22 January 2016 | Gerhard Schwarz
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.
19 January 2016 | Gerhard Schwarz, Samuel Rutz und Simone Hofer Frei
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.
18 December 2015 | Samuel Rutz, Tobias Schlegel
Once more, Aargau leads Avenir Suisse’s latest interactive Freedom Index. But its closest rival, Schwyz, has made up more ground. Geneva, once again, comes last, earning itself the title of Switzerland’s least free canton. Aargau’s latest victory marks its fifth time in a row at the top of the Freedom Index. That’s despite this year shedding two points compared with last time, meaning Aargau now scores 77 out of the maximum 100 points available. Schwyz, Glarus and Appenzell Innerrhoden, ranked second to fourth respectively. Each either dropped fewer points than last time (Appenzell Innerrhoden), maintained its score (Schwyz) or gained marks (Glarus), narrowing the gap on winning Aargau.
17 December 2015 | Rudolf Walser
There is every sign world trade is losing its dependable dynamic of the past. The immediate reasons include slowing global growth and more uncertain monetary policies. And in the longer term, there’s the danger of rising protectionism. Switzerland will have to adjust to a more volatile, complex and unpredictable world. That makes policies favouring investment and economic performance all the more important.
23 October 2015 | Simone Hofer Frei, Jérôme Cosandey
People with savings have to pay their own way when they need old age care. By contrast, those who’ve squandered their resources earlier in life are barely disadvantaged. Our new Video argues that obliging everyone aged 55 and above to set some capital aside would allow them to choose for themselves what sort of old age care they would like, without overburdening younger generations and savers, as today.
25 September 2015 | Simone Hofer Frei
Fed up of travelling in jam packed rush hour trains? Our video “Mobility pricing can make travelling more pleasant” offers a simple solution: if ticket prices for public transport were based on time of travel, passengers wouldn’t end up treading on each other’s toes. Illustrationen/Animation: Sergo Mikirtumov, Archill Kukhianidze More detailed answers on how mobility
Quote of the week
28 October 2015 | Alois Bischofberger, Rudolf Walser
This year’s autumn meeting focused on the repercussions of unorthodox monetary policy. The debate was opened by Avenir Suisse director Gerhard Schwarz, with the observation that money now rules the world. But who is in charge of money? And what are the consequences?