Brendan Berthold

I am an applied macroeconomist with advanced programming skills (quantitative methods, data analysis & visualisation, and forecasting). I am currently a PhD Student at the University of Lausanne. I've held research positions both at the Bank of England and the Swiss National Bank. I also work as a scientific collaborator at the CREA Swiss Institute of Applied Economics where I am responsible for the analysis of quarterly industry forecasts as well as the development of a Swiss GDP forecasting model. I received the doctoral award for the best overall performance in the Doctoral Program in Economics from the Study Center Gerzensee.

You can find my academic CV here, and my resume here.

What's new?

  • January 2023 : My paper "Climate Policy Risk and Asset Prices in Switzerland" has recently been published as a CREA Working Paper. A preliminary version of Carbon Policy Risk Index for Switzerland using Swiss media articles is available here.

  • December 2022 : My paper "The Macroeconomic Implications of Uncertainty and Risk Aversion Shocks" is now Reject & Resubmit at the European Economic Review. The revised version is available here.

  • December 2022 : New draft of our paper "Foreign Exchange Interventions with UIP and CIP deviations: The Case of Small Safe-Haven Economies" (joint with P. Bacchetta and K. Benhima) is now available here

My research is at the intersection between Macroeconomics and Finance

  • In my first paper, I use state-of-the-art econometric techniques to quantify the macro-financial effect of different types of financial volatility shocks. The results allow for example to quantify the risk-premium channel of uncertainty, that is to which extent risk aversion can exacerbate the real and financial effects of uncertainty shocks.

  • My second and third paper investigate the macro-financial effect of climate policies and transition risk. In particular, I develop a measure of climate policy risk for Switzerland using a large dataset of media articles and document that a simple industry-balanced portfolio going long in green firms and shorting brown firms provide significant hedging to climate policy risk out-of-sample. In a joint paper with the Bank of England, we find that carbon pricing shocks in the EU carbon ETS tend to behave as negative supply shocks for a large panel of European countries. We further show that brown firms' stock prices are disproportionately more negatively impacted by these shocks. Overall, the results highlight the economic importance of transition risk, and how investors can benefit from these insights when forming their portfolios.

  • In my fourth paper, joint with my supervisor Philippe Bacchetta and Kenza Benhima from the University of Lausanne, we develop a theoretical framework to think about the opportunity costs of foreign exchange interventions for safe-haven economies such as Switzerland. We find that there may be a benefit, rather than a cost, of FX reserves if international intermediaries value more the safe haven properties of a currency that domestic households. We show that this has been the case for the Swiss franc and the Japanese Yen.

More information on my research can be found here

Research highlights