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The Agri-food Situation and Policies in Switzerland

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  • Peter Jarrett

    (OECD)

  • Charlotte Moeser

    (OECD)

Abstract

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. It describes the existing policy regime, including its various forms of support and border protection, and the new law that will take effect in 2014 and goes on to make recommendations covering budgetary, environmental and trade aspects of Switzerland’s policy regime. La situation et les politiques agro-alimentaires en Suisse Ce papier examine le secteur agricole et alimentaire suisse bien subventionné. It passe en revue plusieurs des traits marquants and des tendances sectoriels et révèle la faiblesse de la productivité relative du travail bas en comparaison internationale. Il décrit les politiques actuelles, y compris les multiples formes de soutien et de protection frontalière et la nouvelle loi qui entrera en vigueur en 2014 et procède à des recommandations couvrant ses aspects budgétaires, environnementaux et commerciaux.

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  • Peter Jarrett & Charlotte Moeser, 2013. "The Agri-food Situation and Policies in Switzerland," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1086, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1086-en
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    Keywords

    agricole; agriculture; agriculture; alimentation; farm; food; protection; protection; soutien; subsidies; subventions; Suisse; support; Switzerland;

    JEL classification:

    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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