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The CESifo Group, consisting of the Center for Economic Studies (CES), the Ifo Institute and the CESifo GmbH (Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research) is a research group unique in Europe in the area of economic research. read on CESifo Group Munich

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  1. Diffusion of Energy Turnaround Policy Innovations across Multiple Tiers of Government – Insights from Three Municipal Case Studies

    teaserImage In the framework of the German energy turnaround there are different approaches to establishing new forms of energy supply and promoting energy efficiency and energy-savings at the local and regional levels. Drawing on case studies for Munich, Regensburg and Schönau, ifo Forschungsbericht 74 shows that energy and climate policy varies significantly between municipalities and the diffusion of innovative policy measures is institutionally and effectively rather heavily restricted. Details

  2. Munich Seminars: Three New Scenarios from the World Energy Council on Developments in Global Energy Supply through 2060

    teaserImage To kick off the series of Munich Seminars in the winter semester 2016/17 Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, Executive Chair of the World Energy Council’s World Energy Resources Programme, presents the key messages of a World Energy Council analysis presented at the World Energy Conference in Istanbul. The lecture (in German) “Jazz, Symphony, Blues – three new scenarios from the World Energy Council on developments in global energy supply through 2060” will be given on 24 October 2016 at 6.00 p.m. in the Ludwig Erhard Saal of the Ifo Institute and will be livestreamed via the internet. Details

  3. Staff Shortage in Public Service: Proposals by the Saxon Staffing Commission

    teaserImage The eastern German Länder failed to recruit enough new staff in recent years. Thanks to the collective ageing of its personnel, the Länder no longer have enough staff in the short to mid-term to fulfil the tasks that need to be carried out. The final report of the Saxon Staffing Commission presents proposals for forward-thinking staff planning that show how staff shortfalls can be met in a timely manner. The Dresden Branch of the Ifo Institute participated in drafting the report. Details

  4. ifo Dresden berichtet 5/2016 Now Published

    teaserImage ifo Dresden berichtet 3/2016 looks at the standardisation of the pension system in Germany, the labour market success of second generation migrants, the reverse immigration of employees to eastern Germany, the current economic situation and the impact of the minimum wage. Details

  5. CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics

    teaserImage Leading academics in behavioural economics will gather at the Ifo Institute from 21 to 22 October 2016 to present and discuss their latest research results. The keynote speech will be given by Raj Chetty, Stanford University, and Ran Spiegler, Tel Aviv University. As part of the conference, selected junior economists will also present their work and compete for the CESifo Young Affiliate Award. Klaus Schmidt, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and Ernst Fehr, University of Zurich, will be responsible for the academic supervision of the event. Details

  1. Regional evaluation for Saxony of the Ifo Business Survey in September 2016

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Saxony Rises Sharply

    Oct 10, 2016: The Ifo Business Climate Index for trade and industry in the Free State of Saxony rose very sharply in September after three declines in succession. Assessments of the current business situation, which plunged in August, recovered this month. The outlook for the months ahead also improved considerably. In eastern Germany and the rest of the country as a whole the mood brightened too, although not to the same extent as in Saxony. Details

  2. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for September 2016

    Credit Constraints Decline Slightly

    Sep 30, 2016: Credit constraints for German trade and industry declined from 15.0 percent last month to 14.9 percent in September. This figure represents the share of companies reporting problems accessing bank credit. This marked the first drop in credit constraints after three consecutive increases. German companies continue to experience no difficulties in accessing bank credit. Details

  3. Results of the Ifo Investment Survey for German manufacturing in Spring 2016

    German Manufacturing: Willingness to Invest Rises

    Sep 29, 2016: German manufacturers increased their investments by 2% in 2015, according to the results of the latest Ifo Investment Survey. Manufacturers plan to increase their expenditure on investment by 7% (real: 6%). The main target of investment activity on 2015 was capacity expansion and will remain so in 2016. Details

