Maciej Henneberg, Frank Rühli, and Peter Gruber). Semantic Scholar

BMI-Distribution / -Social Stratification in Swiss Conscripts from 1875 to Present in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010, 64. (with Christian Pfister, Frank Rühli, and Kaspar Staub).

To React or Not? Fiscal Policy, Volatility and Welfare in the EU-3, in European Economic Review, 2009, 53, (with Jim Malley and Apostolis Philippopoulos).

Real Earnings and Business Cycles: New Evidence, in Empirical Economics, 2009, 37, (with Jim Malley and Bob Hart). 10.1007/s00181-008-0222-1

Economics and the Summer Olympics: An Efficiency Analysis, in Journal of Sports Economics, 2008, 9, (with Alexander Rathke).

Variability of Height, Weight and Body Mass Index in an Unbiased Swiss Armed Forces 2005 Census, in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2008, 137, (with Frank Rühli and Maciej Henneberg).

Determinants of Inter-Individual Cholesterol Levels Variations in an Unbiased Young Male Sample, in Swiss Medical Weekly, 2008, 128, (with Frank Rühli, Maciej Henneberg, Dominik Schär, Alexander Imhof, and Boris Schleiffenbaum). Semantic Scholar

Boom, Bust, and the Human Body: Further Evidence on the Relationship between Height and Business Cycles, in Economics and Human Biology, 2005, 3, (with Marco Sunder).

Height Cycles in the 18th and 19th Centuries, in Economics and Human Biology, 2003, 1.

Optimal Food Allocation in a Slave Economy, in Journal of Population Economics, 2003, 16, (with John Komlos, Ray Rees, and Ngo Van Long). Springer

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