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Ifo President Hans-Werner Sinn Receives Two Awards

Sep 8, 2014

Ifo President Hans-Werner Sinn has received awards from the German Association of Economists (Verein für Socialpolitik) and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. On Sunday evening Sinn was awarded the Association’s newly created Gustav Schmoller Medal. At the Association’s annual meeting in Hamburg its Chairman, Michael C. Burda, said: “Hans-Werner Sinn’s term of office as Chairman (1997-2000) was a period of major innovation for the German Association of Economists. With the new versions of the Association’s publications, the introduction of the innovative lecture prize programme for junior economists who present their work at international conferences and the first edition of the Gossen prize, Sinn gave the Association crucial impulses that had, and will continue to have a lasting influence on our society.” These measures have made a significant contribution to the internationalisation of German economics.

Prior to Burda’s comments, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung had already named Sinn as “Germany’s most influential economist” in a ranking published in the newspaper at the weekend. “No other economist in Germany has such a strong media and political presence and is also active in research,” writes the newspaper. Sinn attracted a wide audience by persistently battling against the collectivisation of public debt during the euro crisis and against the excessive money printing activities of the European Central Bank. “And although the euro crisis has already disappeared from the headlines, Sinn was cited in the media even more frequently this year than in 2013 thanks to his relentless commitment.”

The following Ifo researchers also featured in the ranking: Ludger Wößmann (ranking: 4), Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education and Innovation; Gabriel Felbermayr (ranking: 29), Director of the Ifo Center for International Economics, Niklas Potrafke (ranking: 38), Director of the Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy, Marcel Thum (ranking: 50), Executive Director of Ifo Dresden, Klaus Wohlrabe (ranking: 52), Deputy Director of the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys and Joachim Ragnitz (ranking: 67), Managing Director of Ifo Dresden.

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