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Productivity growth has been slow. Competition in the telecoms and energy sectors needs to be sharpened. Support to agriculture should be further curtailed, and more free-trade agreements should be concluded. Greater female market employment should be promoted to increase inclusiveness and ensure that women’s large stock of skills are fully utilised.

  • Increasing the supply of childcare facilities and introduce individual taxation to improve labour participation of women.
  • Extend the network of free-trade agreements, including with India and the United States.
  • Step up public funding of pre-schools and increase enrolment of immigrant children. Improve access to tertiary education for poorer students.
  • Shift taxes towards indirect taxation.

Productivity - Switzerland

Source: OECD June 2016 Economic Outlook database; OECD, Income Distribution and Poverty database; and OECD Secretariat calculations from EU-SILC – preliminary results.

 

     

Key publications

OECD (2015), OECD Economic Surveys: Switzerland 2015, OECD Publishing, Paris. 

Siegenthaler, M. (2015), “Has Switzerland Really Been Marked by Low Productivity Growth? Hours Worked and Labor Productivity in Switzerland in a Long-run Perspective”, Review of Income and Wealth, 61: 353–372.

Maurer C. and A. Christen (2014), Productivity in Switzerland: Hard work, no rewards.

 

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State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

 

 

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