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Professor Hans-Werner Sinn is one of Germany’s most influential economists. He is President of the Ifo Institute and Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich. As President of a Leibniz Association institute, both he and the institute he heads are responsible for identifying key policy issues and providing the public with relevant scientifically-based information, with the goal of contributing to sound policy-making and bringing objectivity to public discussion. On behalf of the Ifo Institute, Professor Sinn has made many important contributions to public debate over questions ranging from the national, such as the malaise affecting Germany during its long slump, through pan-European ones such as the Target balances and the euro crisis, to global ones such as the financial crisis and the climate-influencing green paradox.

Recent Lecture


Schafft es Deutschland, den Zappelstrom zu bändigen?
Hans-Werner Sinn
Ifo Annual Meeting 2014
26.06.2014 | German

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Hans-Werner Sinn: Responsibility of States and Central Banks in the Euro Crisis

Expert report commissioned by the German Constitutional Court, Second Senate
Constitutional complaints 2 BvR 1390/12, 2 BvR 1439/12 and 2 BvR 1824/12
Organstreitverfahren (proceedings related to a dispute between supreme federal bodies) 2 BvE 6/12
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Session of 11 and 12 June 2013 read on Hans-Werner Sinn: Responsibility of States and Central Banks in the Euro Crisis

  1. Effectiveness of OMT Programme Called into Question | Feb 12, 2014 | Press release | Euro Crisis | Details

  2. Comments by the Ifo Institute and Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn on Today’s Statement by Germany’s Constitutional Court on the ECB’s OMT Programme | Feb 7, 2014 | Press release | Euro Crisis | Details

  1. Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Verantwortung der Staaten und Notenbanken in der Eurokrise ", ifo Schnelldienst 66 (Sonderausgabe Juni), 2013, 03-33 | Details | PDF Download

  1. Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Verantwortung der Staaten und Notenbanken in der Eurokrise", Wirtschaftsdienst 93 (7), 2013, 451-454 | Details

  1. Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Responsibility of States and Central Banks in the Euro Crisis", CESifo Forum 15 (1), 2014, 03-36 | Details | PDF Download

Wen schützt der Rettungsschirm der EZB?

Presseartikel von Hans-Werner Sinn, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 08.11.2013, Nr. 260, S. 14

Manchmal werden die Vorteile der Zinssenkung für Deutschlands Kreditnehmer betont. Doch ist Deutschland per Saldo ein Nettogläubiger des Restes der Welt. Daher ist unser Land der große Verlierer der Zinssenkung, die Krisenländer sind klare Gewinner. Eine Anmerkung zur Target-Problematik. read on Wen schützt der Rettungsschirm der EZB?

Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Das demographische Defizit Deutschlands", Radio-Beitrag, SR 1 Europawelle, Talk, 03.02.2014 | 35 Min. | Audio

  1. Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Das demographische Defizit – die Fakten, die Folgen, die Ursachen und die Politikimplikationen", ifo Schnelldienst 66 (21), 2013, 03-23 | Details | PDF Download

Hans-Werner Sinn on the Dangers of a Real Depreciation by the Crisis-Afflicted Countries

Hans-Werner Sinn has repeatedly warned of the dangers that may result from a real depreciation in the crisis countries in his publications, articles and interviews.
read on Hans-Werner Sinn on the Dangers of a Real Depreciation by the Crisis-Afflicted Countries

Latest Ifo Viewpoints

  1. Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Viewpoint No. 158: Piketty’s World Formula | May 14, 2014 | Ifo Viewpoint | Details

  2. Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Viewpoint No. 157: Quantitative Easing | May 12, 2014 | Ifo Viewpoint | Details

  3. Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Viewpoint No. 156: Europe’s Next Moral Hazard | May 6, 2014 | Ifo Viewpoint | Details

  4. Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Viewpoint No. 155: Why We Should Give Putin a Chance | May 2, 2014 | Ifo Viewpoint | Details

  5. Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Viewpoint No. 154: Putin and Flickering Power | Mar 17, 2014 | Ifo Viewpoint | Details

Latest Publications of Hans-Werner Sinn

  1. Sinn, Hans-Werner, The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, 416 , Information | Details

  2. Sinn, Hans-Werner, Gefangen im Euro, Redline Verlag, München, 2014, 224 , Information | Details

  3. Bertola, Giuseppe, John Driffill, Harold James, Hans-Werner Sinn, Jan-Egbert Sturm and Ákos Valentinyi, "The EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014: The road towards cohesion", CESifo Group Munich, Munich, 2014, 01-120 | Details | PDF Download

  4. Bertola, Giuseppe, John Driffill, Harold James, Hans-Werner Sinn, Jan-Egbert Sturm and Ákos Valentinyi, "Authors: The Members of the European Economic Advisory Group at CESifo ", in: EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014, 2014, 111-113 | Details | PDF Download

  5. Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Foreword", EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014, 2014, 01 | Details | PDF Download

  6. Bertola, Giuseppe, John Driffill, Harold James, Hans-Werner Sinn, Jan-Egbert Sturm and Ákos Valentinyi, "Recommendations for Europe", EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014, 2014, 06-07 | Details | PDF Download

