Working Papers


  • 20-December-2017

    English

    Policy Paper: Reforming agricultural subsidies to support biodiversity in Switzerland - Country Study

    This paper analyses the reform of Switzerland’s agricultural policy framework, which reoriented subsidies to better target policy objectives, including for biodiversity; and outlines the process involved in designing and implementing the reform as well as its environmental and socio-economic impacts. The country study draws on the 2017 OECD report The Political Economy of Biodiversity Policy Reform.

  • 19-February-2016

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    Raising public spending efficiency in Switzerland

    Despite having low government spending, Switzerland scores highly in various public policy outcomes, including health, education and transportation. But, as the population grows and ages, efficiency of public spending will have to rise to maintain low tax rates.

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  • 18-February-2016

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    Policies to tame the housing cycle in Switzerland

    High house prices are being supported by very low interest rates, immigration-fuelled population growth and smaller family units, while demand is being bolstered by mortgage interest tax deductibility and institutional investors.

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  • 17-July-2014

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    Women’s role in the Swiss economy

    Swiss women are now as well educated as their male counterparts. However, progress remains to be made in the job market where both the supply and price of female labour are below that of men.

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  • 19-September-2013

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    The agri-food situation and policies in Switzerland

    This paper examines the heavily supported Swiss food and agriculture sector. It reviews some of the key features and trends in the sector and reveals its low relative labour productivity in international comparison.

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  • 23-April-2013

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    Making the tax system less distortive in Switzerland

    The tax burden in Switzerland is low in international comparison, largely reflecting the substantial non-tax compulsory contributions towards the health and pension systems which are managed by private institutions. Taxation of personal income and labour earnings is relatively high, whereas the taxation of consumption is low.

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  • 23-April-2013

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    Making the tax system less distortive in Switzerland

    The tax burden in Switzerland is low in international comparison, largely reflecting the substantial non-tax compulsory contributions towards the health and pension systems which are managed by private institutions. Taxation of personal income and labour earnings is relatively high, whereas the taxation of consumption is low.

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  • 14-February-2012

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    The labour market integration of immigrants and their children in Switzerland

    Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country. However, some groups are disadvantaged and at risk of being left behind, according to a new report.

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  • 2-July-2011

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    Environmental Enforcement in Decentralised Governance Systems: Toward a Nationwide Level Playing Field - Environment Working Paper No. 34

    This report analyses approaches to managing environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement in several OECD countries with decentralised systems of environmental governance.

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  • 2-February-2011

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    Raising education outcomes in Switzerland

    Public spending per pupil on pre-primary education is low in international comparison whereas spending on tertiary academic education per graduate is among the highest in the OECD.

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