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The series ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung includes all research studies conducted by the Ifo Institute on current issues in economic, fiscal and social policy and are directed at a broad readership in policy-making and administration, corporations and federations, and academics and the media. The series replaces the numerous individual research series of the Institute.

The series ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung includes all research studies conducted by the Ifo Institute on current issues in economic, fiscal and social policy and are directed at a broad readership in policy-making and administration, corporations and federations, and academics and the media. The series replaces the numerous individual research series of the Institute.

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  1. Empirical Studies on Public Debt and Fiscal Transfers

    teaserImage Jan 22, 2016: This volume includes five self-contained chapters in the fields of public debt and fiscal transfer schemes. After an introduction to the topic, chapter 2 shows that the institutional setting of fiscal policy making needs to be considered when assessing the sustainability of fiscal policy. Using data for the U.S. and German state governments, the results of fiscal sustainability tests depend on whether fiscal transfers are taken into account. If fiscal transfers are not included in the primary surplus, the test results do not indicate that the U.S. and German state governments pursued sustainable fiscal policies. Chapter 3 examines whether the municipalities' voting behavior in state elections in a German state influenced the distribution of discretionary grants from the state level to the municipalities. The results show that discretionary grants were awarded to municipalities with many core supporters of the incumbent state government. In Chapter 4, a test on explosive time-series behavior is applied to the Target balances of the German Bundesbank. Chapter 5 examines whether electoral motives in OECD countries influenced “creative accounting” by the governments as measured by stock-flow adjustments (the difference between budget deficits and the change in public debt). Governments can engage in creative accounting to hide borrowing and sugarcoat the budget balance. The results show that stock-flow adjustments increased before elections. In Germany, stock-flow adjustments chiefly occurred via the creation of off-budget special funds that governments can use to finance public activities outside the core budget. Chapter 6 describes special funds in Germany and elaborates upon the purposes for which special funds were established. It discusses the extent to which the new German debt brake limits the borrowing of special funds and explains how the debt brake can be circumvented by using special funds. Details

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  1. Reischmann, Markus Josef, Empirical Studies on Public Debt and Fiscal Transfers, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 63, ifo Institut, 2016 | Details | PDF Download

  2. Beermann, Christian, Climate Policy and the Intertemporal Supply of Fossil Resources, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 62, ifo Institut, 2015 | Details | PDF Download

  3. Ruhose, Jens, Microeconometric Analyses on Economic Consequences of Selective Migration, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 61, ifo Institut, 2015 | Details | PDF Download

  4. Fabritz, Nadine, Investment in ICT: Determinants and Economic Implications, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 60, ifo Institut, 2015 | Details | PDF Download

  5. Buck, Florian Christopher, The Rents of Banking A Public Choice Approach to Bank Regulation, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 59, ifo Institut, 2015 | Details | PDF Download

  6. Röpke, Luise, Essays on the Integration of New Energy Sources into Existing Energy Systems, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 58, ifo Institut, 2015 | Details | PDF Download

  7. Siegler, Benedikt, Microeconometric Evaluations of Education Policies, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 57, ifo Institut, 2015 | Details | PDF Download

  8. Benz, Sebastian, Essays on Offshoring, Wage Inequality and Innovation, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 56, ifo Institut, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  9. Heid, Benedikt, Essays on International Trade and Development, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 55, ifo Institut, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  10. Nagl, Wolfgang, Lohnrisiko und Altersarmut im Sozialstaat, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 54, ifo Institut, 2014 | Details | PDF Download

  11. Reinkowski, Janina, Empirical Essays in the Economics of Ageing and the Economics of Innovation, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 53, ifo Institut, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  12. Seiler, Christian, Nonresponse in Business Tendency Surveys: Theoretical Discourse and Empirical Evidence, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 52, ifo Institut, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  13. Falck, Oliver and Simon Wiederhold, Nachfrageorientierte Innovationspolitik: Bestandsaufnahme und ökonomische Bewertung, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 51, ifo Institut, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  14. Link, Susanne, Institutional Determinants of Student Achievement - Microeconometric Evidence, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 50, Ifo Institute, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  15. Aichele, Rahel, Trade, Climate Policy and Carbon Leakage - Theory and Empirical Evidence, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 49, ifo Institut, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  16. Gröschl, Jasmin Katrin, Gravity Model Applications and Macroeconomic Perspectives, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 48, ifo Institut, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  17. Schirwitz, Beate, Business Fluctuations, Job Flows and Trade Unions - Dynamics in the Economy, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 47, ifo Institut, 2013 | Details | PDF Download

  18. Hornung, Erik, Human Capital, Technology Diffusion, and Economic Growth - Evidence from Prussian Census Data, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 46, ifo Institut, 2012 | Details

  19. Kipar, Stefan, Determinants of Firm Innovation - Evidence from German Panel Data, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 45, ifo Institut, 2012 | Details

  20. Neelsen, Sven, Three Empirical Essays on the Long-Run Consequences of Early-Life Living Conditions, ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 44, ifo Institut, 2012 | Details | PDF Download

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