  7. Bertola, Giuseppe, John Driffill, Harold James, Hans-Werner Sinn, Jan-Egbert Sturm and Ákos Valentinyi, "Summary ", EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014, 2014, 08-13 | Details | PDF Download

Latest Policy Contributions of Hans-Werner Sinn

  1. Hans-Werner Sinn, Perfekt entkoppelt | Sep 1, 2014 | Press article |
    Presseartikel von Hans-Werner Sinn, Wirtschaftswoche, 01.09.2014, S. 39 Details

  2. Alexander Wendt, "Steuerzahler werden haften" | Sep 1, 2014 | Press interview |
    Interview mit Hans-Werner Sinn, Focus, 01.09.2014, S. 80 Details

  3. Sinn: „Die EZB hat ihr Pulver längst verschossen" | Aug 29, 2014 | Press interview |
    Interview mit Hans-Werner Sinn, Wall Street Journal, 29.08.2014, http://www.wsj.de/nachrichten/SB10001424052970203622804580121523413048094?mg=reno64-wsjde Details

  4. Hans-Werner Sinn, Weg zur Rettung Italiens führt durch ein Tal der Tränen | Aug 27, 2014 | Press article |
    Presseartikel von Hans-Werner Sinn, Die Presse, S. 23, 27.08.2014 Details

  5. Hans-Werner Sinn, Italy not alone in failing to recognise its competitiveness problem | Aug 26, 2014 | Press article |
    Internet article by Hans-Werner Sinn, http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/26/italy-triple-dip-recession-loss-of-competitiveness-europe, 26 August 2014 Details

External publications

Die Familienunternehmer - ASU e.V., "Europa - Es geht auch anders! Ein Plädoyer für das Haftungsprinzip.", August 2013, Download (PDF)

Selected video recordings of presentations and lectures

An Economic Approach to Europe’s Future, presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, Spanish-German Economic Dialogue - Southern and Northern Perspectives on the Euro Crisis | Video | 03.02.2014 | English

Herausforderung Energiewende, presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, Symposium „Energiewende 2.0" | Video | 28.01.2014 | English

"Financial Globalization", 2014 AEA Annual Meeting, with Ernest Zedillo, Andrew G. Haldane, Hans-Werner Sinn, Simon Johnson and Maurice Obstfeld | Video | Presentation (PDF) | 04.01.2014 | English

"Macroeconomics of Austerity", 2014 AEA Annual Meeting, with James Poterba (moderator), Olivier Blanchard, Hans-Werner Sinn and Lawrence Summers | Video | Presentation (PDF) | 04.01.2014 | English

"Energiewende ins Nichts", presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, LMU | Video | 16.12.2013 | 01:36:26 | German

"Wirtschaftliche Perspektiven für die Weltwirtschaft und Europa", Presentation at the Ifo ifo Branchen-Dialog (Ifo Industry Colloquium) | Video | 06.11.2013 | German

"PANEL 1 Migration in Europe – Recent Developments ", with Gerhard Stahl (Chair), Georg Fischer, Diane Schmitt and Luca Visentini, Ifo-CoR Brussels International Economic Forum (Ifo-CoR BrIEF) 2013 | Video | 15.10.2013 | English

"PANEL 2 International Migration and the Welfare State", with Gerhard Stahl (Chair), Panu Poutvaara (Introduction), Jean-Christophe Dumont, Herbert Brücker, Anna-Elisabeth Thum, Ifo-CoR Brussels International Economic Forum (Ifo-CoR BrIEF) 2013 | Video | 15.10.2013 | English

"Weiterentwicklung der Europäischen Währungsunion – eine Einführung", Presentation at the Ifo Annual Meeting | Video | 26.06.2013 | German

"Whitman Lecture: The Euro Crisis" Lecture and Discussion with Hans-Werner Sinn, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC. | Video | 01.05.2013 | English

"The Big Question: What would it take to save the euro?" Discussion with Booth professors Anil Kashyap, Veronica Guerrieri and Hans-Werner Sinn, University of Chicago Booth School of Business. | Video | 17.04.2013 | English

"Leading German economist Hans-Werner Sinn on Cyprus, Germany, and the prospects for the euro",  Podcast interview for Open Europe | Video |  15.04.2013 | English

"Is the semester hard-wired for austerity or for growth?", presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, Committee Meeting: Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs / Policy Department: Economic and Scientific Policy, 29.01.2013 | Video | 00:14:19 | English
based on: Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Austerity, Growth and Inflation. Remarks on the Eurozone's Unresolved Competitiveness Problem", CESifo Working Paper No. 4086, January 2013 | Details | Download

"Europa auf dem Irrweg", lecture by Hans-Werner Sinn, Universität zu Köln Ringvorlesung 2012/2013, 14.01.2013 | Video | 01:35:13 | German

"Die Logik der Target-Falle", presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, LMU, 17.12.2012 | Video | 01:46:27 | German

