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.
13 January 2017 | Lukas Rühli, Natanael Rother
Switzerland’s federal state structure enjoys a high degree of acceptance among Swiss citizens in a globalized world. To secure this vital state function in the future, the new study by Avenir Suisse calls for the implementation of "NFA 2" (Intercantonal Tax Allocation 2) to fundamentally revitalize the fiscal nature of Swiss federalism. The handling of fiscal transfers between the cantons is to be clarified, and a clearer separation of responsibilities between the federal government and the cantons must be promoted.
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.
3 January 2017 | Peter Grünenfelder
1848 is the year that is traditionally considered the starting point of modern Switzerland. This was the year the liberal constitutional state was established. At that time Switzerland was still a very poor country. The Netherlands and Great Britain were at least twice as wealthy. It was only after the Second World War that Switzerland
23 December 2016 | Avenir Suisse
The Avenir Suisse team will be taking a well-deserved holiday break until 3 January 2017. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
20 December 2016 | Simon Brunner interviews Peter Grünenfelder
In Credit Suisse's recent publication "Worry Barometer," Simon Brunner interviewed Avenir Suisse’s director, Peter Grünenfelder. The Swiss people have the right to prioritise economic growth. “We need to continue to remind people of certain economic truths.”
14 December 2016 | Peter Grünenfelder, Patrik Schellenbauer, Patrick Dümmler, Fabian Schnell and Marco Salvi
Donald Trump’s surprising win in the US presidential elections is a geopolitical game changer that will affect all aspects of global governance for years to come. For Switzerland, the recent US election result surpassed the initial shock and significance of June’s Brexit vote. Avenir Suisse’s researchers, Peter Grünenfelder, Patrik Schellenbauer, Patrick Dümmler, Fabian Schnell and
13 September 2016 | Patrick Dümmler, Natanael Rother
Low electricity prices have put pressure on generating companies. That’s problematic for Switzerland’s cantons and municipalities too: since 2010, the value of their stakes in the sector has dropped by about SFr 6.5bn.
Quote of the week
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.
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?