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  1. ifo Konjunkturperspektiven August 2014 Published

    teaserImage The business climate indicator in manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing and the service sector fell in August. At the same time, the business climate for the construction sector improved slightly. Details

  2. Dr. Michael Arghyrou Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage Michael Arghyrou, a Reader in Economics at Cardiff Business School, will be visiting the Ifo Institute from 1 to 30 September 2014. His research interests mainly lie in macroeconomics and international finance. Details

  3. Prof. Harald Badinger Visits CES

    teaserImage Harald Badinger, Professor for International Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and a CESifo network member, is visiting the Center for Economic Studies (CES) from 1 September to 19 October 2014. His research interests span applied econometrics, international macroeconomics, international economics and European integration. Details

  4. Prof. Holger Strulik Visits CES

    teaserImage Holger Strulik, Professor of Economics at the University of Göttingen, is visiting the Center for Economic Studies (CES) from 1 September to 5 October 2014. His research interests include economic growth and development theory, population economics, dynamic macroeconomics, health and ageing. Details

  5. Financing Conditions in Germany Continue to be Excellent

    teaserImage German companies continue to have easy access to bank loans. The credit constraint indicator for German industry and trade fell in August to 17.9 percent, compared with 18.2 percent the previous month. The credit constraint indicator has now been below the 20% mark for 16 months. Financing conditions for German firms continue to be excellent. Details

  6. German Industry: 2014 Sees Significant Increase in Investment

    teaserImage German manufacturers invested 55 billion euros in new fixed assets, according to the results of the latest Ifo Investment Survey. This means that investments were higher than in 2012, but not as high as originally planned. The level of investment was around 1% higher than in 2012 in both nominal and real terms. According to original investment planning, a 4% increase was planned. Details

  7. Market Dominance of Google, Amazon and Co.: Are Internet Firms Dictating the Rules?

    teaserImage Do internet companies hold a dominant market position and enjoy a scope for manoeuver that can no longer be held in check by competition? Should the antitrust authorities intervene, or are concerns over the internet giants exaggerated? These are the issues discussed in the ifo Schnelldienst 16/2014 by Justus Haucap, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, and Christiane Kehder, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Christian Kersting and Sebastian Dworschak, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Alexander Skipis, Association of German Publishers and Booksellers; and Ralf Müller-Terpitz, University of Mannheim. Details

  8. Renewed Worsening of the Ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in the eastern German states fell in August from 109.0 in the previous month to 108.4 index points. The eastern German survey respondents are not as satisfied with their current situation as last month. The expectations for the future course of business, however, remain almost unchanged in August. The positive current state of the eastern German economy has become a bit cloudier in August. Details

  9. 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

  10. 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

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