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  1. We study Switzerland’s weak growth during the 1990s through the lens of the business cycle accounting framework of Chari et al. (Econometrica 75(3):781–836, 2007). Our main result is that weak productivity gro...

    Authors: Yannic Stucki and Jacqueline Thomet

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:11

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  2. The free-banking history of Switzerland is subdivided into periods with unfettered competition (1826–1881), and strict banknote regulation (1881–1907). This paper suggests that the Federal Banknote Act of 1881...

    Authors: Nils Herger

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:9

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  3. We use a data-driven methodology to quantify the importance of different skills in performing green tasks, aiming to estimate the green potential of occupations in Switzerland. By this we mean the potential of...

    Authors: Michael Lobsiger and Christian Rutzer

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:8

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  4. A growing body of literature has highlighted two important caveats to the credit-to-GDP gap as advocated by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The first relates to the approach used to normalise cre...

    Authors: Terhi Jokipii, Reto Nyffeler and Stéphane Riederer

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:7

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  5. Even though the recession in Switzerland triggered by COVID-19 ultimately remained without consequences for the apprenticeship market, significantly fewer apprenticeship contracts had been signed in the months...

    Authors: Daniel Goller and Stefan C. Wolter

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:6

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  6. Low electricity prices put economic pressure on hydropower companies. A more flexible water fee design can counteract this pressure and support hydropower companies during times when market revenues are low. H...

    Authors: Mirjam Kosch, Regina Betz, Thomas Geissmann, Moritz Schillinger and Hannes Weigt

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:5

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  7. This paper investigates the circumstances under which a central bank is more or less likely to deviate from the optimal monetary policy rule. The research question is addressed in a simple New Keynesian dynami...

    Authors: Fabio Canetg

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:3

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  8. This paper analyses the determinants of firm participation in the Swiss COVID-19 loan programme, which aims to bridge firms’ liquidity shortfalls that have resulted from the pandemic. State-guaranteed COVID-19...

    Authors: Lucas Marc Fuhrer, Marc-Antoine Ramelet and Jörn Tenhofen

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2021 157:2

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  9. This study uses trade data from Switzerland’s Federal Customs Administration to examine the impact of Covid-19 on international goods trade between January and July 2020. We show that Swiss trade during that peri...

    Authors: Konstantin Büchel, Stefan Legge, Vincent Pochon and Philipp Wegmüller

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:22

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  10. This paper provides a first set of results on the impact of minimum wage regulation in Switzerland. We study the effects of an unexpected Supreme Court ruling mandating the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel to enforce...

    Authors: Marius Berger and Bruno Lanz

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:20

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  11. Using online data for prices and real-time debit card transaction data on changes in expenditures for Switzerland allows us to track inflation on a daily basis. While the daily price index fluctuates around th...

    Authors: Santiago E. Alvarez and Sarah M. Lein

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:18

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  12. The mutual funds’ returns, inter alia, are dependent on fund managers’ performance. This makes human capital efficiency very central for consistent risk-adjusted performance. The persistence in performance bec...

    Authors: Nawazish Mirza, Jamila Abaidi Hasnaoui, Bushra Naqvi and Syed Kumail Abbas Rizvi

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:16

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  13. We analyse small businesses’ recourse to public support measures during the COVID-19 crisis using a survey of 1011 self-employed workers and small business owners in Switzerland. We find that “objective” measu...

    Authors: Marius Brülhart, Rafael Lalive, Tobias Lehmann and Michael Siegenthaler

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:15

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  14. This paper analyzes card payments to the retail sector in Switzerland during the COVID-19 crisis. We provide evidence on aggregate effects and regional shifts. Pronounced shifts—which persisted post-lockdown—c...

    Authors: Sébastien Kraenzlin, Christoph Meyer and Thomas Nellen

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:14

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  15. The number of short-time workers from January to April 2020 is used to now- and forecast quarterly GDP growth. We purge the monthly log level series from the systematic component to extract unexpected changes ...

    Authors: Sylvia Kaufmann

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:12

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  16. Like most countries, the Swiss government adopted drastic measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. These measures were aimed at avoiding close physical proximity between people. The adverse economic con...

    Authors: Marius Faber, Andrea Ghisletta and Kurt Schmidheiny

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:11

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  17. We assess the impact of the timing of lockdown measures implemented in Germany and Switzerland on cumulative COVID-19-related hospitalization and death rates. Our analysis exploits the fact that the epidemic w...

    Authors: Martin Huber and Henrika Langen

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:10

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  18. The partial shutdown of the economy following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the lack of measurements of economic activity that are available with a short lag and at high frequency. The ...

