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  1. Is Energy Storage the Stepchild of the German Energy Turnaround?

    teaserImage Although resolving the energy storage issue is unquestionably central to the energy turnaround’s success, it has been neglected by both politicians and business for a long time. Which technologies are currently available and when will they be ready for the market? How are they to be evaluated economically and ecologically? These are just some of the key issues that will be analysed as part of the 3rd energy policy workshop on 16 September 2014. The event will be jointly organised by the Ifo Institute and the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf will take place at the Ifo Institute. Details

  2. Germans Favour Compulsory Preschool and the Abolition of Fees – Results of the First Ifo Education Barometer

    teaserImage Germans are in favour of compulsory preschool attendance (86 percent), the abolition of preschool fees (84 percent) and a whole-day school system with lessons until 3 p.m. (60 percent). The majority of Germans (51 percent) is opposed to childcare subsidies for stay-at-home parents. Moreover, Germans are in favour of a nationwide exit exam for the Abitur (A-level equivalent) and think that it is important that the country performs well in the PISA test. These are the results of the first Ifo Education Barometer, a new, comprehensive and representative public opinion survey of over 4,000 Germans supported by the Leibniz Association. Details

  3. Germany on Track To Become World Champion in Capital Exports

    teaserImage After winning the Football World Cup Germany is also on track to become world champion in capital exports in 2014. The German current account, which is forecast to total 280 billion US dollars for 2014, is once again higher than that of China, which is expected to post a surplus of around 230 billion US dollars this year. Lagging some way behind in third place is oil exporter Saudi Arabia. In Germany the main driving force is trade in goods, which by July had already generated a surplus of 133 billion euros. Details

  4. Law and Economics

    teaserImage The latest issue of CESifo Economic Studies, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of CESifo, tackles issues at the intersection of economics and law, from marriage as a contract through crime and punishment to the relevance of judicial procedure for economic growth. Details

  5. Inheritance Tax: Is the Tax Rebate on Company Inheritors Justified?

    teaserImage Is it unconstitutional to give company inheritance preferential treatment over the inheritance of private capital? This is the main issue discussed in the ifo Schnelldienst 17/2014 by Christoph Spengel, University of Mannheim, and Frank Streif, Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Johanna Hey, University of Cologne, Rainer Kirchdörfer, Foundation for Family Businesses, Christian Seiler, University of Tübingen, Michael Meister, German Federal Ministry of Finance, and Berthold Welling, Association of German Industry (BDI), Berlin. Details

  6. Professor Eric A. Hanushek Visits Ifo Institute as Guest Researcher

    teaserImage Eric A. Hanushek, professor at the Stanford University Hoover Institution, will visit the Ifo Institute as a guest researcher from 11 to 27 September 2014. His main research interests lie in the field of the economics of education. Professor Hanushek is closely linked to the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education and Innovation as a research professor. During his stay in Munich he will discuss joint research projects with Professor Ludger Wößmann. Details

  7. FAZ Ranking: Ifo Economists Exercise Influence

    teaserImage Ifo President Hans-Werner Sinn is Germany’s most influential economist, according to the latest ranking by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “No other economist in Germany has such a strong media and political presence and is also active in research,” writes the newspaper. Other Ifo researchers also performed strongly in the ranking: Ludger Wößmann, Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education and Innovation, ranked 4, Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the Ifo Center for International Economics, ranked 29, Niklas Potrafke, Director of the Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy, ranked 38, Marcel Thum, Executive Director of Ifo’s Dresden Branch, ranked 50, Klaus Wohlrabe, Coordinator of Ifo Business Surveys, ranked 52, and Joachim Ragnitz, Managing Director of Ifo Dresden, ranked 67. Details

  8. CESifo Area Conference on Economics of Education

    teaserImage Leading education economists led by Eric A. Hanushek, Stanford University, and Ludger Wößmann, University of Munich and Ifo Institute, will meet on 12 and 13 September to present and discuss their latest research results. In the framework of the conference selected junior economists will also present their work and compete for the CESifo Young Affiliate Award. The event will be held at the Ifo Institute. Details

  9. 16th Annual Congress of European Trade Study Group

    teaserImage Over 400 international economics experts will gather at the University of Munich from 11 to 13 September 2014 for the annual congress of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG). The event being hosted by LMU Munich and Ifo Institute. Details

  10. Ifo Researcher Ludger Wößmann Receives Gossen Prize

    teaserImage The German Association of Economists has awarded Ifo researcher Ludger Wößmann, 41, the Gossen Prize. Wößmann has provided new insights into the impact of education, according to a statement by the Association of German Economists (Verein für Socialpolitik) made in Hamburg, where the prize worth 10,000 euros was awarded. Wößmann’s research into the determining factors of the returns on education, the importance of education for the economy by international comparison, and its influence on development processes has attracted a great deal of attention in the fields of empirical labour economics, education research and the history of economics. Details

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