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CESifo Group Munich

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. Minimum Wage and Economic Growth – Politicians are Mistaken

    teaserImage Munich, October 17 – “Politicians are mistaken if they think that the statutory minimum wage recently passed by the German Parliament will not dampen economic activity and growth prospects”, says Niklas Potrafke, head of the Ifo Centre for Public Finance and Political Economy. “In fact, the minimum wage, which will take effect in January, is already subduing economic and growth prospects as businesses proactively factor in this prescribed wage level. The companies have anticipated that unit labour costs will rise and accordingly are already investing less. This is clouding the economic outlook and dampening long-term economic growth.” Details

  2. Dr. David von Below Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage David von Below, a post-doc at the University of Oxford, will visit the Ifo Institute from 17 to 23 October 2014. His main research areas are the environment and labour market economics. Details

  3. Winter Semester Munich Seminars Begin with Book Presentation

    teaserImage In the first Munich Seminar of the winter semester, Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Ifo Institute, will present his recently published book entitled: “The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs” on 20 October 2014. The lecture will take place at 6.00 p.m. in the Ludwig-Erhard-Saal of the Ifo Institute and will be livestreamed on the internet. Details

  4. CESifo Area Conference on Energy and Environmental Economics

    teaserImage Top environmental economists, led by Michael Hoel, University of Oslo, will meet on 17 and 18 October 2014 to discuss their latest research results. As part of the conference, selected junior economists will present their work and will stand for the CESifo Young Affiliate Award. The event will be held at the Ifo Institute. Details

  5. Dr. Marc Gronwald Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage Marc Gronwald, Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, will visit the Ifo Institute from 15 to 20 October 2014. His research interests cover the field of energy and environmental economics. He is a Affiliate of the CESifo Research Network and Research Associate of the Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources. Details

  1. Ifo Export Climate for August 2014

    Ifo Export Climate Deteriorates Significantly

    Oct 1, 2014: The Ifo Export Climate declined to 0.11 index points in August from 0.34 index points in July. The sharp decrease was due to waning corporate and consumer confidence abroad. Price competitiveness improved, thus curbing the deterioration in the export climate. Details

  2. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for September 2014

    Credit Constraints Increase Slightly, But Financing Conditions for German Companies Remain Very Favourable

    Sep 30, 2014: German companies continue to enjoy very good access to bank loans. Credit constraints for German industry and trade rose slightly to 18.4 percent from 17.9 percent. Financing conditions for German firms remain excellent. Details

  3. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for September 2014

    Ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany Continues to Cloud Over

    Sep 29, 2014: The Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern German trade and industry fell for the third consecutive month in September to just 107.3 points. While assessments of the current business situation in Eastern Germany remained almost unchanged compared to August, survey participants are clearly less optimistic about future business developments over the next six months. Geopolitical tensions are increasingly weakening the impetus of the Eastern German economy. Details

  4. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for September 2014

    German Companies Are Slightly More Cautious About Recruiting

    Sep 26, 2014: German firms are slightly less willing to recruit new staff. The Ifo Employment Barometer fell to 106.0 index points in September, after 107.0 points in August. Last month’s slightly positive employment dynamic is nevertheless expected to continue. Details

  5. Results of the Ifo Architects Survey of 3rd quarter 2014

    Ifo Architects Survey: Encouragingly Good Current Business Situation

    Sep 25, 2014: The business climate clouded over slightly at the beginning of the third quarter of 2014, but nevertheless remains very friendly, according to the results of the Ifo Institute’s survey of freelance architects. Details

  6. Results of the September 2014 Ifo Business Survey

    German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Indicator for Service Sector Falls

    Sep 24, 2014: The Ifo Business Climate Indicator for the German service sector continued to decline in September to 18.9 balance points, from 20.1 points in the previous month. Although the current business situation clouded over considerably, it remains at a high level. More service providers are now optimistic about future business developments. Details

  7. Results of the September 2014 Ifo Business Survey

    Ifo Business Climate Index Continues to Fall

    Sep 24, 2014: The Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in Germany fell in September to 104.7 points from 106.3 points in the previous month. The index dropped to its lowest level since April 2013. Assessments of the current business situation were once again less favourable than last month. Expectations with regard to the six-month business outlook fell to their lowest level since December 2012. The German economy is no longer running smoothly. Details

  8. Ifo Manager Survey

    Ifo Manager Survey August 2014

    Sep 22, 2014: The telephone survey, which was introduced already in 1988 as a supplement to the other Ifo surveys, proved to be an important instrument for particular sensitive issues. In addition to the four polls commissioned by Wirtschaftswoche, the Ifo Institute surveyed the participants of more then 1000 manufacturing companies, construction firms, distributors and service providers on other topical issues. The results are published in Wirtschaftswoche and in ifo Schnelldienst. Details

  9. Regional evaluation for Saxony of the Ifo Business Survey in August 2014

    Positive Economic Development in Saxony with Mid-year Damper

    Sep 10, 2014: The Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in Germany fell in August to 106.3 points from 108.0 in the previous month. The business climate index for the eastern German states, and for Saxony in particular, also deteriorated. As in the previous month, the climate indicator for Saxony weakened to a lesser extent in comparison to the results for Germany and eastern Germany. The Saxon companies are no longer as satisfied with their current business as in July. The business outlook, however, has improved – business expectations are clearly more favourable. The positive state of the economy in Saxony is also being dampened as a result of the ongoing international tensions. Details