    Authors: Yvan Lengwiler

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:7

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  19. Because macroeconomic data is published with a substantial delay, assessing the health of the economy during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis is challenging. We develop a fever curve for the Swiss economy ...

    Authors: Marc Burri and Daniel Kaufmann

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:6

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  20. Although there is evidence that apprenticeship training can ease the transition of youth into the labour market and thereby alleviate youth unemployment, many policymakers fear that firms will reduce the numbe...

    Authors: Samuel Lüthi and Stefan C. Wolter

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:3

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  21. We study macro-financial linkages and their importance within the Swiss economy from a network perspective. First, we investigate the real-financial connectedness in the Swiss economy, using the KOF economic b...

    Authors: Erhan Uluceviz and Kamil Yilmaz

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2020 156:1

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  22. In the face of recent refugee migration, early integration of asylum seekers into the labor market has been proposed as an important mechanism for easing their economic and social lot in the short as well as i...

    Authors: Michaela Slotwinski, Alois Stutzer and Roman Uhlig

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:17

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  23. Motivated by recent US evidence, we evaluate the predictive power of changes in the weight of large firms in the aggregate stock market (“Goliath vs David” (GVD)) for Swiss stock market returns and bond market...

    Authors: David R. Haab and Thomas Nitschka

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:16

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  24. This paper is a contribution to assessing the Swiss energy transition, with an emphasis on the consequences of decommissioning the nuclear power plants for the electricity market and the whole economy. We expe...

    Authors: Sophie Maire, Philippe Thalmann and Frank Vöhringer

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:13

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  25. Collaborating under the Swiss Energy Modeling Platform (SEMP), five modeling teams (employing an energy systems model and four macroeconomic models with a focus on energy) have carried out a multi-model compar...

    Authors: Florian Landis, Adriana Marcucci, Sebastian Rausch, Ramachandran Kannan and Lucas Bretschger

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:12

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  26. Swiss targets for climate policy require significant reductions of emissions by 2050. While such reductions can be achieved in a cost-efficient manner by employing taxes on greenhouse gas emissions, such taxes...

    Authors: Florian Landis

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:11

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  27. In Switzerland, transportation represents 41% of CO2 emissions from energy combustion (2016), a much higher share than in the European Union (EU) (28%) or even the USA (34%). While total Swiss CO2 emissions decre...

    Authors: Philippe Thalmann and Marc Vielle

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:10

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  28. This paper studies the growth impacts of realizing two long-term carbon targets in Switzerland (reducing CO2 emissions in 2050 by 72% and 80% relative to 1990 levels) with alternative steering-based climate polic...

    Authors: Adriana Marcucci and Lin Zhang

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:9

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  29. This paper analyzes the Confederation’s debt management. The Confederation actively manages roll over and interest rate risk by increasing bond maturity with increasing marketable debt-to-GDP levels. It furthe...

    Authors: Basil Guggenheim, Mario Meichle and Thomas Nellen

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:15

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  30. Knowing the part of currency in circulation that is used for transactions is important information for a central bank. For several countries, the share of banknotes that is hoarded or circulates abroad is size...

    Authors: Katrin Assenmacher, Franz Seitz and Jörn Tenhofen

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:14

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  31. This paper sheds light on Swiss franc LIBOR futures, which are often used to derive interest rate expectations. We show that the differences between LIBOR futures and realized rates (excess returns) are, on av...

    Authors: Lucas Marc Fuhrer, Basil Guggenheim and Matthias Jüttner

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:8

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  32. I assess the stability of the monetary environment in Switzerland over the past two centuries. In order to control for transitory measurement errors, in particular in nineteenth century data, I use an unobserv...

    Authors: Daniel Kaufmann

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:7

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  33. The rise in the level of executive compensation in international banking in the last two decades has been striking. At the same time, corporate declarations of relative performance evaluation (RPE) have enjoye...

    Authors: Dragan Ilić, Sonja Pisarov and Peter S. Schmidt

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:6

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  34. We study the reaction of the CHF and JPY to macroeconomic surprises and changes in the broader market environment before and during the crisis using high-frequency data. Results show that the CHF and JPY are t...

    Authors: Adrian Jäggi, Martin Schlegel and Attilio Zanetti

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:5

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  35. Using novel survey data, we examine attitudes towards money and to what extent they affect economic outcomes in Switzerland. We find that three main types of attitudes towards money co-exist: the prestige and ...

    Authors: Caroline Henchoz, Tristan Coste and Boris Wernli

    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2019 155:2

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