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Ursina Kuhn

kuhn_ursina168 Senior Researcher
Office 5646
+41 (0)21 692 37 22
Languages: German, English, French


Ursina Kuhn studied political science and economics at the University of Zurich, where she also obtained her PhD. She works since 2006 for the Swiss Household Panel and has been engaged in different projects at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Neuchâtel. Ursina Kuhn is responsible for income variables and tax simulation in the SHP and teaches methods for panel data.


Ursina Kuhn has research experience in political science, sociology and economics, mainly using panel data. She is involved in different areas of research: income inequality in Switzerland, stability of voting behaviour (PhD), life satisfaction, labour supply decisions and has implemented a simulation of taxes for the SHP. She is currently co-investigator for the project “Wealth distribution in Switzerland and Germany: Evidence from Survey Data” financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the German Research Foundation.



Kuhn, Ursina, and Laura Ravazzini. 2017. ‘Female Labour Force Participation and Income Inequality: A Study on the Effect of Part-Time Work in Switzerland’. Swiss Journal of Sociology 43 (1).


Kuhn, Ursina, Rafael Lalive, Oliver Lipps, and Rainer Winkelmann. 2016. ‘What Makes You Satisfied with Life? Market Goods vs Social Goods’. In Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing, edited by Felix Bühlmann, Franziska Ehrler, Peter Farago, François Höpflinger, Dominique Joye, Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, and Christian Suter, 66–82. Zurich: Seismo.

Kuhn, Ursina. 2016. ‘Dynamics of Party Preferences: A Study on the Volatility and Stability of Individuals Using Household Panel Data from Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland’. Zurich: Dissertation, Universität Zürich.

Tillmann, Robin, Marieke Voorpostel, Ursina Kuhn, Florence Lebert, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Oliver Lipps, Boris Wernli, and Erika Antal. 2016. ‘The Swiss Household Panel Study: Observing Social Change since 1999’. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 7 (1): 64–78. doi:10.14301/llcs.v7i1.360.

Suter, Christian, Ursina Kuhn, Pascale Gazareth, Eric Crettaz, and Laura Ravazzini. 2016. ‘Considering the Various Data Sources, Survey Types and Indicators: To What Extent Do Conclusions Regarding the Evolution of Income Inequality in Switzerland since the Early 1990s Converge?’ In Essays on Inequality and Integration, edited by Axel Franzen, Ben Jann, Christian Joppke, and Eric Widmer, 154–83. Zurich: Seismo.


Kuhn, Ursina, and Eric Crettaz. 2015. ‘Wealth Information in the Swiss Household-Panel: Imputation and Descriptive Statistics.’ SHP Working Paper 1_15.

Kuhn, Ursina, and Christian Suter. 2015. ‘L’évolution Des Inégalités de Revenus En Suisse’. In Social Change in Switzerland N° 2.

Kuhn, Ursina, and Christian Suter. 2015. ‘Die Entwicklung Der Einkommensungleichheit in Der Schweiz’. In Social Change in Switzerland N° 2. FORS/Université de Lausanne.


Grabka, Markus, and Ursina Kuhn. 2012. ‘Entwicklung Der Einkommensungleichheit in Deutschland Und in Der Schweiz Seit Der Jahrtausendwende.’ Swiss Journal of Sociology 38 (2): 311–34.

Grabka, Markus, and Ursina Kuhn. 2012. ‘The Evolution of Income Inequality in Germany and Switzerland since the Turn of the Millennium’. SOEPpapers, no. 464.


Kuhn, Ursina. 2011. ‘Persuasion Effects in Electoral Campaigns – A Comparative Analysis of Household Panel Data.’ Schmollers Jahrbuch 131: 401–18.


Lipps, Oliver, Robin Tillmann, Ursina Kuhn, Dean Lillard, and Max Bergmann, eds. 2010. Social Science Research with Panel Data in Switzerland. Vol. 2. Swiss Journal of Sociology. Special Issue 36.


Suter, C., S. Perrenoud, R. Levy, U. Kuhn, D. Joye, and P. Gazareth. 2009. Swiss Social Report: Switzerland Measured and Compared. Zürich: Seismo.

Kuhn, Ursina. 2009. ‘Stability and Change in Party Preference’. Swiss Political Science Review 15 (3): 463–94. doi:10.1002/j.1662-6370.2009.tb00142.x.