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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. Brexit – Information on the Current Debate

    teaserImage In a referendum held on 23 June 2016 the citizens of Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union. The Ifo Institute examined the implications of a Brexit back in 2015 in a study conducted on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The various scenarios and current assessments by Ifo staff are now bundled in our Brexit topic. Details

  1. Ifo Business Climate Index Rises

    teaserImage Sentiment in the German economy improved significantly ahead of the Brexit referendum. The Ifo Business Climate Index rose to 108.7 points in June from 107.8 points in May (seasonally adjusted). Satisfaction levels with the current business situation were only slightly higher, but the short-term business outlook improved significantly. The German economy remains buoyant. Details

  2. German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Indicator Rises

    teaserImage In the services sector sentiment improved. The business climate indicator rose to 27.2 balance points in June from 25.1 balance points in May. Assessments of the current business situation, already at a very good level last month, continued to improve. Service providers also expressed greater optimism about the months ahead. Expansive personnel plans, by contrast, were scaled back slightly. Details

  3. Ifo President Regrets Brexit

    teaserImage Ifo President Clemens Fuest regrets the Brexit: "The decision by British voters in favour of a Brexit marks the defeat of common sense. Politics now has to do everything it can to limit the damages. That means ensuring that Britain remains integrated in the internal market as far as possible. Negotiations to that end should be concluded very quickly, so that the phase of uncertainty over future economic relations remains as short as possible.” Details

  4. CEMIR Workshop on Migration

    teaserImage The Ifo Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research (CEMIR) is organising a junior economist workshop on migration research to be held on 24 and 25 June 2016. The scientific organizers of the conference are Panu Poutvaara and Till Nikolka, both Ifo Institute. The keynote lecture will be given by Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The event will take place at the Ifo Institute. Details

  5. Old-Age Poverty Instead of Pension Plans: What Is Going Wrong and Which Reforms Are Required for a Sustainable Pension System?

    teaserImage The level of pension payments is dropping steadily. Company and subsidised personal pensions do not cover the shortfall in pension provision. Experts warn that poverty is set to increase in old age. How can this be prevented? This issue is discussed by Lars P. Feld, Anabell Kohlmeier and Christoph M. Schmidt, German Council of Economic Experts, Peter Hanau, University of Cologne, Dirk Kiesewetter, University of Würzburg, Jochen Pimpertz, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln, and Martin Werding, Ruhr University of Bochum in the ifo Schnelldienst 12/2016. Details

  1. Results of the June 2016 Ifo Business Survey

    Ifo Business Climate Index Rises

    Jun 24, 2016: Sentiment in the German economy improved significantly ahead of the Brexit referendum. The Ifo Business Climate Index rose to 108.7 points in June from 107.8 points in May (seasonally adjusted). Satisfaction levels with the current business situation were only slightly higher, but the short-term business outlook improved significantly. The German economy remains buoyant. Details

  2. Results of the June 2016 Ifo Business Survey

    German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Indicator Rises

    Jun 24, 2016: In the services sector sentiment improved. The business climate indicator rose to 27.2 balance points in June from 25.1 balance points in May. Assessments of the current business situation, already at a very good level last month, continued to improve. Service providers also expressed greater optimism about the months ahead. Expansive personnel plans, by contrast, were scaled back slightly. Details

  3. Regional evaluation for Saxony of the Ifo Business Survey in May 2016

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Saxony Rises

    Jun 10, 2016: The Ifo Business Climate for Saxon trade and industry brightened considerably in May; and the same can be said of the business climate indices for eastern Germany and Germany as a whole. Saxon survey participants assessed their current business situation as markedly more favourable than last month. They also expressed far greater confidence in their six-month business outlook. Details

  4. Results of the Ifo Architects Survey of 2nd quarter 2016

    Ifo Architects Survey: Current Business Situation Is Remarkably Favourable

    Jun 9, 2016: The business climate improved markedly at the beginning of the second quarter of 2016, according to the results of the Ifo Institute’s quarterly survey of freelance architects. The architects have not assessed their current business situation this favourably since the survey’s launch in 1981. Business expectations also continued to rise significantly. The share of fairly optimistic architects rose by 4 percentage points from 14% to 18%. Details

