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  1. German Companies Mainly See Refugees as Unskilled Workers

    teaserImage German companies see the greatest employment potential for refugees as unskilled workers. These are the results of a survey by the Ifo Institute. “41 percent of firms see significant potential for refugees to be recruited in their own branch as unskilled workers. But 59 percent rate their chances as narrow”, says Gabriel Felbermayr, one of the study’s authors. Details

  2. 25 Years of German Unification: How Do We Stand – And Where Do We Go From Here?

    teaserImage On 3 October 2015 Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of its reunification. The end of the nation’s division created major chances and new development possibilities. Major advances have been made in improving economic and social living conditions since reunification. But not all initial expectations have been fulfilled. To mark this anniversary, the Ifo Institute organised a scientific conference that highlighted the key aspects of economic development in the eastern German Länder since 1991, weighed up successes and failures in various areas, and outlined perspectives for the future. Several contributions based on speeches given at the conference are published in the ifo Schnelldienst 22/2015. Details

  3. Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern German Länder Rises Sharply

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate for Eastern German trade and industry brightened clearly in November. The climate indicator rose markedly to 110.7 index points from 108.2 points last month. Eastern German survey participants were more satisfied with their current business situation this month. Moreover, optimism about future business developments grew significantly; with business expectations returning to a level last seen at the end of 2010. The terrible events in Paris and international turbulence have had no negative impact on the Eastern German economy to date. Details

  4. German Firms Continue to Expand Staff Base

    teaserImage German companies reported growing demand for new staff. The Ifo Employment Barometer rose to 109.9 points in November from 109.1 points last month, marking its fourth consecutive increase. Developments in employment continue to follow a clearly upward path. Details

  5. 9th Workshop on Political Economy

    teaserImage The Dresden branch of the Ifo Institute will host the 9th Political Economics workshop from 27 to 28 November 2015. This event will be jointly organised by CESifo, the Center for Public Economics of the Technical University of Dresden and the Dresden branch of the Ifo Institute. The keynote speeches will be given by Geoffrey Brennan, UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke University, and Kai Konrad, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance. Christian Lessmann, Technical University of Braunschweig, and Gunther Markwardt, Technical University of Dresden, are responsible for the academic supervision of the workshop. Details

  6. German Industry Expects Stronger Growth in Exports

    teaserImage German manufacturers are more optimistic about the short-term future. The Ifo Export Expectations in November compensated for last month’s fall. The index returned to 7.5 balance points in November from 5.9 balance points in October. The weakness of the euro is contributing to these developments. Details

  7. Ifo Business Climate Index Rises Markedly

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Index for German industry and trade rose considerably to 109.0 points in November from 108.2 points in October. Assessments of the current business situation improved. Optimism with a view to future business developments also continued to increase for the third consecutive month. The German economy remains unaffected by growing uncertainty worldwide. Not even the Paris attacks had a negative impact on survey data. Details

  8. German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Indicator Hits New Record High

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate indicator for the German service sector rose to 33.4 balance points this month, exceeding the record high of 32.5 balance points reached in October. This was due to service providers’ optimistic expectations, which also reached an all-time high. By contrast, they slightly scaled back their very good assessments of the current business situation. Service providers still intend to recruit additional staff. Details

  9. Europe’s Role in the Digital Transformation

    teaserImage In a speech entitled: “Europe’s role in the digital transformation” to be given on Monday 23 November 2015 Timotheus Höttges, Board Chairman of Deutsche Telekom AG, will talk about the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution for Europe. How does this digital economy work, how can Europe benefit from it and do we need a European “protection of values?” Mr Höttges will cover these and other questions. The speech (in German) will be given as part of the Munich Seminars at 6.00 p.m. in the Ludwig Erhard Saal of the Ifo Institute. Details

  10. In the Light of the COP – Effectiveness of International and National Climate Policy

    teaserImage The 5th Energy Policy Workshop to be held on 30 November 2015, the opening day of the two-week UN climate conference in Paris, will offer deep insights into the political, economic, ecological and ethical aspects of international climate negotiations. The event will be jointly organised by Ifo and the Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and will take place at the Ifo Institute. Details


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