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In the Ifo Viewpoint releases we present the Ifo perspective on topical issues in economic policy.

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  1. Ifo Viewpoint No. 181: The Minimum Wage: Time to Take Stock

    On 1 January 2015 a nationwide minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour was implemented in Germany. As of January 2017 this wage will be raised to 8.84 euros. It is time to take stock. Although the debate over the minimum wage focuses strongly on its employment effects, the key Details

  2. Ifo Viewpoint No. 180: The Economic Consequences of Mr. Trump

    Politicians across Europe are still reeling at the shock election of Donald Trump as US President. That is understandable. They nevertheless need to snap out of it and start thinking seriously about how Trump’s triumph will impact Europe both economically and politically. The question on everybody’s lips is: how much Details

  3. Ifo Viewpoint No. 179: EU Budget Reform: How to Spend It

    What does the EU actually do with all of the money at its disposal? If you ask the ‘man on the street’ you get the following answer: most of the money goes to agricultural subsidies. Some people may also recall building site boards that refer to financial support from the Details


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