Publications

March 16, 2021 | Documents

Saving the world from your couch:
The heterogeneous medium-run benefits of COVID-19 lockdowns on air pollution

E4S researchers and co-authors estimate the medium-run impact of a battery of COVID- 19 related lockdown measures on air quality across 162 countries. They find that domestic and international lockdown measures overall led to a substantial persistent decline in air pollution.

March 2, 2021 | Documents

Coronavirus crisis is exacerbating inequality in Switzerland

A recent study published by the KOF (Swiss Economic Institute), and co-financed by E4S and the Federal Office of Public Health shows that inequalities have increased with the Covid-19 health crisis. The economic impact of the COVID-​19 pandemic is being felt across all social strata. However, low-​income households are suffering particularly as a result of […]

November 26, 2020 | Documents

Second wave: Swiss self-employed dealing with the Covid-19 confinement

How has the business situation and the financial and mental health of the self-employed changed since April? A survey conducted by the KOF Institute and the University of Lausanne among self-employed people and business owners in Switzerland analyses the effects of the 2nd wave of Covid-19. This report follows a first study conducted in spring […]

October 7, 2020 | Documents

The surprise silver lining

What we can learn from professional service teams that managed to perform well during the crisis.

July 31, 2020 | Documents

Monitoring consumption in Switzerland

The project “Monitoring Consumption Switzerland” has used payment data to examine consumer behaviour after the reopening of the shops after the lockdown, and how this is impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

July 21, 2020 | Documents

Will Covid-19 pave the way for more business responsibility?

Will Covid-19 change peoples’ opinions and demands concerning business responsibility? We analyse social perceptions about the Responsible Business Initiative (“multinationales responsables”) initiative before and during the lockdown.

June 24, 2020 | Documents

How To Make Digital Proximity Tracing Work: The View from Economics

Digital proximity tracing (DPT) holds great promise as a complement to traditional proximity tracing, mainly because it allows contacts in anonymous crowds to be alerted in addition to known contacts. However, even the best technological solution, when it depends on widespread adoption, needs to contend with the human factor.

June 9, 2020 | Documents

Fast and local: how did lockdown policies affect the spread and severity of Covid-19?

How have the responses of governments around the world to this Covid-19 crisis impacted the development of the global pandemic?

June 8, 2020 | Documents

How Reskilling Can Soften the Economic Blow of Covid-19

Not all industries suffered of the Covid-19 crisis: the healthcare sector, for instance, saw demand grow, as did schools, in some parts of the world, and online retail.

May 25, 2020 | Documents

How to financially support Swiss SMEs?

We propose an attractive way of supporting PME’s that does not rely on recourse to debt

May 19, 2020 | Documents

Job search during the COVID-19 lockdown

Job-seekers during the Corona crisis are making 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.

May 18, 2020 | Documents

How valuable is financial flexibility? Evidence from the COVID-19 crisis

The reported publication examines the value of financial flexibility for large, publicly listed companies in the US during the initial phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

May 5, 2020 | Documents

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.

May 3, 2020 | Documents

Corona crisis and the self-employed

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

April 15, 2020 | Documents

Lockdown release

Lifting the lockdown, yes …. But how? Outline of a strategy combining health and economic factors

March 26, 2020 | Documents

Wage Compensation & Corona Loans

Generous wage compensation & corona loans: Why and how the Swiss state should bear most of the economic cost of the corona lockdown