Why the Labour Market Hasn’t Failed
18 November 2015 | Marco Salvi with Monika Engler, Verena Parzer Epp, Patrik Schellenbauer and Claudia Wirz
Women are gaining ground in the Swiss labour market. For years, their wages have been increasing faster than men’s. Yet the public perception is one of discrimination in the workplace, because women’s salaries still average about 19% less than men’s. Avenir Suisse’s new publication, “Gender Equality: Why the Labour Market Hasn’t Failed” disproves this interpretation. Salary differentials are largely attributable to individual career and job choices.
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Insights and outlooks from abroad
1 October 2015 | Gerhard Schwarz and Karen Horn (eds.)
What’s special about Switzerland? Where are its strengths and where are its weaknesses? For “Watch the Swiss“, Avenir Suisse’s latest book, we’ve asked people from all over the world about their opinions on Switzerland. This book is special in three ways. First, it is being published exclusively in English. Second, it has not been written by our staff, but by outsiders from around the world. And third, it does not contain recommendations for reforms, but comprises a series of essays.
How current and future consumer options will be curtailed
22 September 2015 | Samuel Rutz
Two central institutions of Swiss consumer policy – the Office for Consumer Affairs (Büro für Konsumentenfragen, abbreviated to BFK in German, ed) and the Federal Commission for Consumer Affairs (Eidgenössische Kommission für Konsumentenfragen – EKK) celebrated their fiftieth anniversaries this year. But as Samuel Rutz, an Avenir Suisse project leader, notes in our latest “avenir
Possibilities for political engagement at local level
8 September 2015 | Tibère Adler, Hugo Moret, Nicole Pomezny and Tobias Schlegel
Switzerland is a country of immigrants. Just under quarter of the permanently resident population are foreigners – and, as a result, have no political voice. However, as a study by Tibère Adler, Hugo Moret, Nicole Pomezny and Tobias Schlegel shows, there has been good experience with so-called «passive» voting rights at municipal level, especially in French speaking Switzerland and partly in some German speaking regions. This could be an inspiration to others.
An “avenir special” following the Swiss National Bank’s 15 January decision
25 June 2015 | Peter Buomberger, Gerhard Schwarz und Simone Hofer Frei
It is mainly companies that are being challenged by the strong franc. But Swiss economic policy must now also confront the task of taking up long overdue – and familiar – improvements to Switzerland’s attractiveness as an investment centre. The latest “avenir special” sums up its findings in 10 propositions.
Facts & Figures on Wealth in Switzerland
12 May 2015 | Marco Salvi
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, discussion about disparities in wealth and about capital taxes has gained new momentum. In recent years, numerous cantonal and federal referendums have been proposed with the aim of raising taxes on capital. But how is wealth in Switzerland actually distributed? And to what extent is capital already taxed? Economist Marco Salvi answers these questions in the latest «avenir standpunkte» publication.
More democracy through greater focus
7 April 2015 | Lukas Rühli, Tibère Adler
Not just the number, but also the success rate, of referendums has increased notably of late. But hardly any of the referendums approved have been implemented in the full spirit of their initiators. To stop the most important instrument in Switzerland’s direct democracy turning into a farce, reforms are urgently needed to improve the effectiveness of referendums while preventing their abuse.
Edition of DA CH Reformbarometer 2015
26 March 2015 | Marco Salvi, Robert Koza and Thomas Puls
The 2011-2015 legislative period has been disappointing for liberalisation. Avenir Suisse’s latest “D A CH Reform Barometer” shows 2014 marked another step backwards.
Activity Report 2014
19 March 2015 | Gerhard Schwarz and Dominique Zaugg
The core business of Avenir Suisse is thinking – using our intellect to build a positive framework for Switzerland. Individual freedom, private ownership, competition, open markets and democratic politics are essential for stimulating growth and prosperity. Good framework conditions always leave room for new ideas, with the emphasis on creativity and competition rather than controls and constraints. This attitude shapes the way we tackle all the issues.
The new avenir spezial encloses a poster on big data
3 March 2015 | Gerhard Schwarz, Verena Parzer Epp und Simone Hofer Frei
A new "avenir spezial" on privacy, data protection and the net examines the significance of data protection and data security in everyday life. It asks what lessons can be learned from the leaks by Edward Snowden, the fugitive former NSA contractor, and aims to answer what have become central questions in our relations with the internet.
Seniors as trump cards against skills shortages
27 January 2015 | Jérôme Cosandey
In the latest in Avenir Suisse’s “avenir standpunkte” series, project leader Jérôme Cosandey focuses on the potential for using older workers. Seniors approaching, or just past, statutory retirement age could expand the workforce by 10,000s, avoiding the politically sensitive issue of immigration and quotas. Polls show that some 57% of workers over 60 would be prepared to continue beyond official retirement age if the conditions were right.
The “militia” system between myth and modernity
13 January 2015 | Andreas Müller, with contributions of Sarah Bütikofer, Hans Geser, Stefan Thomas Güntert, Martin Heller, Hanna Ketterer, Georg Kohler, Andreas Ladner, Patrik Schellenbauer and Theo Wehner
Volunteering, that pillar of Swiss politics, is crumbling. Avenir Suisse’s new book illustrates Switzerland’s “militia” system of political volunteering in its full breadth, from municipal to cantonal to federal level, and proposes reinvigorating the “militia” system with a “civic service for all.”
How the cantons sustain monopolies instead of supporting markets
11 December 2014 | Samuel Rutz und Lukas Schmid
Switzerland’s federal system devolves activities as diverse as fishing, notarial work, property insurance and geothermal exploration to the cantons. Avenir Suisse’s sixth Cantonal Monitoring study, “Of old and new privileges”, reveals big room for improvement in such public sector incursions into the free market, both in terms of extent and design.