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 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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Latest KOF Bulletin

KOF Business Tendency Surveys of April 2015: KOF Business Situation Indicator with Clear Downward Tendency >> The Swiss Franc Exchange Rate Shock and Swiss Foreign Trade in the First Quarter 2015 >> Price Stability in Switzerland since the Nineteenth Century >> KOF Employment Indicator: Increase in the Value of the Franc is Making Itself Felt on the Labour Market >>

KOF Bulletin

KOF Business Tendency Surveys

In April, Swiss businesses rated their business situation as being considerably worse than in previous months. Compared to the situation at the start of the year when the Swiss franc exchange rate floor was still in place, the situation has become distinctively worse in various sectors of the economy. In addition, businesses are mainly sceptical regarding future business development, for the first time in more than three years. The strong franc takes its toll.

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KOF Employment Indicator

INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF THE FRANC IS MAKING ITSELF FELT ON THE LABOUR MAR

In April, the KOF Employment indicator fell to its lowest figure since the end of the 2009 economic and financial crisis. Swiss businesses are increasingly tending to shed jobs. The strong increase in the value of the Swiss franc following the removal of the exchange rate floor is most likely the cause of this.

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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.

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