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 ECONOMIC BAROMETER: SLIGHT DECLINE

The KOF Economic Barometer has again fallen in April 2015, after a slight recovery in the previous month. Currently the Barometer stands at 89.5 points after a revised 90.9 points in March. After a clear decline of the indicator in February, in which the removal of the franc’s currency floor is reflected, the volatility of the Barometer has currently been somewhat smaller again.

Press Release

KOF Bulletin, April 2015

Removal of the Exchange Rate Floor: An Endurance Test for the Swiss Economy >> Global Business Cycle: Uneven Prospects for the World Economy >> Income Inequality Debate: Capitalistic and Happy to Redistribute at the Same Time? >> The Secret of Switzerland’s Long-term Economic Success: World-class Vocational Training >>

KOF Bulletin

Swiss Vocational Training Is World-Class: Report of the NCEE

RESULTS OF A VISIT BY A DELEGATION OF AMERICAN EDUCATION SPECIALISTS TO SWITZERLAND

According to a study by the American NCEE (National Center on Education and the Economy), the Swiss vocational training system is regarded as the gold standard. The Swiss vocational training system offers not only apprenticeships throughout all sectors of the economy, but also attracts young persons with strong educational track records. Thanks to well calibrated cooperation between affiliated partners, young professionals are provided with training and are highly sought after on the labour market due to their high qualifications. The report is based on a study carried out during a visit by an American delegation, organised by KOF in June 2014.

Press Release

KOF Spring Forecast 2015

REMOVAL OF THE EXCHANGE RATE FLOOR: AN ENDURANCE TEST FOR THE SWISS ECONOMY

The increase in the value of the Swiss franc following the removal of the exchange rate floor will weigh down heavily on the Swiss business cycle. The KOF is forecasting GDP growth of 0.2% in 2015. Exporters in particular are feeling the effects of the strong franc. Due to falling prices and consumer tourism, private consumption is initially holding up well. However, businesses are delaying investments in capital equipment. The negative effects on the labour market will still be relatively limited this year, although the unemployment rate will increase more strongly in 2016. GDP growth will remain weak next year at 1%.

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