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  1. Ifo Business Climate Index Declines Marginally

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Index for German trade and industry edged downwards to 108.5 points in May from 108.6 points last month. Companies were once again more satisfied with their current business situation, but expressed slightly less optimism about the months ahead. The German economy remains on track. Details

  2. German Service Sector: Ifo Business Climate Indicator for Services Rises Sharply

    teaserImage The Ifo Business Climate Indicator for the German service sector increased to 25.8 balance points in May from 22.9 points last month. Service providers’ assessments of their current business situation rose to their highest level since June 2014. Their business expectations were also more optimistic. Service providers still intend to recruit more employees. Details

  3. Knowledge is the Key to a Country’s Development

    teaserImage In their latest book Eric Hanushek, Stanford University, and Ludger Wößmann, Ifo Institute, show that the cognitive skills of a population are essential to its long-run prosperity. In their opinion, the focus of education policy should not just be on school attainment, but on an education system that develops effective accountability, promotes choice and competition, and provides direct rewards for good performance. Details

  4. CESifo Area Conference on the Global Economy

    teaserImage Leading academics in trade will gather at the Ifo Institute from 22 to 23 May 2015 to present and discuss their latest research results. The keynote speeches will be given by Kala M. Krishna, Pennsylvania State University, and Andrei A. Levchenko, University of Michigan. As part of the conference, selected junior economists will also present their work and compete for the CESifo Young Affiliate Award. Peter Egger, ETH Zurich, and John Whalley, University of Western Ontario, will be responsible for the academic supervision of the event. Details

  5. CESifo Forum 1/2015: Disputes about the Piketty’s r>g Hypothesis on Wealth Inequality

    teaserImage With his book on distribution issues, Thomas Piketty made the formula r>g renowned worldwide and triggered a great deal of discussion. In the current issue of CESifo Forum Clemens Fuest, Andreas Peichl and Daniel Waldenström, all from the ZEW, Ton van Schaik, University of Tilburg, Debraj Ray, New York University, Till van Treeck, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Christoph Schinke, Ifo Institute, all discuss Piketty’s theses. Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics, responds to them personally. Details

  6. 14th Munich Economic Summit: Competitiveness and Innovation

    teaserImage High-ranking politicians, global leaders from business and academia and representatives of the European media will meet to discuss “Competitiveness and Innovation” and key questions of European and global economic development at this year’s Munich Economic Summit, which will be held on 21 and 22 May 2015. Keynote speakers at the event will be Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue, and the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. The Munich Economic Summit is jointly organised by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the CESifo Group Munich. Details

  7. Is Germany the Euro Winner?

    teaserImage Has the introduction of the euro led to an improvement or to a decline in Germany’s prosperity? This issue is discussed in ifo Schnelldienst 9/2015 by Daniel Stelter, founder of the discussion forum “Beyond the Obvious” and consultant, Karlhans Sauernheimer, University of Mainz, and Klaus C. Engelen, business journalist. Details

  8. CESifo Area Conference on Employment and Social Protection

    teaserImage The CESifo conference on employment and social protection will take place on 15 and 16 May under the academic supervision of Kai A. Konrad, Max-Planck-Institut für Steuerrecht und Öffentliche Finanzen. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Matthias Sutter, University of Cologne and University of Innsbruck. In addition, selected young economists will be presenting their work as part of the conference and will be competing for the CESifo Young Affiliate Award. The event will take place at the Ifo Institute. Details

  9. CESifo Delphi Conference on Current Account Adjustments

    teaserImage CESifo and the Department of International and European Economic Studies (DIEES) of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) are jointly organising a conference on the topic of current account adjustments that will be held on 15 and 16 May 2015. The conference, under the academic supervision of Gabriel J. Felbermayr, Ifo Institute, Margarita Katsimi and Thomas Moutos, both AUEB, will take place in Athens. Details

  10. Ifo World Economic Climate Continues to Brighten

    teaserImage The Ifo Index for the world economy rose to 99.5 points from 95.9 points last quarter. Both assessments of the current economic situation and the economic outlook improved. WES experts forecast world economic growth of 2.3 percent this year. The world economy is slowly gaining impetus. Details


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