14 March 2017 | Mariusz Lukasiewicz
The mobility of factors of production, major improvements in information and transportation technology are rapidly changing the nature of local, regional and global commerce. This holds even more for free trade and migration, the two main topics of Avenir Suisse’s recent Think Tank Summit held on 27-28 January 2017 at the Zurich Airport.
6 March 2017 | Patrick Dümmler, Samuel Rutz
The privatization of electricity companies would appease the conflicts of interest that hamper responsible governance of the electricity sector. In today's environment, the hope for an increase in the efficiency of state-owned electricity companies shows ignorance of the market’s competitive nature.
28 February 2017 | Patrik Schellenbauer
The state invests considerable resources in the education of its citizens. However, where competition has been replaced with regulation, efficiency and excellence is under threat. The de-politicization of Swiss education policies could create new opportunities for the sector.
27 February 2017 | Verena Parzer Epp
Alexander Van der Bellen has continued the long-standing Austrian tradition of taking the first official state visit to Berne. To the delight of Avenir Suisse, Vienna’s top diplomat took time for an intellectual exchange with representatives of the think tank and other participants from business and politics. “If a small European state does not make
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.
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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.