The KOF

OUR RESEARCH DEPARTMENTS

The research activities at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute are conducted by its five sections. Learn more about these sections, their organisation and the people at KOF.

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Surveys

CHECKING THE PULSE OF SWISS COMPANIES

KOF Swiss Economic Institute conducts a wide range of surveys among Swiss firms. The survey results are of vital importance to our forecasts and research activities. If you would like to take part in the surveys, you may register here.

Information & Registration

SGK

SWISS SOCIETY FOR BUSINESS CYCLE RESEARCH

The SGK is supporting the KOF. Learn more about the SGK and the benefits you get as a member.

SGK

Teaching

THE CHAIRS AT KOF

The Chair of Applied Macroeconomics, the Chair of Applied Economics: Innovation and Internationalisation and the Chair of Public Economics are part of KOF. Find all the information here.

Chair of Applied Macroeconomics
Chair of Applied Economics
Chair of Public Economics

News

KOF ECONOMIC BAROMETER

The KOF Economic Barometer rose 0.5 points in October 2014, from 99.3 (revised from 99.1) to 99.8. With a reading close to the long-run average, the perspectives for the Swiss economy are friendly, but unexciting.

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KOF Autumn Forecast 2014

WAITING FOR THE UPTURN

The KOF has made a slightly downward revision of its forecast for Swiss economic growth in the coming year. It now expects GDP growth of 1.7 per cent this and next year (June forecast: 1.8 per cent or 2.0 per cent) and 2.1 per cent in 2016. The reason for this is, on the one hand, the weaker international context and, on the other hand, data revisions. The unemployment rate will hardly change in the coming months. The general increase in prices continues to be low.

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Publications

KOF STUDY

The Swiss Mass Immigration Initiative: The impact of increased policy uncertainty on expected firm behaviour

KOF Study

Third Series of Corporate Tax Reforms

THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THE LICENCE BOX SOLUTION

The international pressure on Switzerland to reform its special tax regime for particular companies has increased significantly in recent years. A possible solution was provided by so-called “licence boxes”. As a new KOF analysis shows, the introduction of licence boxes in conjunction with a reduction in cantonal tax rates on earnings could keep in check the erosion of the tax base of special companies. However, due to the lower general cantonal tax rates on earnings and the deadweight effect for ordinarily taxed companies, overall tax revenue could fall as a result of the licence box.

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