Davos Tourism commissioned a study on the economic impact of the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos based on experiences from 2001 and 2002. The Canton of Grisons, Municipality of Davos, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, and the World Economic Forum Foundation also contributed financially to the study (WEF 2001: Report University of St. Gallen - only available in German).

In the following years, the World Economic Forum Foundation commissioned the University of St. Gallen to conduct supplemental studies. The results are summarized in the following documents.