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  1. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for March 2015

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern German Länder Rises Sharply

    Mar 27, 2015: The Ifo Business Climate for trade and industry in eastern Germany improved clearly in March. Eastern German survey participants remain very satisfied with their current business situation, although no longer to the same extent as last month. In addition, they were far more optimistic about future business developments in March. The eastern German economy continues to expand rapidly. Details

  2. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for March 2015

    German Firms Plan to Recruit More Staff

    Mar 27, 2015: German firms proved more willing to recruit additional staff in March. The Ifo Employment Barometer rose to 108.1 index points, up from 106.8 in February. Service providers and manufacturers in particular reported plans to expand their staff bases. Details

  3. Ifo Export Expectations Results of the Ifo Business Survey for March 2015

    Export Outlook Continues to Improve for Manufacturing

    Mar 26, 2015: German manufacturing can look forward to a continued rise in exports. The Ifo Export Expectations rose to 12.2 balance points in March from 11.8 points in February. The robust U.S. economy and the low euro exchange rate are benefiting German exporters. Details

  4. Ifo Business Climate Germany - Results of the March 2015 Ifo Business Survey

    Ifo Business Climate Index Rises

    Mar 25, 2015: The Ifo Business Climate Index for German trade and industry rose to 107.9 points in March from 106.8 points last month. The index reached its highest level since July 2014. Companies were more satisfied with their current business situation. They also expressed far greater optimism about future business developments. The German economy continues to expand. Details

  5. New Ifo Study: Computers Impact Teaching Both Positively and Negatively

    Mar 19, 2015: Using computers in the classroom does not lead to an improvement in the average performance of students in math and science, according to a recent study by the Ifo Institute. “But the average result masks the fact that the use of computers has opposing effects in different areas”, says Ludger Woessmann, Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education. “If computers are used to look up ideas and information student outcomes improve; but using computers to practice skills reduces student achievement,” he explains. The Ifo Institute’s study covers the math and science achievement of over 400,000 students in fourth and eighth grade from over 50 countries on the TIMSS international student achievement test. Details


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