  10. Ifo Export Climate for July 2014

    Ifo Export Climate Indicator Falls

    Sep 3, 2014: The Ifo Export Climate indicator fell in July to 0.35 index points after having stood in the two previous months at 0.40 index points. The moderate decrease was due to the deterioration of business and consumer confidence abroad. Details

New Online Course: “Solution and Innovation Skills”

New Online Course: “Solution and Innovation Skills”

The European Union research project “LLLightinEurope”, in which the Ifo Institute is a participating institution, is offering a comprehensive, open online course (MOOC) entitled “Solution and Innovation Skills” in conjunction with the Digital School of Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. The course starts on October 8th this year. With this online-course, the partner universities take up the topic of innovation and participants learn how to develop and implement new ideas. The ten-week course is taught in English and is free of charge and open to everyone. Researchers from such institutions as the Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Luxembourg have helped to develop the ideas for this course. read on New Online Course: “Solution and Innovation Skills”

ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2014

ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2014

5th November 2014, IHK Akademie München, Orleansstrasse 10–12.
The Ifo Industry Colloquium is conducted by the Ifo Institute in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria, and with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology. It is held in German. read on ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2014

Next Events

  1. Rewarding Schooling Success and Perceived Returns to Education: Evidence from India

    • 20.10.2014, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • Internal Seminar of the CESifo Group
    • Guo Xu, LSE
    • CES, Schackstr. 4/II, seminar room (207)

  2. "The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs". Eine Buchvorstellung.

    • 20.10.2014, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
    • Munich Seminar
    • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Ifo Institute
    • Ifo Institute, Ludwig-Erhard-Hall, Poschingerstr. 5, 81679 Munich

    Professor Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Ifo Institute, will present his recently published book: "The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs". Is it right for the European Central Bank to purchase large amounts of toxic assets from commercial banks? Is it allowed to make such purchases? Is deflation in Southern Europe a risk or a blessing? And doesn't the bail-out architecture pose a threat to the market economy and to democracy? These are just a few of the issues addressed by Hans-Werner Sinn in his new book. The presentation will be livestreamed. The presentation will be given in German.

  3. Using Field Experiments to Understand the Economics of Crime

    • 21.10.2014, 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
    • Hans Möller Seminar
    • John List, University of Chicago
    • International Economics, Ludwigstr. 28/II, Library (room 221)

  4. The Euro Trap – On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs

    • 22.10.2014, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • Ifo Lunchtime Seminar
    • Hans-Werner Sinn
    • Ifo Institute, Ludwig Erhard Hall, Poschingerstr. 5, Munich

    The presentation will be given in English.

  5. CESifo Area Conference on Behavioural Economics 2014

    • 24.10.2014, 09:00 AM - 25.10.2014, 04:00 PM
    • CESifo Area Conference
    • CESifo Conference Centre, Poschingerstr. 5, 81679 Munich

    The purpose of the conference is to bring together CESifo network members to present and discuss their ongoing research, and to stimulate interaction and co-operation between them. All CESifo research network members are invited to submit their papers, which may deal with any topic within the broad domain of behavioural and experimental economics and applications to other fields.The keynote lectures will be delivered by John List (University of Chicago)and Antonio Rangel (California Institute of Technology) Details

Just released

  1. Cover Image Sinn, Hans-Werner, The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, 416 , Information | Details

  2. Cover Image Sinn, Hans-Werner, Gefangen im Euro, Redline Verlag, München, 2014, 224 , Information | Details


  1. Cover Image "ifo Schnelldienst 19/2014", ifo Institut, München, 2014, 03-48 | Details

  2. Cover Image "ifo-GfK-Konsumreport 09/2014", ifo Institut; GfK Marktforschung, München; Nürnberg, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  3. Cover Image "ifo Konjunkturperspektiven 09/2014", ifo Institut, München, 2014 | Details

  4. Cover Image "ifo Schnelldienst 18/2014", ifo Institut, München, 2014, 03-50 | Details

Working Paper

  1. Cover Image Auer, Wolfgang and Natalia Danzer, "Fixed-Term Employment and Fertility: Evidence from German Micro Data", Ifo Working Paper No. 190, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  2. Cover Image Roesel, Felix, "Co-Partisan Buddies or Partisan Bullies? Why State Supervision of Local Government Borrowing Fails", Ifo Working Paper No. 189, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  3. Cover Image Kauder, Björn, "Incorporation of Municipalities and Population Growth – A Propensity Score Matching Approach", Ifo Working Paper No. 188, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  4. Cover Image Henzel, Steffen and Malte Rengel, "Dimensions of Macroeconomic Uncertainty: A Common Factor Analysis", CESifo Working Paper No. 4991, September 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  5. Cover Image Falck, Oliver, Alfred Lameli and Jens Ruhose, "The Cost of Migrating to a Culturally Different Location", CESifo Working Paper No. 4992, September 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  6. Cover Image Efing, Matthias, Harald Hau, Patrick Kampkötter and Johannes Steinbrecher, "Incentive Pay and Bank Risk-Taking: Evidence from Austrian, German, and Swiss Banks", CESifo Working Paper No. 4984, September 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  7. Cover Image Méango, Romuald, "Financing Student Migration: Evidence for a Commitment Problem", Ifo Working Paper No. 187, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  8. Cover Image Birkmaier, Daniel and Klaus Wohlrabe, "The Matthew Effect in Economics Reconsidered", CESifo Working Paper No. 4966, September 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  9. Cover Image Ciesielski, Anna and Richard S. J. Tol, "Carbon Emissions Scenarios in Europe Based on an Endogenous Growth Model", CESifo Working Paper No. 4971, September 2014 | Details | PDF Download