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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. ifo Dresden berichtet 1/2017 Published

    teaserImage ifo Dresden 1/2017 features articles on the demographic approach to municipal fiscal equalisation, the additional economic costs of the property transfer tax, rising competition for study places in Saxony and economic forecasts for Germany, eastern Germany and Saxony. Details

  4. Economists Panel: Brexit Negotiations - Contents and Consequences for Britain and the EU

    teaserImage German economists support the EU Treaty model ("Norway model") for future cooperation between Britain and the European Economic Area, followed by the Swiss model. They expect, however, that the EU will strive towards the "Ukraine plus" model as the future basis for cooperation with Britain. These are the findings of the February edition of the Economists Panel conducted by Ifo and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Details

  5. Ifo Renames Department as Center for Labour and Demographic Economics

    teaserImage The Ifo department previously known as the Ifo Center for Labour Market Research and Family Economics changed its name on 1 February 2017 to the Ifo Center for Labour and Demographic Economics. The new name was chosen as a more accurate expression of the department's key long-term research areas. In the field of labour market economics, department head Prof. Helmut Rainer and his team of researchers look at the time allocation of households, job offering behaviour, search and matching models, as well as migration and integration in demographic economics with partnership decisions, fertility, family structures, domestic violence and healthcare. Details

  6. Ifo President Fuest Demands Far-Reaching Reform of Eurozone

    teaserImage Ifo President Clemens Fuest has called for a comprehensive reform of the Eurozone. “The Eurozone requires urgent reforms. Procedures and competencies now need to be changed if lasting stability in the currency union is to be achieved,” he said at the presentation of his new book “The Odysseus Complex” (“Der Odysseus-Komplex” published in German), co-authored by Fuest and finance expert Johannes Becker from Muenster. Details

  7. Ifo World Economic Climate Continues to Brighten

    teaserImage The Ifo World Economic climate continued to improve this quarter. The indicator rose to +2.6 balance points from -1.2 points previously. Experts’ assessments of the current economic situation were no longer quite as unfavourable as last quarter. Expectations also brightened somewhat, pointing to a moderate recovery in the world economy. Details

  8. CESifo Forum 4/2016: The Collapse of the Ruble Zone

    teaserImage The lastest issue of CESifo Forum focuses on the collapse of the ruble zone and the lessons to be learnt from it. The states of the former Soviet Union initially formed a common currency area in 1991: the ruble zone. Against a background of diverging fiscal policies pursued by member states, some central banks began to print their own bank notes.This, in turn, led to higher inflation and the break-up of the currency union in 1993. Details

  9. Basel IV Debate: an Excessive Burden for European Banks or Are Rules Still Too Lax?

    teaserImage The debate over the new banking supervision rules rages on. The Basel Committee was supposed to clear up the final details to either supplement "Basel III" or set up "Basel IV" at a meeting at the beginning of January. That meeting, however, was postponed. Potential future developments are discussed in ifo Schnelldienst 3/2017 by Stephan Paul, Ruhr University Bochum, Thomas Heidorn, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, and Christian Schmaltz, Aarhus University, Michael Torben Menk, University of Siegen, Lothar Jerzembek, Association of German Public Sector Banks, as well as Karen Braun-Munzinger and Korbinian Ibel, European Central Bank. Details

  10. The Removal of the Middle-Class Bulge - Models and Costs

    teaserImage The middle-class bulge leads to swiftly rising marginal tax rates, which is why middle-class income earners are often considered to be the social group most heavily impacted by taxes and duties. The Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy prepared a study on this topic on behalf of the Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft (New Social Market Economy Initiative), which was published as ifo Forschungsbericht 77. The study presents concrete income tax reform options and quantifies their impact on tax payers and public budgets using the Ifo income tax simulation model (Ifo-ESM). Details



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