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  1. 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

  2. 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

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

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Indicator for the German service sector fell to 22.5 balance points in July from 25.2 points last month. Assessments of the current business situation were no longer as positive as in June. Service providers, by contrast, are slightly more optimistic about future business developments and still plan to recruit additional staff. Details

  4. Professor Wolfgang Keller Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage Wolfgang Keller, Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Research Associate of the CESifo Research Network will be visiting the Ifo Institute from July to December 2014 as a research professor of the Humboldtstiftung. His research focuses on the interface between international trade and the economics of technology, as well as on issues in growth and long-run development. Details

  5. Explosive Target Balances

    teaserImage The Target balances of the German Bundesbank exploded during the period from the beginning of 2009 to the beginning of 2013. These are the results presented by Prof. Niklas Potrafke and Markus Reischmann, both from the Ifo Institute, in Ifo Working Paper No. 185. German Target balances also soared in autumn 2007, when the European interbank market collapsed for the first time. Details

  6. What is the Relationship Between Trade and Income Distribution?

    teaserImage Differences in average income have a positive impact on trade between countries, while differences in income dispersion reduce it. These are the findings of Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Ifo Institute, and Peter Eppinger, University of Tübingen, presented in Ifo Working Paper No. 184. Their results shed new light on the Linder hypothesis that countries trade even when they are similar to each other. Details

  7. ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) 2014

    teaserImage The Ifo Industry Colloquium takes place on 5 November 2014 and 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. Details

  8. CESifo DICE Report 2/2014: Labour Market and Immigration

    teaserImage Labour market adjustments to large immigration influx are discussed in the CESifo DICE Report 2/2014 by Libertad González, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE, and Francesc Ortega, Queens College, Tim Krieger, University of Freiburg, Slobodan Djajiæ, The Graduate Institute, Switzerland, Osea Giuntella, University of Oxford, and Uwe Blien, Linda Borrs, Katja Wolf, all IAB Nürnberg, and Jens Südekum, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics. Details

  9. CESifo Venice Summer Institute 2014

    teaserImage CESifo's fifteenth Venice Summer Institute, organised in co-operation with the Venice International University, will take place from 21 to 26 July 2014. In five workshops entitled: Behavioural Political Economy, The Economics and Political Economy of Energy Subsidies, Demographic Change and Long-Run Development, Regional Mega Deals: New Trends, New Models, New Insights?, and Reforming the Public Sector, researchers will discuss the latest findings in these fields. Details

  10. Innovation and Its Impact on Value Creation in Germany

    teaserImage The Ifo Working Paper Nr. 180 by Dr. Sebastian Benz, Dr. Markus Zimmer, both from the Ifo Institute, and Prof. Mario Larch, University of Bayreuth, examines the effect of additional staff, capital and innovation on value creation in various business segments in Germany using a new method based on input-output tables. The analysis shows, for instance, that value creation rises most sharply in research and development services. Other areas in which output rises include education and teaching services, health, veterinary and social services, chemical products and trading services related to automobiles, automobile repairs and fuel retailing. Details

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