"PANEL 1 A new model for the Eurozone - Introduction", presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo-CoR Brussels International Economic Forum (Ifo-CoR BrIEF) 2012, 16.10.2012 | Video | 00:54:44 | English

"The fate of Europe's banking system", presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, 
Conference "The Banking Sector and the State", 15.09.2012 | Video | 00:16:45

"Staatsverschuldung und Generationengerechtigkeit", presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, Ifo Annual Meeting 28.06.2012 | Video | 00:34:28 | German

Latest Contributions in TV and Radio

"Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn über die Eurokrise und die Herausforderungen nach der Bundestagswahl", interview with Hans-Werner Sinn, Phoenix, IM DIALOG, with Michael Krons, 29.09.2013 | Video

"Für den Euro - Fragen an Hans-Werner Sinn, Präsident Ifo-Institut", radio programme with Hans-Werner Sinn, Deutschlandfunk, Informationen am Morgen, 07.08.2013 | Video

"Ifo President on Health of European Economy", TV programme with Hans-Werner Sinn, CNBC, FIRST ON CNBC, 08.03.2013 | Video

"Hans-Werner Sinn sieht einen Ausweg aus der Euro-Krisee", radio programme with Hans-Werner Sinn, hr1, hr1-Talk, 03.02.2013 | Video

"Die Euro-Falle? Die Diskussion von Alternativen zum Rettungsschirm", TV programme with Hans-Werner Sinn, BR3, Capriccio, 31.01.2013 | Video

"Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn - Die Target Falle", interview with Hans-Werner Sinn, www.tombosphere.de, 01.01.2013 | Video

"Alfred Schier mit Hans-Werner Sinn", interview with Hans-Werner Sinn, Phoenix, IM DIALOG, 16.12.2012 | Video

"Sinn: Makes No Sense For EU Countries to Share Risk", interview with Hans-Werner Sinn, www.bloomberg.com | Video

"Die Target Falle - Deutschland sitzt in der Falle", book presentation by Hans-Werner Sinn, Phoenix, VOR ORT, 12.10.2012 | Video

"Europa 2050 – Der richtige Weg vom alten zu einem neuen Europa", Discussion round with Richard David Precht and Hans-Werner Sinn, Phoenix, Die Diskussion, 30.09.2012 | Video

"Germany should not lead in Europe", Interview with Hans-Werner Sinn, BBC News, HARDtalk, 19.09.2012 | Video

"Michael Krons im Dialog mit Hans-Werner Sinn", Interview with Hans-Werner Sinn, Phoenix, IM DIALOG, 24.06.2012 | Video

Discussion Forum

The discussion forum is open to comments on Hans-Werner Sinn’s publications and press statements. You can also post questions to Prof. Sinn on particular issues.  

Latest Monographs

"Gefangen im Euro" ("Trapped in the Euro")

"Gefangen im Euro" ("Trapped in the Euro")

The financial markets have finally calmed down because Europe’s taxpayers have accepted liability for the investment risks in southern Europe. Yet the crisis in the real economy smoulders on due to the lack of any improvement in the competitiveness of southern European countries. With his usual clarity Ifo President Hans-Werner Sinn analyses the problems with the euro and proposes measures to overcome them. To save the European unification project, Sinn argues in favour of haircuts, temporary exits from the Eurozone, new rules for the European Central Bank and the set-up of a European Confederation based on the model of Switzerland. read on "Gefangen im Euro" ("Trapped in the Euro")

"Verspielt nicht eure Zukunft" ("Don't Forfeit Your Future")

"Verspielt nicht eure Zukunft" ("Don't Forfeit Your Future")

What needs to be done to secure prosperity for the future? This central questions forms the focus of Hans-Werner Sinn's book "Verspielt nicht eure Zukunft" ("Don't Forfeit Your Future"). In the book Sinn analyses basic economic issues with a special focus on the challenges facing Germany as a commercial location and makes concrete proposals for reforms to compensate for the lack of a long-term perspective that characterizes politics. read on "Verspielt nicht eure Zukunft" ("Don't Forfeit Your Future")

"Die Target-Falle" ("The Target Trap")

"Die Target-Falle" ("The Target Trap")

In January 2002 freshly minted euro notes were distributed, amidst high hopes, among the members of the newly created Eurozone. Today, just ten years later, the euro project is in the throes of a major crisis. What began as a European peace project has led to dispute and discontent that can only be held in check by heavy borrowing from the savings accounts of citizens of the Eurozone’s core countries. read on "Die Target-Falle" ("The Target Trap")

Books on the Green Paradox

Books on the Green Paradox

Astutely and with convincing arguments, Hans-Werner Sinn describes the “Green paradox”. Viewing the climate problem as an economist, the best-selling author examines the blind spots in an important debate.
The book "Das grüne Paradoxon. Plädoyer für eine illusionsfreie Klimapolitik" was published 2008 (Econ), an updated version 2012 (Ullstein, paperback).
An englisch version appeared in 2012 (MIT Press): "The Green Paradox. A Supply-Side Approach to Global Warming". read on Books on the Green Paradox


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