Urs W. Birchler (SUERF President)
Department for Banking and Finance
University of ZĂĽrich
Urs Birchler is Professor of Banking at the Department for Banking and Finance at ZĂĽrich University, having previously worked at the Swiss National Bank, where he was Director of the Financial Stability Unit, and having previously been a member of the Bankâ€™s Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and Chairman of its Basel Committee Research Task Force. His university teaching commitments have dealt with the theory of financial intermediation, banking and banking regulation, financial stability, game theory and economics of information, and has included appointments at the Universities of Zurich, St Gallen, Bern, Lausanne and Leipzig. His research has also focussed strongly on banking, bank insolvency law and deposit protection, and recently he has co-authored a policy report on the "Implicit Government Guarantee for Big Banks" and a textbook on "Information Economics". He is also an active blogger on www.batz.ch - the forum for Swiss economy policy.