Consumers as winners

The biggest impact of the bilateral treaties for the Swiss economy has not been in terms of exports, but imports. For years, Switzerland’s domestic market was protected from the full impact of competition by the EU’s dissimilar product rules. Standardisation and simplified homologation procedures have stimulated domestic competition. Consumers – meaning the Swiss people – have been the winners.
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Growth – why, how much and how

Can economies carry on growing forever? What‘s the aim of constant growth? Avenir Suisse’s new Avenir Spezial report “Growth – why, how much and how?” (with a graphical supplement on “What it brings”) combines articles on a subject that affects us all, but remains somehow hard to grasp. Decades of steadily rising affluence have prompted indifference, even scepticism, towards the goal of more growth. Our new publication underlines how greatly economic growth has contributed to society – but also how to treat growth responsibly.
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