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Swiss Leading House VPET-ECON

The Leading House welcomes three new Assistant Professors

To strengthen its research and to foster the establishment of junior research groups, the Leading House VPET-ECON together with the Department of Business Administration at the University of Zurich and the Department of Economics at the University of Bern and with financial support of the SERI through its Leading House funding has established three new assistant professorships.

Patrick Lehnert joins the Leading House Team Zurich as an Assistant Professor in Personnel Economics with a focus on Innovation and Vocational Education.

Patrick received his B.A. in Business Studies with a focus on Business Education and his M.Sc. in Labor Market and Human Resources from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, with an exchange semester at Södertörn University (Sweden). After working as a researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, he joined the University of Zurich in 2016 where he completed his Ph.D. in Management and Economics in 2020 and was a postdoctoral researcher until 2022.

In addition to studying the link between innovation and vocational education, he has been developing regional economic indicators from satellite imagery.


Claudio Schilter joins the Leading House Team Bern as an Assistant Professor in Applied Microeconomics with a focus on the Economics of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET).

Claudio received his B.A. in Economics at the University of St. Gallen after completing an exchange semester at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2019, he joined the University of Zurich as a postdoctoral fellow until 2022.

Aside from his focus on the economics of VPET, he has been conducting research in applied machine learning, the economics of crime, and health economics.


Katarina Zigova joins the Leading House in Zurich as an Assistant Professor in Personnel Economics with a focus on Vocational Education and Lifelong Learning.

Katarina graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava (2000) and Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (2002) with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. After her studies she spent six years working as consultant for United Nations (UNIDO in Vienna and UNDP in Bratislava) before commencing her doctoral studies in Quantitative Economics at the University of Konstanz. Since obtaining her doctoral degree in 2014 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Konstanz and Freiburg. Prior to coming to Zurich she spent a year at the International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER) of the University of Kassel.

In her research she focuses on topical problems in the economics of education, science, and personnel.