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2006 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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Reforming Welfare Programmes and Raising the Efficiency of Government Interventions

The adoption of a better fiscal policy framework should be complemented by reforms to moderate the strong growth of public expenditure. While the increase in spending by all government levels has outpaced GDP growth, the sharpest rises occurred in the social and medical domain. Deep structural reforms to the disability, health and pension insurance schemes are needed, as recognised by the authorities. However, the difficulties in implementing these reforms raise fears that the scope of changes currently proposed is insufficient.

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