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OECD Economic Surveys: Switzerland 2006

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This 2005 OECD Economic Survey of the Swiss economy examines key economic challenges including improving the fiscal framework, reforming welfare programmes, improving competition, strengthening innovation, and increasing the labour supply.

 

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Assessment and Recommendations

Switzerland is still a prosperous country, but it is stuck in a low-growth trap and faces growing fiscal policy problems. While economic activity is affected to some extent by unfavourable conditions in Europe, low trend growth has structural roots. Indeed, growth of production and per capita income has been among the lowest in the OECD for many years, largely reflecting weak productivity gains.

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