The KOF

OUR RESEARCH DEPARTMENTS

The research activities at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute are conducted by its five sections. Learn more about these sections, their organisation and the people at KOF.

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Surveys

CHECKING THE PULSE OF SWISS COMPANIES

KOF Swiss Economic Institute conducts a wide range of surveys among Swiss firms. The survey results are of vital importance to our forecasts and research activities. If you would like to take part in the surveys, you may register here.

Information & Registration

SGK

SWISS SOCIETY FOR BUSINESS CYCLE RESEARCH

The SGK is supporting the KOF. Learn more about the SGK and the benefits you get as a member.

SGK

Teaching

THE CHAIRS AT KOF

The Chair of Applied Macroeconomics, the Chair of Applied Economics: Innovation and Internationalisation and the Chair of Public Economics are part of KOF. Find all the information here.

Chair of Applied Macroeconomics
Chair of Applied Economics
Chair of Public Economics

News

KOF INDEX OF GLOBALIZATION: GLOBALIZATION IS STAGNATING

The latest KOF Globalization Index reflects the degree of economic, social and political globalization in 2012. ccording to the Globalization Index, globalization in 2012 rose very little compared to the previous year. The OECD countries even recorded a slight decline in the degree of globalization. In contrast, the Index for South and East Asia as well as Sub-Saharan Africa rose to some extent. In all other regions, globalization declined in 2012.

Press Release

KOF Business Tendency Surveys of February 2015

CONSEQUENCES OF THE DECISION BY THE SNB BECOME AP

According to the most recent KOF Business Tendency Surveys, the economic outlook of Swiss businesses cooled significantly in February. The current results provide the first comprehensive indications regarding the new currency situation, since in January almost 94% of participants filled in the questionnaire before the exchange rate floor on the franc was removed. In all areas of the economy covered by the survey – manufacturing, retail trade, finance, construction and the architectural and engineering sector – the economic outlook deteriorated. The position worsened particularly for manufacturers.

Press Release

KOF Economic Barometer

PRONOUNCED FALL

In February 2015, the KOF Economic Barometer fell by 6 points to a value of 90.1. After the indicator had fallen by close to 3 points in January 2015, following a stagnation phase in the autumn of 2014, the downward movement is now accelerating; and the present reading is clearly below the long term average. The 6 point drop is the strongest since 2011; but the present level is still higher than shortly before the introduction of the now abandoned one-sided peg of the franc to the euro.

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KOF Study

THE BILATERAL PATH – AN ECONOMIC STOCKTAKING

Since the success of the Initiative against Mass Immigration (MII), there has been uncertainty over the framework within which the bilateral agreements may be pursued with the European Union. Against this backdrop, the KOF has carried out a new study in which it analyses the influence of the bilateral agreements on economic development in Switzerland over the last few years. The study focused in particular on the effect of the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons, which forms part of the Bilateral Agreements I.

Press Release

Publications

KOF STUDY

The Swiss Mass Immigration Initiative: The impact of increased policy uncertainty on expected firm behaviour

KOF Study
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