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  1. An affine yield curve model is estimated on daily Swiss data 2002–2009. The market price of risk is modelled in terms of proxies for uncertainty, which are estimated from interest rate options. The estimated m...

    Authors: Paul Söderlind
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399316
  2. We examine the role of global and country-specific factors for the Swiss franc exchange rate in the period 1990–2009. Simple asset pricing theory would predict that exchange rates reflect relative movements in...

    Authors: Mathias Hoffmann and Rahel Suter
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399313
  3. The maturity of the operational target of monetary policy is a distinguishing feature of the SNB’s operational framework of monetary policy. While most central banks use targets for the overnight rate to signa...

    Authors: Puriya Abbassi, Dieter Nautz and Christian J. Offermanns
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399310
  4. The output gap plays an important role in the assessment and conduct of monetary policy. Most of the current literature, however, relies on filtering procedures which use ad hoc smoothness arguments for identi...

    Authors: Stefan Leist and Klaus Neusser
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399307
  5. Using Swiss data from 1983 to 2008, this paper investigates whether growth rates of the different measures of the quantity of money and or excess money can be used to forecast inflation. After a preliminary da...

    Authors: Gebhard Kirchgässner and Jürgen Wolters
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399304
  6. This paper investigates the impact of the monetary policy change of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in 1999 on the Swiss labor market on the basis of a Phillips relationship. Theoretical considerations as well a...

    Authors: Peter Kugler and George Sheldon
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399301
  7. In January 2000 the Swiss National Bank adopted a new monetary policy framework incorporating a price stability objective defined as (any rate of) CPI inflation below 2 percent. We contrast this framework with...

    Authors: Hans Genberg and Stefan Gerlach
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399299
  8. In December 1999 the Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoned monetary targeting and introduced a new monetary policy strategy. The cornerstones of the new framework are an explicit definition of what the SNB consi...

    Authors: Thomas J. Jordan, Michel Peytrignet and Enzo Rossi
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2010 146:BF03399293
  9. This article challenges the view that a lack of competition and a high level of regulations are the main causes of Switzerland’s high prices. First, we point out a number of stylized facts which are inconsiste...

    Authors: Christoph Sax and Rolf Weder
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399292
  10. We examine the impact of transnational terrorism diffusion on security and international trade. To counter the diffusion of transnational terrorism, targeted governments implement security measures against cou...

    Authors: José de Sousa, Daniel Mirza and Thierry Verdier
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399291
  11. In comparing the impact of corporate taxation and social insurance on foreign direct investment (FDI) and unemployment, the paper derives four main results: (i) the optimal size of the welfare state depends on...

    Authors: Christian Keuschnigg
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399290
  12. In this paper, I introduce a trade-promoting ‘invisible asset’ into the standard Krugman (1980) model of international trade. It can be interpreted as trust that accumulates as an externality in proportion to suc...

    Authors: Benjamin Jung
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399289
  13. Repurchase agreements (repos) are secured money market transactions. The cash taker provides collateral in the form of securities and in return receives money from the cash provider. To ensure the continuous c...

    Authors: Sébastien Kraenzlin
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399284
  14. We evaluate a randomized experiment of a statistical support system developed to assist caseworkers in Swiss employment offices in choosing appropriate active labour market programmes for their unemployed clie...

    Authors: Stefanie Behncke, Markus Frölich and Michael Lechner
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399281
  15. Endowment with infrastructure, human and cultural capital is highly significant for regional economic performance. After clustering the regions, this hypothesis is tested for Austrian, German and Swiss NUTS 3 ...

    Authors: Dirk Fornahl, Axel Schaffer and Jochen Siegele
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399279
  16. This paper estimates the marginal cost of saving a life using age- and gender-specific health care expenditures and mortality rates of the 26 Swiss cantons for the period 1997 to 2006. It shows almost triple t...

    Authors: Stefan Felder and Andreas Werblow
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399278
  17. The consumer price index (CPI) is usually computed as a fixed-weighted Laspeyres price index, with the weights updated at discrete intervals only. It is well known that the Laspeyres functional form entails a ...

    Authors: W. Erwin Diewert, Marco Huwiler and Ulrich Kohli
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399277
  18. This article analyzes the welfare effects of multilateral versus bilateral trade liberalization between Switzerland and the EU in the meat sector. A multi-market multi-region partial equilibrium model is used....

    Authors: Isabelle Schluep Campo and Robert Jörin
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399276
  19. This paper presents estimates of the aggregate net (wealth) capital stock and aggregate capital services for Switzerland. We derive these estimates in a consistent manner using the perpetual inventory method. ...

    Authors: Barbara Rudolf and Mathias Zurlinden
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399275
  20. Using a Switzerland-specific Carhart model, we study the risk-adjusted performance of actively and passively managed mutual funds investing in Swiss stocks from 1989 to 2007. We also compare the performance of...

    Authors: Manuel Ammann and Michael Steiner
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2009 145:BF03399273
  21. The Geneva and Zurich housing markets are characterised by high proportions of foreigners and a large share of rental housing. This provides ideal conditions for testing whether foreigners pay more for the sam...

    Authors: Andrea Baranzini, Caroline Schaerer, José V. Ramirez and Philippe Thalmann
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399272
  22. This paper is an empirical application of a hedonic model to determine rents in Switzerland. Unlike traditional hedonic models, we take account of the fact that data are clustered at different levels. The resu...

    Authors: Dragana Djurdjevic, Christine Eugster and Ronny Haase
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399271
  23. Market segmentation is an important issue when estimating the implicit price for an environmental amenity from a surrogate market like property. This paper tests the hypothesis of a segmentation of the housing...

    Authors: Nils Soguel, Marc-Jean Martin and Alexandre Tangerini
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399270
  24. This paper analyses the impact of electromagnetic pollution, noise and air pollution on the rent level for the aggregated and disaggregated market in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. Although there is no concl...

    Authors: Silvia Banfi, Massimo Filippini and Andrea Horehájová
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399269
  25. The measurement of house price movements is a vital topic from both academic and practical perspectives and hence has been the focus of much research. There is almost unanimous consensus in the literature that...

    Authors: Steven C. Bourassa, Martin Hoesli, Donato Scognamiglio and Philippe Sormani
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399266
  26. Although there is a substantial literature on the determinants of demand for primary care, few studies have been able to examine how these determinants respond to higher supply. Some demand studies include sup...

    Authors: Paulos Teckle and Matt Sutton
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399264
  27. The explanatory factors of individual healthcare consumption are studied by means of healthcare expenditures from the 2000–2005 Swiss Household Income and Expenditure Survey (SHIES). In order to tackle the iss...

    Authors: Marcel Bilger and Jean-Paul Chaze
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399258
  28. In this paper we use discrete-time proportional hazard models with internationally comparable longitudinal data from the full eight waves of the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) to study the relations...

    Authors: Ronald Hagan, Andrew M. Jones and Nigel Rice
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399257
  29. In this paper, we analyze the prospective method of paying hospitals when the within-DRG variance is high. To avoid patients dumping, an outlier payment system is implemented. In the APDRG Swiss System, it con...

    Authors: Michel Mougeot and Florence Naegelen
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399256
  30. In health care systems today, including those of Switzerland and the United States, participants do not necessarily see the big picture of lifetime health costs and quality of life, and in many systems consume...

    Authors: Daniel McFadden, Joachim Winter and Florian Heiss
    Citation: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 2008 144:BF03399255

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