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Ifo World Economic Survey

Since 1981 the Ifo Institute has conducted a quarterly survey in numerous countries on business cycle developments and other economic factors in the experts' home countries.

Latest results

  1. Results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 1st quarter 2014 (13 Feb 2014)

    Ifo World Economic Climate Continues to Brighten

    Feb 13, 2014: The Ifo Indicator for the world economic climate continued to rise. Assessments of the current economic situation were more positive than three months ago. The six-month economic outlook remains bright. The world economy is expected to gain momentum in the months ahead. Caution, however, must be exercised in interpreting these assessments since they do not reflect the turbulence seen in the currency markets of emerging economies since the end of January. Details

  2. Advance results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 1st quarter 2014 (06 Feb 2014)

    Ifo Economic Climate Indicator in the Euro Area Continues to Rise

    Feb 6, 2014: The Ifo Indicator for the economic climate in the euro area continued to rise. The improvement was mainly due to far less unfavourable assessments of the current economic situation. The economic outlook for the next six months remains unchanged at the highest level for around three years. The economic recovery should become more marked in the months ahead. Details

Survey design

The Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) is designed to give an accurate picture of the economic situation and forecasts for important industrial, emerging and developing economies on a quarterly basis. Unlike the official statistics, which are primarily constructed around quantitative information, WES consists of qualitative information: appraisals and expectations of economic experts. Whereas the official statistics on the international level often appear after considerable delays, the WES results are timely and internationally comparable. Especially in countries where the data base of the official statistics is insecure, the appraisals and expectations expressed by on-site economic experts in the WES survey are of particular importance.

The survey relies on the participation of economic experts of multinational firms and institutions. Participants receive an exclusive, comprehensive report of the results. If you are interested in participating in the business surveys of the Ifo Institute, please contact Ms. Johanna Plenk. For further information, contact Dr. Gernot Nerb.   

Contact for participation in the survey

Johanna Plenk

Ifo Institute
Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys
Phone: +49(0)89/9224-1227
Fax: +49(0)89/907795-1227

Further information

Dr. Gernot Nerb

Ifo Institute
Ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies
Phone: +49(0)89/9224-1236
Fax: +49(0)89/907795-1236

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