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Hanser 2017

"Der Odysseus-Komplex" (The Odysseus Complex) by Johannes Becker and Clemens Fuest

"Der Odysseus-Komplex" (The Odysseus Complex) by Johannes Becker and Clemens Fuest

What does the euro have to do with Greek mythology? It is quite simple: just as Odysseus faced the luring songs of the sirens, so EU member states need to resist the temptation of fresh borrowing, postponing reforms and lax regulations. Unlike Odysseus, however, sovereign states only have limited options in terms of tying themselves to the mast. Ifo President Clemens Fuest and public finance expert and Ifo research professor Johannes Becker (University of Münster) develop a plan to reform the Eurozone. They propose a path that increases member states’ responsibility for sound state finances and effective economic policy, does not overstretch their willingness to transfer competences to a European level and lets private creditors accept liability for the costs of restructuring over-indebted states without risking the destabilisation of the financial markets. This will make the currency union less prone to crisis and will mitigate conflicts between member states. read on "Der Odysseus-Komplex" (The Odysseus Complex) by Johannes Becker and Clemens Fuest

Herder Verlag 2016

"Der Schwarze Juni. Brexit, Flüchtlingswelle, Euro-Desaster – Wie die Neugründung Europas gelingt" von Hans-Werner Sinn

"Der Schwarze Juni. Brexit, Flüchtlingswelle, Euro-Desaster – Wie die Neugründung Europas gelingt" von Hans-Werner Sinn

Seit einigen Jahren bereits taumelt Europa von einer Krise in die nächste. Allen Beschwichtigungen zum Trotz verlieren Deutschland und die europäischen Staaten des Nordens durch den Euro unaufhörlich Milliardenvermögen zugunsten überschuldeter Volkswirtschaften in Südeuropa. 2015 erlebte der Kontinent dann einen kaum mehr beherrschbaren Flüchtlingsstrom. Und schließlich kam auch noch der Schwarze Juni 2016 – mit Brexit-Votum und wichtigem Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts. Für Hans-Werner Sinn stellt dieser Monat mit seinen verheerenden Entscheidungen eine Zeitenwende dar, die sofortiges Handeln erfordert. In seinem Buch Der Schwarze Juni legt er daher nach einer profunden Analyse ein kompaktes 15-Punkte-Programm zur Neugründung Europas vor. Darin macht er auch vor einschneidenden Vorschlägen nicht halt, etwa der Drohung einer Änderungskündigung der EU-Verträge, um das europäische Zentralbankensystem zu reformieren und die Migrationsströme unter Kontrolle zu bringen. Nur so, davon ist Sinn überzeugt, kann eine weitere Verschärfung der europäischen Krise vermieden werden. read on "Der Schwarze Juni. Brexit, Flüchtlingswelle, Euro-Desaster – Wie die Neugründung Europas gelingt" von Hans-Werner Sinn

Hanser Verlag 2016

„Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik“ (Hans-Werner Sinn and 25 Years of German Economic Policy)

„Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik“ (Hans-Werner Sinn and 25 Years of German Economic Policy)

Hans-Werner Sinn has shaped the economic policy debate in Germany like no other academic figure over the past 25 years and has made economic theory accessible to the general public in the process. To mark his retirement as President of the Ifo Institute and Professor at the University of Munich, 111 of Hans-Werner Sinn’s well-known contemporaries in business, politics and the media, who were particularly confronted with his economic policy activities, offer their personal view of the debates on key economic policy issues. The book not only provides a review of Sinn’s public impact but also offers a historical tour d’horizon of the major controversial topics of quarter of a century of German and European economic policy. read on „Hans-Werner Sinn und 25 Jahre deutsche Wirtschaftspolitik“ (Hans-Werner Sinn and 25 Years of German Economic Policy)

Hanser Verlag 2015

"Der Euro: Von der Friedensidee zum Zankapfel" ("The Euro: From Peace Project to Bone of Contention") by Hans-Werner Sinn

"Der Euro: Von der Friedensidee zum Zankapfel" ("The Euro: From Peace Project to Bone of Contention") by Hans-Werner Sinn

The euro was supposed to be more than just a currency from the very beginning: it embodies the desire for unity and peace in Europe. A good decade after its introduction, however, it is causing a deep rift right across Europe. In the South unemployment remains unbearably high and the economy has been brought to its knees. The North, on the other hand, has been forced into the role of paymaster and is being held hostage by the ECB. Dissatisfaction is growing on both sides as a result. We have embarked upon a political path that will endager our market economy, democracy and peace in Europe. read on "Der Euro: Von der Friedensidee zum Zankapfel" ("The Euro: From Peace Project to Bone of Contention") by Hans-Werner Sinn

Oxford University Press 2014

"The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs" by Hans-Werner Sinn

"The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs" by Hans-Werner Sinn

This book offers a critical assessment of the history of the euro, its crisis, and the rescue measures taken by the European Central Bank and the community of states. read on "The Euro Trap. On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs" by Hans-Werner Sinn

Brookings Institution Press 2013

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann

In their book “Endangering Prosperity – A Global View of the American School” Ifo researcher Ludger Wößmann together with Ifo research professor Eric Hanushek of Stanford University and Paul Peterson of Harvard University, show that poor levels of educational achievement endanger future prosperity. They analyse the disappointing performance of most US federal states by international comparison. Based on this analysis, they show the enormous potential for the US economy that lies in improving educational achievement in the US school system. read on Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann

Ifo Institut 2012

Expert Contribution to the 8th Report on Family Affairs: “Time for responsibility in the family”

Expert Contribution to the 8th Report on Family Affairs: “Time for responsibility in the family”

The eighth family report is devoted to the topic of “Time for responsibility in the family”. Time is a central factor in the successful and smooth running of a family. Family members are involved in a diverse range of social time systems that are sometimes conflicting and which influence family life. This expert report completes the 8th report on family affairs. It offers insights into deeper analysis of the current situation in the various areas of family policy in Germany, which are covered by the report, but only on an excerpt basis. read on Expert Contribution to the 8th Report on Family Affairs: “Time for responsibility in the family”

Hanser 2011

The "ifo Wirtschaftskompass" - Facts, Figures and Background Information

The "ifo Wirtschaftskompass" - Facts, Figures and Background Information

Over 70 experts from the Ifo Institute explain the world of economics. This reference work, produced by the Ifo Institute, covers 120 topics in brief, competent and clear explanations that are accompanied by over 200 colour illustrations. Economics is important: when the economy is booming jobs are created, investments are made and we have money in our pockets. Conversely, if the economy slumps unemployment looms - and everybody feels the consequences. What will become of the euro? How does inflation arise? And what does it mean to investors? What needs to be done to help more people to find work? How can we reduce our debt mountain? What is the right climate policy? Where does Germany's economy stand by international comparison? This book answers these and several other questions in a way that everyone can understand. It is the ultimate reference book: pocket-sized expertise in economics. read on The "ifo Wirtschaftskompass" - Facts, Figures and Background Information


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