  5. Randstad Ifo Personnel Manager Survey for Quarter 1 2016

    Internships and the minimum wage

    Jun 2, 2016: The special question for the first quarter of 2016 asked personnel managers about internships. It analyses differences in the offering of voluntary internships and compulsory internships in the periods before and since 2015, the usual duration of internships and whether their duration differed as of 2015. Details

  6. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for May 2016

    Credit Constraints Unchanged

    May 31, 2016: The financing environment for German companies remains very favourable. The credit constraints for industry and trade, i.e. the percentage of companies that report problems in borrowing, remained unchanged in May at 14.2 percent. Details

  7. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for May 2016

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern Germany Rises

    May 30, 2016: The Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in eastern Germany rose sharply in May. The eastern German companies were clearly more satisfied with their current business situation. They also noticeably upgraded their business expectations for the coming half year. Business confidence has improved in all four main survey sectors. Details

  8. Ifo Export Climate for April 2016

    Worsened Competitiveness Dampens Export Climate

    May 30, 2016: The Ifo Export Climate indicator fell from 0.18 index points in March to 0.09 points in April, but is still above its long-term average. The decline in the climate indicator is due to deterioration in price competitiveness, whereas foreign business confidence declined only slightly. Details

  9. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for May 2016

    German Companies Continue to Hire

    May 27, 2016: German companies plan to continue hiring new employees. The Ifo Employment Barometer stands unchanged at 108.2. The employment dynamics in German thus remain slightly expansionary. Details

  10. Ifo Export Expectations - Ifo Business Survey for May 2016

    Rising Export Expectations

    May 26, 2016: German businesses are somewhat more confident with regard to export growth. Export expectations rose from 4.1 in the previous month to 5.9 balance points in May. Global economic momentum remains weak and German exports will only grow slightly as a result. Details

Promoting Productivity and Equality: A Twin Challenge

Promoting Productivity and Equality: A Twin Challenge

Munich Seminar on 27 June 2016 with Dr. Christian Kastrop, Director, Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD. read on Promoting Productivity and Equality: A Twin Challenge

The Refugee Crisis and Coping with It: Can We Manage It?

The Refugee Crisis and Coping with It: Can We Manage It?

Munich Seminar on 4 July 2016 with Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Freiburg read on The Refugee Crisis and Coping with It: Can We Manage It?

15th Munich Economic Summit: “Migration – Challenge or Opportunity?"

15th Munich Economic Summit: “Migration – Challenge or Opportunity?"

This year’s Summit will deal with the ramifications of the largest migration wave in the post-war period, which is putting a serious strain on the European community. It threatens to create a new fault line splitting the EU, in addition to the one that yawned during the euro crisis. The Summit will not only discuss the causes of the current refugee crisis, but most crucially how the currently challenging state of affairs can be turned into a win-win situation for both the newcomers and Europe’s ageing societies. How can a comprehensive integration of refugees and migrants be best accomplished? How can Europe contribute to solving the causes of the refugee crisis? How are the source countries being affected by the massive exodus, and how can such countries be effectively integrated into a dialogue? read on 15th Munich Economic Summit: “Migration – Challenge or Opportunity?"

Next Events

  1. CEMIR Junior Economist Workshop on Migration Research

    • 24.06.2016, 09:00 AM - 25.06.2016, 05:00 PM
    • Ifo Workshop
    • CESifo Conference Centre, Poschingerstrasse 5, 81679 Munich

    The Ifo Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research (CEMIR) is organising a junior economist workshop on migration research to be held on 24 & 25 June 2016 at the Ifo Institute in Munich, Germany. The keynote lecture will be given by Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Interested Ph.D. students, post docs and assistant professors in economics with a firm interest in the field of migration are invited to submit a research paper they would like to present (plus a CV) to nikolka@ifo.de by 16 April 2016. Decisions on acceptance are made by 6 May. There are no participation fees and travel expenses (economy) are covered. For further information on this workshop, please contact Till Nikolka ( nikolka@ifo.de). Details

  2. Reassessing the Efficiency of the HE Sector in Germany: considering heterogeneity and structural changes

    • 27.06.2016, 11:10 AM - 12:40 PM
    • Lunchtime Seminar TU Dresden
    • Sabine Gralka
    • TU Dresden, Sitzungszimmer der Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Raum SCH B 037

