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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.

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Shares and bonds

Knowledge sheet with assignment

Economic trends

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Fishpond game

Monetary policy

Mopos simulation


Market and price formation




Excel simulation

Public goods

Knowledge sheet with assignment

Top earners

Educational game – Salaries at management level


Economic trends summer 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 Coronavirus leaves incisive traces. The global economy has experienced one of the fastest and deepest slumps ever recorded. In Switzerland, short-time working cushions unemployment, but GDP is forecast to decline by 6,2 percent. 

Economic trends summer 2020

Economic trends spring 2020

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What is the impact of coronavirus on the economy? The current report on economic trends in German and French provides answers.

Economic trends spring 2020 in German

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