With the Covid-19 pandemic fueling fears of shortages, there are many calls to move production back to Switzerland. But this country would have a lot to lose from a strategy of repatriation. With a foreign trade quota of 96%, Switzerland’s prosperity relies on close international ties. The authors of this new Avenir Suisse study draw a number of conclusions from the pandemic in terms of economic and healthcare policy. They favor security of supply over self-sufficiency as a means of avoiding shortages in the future. While security of supply can be guaranteed by broadly diversifying sources, even with a high degree of self-sufficiency Switzerland would still rely on imports of auxiliary supplies.
Since 2001 we have published over 2,000 analyses, publications, podcasts, and videos. You can find them all in our library.