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  1. German Companies Continue to Enjoy Very Easy Access to Bank Loans

    teaserImage Credit constraints for German industry fell slightly to 18.2 percent from 18.3 percent in June. As in recent months, financing conditions for German business were excellent. Details

  2. “The Euro Trap” by Hans-Werner Sinn

    teaserImage “The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs” offers a critical overview of the history of the euro, its crisis and the bail-out measures taken by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the community of states. In his latest book published by Oxford University Press, Hans-Werner Sinn warns of the dangers of the ECB's bail-out measures for market economies and democracy; and argues that these measures cannot resolve the competitiveness problem affecting the countries of southern Europe. A far-reaching revision of the rules governing the Eurozone is needed, claims Sinn, in order to successfully complete the European integration project. Details

  3. Ifo Investment Survey for Wholesaling: Investments and Turnover on the Rise

    teaserImage German wholesalers plan to increase their investment budget compared to last year, according to the results of the Ifo Investment Survey for Wholesaling. According to survey participants, they plan to invest more in both construction and equipment; and to increase their staff numbers. Details

  4. The Rise and Fall of Nations

    teaserImage Economic and technological superiority enables nations to enjoy a dominant position, but what are the key drivers of economic prosperity, and what does the poverty and wealth of nations depend upon? These were the key issues discussed at an academic conference led by Dr. Wolfgang Quaisser and Dr. Martin Held and held on 23 and 24 May 2014 in the Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing. The presentations given by Michael Grömling, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln, Markus Taube, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Jürgen Jerger, University of Regensburg and Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung, Regensburg, are covered in the ifo Schnelldienst 14/2014. Details

  5. Ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany deteriorates

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate for Eastern German trade and industry deteriorated markedly in July. Eastern German survey participants are less satisfied with their current business situation than last month. They are also more cautious about future business developments. The Eastern German economy can no longer escape the impact of international tensions. Details

  6. Ifo Export Climate Remains Unchanged

    teaserImage The Ifo Export Climate remained at its previous month’s value of 0.40 index points in June. This result was also reflected in the sub-indices for company and consumer confidence in foreign business and price competitiveness, which both remained almost unchanged versus May. Details

  7. German Companies Still Cautious About Recruiting

    teaserImage German companies are still looking for staff, but remain fairly cautious about recruiting. The Ifo Employment Barometer for German industry, including the service sector, was unchanged in July at 106.0 index points. The increase in employment remains fairly sluggish. Service providers remain most willing to recruit additional staff. Details

  8. Professor Rajeev Dehejia Visits CES

    teaserImage Rajeev Dehejia, Associate Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, is visiting the Center for Economic Studies (CES) from 29 July to 24 August 2014. His research interests cover econometrics, development economics, labour economics and public economics. Details

  9. EU Should Couple Short-Term Sanctions against Russia with Long-Term Integration Policy

    teaserImage Ifo’s analysis of past experiences with economic sanctions, published in ifo Schnelldienst 14/2014, suggests that there is little prospect of achieving a lasting de-escalation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine by implementing further sanctions against Russia. Details

  10. Ifo Business Climate Index Continues to Fall

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in Germany fell to 108.0 points in July from 109.7 points last month. This marks the third decrease in succession. Assessments of the current business situation were less favourable than in June. Companies were also less optimistic about future business developments. Geopolitical tensions are taking their toll on the German economy. Details

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