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.

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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 BULLETIN NO. 87 JULY/AUGUST 2015

Exchange Rate Appreciation – Winners and Losers >> Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacist! On the Effect of Self-Dispensing Physicians on Pharmaceutical Coverage in Switzerland >> The Health Sector’s Share of Swiss GDP is Set to Increase to 11.9 Per Cent in 2016 >> Forecasts for Swiss Wines: New Cooperation Between KOF and the Swiss Wine Market Observatory >>

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KOF Economic Barometer

FALLS BACK TO ITS APRIL STANDING

In June 2015, the KOF Economic Barometer has dipped to 89.7 points, compared to the previous month (revised from 93.1 to 92.7) the decrease amounts to 3 points. The interim rise of the Barometer in May has vanished again. Hence, the perspectives for the Swiss economy, according to the Barometer, have become more negative for the coming months.

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KOF Forecasts for Swiss Health Care Expenditures 2013-2016

THE HEALTH SECTOR'S SHARE OF SWISS GDP IS SET TO INCREASE TO 11.9% IN 2016

Health care expenditures in Switzerland will continue to grow faster than the economy as a whole this year and next year. This is the result of the half-yearly KOF Forecast for Health Care Expenditures, which is carried out thanks to a research contribution from TopPharm. KOF is expecting overall health care expenditures to grow by 2.8 per cent (2015), 3.2 per cent (2016) and 3.8 per cent for 2013 and 2014, which have also been recalculated. The economic impact of the health sector is continuing to grow.

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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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KOF Swiss Tourism Forecast

The effects of the abrupt increase in the value of the Swiss franc are making themselves felt in the Swiss tourist industry. Following the slight upward trend over the last two years, overnight stays have fallen again during the current year. It is forecast that there will be a -0.6% fall over the course of 2015. However, the KOF is expecting the figure to pick up slightly again in 2016 with a 0.8% rise. KOF has been entitled by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to produce bi-annual tourism forecasts for Switzerland.

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