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  1. Eastern Germany to Lag Behind also in the Coming 25 Years

    Sep 3, 2015: The economies of the eastern federal states will lag behind those of the western states also in the next 25 years. “Everything suggests that eastern Germany will not be able to catch up over the next 25 years”, said Joachim Ragnitz, deputy head of the Ifo Dresden branch on Thursday at a conference in Tutzing to mark a quarter century of German unification. “The convergence between eastern and western Germany in terms of economic output came to a halt twenty years ago. Since 1995, GDP per capita has remained at 75 percent of the western German average. We should abandon the illusory idea of a convergence of living conditions in east and west”, Ragnitz argued. Details

  2. Results of the Ifo Education Survey 2015

    Germans Support Higher Salaries for Preschool Teachers and Oppose the Home Child-Care Subsidy

    Sep 1, 2015: An overwhelming majority of German residents are in favour of higher salaries for preschool teachers: 79 percent support this demand in a representative survey of the Ifo Institute. At the same time, a clear majority in the Ifo Education Survey 2015 opposes the Betreuungsgeld, a subsidy paid to parents who do not take advantage of public child care: 57 percent reject it, only 34 percent favour it. “This finding indicates that a majority of the German population would not support a relaunch of the home child-care subsidy that would be in conformance with a recent ruling of the Constitutional Court”, commented Ludger Woessmann, director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education on Tuesday in Berlin. The survey participants clearly oppose preschool fees: 77 percent believe that the government should pay for all children aged four or above to attend preschool and that this should be financed by the taxpayer. 86 percent of the respondents also support nationwide quality standards for preschools in terms of group sizes and the training of preschool teachers. However, 55 percent do not feel that preschool teachers should be required to be university trained. Details

  3. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for August 2015

    Credit Constraint Indicator Falls to New Historic Low

    Aug 28, 2015: German companies have fewer problems financing themselves with money from the banks. The credit constraint indicator for industry and trade in Germany fell to 15.0 percent in August, after 15.4 percent in the previous month. This is a new historic low. With the huge amounts of money pumped into the banks, the ECB is enticing them to an unprecedented nonchalance in lending. Details

  4. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for August 2015

    Renewed Increase in the Ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany

    Aug 27, 2015: The Ifo Business Climate for eastern German industry and trade improved in August. The surveyed eastern German firms are again more satisfied with their current business than last month. In the business expectations for the coming six months, there was no change over July. The eastern German economy is moving along a solid growth path. Details

  5. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for August 2015

    German Firms Plan to Hire Additional Staff

    Aug 27, 2015: German companies intend to hire more people. In August, the Ifo Employment Barometer rose to 108.3 points from 107.2 in the previous month. In all sectors except manufacturing, more companies plan to hire additional employees. The robust economy in Germany is having a positive effect on the labour market. Details


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