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Ifo Centers

The research and service tasks of the Ifo Institute are carried out by eight departments ("Ifo Centers") and Ifo Dresden. Many projects are conducted by inter-departmental research teams.

Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys

The center’s research focuses on:
• National and international economic activity forecasts,
• Business surveys,
• Research in the areas of macroeconomics, forecast methods and survey methodology,
• Provision of survey data and methodological competence. read on Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys

Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy

The center’s research focuses on:
• Fiscal federalism and local finances,
• Evaluation of fiscal and taxation policy,
• Government debt in Germany and Europe,
• Political economy. read on Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy

Ifo Center for Labour Market Research and Family Economics

The center’s research focuses on:
• Labour economics,
• Family economics,
• Evaluation studies in the area of social, family and labour market policy and institutions.

The center’s core empirical competences include:
• Applied theoretical research
• Microeconometric analyses focusing on causal identification. read on Ifo Center for Labour Market Research and Family Economics

Ifo Center for the Economics of Education

The center’s research focuses on:
• Education and individual outcomes: labour markets and lifecycles,
• Education and long-term development: economic growth and prosperity,
• Determinants of education: culture, resources and institutions,
• Governance of education: efficiency and equity. read on Ifo Center for the Economics of Education

Ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies

The Center focuses on three main areas:
• Industrial organisation and industry-level analysis,
• New technologies,
• Collection of firm-level and industry-level data. read on Ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies

Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources

The center’s research focuses on:
• Climate and exhaustible resources,
• Energy,
• Environment.
The center’s research activities are determined by the major challenges for politics, business and society arising from the protection of the environment, climate change and the scarcity of natural resources as well as environmental goods and services. read on Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources

Ifo Center for International Economics

The center’s research focuses on:
• Trade costs and trade policy
• Globalisation and labour markets,
• Trade and environmental policies. read on Ifo Center for International Economics

Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research

The center focuses on the following research areas and services:
• Research on institutions and international comparisons,
• Research on migration and coordination of the Center of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research,
• Updating and further development of DICE (Database for Institutional Comparisons in Europe),
• Publication of the CESifo DICE Report and the CESifo Forum. read on Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research

Ifo Dresden

Fields of research
• Business cycles and growth in Saxony and eastern Germany,
• Human capital, structural change and Saxony’s/eastern Germany’s position in the competition for the most attractive industrial locations,
• Labour market and social policy in Saxony and Eastern Germany,
• Integration of Saxony and the other new federal states in the international division of labour (especially with Central and Eastern Europe),
• Public finance and business development in Saxony and the new federal states. read on Ifo Dresden


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