Schweizerische Nationalbank


Central banks’ decisions have far-reaching consequences for the population. From an economic policy perspective, it is therefore an advantage if as many people as possible understand these decisions and the considerations behind them, and also have a grasp of fundamental economic principles. In Switzerland, where citizens regularly vote on economically complex issues at all levels of government, it is particularly important that the general public has a good basic understanding of economic matters.

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) aims to contribute to the teaching of these topics. That is why the iconomix programme was launched in 2007, on the SNB’s 100th anniversary. Iconomix is part of the SNB’s long-term commitment to economic education with a sustainable impact. This commitment began in 1984 with the creation of the Study Center Gerzensee.

Manuel Wälti, SNB: «The Swiss National Bank goes to school – with Iconomix» -

SNB Quarterly Bulletin Studie, 2/2018 June

Carlos Lenz and Manuel Wälti, SNB: «Swiss National Bank investing in education» -

«Die Volkswirtschaft 8–9 / 2017»

Jean-Pierre Roth, Chairman of the Governing Board from 2001 to 2009: “iconomix” – Discovering economics -

Speech at the press conference on the Swiss National Bank’s new training programme, Berne, 31 October 2007