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  1. German Minimum Wage Detrimental for the “Internship Generation”

    May 27, 2016: The new minimum wage law in Germany has eliminated numerous internship positions. This is the result of the latest Ifo Personnel Manager Survey, conducted for Randstad Deutschland, which was published on Friday. The number of companies offering internships has roughly halved. Before the introduction of the minimum wage, 70% of the companies said they offered voluntary internships, a number which has now fallen to 34%. This is also the case for compulsory internships, where the percentage of companies likewise fell from 62% to 34%. Details

  2. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for May 2016

    German Companies Continue to Hire

    May 27, 2016: German companies plan to continue hiring new employees. The Ifo Employment Barometer stands unchanged at 108.2. The employment dynamics in German thus remain slightly expansionary. Details

  3. Ifo Export Expectations - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for May 2016

    Rising Export Expectations

    May 26, 2016: German businesses are somewhat more confident with regard to export growth. Export expectations rose from 4.1 in the previous month to 5.9 balance points in May. Global economic momentum remains weak and German exports will only grow slightly as a result. Details

  4. Ifo Business Climate Germany - Results of the May 2016 Ifo Business Survey

    Ifo Business Climate Index Rises

    May 25, 2016: Business confidence in German industry and trade has improved in all four main sectors. In construction a new record high has even been reached. The Ifo Business Climate Index rose from 106.7 points in April (this figure was revised due to the seasonal adjustment) to 107.7 points in May. The companies are significantly more satisfied with their current business situation. In addition, they are noticeably more optimistic with regard to the coming months. The German economy is growing at a robust pace. Details

  5. Economists Panel

    May 24, 2016: An overwhelming majority of German economists is opposed to the UK leaving the European Union, as the Ifo Institute has determined. The latest Economists Panel survey by the Ifo Institute together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung shows that 85 percent of the respondents are against it, only 10 percent are in favour. “This result fits surprisingly well with the opinion voiced by the experts in the World Economic Survey (WES) of the Ifo Institute. In April, WES polled more than 700 experts from 113 countries on Brexit: 86.6 percent of the respondents were against it”, remarked Niklas Potrafke, head of the Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy. Details

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Ifo Institute
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