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 organization 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 EMPLOYMENT INDICATOR

The KOF Employment Indicator remained deep in negative territory in July for the sec-ond time running. The number of businesses that plan to shed jobs is higher than those planning to create jobs. The employment outlook is negative above all in the sectors that have been significantly affected by the increase in the value of the Swiss franc.

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KOF Business Tendency Surveys from July 2015

In July, the assessment by Swiss businesses of their business situation changed only slightly compared to the previous month. This means that the indicator has remained at a low level since May. This is shown by the KOF Business Tendency Surveys from July, which were completed by more than 8,000 businesses in Switzerland. Whilst the Swiss economy has not by any means yet digested the franc shock, for the moment it has at least made a start.

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KOF Economic Barometer

The KOF Economic Barometer increased by 10 points to 99.8 points in July 2015 (from revised 89.8 in June). The Barometer thus jumps back to its long-term mean value. While the strong Swiss franc continues to place a burden on the Swiss economy, however, the first shockwave after the abandon of the minimum price is clearly losing its power.

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KOF Summer Forecast

EU RECOVERS – SWITZERLAND TAKES A DIP

As in its forecast of March, KOF expects a brief recession in Switzerland that will be over in the second half of the year. Due to the strong Swiss franc and the relative weakness of the global economic development, GDP growth will remain low at 0.4 per cent. In contrast, the economic situation in Europe is now looking better than it has for a long time. In the medium term, this will also give the Swiss economy a boost. GDP is expected to grow by 1.3 per cent in 2016. Unemployment, which traditionally lags behind the economic trend, is likely to increase for the foreseeable future. The decline in prices will continue.

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