Born in Fribourg, Berset studied political science and economics at the University of Neuchâtel and at the international institute for economics in Hamburg. He received a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel in 2005 and a masters in Political Science in 1996. He is the author of several books and some 30 articles on economic development, migration and regional development.
Berset is vice-president of the social democratic group in the Swiss parliament since 2006. He is a member of the parliamentary assembly of the OSCE. He was re-elected in the year 2007.
Main d'oeuvre étrangère et diversité des compétences, Editions Harmattan, Paris, 2000
Transformation des systèmes locaux d'emploi et compétitivité des régions, Thèse de doctorat, Editions Universitaires, 2005
Changer d'ère, Éditions Favre, Lausanne, 2007
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