  4. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for September 2016

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern Germany Rises

    Sep 29, 2016: The Ifo Business Climate for the Eastern German Länder brightened significantly in September compared to the previous month. Assessments of the current business situation and business expectations improved considerably, after deteriorating considerably in August. Overall, the business climate index for eastern Germany has been fluctuating at around the same level for a year. Details

  5. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for September 2016

    German Firms Continue Recruitment Drive

    Sep 29, 2016: German companies are planning to recruit a higher number of employees. The Ifo Employment Barometer rose to 110.1 index points in September from 108.6 points last month, marking its third consecutive upturn. Companies in nearly all branches are looking to hire additional staff. Details

  6. Ifo Export Expectations - Ifo Business Survey for September 2016

    German Manufacturers’ Export Expectations Climb

    Sep 27, 2016: German manufacturers expect additional stimuli from abroad. Their export expectations soared from 4.8 balance points in August to 8.6 balance points in September, reaching their highest level since December 2015. The Brexit vote only appears to have had a short-lived shock impact on German exporters. Details

  7. Results of the September 2016 Ifo Business Survey

    Ifo Business Climate Improves Markedly

    Sep 26, 2016: Sentiment in the German economy improved considerably this month. The Ifo Business Climate Index rose from 106.3 points (seasonally-adjusted) in August to 109.5 points in September, reaching its highest level since May 2014. Companies are clearly more optimistic about the months ahead. They are also more satisfied with their current business situation. The German economy is expecting a golden autumn. Details

  8. Results of the September 2016 Ifo Business Survey

    German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Indicator for the Service Sector Rises

    Sep 26, 2016: In the service sector the mood continued to brighten. The business climate indicator rose from 29.8 balance points in August to 32.2 balance points in September. Companies’ assessments of the current business situation were even more favourable than last month and their business expectations also improved. In line with these developments, service providers one again plan to recruit more staff. Details

  9. Ifo Export Climate for August 2016

    Ifo Export Climate Falls Significantly

    Sep 26, 2016: The Ifo Export Climate fell from 0.27 index points in July to 0.08 points in August. The drop in the climate was due to a significant deterioration in corporate and consumer confidence abroad. Price competitiveness also weakened compared to the previous month, which negatively impacted the climate. Details

  10. Randstad Ifo Personnel Manager Survey for Quarter 2 2016

    German Companies Increasingly Offer Home Office Option

    Sep 20, 2016: The number of German companies offering employees the opportunity to work from home has increased. A comparison between the latest results of the Randstad-Ifo Personnel Manager Survey with results from 2012 and 2013 reveals that around 30% of companies reported offering home office in 2012, a figure that increased to 33% in the subsequent year and recently rose even further. In the second quarter of 2016 39% of companies reported that they generally offered their employees the option to work from home. Details

ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2016

ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2016

The Ifo Industry Colloquium provides a platform for competent and controversial discussions of economic and structural trends. It also critically discusses the economic analysis provided by the joint forecast of the German research institutes and applies this analysis at an industry level.

9th November 2016, IHK Akademie München, Orleansstrasse 10–12. read on ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2016

Next Events

  1. Loss Aversion in Politics

    • 25.10.2016, 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
    • Hans Möller Seminar
    • Francesco Passarelli, Bocconi
    • International Economics, Ludwigstr. 28/II, Library (room 221)

  2. Finders, Keepers? Cycles in natural resource taxation and investment

    • 26.10.2016, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • Ifo Lunchtime Seminar
    • Niko Jaakola
    • Ifo Institute, Ludwig Erhard Hall, Poschingerstr. 5, Munich

  3. Why enter tax sparing agreements?

    • 27.10.2016, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • Public Economics Seminar
    • Nigar Hashimzade, Durham University
    • CES, Schackstr. 4/II, seminar room (207)

  4. Ifo Lunchtime Seminar

    • 02.11.2016, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • Ifo Lunchtime Seminar
    • Michele Battisti
    • Ifo Institute, Ludwig Erhard Hall, Poschingerstr. 5, Munich

  5. Population Ageing and Health Care Expenditures, Part I

    • 03.11.2016, 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
    • CES Lecture
    • Friedrich Breyer, University of Konstanz
    • CES, Schackstr. 4/II, seminar room (207)

