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 STUDY: THE BILATERAL PATH – AN ECONOMIC STOCKTAKING

Since the success of the Initiative against Mass Immigration (MII), there has been uncertainty over the framework within which the bilateral agreements may be pursued with the European Union. Against this backdrop, the KOF has carried out a new study in which it analyses the influence of the bilateral agreements on economic development in Switzerland over the last few years. The study focused in particular on the effect of the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons, which forms part of the Bilateral Agreements I.

Press Release

KOF Business Tendency Surveys of January 2015

KOF BUSINESS SITUATION VIRTUALLY STABLE – KOF EMPLOYMENT INDICATOR POSITIVE AGAIN

The business situation of companies in Switzerland hardly changed in January. The Business Situation Indicator thus persists at the level that has been kept since au¬tumn. The KOF Employment Indicator is currently in the positive range again. How¬ever, the business expectations have taken a significant turn for the worse. This is particularly remarkable, since around 94% of the questionnaires were filled in before the abandonment of the minimum exchange rate of the Swiss franc. The results of the surveys consequently essentially reflect the situation and expectations of the compa¬nies before the abandonment. Already before 15 January, the business expectations of the participants in the surveys were no longer quite as optimistic as before. Since, in some sectors, the situation was already not comfortable previously, the road ahead for the Swiss business trend in the next few months could be bumpy.

Press Release

Update KOF Economic Forecast

The KOF has updated its December 2014 forecast in view of the "franc shock". It is expecting a slump in economic performance in the first six months of 2015. Unemployment is expected to rise, with prices falling further.

Press Release

Publications

KOF STUDY

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

KOF Study
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