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  1. A Marshall Plan with Africa: A Suitable Concept for Sustainable Development?

    teaserImage In January 2017 German Federal Minister Gerd Müller outlined the Marshall Plan for Africa. Instead of continuing to scatter funding, financial assistance will be channelled towards setting up stable economic structures and encouraging governments to take on more responsibility. The question of whether this plan is a suitable concept for sustainable development is discussed In ifo Schnelldienst 4/2017 by German Federal Minister Gerd Müller, Andreas Freytag and Susanne Fricke, University of Jena, Franz Josef Radermacher, University of Ulm and Club of Rome, Axel Dreher and Sarah Langlotz, University of Heidelberg, Werner Abelshauser, University of Bielefeld, as well as Matthias Wachter and Jennifer Howe, BDI. Details

  2. German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Index for the Service Sector Falls

    teaserImage Sentiment in the service sector continued to weaken in February. The business climate index fell to 108.5 points this month from 109.3 points in January. While service providers were somewhat more satisfied with their current business situation, they expressed less confidence about their six-month business outlook. They nevertheless plan to recruit additional staff. Details

  3. Ifo Business Climate Index Rises

    teaserImage Sentiment among German managers improved this month. The Ifo Business Climate Index rose to 111.0 points in February from 109.9 (seasonally adjusted) points last month. Assessments of the current business situation reached their highest level since August 2011. Companies also expressed greater optimism about the months ahead. After making a cautious start to the year, the German economy is back on track. Details

  4. Forced Migration and Labour Market Integration of Refugees – Latest Empirical Research Results

    teaserImage "Forced migration and labour market integration" is the topic of a lecture to be given by Prof. Herbert Brücker, Head of the International Comparisons and European Integration Department at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, on 27 February 2017. The lecture will be given as part of the Dresdner Vorträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik at the Dresden Branch of the Ifo Institute. It will commence at 6.30 p.m. Details

  5. EGIT – Economic Geography and International Trade Research Meeting

    teaserImage The Economic Geography and International Trade Research Meeting (EGIT) will take place from 24 – 25 February 2017. The conference will be organised by Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Ifo Institute and University of Munich, Prof. Volker Nitsch, TU Darmstadt, and Prof. Jens Südekum, University of Duisburg-Essen. The keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Toshihiro Okubo, Keio University, Japan. The event will begin at midday at the Ifo Institute. Details

  6. Free trade with Russia Could Bring Benefits for Germany and EU

    teaserImage A free trade area for the European Union, Russia and other states would have economic advantages for all concerned, according to model-based calculations by the Ifo Institute. According to Ifo’s research results, a comprehensive agreement between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Community could lead to a 0.2 percent increase in real per capita income in the EU, corresponding to an annual EUR 91 upturn in per capita income. For Russia this increase could be as high as three percent or EUR 235 per year. Details

  7. Ifo Export Climate Begins Year by Rising

    teaserImage The Ifo Export Climate rose to 0.72 points in January 2017 from 0.59 index points in December 2016. The improvement in the export climate was due to higher corporate and consumer confidence abroad. Price competiveness in the German economy, by contrast, had a slightly dampening effect. Details

  8. The Odysseus Complex

    teaserImage In their latest book “The Odysseus Complex” Ifo President Clemens Fuest and Johannes Becker, Professor at the University of Münster, develop a plan to reform the Eurozone, which would make the currency union less prone to crises and would mitigate conflicts among its member states. “The Odysseus Complex” has been published on 20 February 2017 by the Hanser Verlag. Details

  9. CESifo DICE Report 4/2016: Asylum Policy

    teaserImage The surge of refugees into European Union countries since 2015 has highlighted the lack of any coherent system of asylum policies to effectively master this challenge. The absence of this institutional framework leads to a chaotic and divided way of handling the refugee situation, which has been discussed controversially in politics and in the media in all of the EU countries affected by it. In order to rationalise the heated debate, it is indispensable to analyse what went wrong in the European asylum policy and to find a system that works. The articles in the rubric Forum of the CESifo DICE Report 4/2016 analyse various aspects of the debate over asylum policies. Details

  10. Phasing Out Subsidies Boosts Competition among Students in Saxony

    teaserImage Higher education development planning by the Saxon regional government means that not all applicants will be granted a study place as of 2020. Competition among applicants is expected to rise dramatically as a result, according to research by the Dresden Branch of the Ifo Institute. Details

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