ITTS inauguration ceremony


24 March 2022


  • En présentiel et en ligne
  • In person and online
  • In Präsenzveranstaltungen und online
  • Traduction simultanée français-allemand uniquement pour les personnes présentes dans la salle
  • Simultanübersetzung Französisch-Deutsch nur für die im Raum Anwesenden



  • Welcome speech: Valéry Bezençon, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Speech: Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of the HES-SO
  • Speech: Kilian Stoffel, Rector of the University of Neuchâtel
  • Presentation of the ITTS - Barbara Waldis, Institute Director


Discussions led by Agathe Chevalier, Avisdexperts Manager

"L'argent qu'on distribue : quelles évolutions des priorités, des publics et des buts visés ?"

  • Vera Eichenauer, Post-Doc in Applied Economics, Center for Economic Research, ETH, Zurich
  • Caroline Knupfer, Deputy for Social Policy and Education, Department of Health and Social Action, Canton of Vaud
  • Jean-Pierre Tabin, Honorary Professor, University of Social Work and Health, HES-SO, Lausanne
  • Sarah Wyss, Vice-President of the Financial Commission of the National Council, Head of the medical direction of the university psychiatry of the Canton of Bern


Conclusion: Olivier Grand, Head of Social Work, HES-SO


Closing: Valéry Benzençon


The money we distribute: what changes in priorities, audiences and goals?

The question of how much money is distributed occupies social work, economics and politics in quite distinctive ways.

From a social point of view, there are questions about the fairness of the distribution (the salary of a civil servant compared to the social assistance of a single mother), about control or about the dignity of the beneficiaries (the elements to justify a scholarship or an apprenticeship versus the payment of a second-pillar pension to a retired person), or about a diversified but complex system of aid or rather a universal income. 

From an economic point of view, distributing money to the population can be seen as a solution to maintain consumption and thus keep the economy going. 

From a political point of view, budgeting means setting priorities between sectors such as military performance, economic development, social security or symbolic policy.



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