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Economics in the classroom

Economics in the classroom

Iconomix is an educational programme developed by the Swiss National Bank (SNB). It is aimed at teachers of economics and humanities at Swiss upper secondary schools.


Coronavirus: the epidemiological curve

The number of new Covid-19 cases is increasing rapidly, peaking and then declining. This is called the epidemiological curve. The annual wave of influenza takes the same course and the same development can be observed for Covid-19 in China and South Korea. The most important goal of the containment policy therefore remains the flattening of this curve in order to prevent the otherwise inevitable collapse of the health system.

Richard Baldwin writes about the epidemiological curve from an economist's perspective on, the policy portal of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and founder and editor-in-chief of

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Complete revision of unit. There is now only one task set, consisting of some old and numerous new exercises.

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Economic trends winter 2019/2020

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The latest edition of «Economic Trends» is available. It is based on the SECO publication of the same name. The topics covered are the current economic situation and the forecast for economic developments in Switzerland based on assumptions about the global economy. The key messages at the moment are that the economic slowdown is being confirmed in Switzerland, and that the outlook is cautiously optimistic thanks in part to exceptional effects stemming from international sporting events.

Economic trends winter 2019/2020

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Economic trends

Forecasts for the Swiss economy


Monetary policy

MOPOS simulation

Market and price formation



Excel simulation

Public goods

Market failure

ETH Lausanne


On the subject of energy transition

Top earners

Salaries at management level


The iconomix hub contains teaching material we have compiled on relevant and topical economy-related subjects beyond the usual world of iconomix – divided into news, multimedia, background and tools. A lot of this material is also suitable for distance learning.

The hub is currently available in German, French and Italian. However, many of the links will take you to content in English.