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  1. How Does the Incorporation of a Municipality Affect Population Growth?

    teaserImage During the municipality reforms of the 1970s several outlying municipalities became part of large German cities. These reforms also influenced population growth, as shown by Björn Kauder, Ifo Institute, in Ifo Working Paper No. 188. Smaller incorporated municipalities show almost 50 percent higher population compared to small municipalities that remained independent. This finding, however, does not apply to larger municipalities. This paper has been accepted for publication in the journal "Papers in Regional Science". Details

  2. Minimum Wage and Economic Growth – Politicians are Mistaken

    teaserImage Munich, October 17 – “Politicians are mistaken if they think that the statutory minimum wage recently passed by the German Parliament will not dampen economic activity and growth prospects”, says Niklas Potrafke, head of the Ifo Centre for Public Finance and Political Economy. “In fact, the minimum wage, which will take effect in January, is already subduing economic and growth prospects as businesses proactively factor in this prescribed wage level. The companies have anticipated that unit labour costs will rise and accordingly are already investing less. This is clouding the economic outlook and dampening long-term economic growth.” Details

  3. Dr. David von Below Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage David von Below, a post-doc at the University of Oxford, will visit the Ifo Institute from 17 to 23 October 2014. His main research areas are the environment and labour market economics. Details

  4. Winter Semester Munich Seminars Begin with Book Presentation

    teaserImage In the first Munich Seminar of the winter semester, Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Ifo Institute, will present his recently published book entitled: “The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs” on 20 October 2014. The lecture will take place at 6.00 p.m. in the Ludwig-Erhard-Saal of the Ifo Institute and will be livestreamed on the internet. Details

  5. CESifo Area Conference on Energy and Environmental Economics

    teaserImage Top environmental economists, led by Michael Hoel, University of Oslo, will meet on 17 and 18 October 2014 to discuss their latest research results. As part of the conference, selected junior economists will present their work and will stand for the CESifo Young Affiliate Award. The event will be held at the Ifo Institute. Details

  6. Dr. Marc Gronwald Visits Ifo Institute

    teaserImage Marc Gronwald, Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, will visit the Ifo Institute from 15 to 20 October 2014. His research interests cover the field of energy and environmental economics. He is a Affiliate of the CESifo Research Network and Research Associate of the Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources. Details

  7. Ifo President Sinn Opposes Transfer of Risks to Taxpayers

    teaserImage Ifo President Hans-Werner Sinn berates the purchase of government bonds by the European Central Bank (ECB). Commenting on the European Court of Justice proceedings, Sinn said: “The financial markets have only been calmed by the fact that the investment risk has been shifted from the clever gamblers behind screens to taxpayers who are acting in good faith. That is cynical. We allow investors to escape rather than bearing the consequences of their decisions. Ordinary people are being turned into hostages of the financial markets and speculators, who are forcing politicians to take measures that the majority of these ordinary people may not want. It has to stop. There are also normal citizens who need to be calmed, not just the markets.” Details

  8. Options and Limitations of Monetary Policy

    teaserImage The options offered by monetary policy and its limitations in resolving the crisis in the euro area will be the topic of a speech given by Franz Josef Benedikt, President of the central office of the Deutsche Bundesbank in Saxony and Thüringen, on 16 October 2014. The event will take place at Ifo’s Dresden Branch as one of the Dresdner Vorträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik and will commence at 6.30 p.m. Details

  9. Distinguished CES Fellow Jean Tirole Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

    teaserImage Jean Tirole, Distinguished CES Fellow 1996, has been awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2014. Described by colleagues as “one of the most productive, original and ultimately socially useful economists of his generation,” Mr Tirole was honoured by the Academy for his work on market power and regulation, and on taming powerful firms. Details

  10. Germany Must Stay in the Black

    teaserImage The Ifo Institute is astonished by statements in the media that the Joint Economic Forecast allegedly repudiates the German Federal government’s aim to achieve a balanced budget as an “object of prestige”. On the contrary, the institutes explicitly welcome the aim of a balanced budget in their Joint Economic Forecast and oppose further economic stimulus packages. The concept of a balanced budget is a highly meaningful “object of prestige” for Germany that should be respected in order to maintain the country’s credit-worthiness. The scope for investments and reductions to the tax burden referred to in the forecast is generated by the budget surpluses to be expected this year and in 2014. It is a misrepresentation of the forecast to interpret these references as calls for further borrowing. No such calls are made at any point in the forecast text. Details

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