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Newest at CESifo
August 24th 2005

Still unable to perk up

Still unable to perk up

Ifo Business Climate for Germany
The results of the August 2005 Ifo Business Survey found no further improvement in the business climate. The index for German industry and trade fell slightly in August, after having risen clearly in the previous month. Despite this downward correction, the index is still higher than it was in March to June of this year. The decline was the result of more unfavourable assessments of the current situation by the surveyed firms. The expectations for the coming six months, however, are somewhat more favourable than in July. On the whole, the latest survey results do not rule out a moderate improvement in the coming months.
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A stabilising trend seems to establish itself

A stabilising trend seems to establish itself

Ifo World Economic Climate
The indicator for the Ifo World Economic Climate stabilised in July at the level of the April survey, after having fallen five times in succession. More favourable expectations for the coming six months were offset by again worsened assessments of the current economic situation. This confirms the impression that the slowdown in world economic growth since mid-2004 is a temporary disturbance and not the beginning of a decline in worldwide economic activity.
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A good place to harvest the fruits of culture

A good place to harvest the fruits of culture

The Economics of Culture
Well, well. Culture turns out to be not only good for your table manners and to make you shine in conversation: it is good for your economic well-being as well. A thorough study conducted by Guido Tabellini, a renowned Italian economist, has just been released as a CESifo Working Paper. There are certain cultural traits embedded in the so-called "social capital" that can make a significant contribution to the economic performance of those places where such traits have taken root.
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Now, where do I want to establish a beachhead?

Now, where do I want to establish a beachhead?

Foreign Students and Immigration
Germany hosts a sizable number of foreign students every year, under the condition that they leave the country after finishing their studies. Other countries are not so finicky: were it not for foreign students, engineers in the US would by now be an endangered species. So, in many countries the foreign students just stay on and start contributing to the local research and economy. But what happens afterwards? Do these students act as a beachhead for their kin to later join them in the host country? Check out this CESifo Working Paper for the answer.
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Nothing but the facts. No spin. Swear.

Nothing but the facts. No spin. Swear.

Biased? Who, Us?
That some news media might be biased, that they put their own spin on things, well, yes, now that you mention it, it could well be. After all, news people do not swear by the likes of a Hippocratic Oath, do they? But does that have any observable effects, say, on perceptions of the economy or suchlike? You bet. A CESifo Network researcher and his colleagues put the hypothesis to its paces.
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Still lacklustre

Still lacklustre, but at least not pointing down

Ifo Economic Climate for the Euro Area
The Ifo Economic Climate indicator for the euro area remained stable in July 2005 after having fallen three times in succession. While the assessments of the current economic situation continued to worsen, the expectations for the coming six months improved.
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