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  1. Advance results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 1st quarter 2016

    Ifo Economic Climate in the Euro Area Continues to Cloud Over

    Feb 4, 2016: The Ifo Index for the economic climate in the euro area declined by another three index points in the first quarter of 2016. It dropped to 118.9 points, but still remains significantly above its long-term average. Assessments of the current economic situation were only slightly less favourable than in the previous quarter, and positive expectations also clouded over somewhat. The recovery in the euro area economy is only expected to continue at a slow pace. Details

  2. New Publication: “Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik (Hans-Werner Sinn and 25 Years of German Economic Policy)” (Hanser Verlag 2016)

    Feb 1, 2016: An era draws to a close with Hans-Werner Sinn’s term-of-office as Professor at the University of Munich and President of the Ifo Institute ending on 31 March 2016. For over a quarter of a century – including 17 years as Ifo President – Hans-Werner Sinn was Germany’s most well-known economist. His fellow economists unanimously describe him as the most influential voice of academia in the national economic policy debate. To mark his retirement, Gabriel Felbermayr, Meinhard Knoche and Ludger Wößmann published the book: “Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik (Hans-Werner Sinn and 25 Years of German Economic Policy)” (Hanser Verlag 2016), which is on sale to the public as of today. Details

  3. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for January 2016

    Credit Constraints Fall to New Record Low

    Jan 29, 2016: It is increasingly easy for German companies to access credit. Credit constraints for German trade and industry fell to 14.3 percent in January from 14.6 percent last month, marking a new historic low. Details

  4. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    Jan 28, 2016: Since Germany’s introduction of the debt cap in 2009, left-wing federal state (Länder) governments have reduced their deficits to a similar extent as right-wing federal state governments. This has occurred despite the fact that left-wing Länder governments politically showed far greater opposition to the debt cap and also had far higher structural deficits prior to 2009 than their right-wing counterparts. Details

  5. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for January 2016

    Ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany Begins Year Brighter

    Jan 28, 2016: The Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern German trade and industry rose in January. The current business situation in Eastern Germany, which was already very good, improved significantly compared to developments nationwide. Business expectations, by contrast, clouded over markedly. The outlook for the Eastern German economy for the first half of 2016 deteriorated clearly. Details

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