Switzerland’s federalism relies upon fiscal competition, but the financially weakest are not left alone
20 February 2017 | Tibère Adler
Switzerland’s fiscal equalisation and task allocation is in need of reform. Intergovernmental cooperation in various policy areas is strained by the unequal contribution and distribution of federal funds. Fiscal competition needs to be combined with greater intercantonal solidarity.
14 February 2017 | Tibère Adler
Privatization is only a tool. Sometimes other measures are more effective in boosting the economy by allowing more competition, such as market liberalization or the removal of obsolete regulations. Below are two examples applied to the energy sector and trade.
13 February 2017 | Tibère Adler
Given the current gloomy economic outlook, privatization, liberalization and deregulation projects would be useful to simulate growth in Switzerland. Yet, the debate on these issues remains a politically thorny issue. Old stereotypes and false assumptions stall discussions even before any factual debates can take place.
3 February 2017 | Tibère Adler
It is not simply technological innovation that leads to success. One must also count on a regulatory framework that works to stimulate the development of innovative products and services, and enables their acceptance amongst consumers.
1 February 2017 | Patrik Schellenbauer
Today, we speak about the other important aspect of globalisation: migration. As we all know well, the permanent movement of people over national borders is an even more emotional and more controversial matter than trading goods or services. Let me start the session with some introductory thoughts. The public opinion towards migration is largely negative.
31 January 2017 | Verena Parzer Epp
The Avenir Suisse Think Tank Summit 2017 was launched by Tibère Adler, Director of Avenir Suisse’s French-speaking branch. The Summit offered think-tankers from the USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland the opportunity to analyze the changing geopolitical framework.
18 January 2017 | Mariusz Lukasiewicz
Switzerland is undoubtedly among the most developed and affluent states in the world. As a small, open economy, Switzerland earns most of its income abroad. With recent politically motivated changes to transatlantic trade agreements, Switzerland needs to revaluate its foreign trade strategy and be prepared to make some compromises on protected sectors of the economy.
10 January 2017 | Tibère Adler
In economic terms, Switzerland is anything but small. Swiss multinational companies have outgrown their home country's market and are increasingly competitive global players. Large Swiss multinationals are major contributors to economic growth and employment. Switzerland continues to attract multinationals to establish headquarters in the powerful Alpine economy.
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3 February 2017 | Frances G. Burwell
Within a few days of taking office as US president, Donald Trump launched a radical shift in the US approach to international trade. Although much remains unclear, especially with only a few key officials in place, early statements and actions indicate a wholesale shift in the perspective and fundamental tenets of US trade policy. Indeed,
18 February 2016 | Simone Hofer Frei
The mighty tractors of Switzerland’s farmers symbolise the country’s agricultural sector: too big, too unsustainable and too subject to emotion. Prof. Dr Felix Schläpfer, an environmental economist presented at an Avenir Suisse debate some key new data to assess the value added of Swiss agriculture. He argued the official figures produced by the country’s administration did not reflect adequately the sector’s problems with profitability.