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  1. German firms show increased willingness to hire despite geopolitical crises

    teaserImage Despite the geopolitical tension, German companies’ propensity to hire has strengthened. The Ifo Employment Barometer for Germany rose in August to 107.0 index points, after 106.0 in July. The main driver of this development was the service sector, which is mainly domestically oriented and thus less affected by global political events. Details

  2. Offshoring, Wage Inequality and Innovation

    teaserImage How does the transfer of intermediate goods production abroad impact wage inequality? To what extent do intellectual property rights and offshoring costs influence innovation rates and offshoring’s contribution to domestic production? In his doctoral thesis, published as ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 56, Sebastian Benz analyses various aspects of the rising volume of trade in intermediate goods. Details

  3. Ifo Business Climate Index in Further Decline

    teaserImage 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 firms were again less satisfied with their current business situation. Also with regard to the further course of business, they are more sceptical than in the previous month. The German economy continues to lose steam. Details

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

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Indicator for the German service sector declined in August to 20.1 balance points, from 22.4 in the previous month. Although the assessments of the current situation have improved significantly, the expectations for the next six months have clouded over noticeably. Nevertheless, the service companies plans to recruit clearly more additional staff. Details

  5. Professor Lucas Bretschger Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage Lucas Bretschger, Professor of Economics/Resource Economics and Director of the Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich, is visiting the Ifo Institute from 25 to 29 August 2014. His main research interests are the theory and policy of natural resources, environmental, trade and climate economics and public finance. Details

  6. Prof. David Huffman Visits CES

    teaserImage David Huffman, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford, is visiting the Center for Economic Studies (CES) from 24 to 31 August 2014. His research lies at the intersection of labour economics and behavioural economics. He studies central questions in labour economics like the causes of involuntary unemployment and the response of worker labour supply to financial incentives. Details

  7. European Economic Association & Econometric Society Hold Annual Congresses

    teaserImage The annual congresses of both the European Economic Association and the Econometric Society will be held from 25 to 29 September 2014 in Toulouse. Economists from the CESifo Group will also take part in the events, where the Group will have a stand. Details

  8. State Export Credit Guarantees in a Globalised World

    teaserImage The latest CESifo Forum presents a collection of articles resulting from the conference called ‘The State Export Credit Guarantees in Globalised World’ that was held at the Ifo Institute. In the first part of the special issue, five stakeholders from different institutions assess developments in global value chains and discuss the role and challenges for export credit agencies (ECA) from their point of view. In the second part of the special edition four experts present empirical analyses for countries with very specific characteristics. Details

  9. The Challenges of an Ageing Society – International Institute of Public Finance Holds Annual Congress in Lugano

    teaserImage Over 400 national and international public finance experts – including economists from the CESifo Group – will be meeting from 20 to 23 August 2014 at the 70th Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), the global public finance organisation, to be held at the University of Lugano. This year's conference is entitled: "Redesigning the Welfare State for Ageing Societies" and participants will discuss reform proposals against the background of an ageing society. Details

  10. Dr. Marc Auboin Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage Marc Auboin, Counsellor at the Research and Statistics Department of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and member of the WTO Task Force on the Financial Crisis and Trade, will visit the Ifo Institute from 18 to 22 August 2014. In cooperation with Dr. Erdal Yalcin, Ifo Institute, and Kalina Manova, his research explores the causal links between trade credit/insurance and trade flows at the sector level. Details

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