How to financially support Swiss SMEs?

How to financially support Swiss SMEs?

This article proposes a path that does not rely on recourse to debt, that would not be more costly for the Confederation than the current solution, and that would not entail any additional risk for the Swiss economy and its financial institutions, while at the same time offering a real alternative to small and medium-sized enterprises.

(Original article published in German by Finanz und Wirtschaft)

Job search during the COVID-19 lockdown

Job search during the COVID-19 lockdown

A survey of 845 job-seekers conducted by HEC Lausanne and KOF of ETH Zurich shows that jobseekers in the Corona crisis make significantly less effort to find a new job. In addition to the lack of suitable job offers, fear of infection by jobseekers plays a decisive role, as does the increased need for childcare for mothers.

A “win-win” proposal to improve financial support for SME’s

A “win-win” proposal to improve financial support for SME’s

The Covid crisis has created new liquidity needs for companies due to a partial slowdown or a total shutdown of their activities. The Confederation has provided a solution to this problem by granting bridging loans. This text proposes a new way forward which would offer a real alternative to small and medium-sized enterprises for which the burden of debt repayment would be insurmountable.

Corona crisis and the self-employed

Corona crisis and the self-employed

The Corona crisis also has financial and psychological consequences for the self-employed.

A survey conducted by the KOF Institute and the University of Lausanne among 1,000 self-employed people and entrepreneurs shows that the containment led in some cases to massive sales losses and psychological problems.