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CESifo World Economic Survey

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CESifo World Economic Survey is a quarterly publication in English containing the results of the Ifo expert poll on the world economy.

The Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) is designed to give an accurate picture of the economic situation and forecasts for important industrial, emerging and developing economies on a quarterly basis. The results are published in the journal CESifo World Economic Survey.

Unlike the official statistics, which are primarily constructed around quantitative information, WES consists of qualitative information: appraisals and expectations of economic experts. Whereas the official statistics on the international level often appear after considerable delays, the WES results are timely and internationally comparable. Especially in countries where the data base of the official statistics is insecure, the appraisals and expectations expressed by on-site economic experts in the WES survey are of particular importance.

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  1. CESifo World Economic Survey November 2015

    The Ifo Index for the world economy clouded over. After reaching 95.9 in the third quarter, the indicator declined to 89.6 points, which was clearly below its long-term average (96.1 points). Assessments of the current economic situation deteriorated only marginally, but expectations are far less positive than last quarter (see Figures 1 and 2). The most urgent economic problems, according to experts, are insufficient demand and a lack of confidence in government policies. The world economy is seeing only moderate growth. Details


  1. CESifo World Economic Survey Newsletter

    The CESifo World Economic Survey Newsletter provides quarterly information on the latest issue of the CESifo World Economic Survey. Details


CESifo World Economic Survey
ISSN 1613-6012 (print version)
ISSN 2190-720X (electronic version)
A quarterly journal on the world economic climate
Publisher and distributor: Ifo Institute, Poschingerstr. 5, 81679 Munich, Germany,
phone +49(89)9224-0, fax +49(89)985369
Editor: Gernot Nerb.
Annual subscription rate: 40.00 EUR,
price of single issues: 10.00 EUR,
shipping not included.
Reproduction permitted only if source is quoted and copy is sent to the Ifo Institute. Commercial use of the data, also in electronic form, only with the permission of the Ifo Institute.


Johanna Garnitz

Ifo Institute
Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys
Phone: +49(0)89/9224-1227
Fax: +49(0)89/907795-1227
Email: garnitz @

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