Swiss National Bank

Iconomix – Economics in the classroom

Designed for use in conjunction with existing economics teaching resources, iconomix offers specialised teaching material that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

The contents are freely accessible and use is free of charge, though certain functions and services are only available to registered teaching staff. Iconomix is available in full in German, French and Italian, and partially in English.

With iconomix, its educational platform, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) aims to enhance the knowledge of young adults in matters of finance and economics. It is intended for use by the over 4,200 teachers of economics and humanities at Swiss upper secondary schools. Iconomix conveys basic economic principles that can be applied to explain numerous business situations. They include market, competition and price formation principles, as well as the principle of externalities. This range of topics is presented in a professional fashion in around 100 teaching units, including the various language versions. The guiding educational principle behind iconomix is problem-solving learning: On the basis of real-life problems, students are expected to apply appropriate methods to acquire knowledge and skills as independently as possible.

Iconomix is intended as a tool that teachers can use in addition to their own material, in line with their and their students’ requirements. Accordingly, iconomix offers a broad range of topics, methodological and didactic formats and educational levels. Besides its teaching units, iconomix provides a regularly updated selection of reliable internet sources connected to the subject of economics. Through the organisation of training events and symposiums, the programme also fosters expertise and the exchange of information among teachers.

Designed for use in conjunction with existing economics teaching resources, iconomix offers specialised teaching material that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

The contents are freely accessible and use is free of charge, though certain functions and services are only available to registered teaching staff. Iconomix is available in full in German, French and Italian, and partially in English.

With iconomix, its educational platform, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) aims to enhance the knowledge of young adults in matters of finance and economics. It is intended for use by the over 4,200 teachers of economics and humanities at Swiss upper secondary schools. Iconomix conveys basic economic principles that can be applied to explain numerous business situations. They include market, competition and price formation principles, as well as the principle of externalities. This range of topics is presented in a professional fashion in around 100 teaching units, including the various language versions. The guiding educational principle behind iconomix is problem-solving learning: On the basis of real-life problems, students are expected to apply appropriate methods to acquire knowledge and skills as independently as possible.

Iconomix is intended as a tool that teachers can use in addition to their own material, in line with their and their students’ requirements. Accordingly, iconomix offers a broad range of topics, methodological and didactic formats and educational levels. Besides its teaching units, iconomix provides a regularly updated selection of reliable internet sources connected to the subject of economics. Through the organisation of training events and symposiums, the programme also fosters expertise and the exchange of information among teachers.

The SNB invests in education

The SNB launched iconomix in 2007 with the aim of promoting economic and financial literacy in Switzerland. A central bank’s decisions ultimately have far-reaching consequences for the population. As many people as possible should therefore be able to comprehend the underlying considerations. In Switzerland, where citizens regularly vote on economic issues at all levels of government, a good understanding of how the economy works is particularly important.

Focus on financial literacy

Knowledge in financial matters is one of the core skills that young adults need today to be able to hold their own in everyday life as well as in the working world. That is why financial literacy has been one of iconomix’s priorities from the start. Two-fifths of the currently approximately 100 teaching units deal directly or indirectly with this key area.

A special role is played by the financial knowledge online challenge. It covers important topics of basic financial education at upper secondary school level, including managing your own finances, well-informed and judicious consumer behaviour, and aspects of participation in today’s systems of business and finance.