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Are there free rides out of a recession? The case of Switzerland


  • Andres Frick
  • Michael Graff
  • Jochen Hartwig
  • Boriss Siliverstovs


During the 2008/2009 recession, most countries resorted to discretionary fiscal policy measures. In this paper, we run two simulations with the KOF Swiss Economic Institute’s macroeconomic model to assess how both the Swiss stimulus measures, and the measures taken by Switzerland’s major trading partners, have affected the Swiss economy. The KOF baseline estimate incorporates fiscal stimulus packages in Switzerland and abroad. We re-run the model, modifying the exogenous variables to represent situations in which no fiscal action was taken (a) in Switzerland and (b) elsewhere. We find that the spillover from the foreign efforts to curb the recession dwarfs the effect of the domestic stimulus packages. In addition to making its own (rather limited) efforts to fight the recession, Switzerland also took a long free-ride that far exceeded the short one it paid for.

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  • Andres Frick & Michael Graff & Jochen Hartwig & Boriss Siliverstovs, 2012. "Are there free rides out of a recession? The case of Switzerland," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(1), pages 27-45, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:26:y:2012:i:1:p:27-45
    DOI: 10.1080/02692171.2011.557055

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