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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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Key Policy Challenges

Switzerland suffers from low growth in production and per capita income and has to confront medium- to long-term fiscal management issues. This situation is only partly related to poor cyclical developments in Europe as trend growth has also been slowing. Moreover, in the absence of a significant pick-up in efficiency, trend output growth will diminish further due to population ageing, inducing growing fiscal pressures. In this context, the authorities face two key policy challenges: i) Raising growth performance.

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