    A critical review of the literature

  6. Term Limits for Mayors and Intergovernmental Grants: Evidence from Italian Cities

    • 03.11.2016, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • Public Economics Seminar
    • Björn Kauder, ifo institute
    • CES, Schackstr. 4/II, seminar room (207)

  7. The EU – Out of Crisis Mode and towards a Better Europe!

    • 07.11.2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    • Munich Seminar
    • CANCELLED: Manfred Weber, CSU Euro MP, Chairman of the Group of the European People’s Party and Deputy Chairman of the CSU
    • Ifo Institute, Ludwig-Erhard-Hall, Poschingerstr. 5, 81679 Munich

Just released

  1. Cover Image Felbermayr, Gabriel, Meinhard Knoche and Ludger Wößmann (Hrsg.), Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik, Hanser, München, 2016, 281 , Information | Details | PDF Download


  1. Cover Image "ifo Dresden berichtet 5/2016", Ifo Institute, Dresden, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  2. Cover Image "CESifo DICE Report 3/2016 (Autumn): Entrepreneurship in a Post-Crisis Era", 01-76, Ifo Institute, Munich, 2016, Section: Forum | Details | PDF Download

  3. Cover Image "ifo Schnelldienst 19/2016", ifo Institut, München, 2016, 03-60 | Details

  4. Cover Image "ifo Konjunkturperspektiven 09/2016", ifo Institut, München, 2016 | Details

  5. Cover Image "ifo-GfK-Konsumreport 09/2016", ifo Institut; Gfk Marktforschung, München; Nürnberg, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  6. Cover Image "ifo Schnelldienst 18/2016", ifo Institut, München, 2016, 03-62 | Details


  1. Cover Image Rave, Tilmann, Diffusion von Politikinnovationen im Mehrebenensystem der Energiewende – Erkenntnisse aus drei kommunalen Fallstudien, ifo Forschungsberichte 74, ifo Institut, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

Working Paper

  1. Cover Image Schueler, Ruth, "Educational inputs and economic development in end-of-nineteenth-century Prussia", Ifo Working Paper No. 227, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  2. Cover Image Garnitz, Johanna and Willi Leibfritz, "Economic Analysis and Forecasting in the Global Economy and in Emerging and Developing Regions Including Africa: How Informative is the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES)?", CESifo Working Paper No. 6126, October 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  3. Cover Image Hampf, Franziska and Ludger Woessmann, "Vocational vs. General Education and Employment over the Life-Cycle: New Evidence from PIAAC", CESifo Working Paper No. 6116, October 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  4. Cover Image Riem, Marina, "Does political uncertainty influence firm owners‘ business perceptions?", Ifo Working Paper No. 226, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  5. Cover Image Enzi, Bernhard and Benedikt Siegler, "The Impact of the Bologna Reform on Student Outcomes Evidence from Exogenous Variation in Regional Supply of Bachelor Programs in Germany", Ifo Working Paper No. 225, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  6. Cover Image Roesel, Felix, "Do mergers of large local governments reduce expenditures? Evidence from Germany using the synthetic control method", Ifo Working Paper No. 224, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  7. Cover Image Schueler, Ruth, "Centralized Monitoring, Resistance, and Reform Outcomes: Evidence from School Inspections in Prussia", Ifo Working Paper No. 223, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  8. Cover Image Cinnirella, Francesco and Ruth Maria Schueler, "Nation Building: The Role of Central Spending in Education", CESifo Working Paper No. 6103, September 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  9. Cover Image Hanushek, Eric A., Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold and Ludger Woessmann, "Coping with Change: International Differences in the Returns to Skills", CESifo Working Paper No. 6114, September 2016, Also published as: NBER Working Paper 22657 Information | Details | PDF Download

  10. Cover Image Battisti, Michele, Ryan Michaels and Choonsung Park, "Labor supply within the firm", Ifo Working Paper No. 222, 2016 | Details | PDF Download