  3. Promoting Productivity and Equality: A Twin Challenge

    • 27.06.2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    • Munich Seminar
    • Dr. Christian Kastrop, Director, Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD
    • Ifo Institute, Ludwig-Erhard-Hall, Poschingerstr. 5, 81679 Munich

  4. The Economics of Urban Sprawl, Part I

    • 28.06.2016, 09:30 AM - 11:50 AM
    • CES Lecture
    • Jan Brueckner, University of California, Irvine
    • CES, Schackstr. 4/II, seminar room (207)

    Part I: Background

  5. Morality-Efficiency Tradeoffs in Repugnant Markets

    • 28.06.2016, 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
    • Hans Möller Seminar
    • Nicola Lacetera, University of Toronto
    • International Economics, Ludwigstr. 28/II, Library (room 221)

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

  2. Cover Image Sinn, Hans-Werner, Der Euro: Von der Friedensidee zum Zankapfel, Hanser Verlag, 2015, 480 , Information | Details

Journals

  1. Cover Image "ifo Schnelldienst 12/2016", ifo Institut, München, 2016, 03-73 | Details

  2. Cover Image "ifo Dresden berichtet 3/2016", ifo Institut, Dresden, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  3. Cover Image "CESifo Forum Special Issue 2016 (May): Retirement of Hans-Werner Sinn", Ifo Institute, Munich, 2016, 53 | Details | PDF Download

  4. Cover Image "ifo-GfK-Konsumreport 05/2016", ifo Institut; GfK Marktforschung, München; Nürnberg, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  5. Cover Image "ifo Schnelldienst 11/2016", ifo Institut, München, 2016 | Details

  6. Cover Image "ifo Konjunkturperspektiven 05/2016", ifo Institut, München, 2016 | Details

Books

  1. Cover Image Schubert, Antje, Johannes Steinbrecher, Marcel Thum and Michael Weber, Auswirkungen des flächendeckenden Mindestlohns auf die gewerbliche Wirtschaft im Freistaat Sachsen, ifo Dresden Studien 77, ifo Institut, 2016, Gutachten im Auftrag der Industrie- und Handelskammer Chemnitz | Details | PDF Download

  2. Cover Image Schinke, Christoph, Wealth and Politics: Studies on Inter Vivos Transfers and Partisan Effects, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 67, ifo Institut, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

Working Paper

  1. Cover Image Woessmann, Ludger, "The Importance of School Systems: Evidence from International Differences in Student Achievement", CESifo Working Paper No. 5951, June 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  2. Cover Image Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Buffering Volatility: A Study on the Limits of Germany's Energy Revolution", CESifo Working Paper No. 5950, June 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  3. Cover Image Lergetporer, Philipp, Guido Schwerdt, Katharina Werner and Ludger Woessmann, "Information and Preferences for Public Spending: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments ", CESifo Working Paper No. 5938, June 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  4. Cover Image Battisti, Michele, Gabriel Felbermayr and Sybille Lehwald, "Inequality in Germany: Myths, Facts, and Policy Implications", Ifo Working Paper No. 217, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  5. Cover Image Hines Jr., James R., Niklas Potrafke, Marina Riem and Christoph Schinke, "Inter Vivos Transfers of Ownership in Family Firms", CESifo Working Paper No. 5923, May 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  6. Cover Image Cinnirella, Francesco and Ruth Maria Schueler, "The Cost of Decentralization: Linguistic Polarization and the Provision of Education", CESifo Working Paper No. 5894, May 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  7. Cover Image Gouda, Moamen and Niklas Potrafke, "Gender Equality in Muslim-Majority Countries", CESifo Working Paper No. 5883, May 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  8. Cover Image Baumgarten, Daniel, Gabriel Felbermayr and Sybille Lehwald, "Dissecting between-plant and within-plant wage dispersion - Evidence from Germany", Ifo Working Paper No. 216, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  9. Cover Image Felbermayr, Gabriel, "Economic Analysis of TTIP", Ifo Working Paper No. 215, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  10. Cover Image Potrafke, Niklas and Markus Reischmann, "How to Handle the Crisis in Greece? Empirical Evidence Based on a Survey of Economics Experts", CESifo Working Paper No. 5860, April 2016 | Details | PDF Download