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CESifo Research Network Areas

To better meet the needs of the growing research network, a number of activities are divided into the areas of: Employment and Social Protection; Macro, Money and International Finance; Public Sector Economics Applied Microeconomics; Global Economy; Economics of Education, Climate Economics und Behavioural Economics.

To stimulate international scientific interaction and policy discussions, annual CESifo Area Conferences (to be held in Munich) are organised for area members. In addition to the annual workshops, other conferences and workshops focusing on particular research problems and policy issues are scheduled. These include area workshops which, from 2002, are added to the CESifo Venice Summer Institute. Area members are encouraged to propose to the area directors themes for the Venice workshops.

The area directors encourage joint work among network members who are interested in carrying out empirical and/or institutional cross-country studies using the Ifo Institute's rich databases on institutional international comparisons and on the business cycle. Further initiatives for co-operation and exchange between network members whose research interests lie within the areas are welcomed.

Find out more about the areas, directors and scheduled area conferences by clicking on the following links:

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Employment and Social Protection

The Employment and Social Protection Area of the CESifo research network, organised by Kai Konrad, Munich, deals with social and redistributive policies of the state, in particular their normative and positive causes and their consequences for employment and wages. It explores the theoretical and empirical links between institutional characteristics of the labour market (e.g. bargaining structures, labour unions, redistributive tax systems, employment protection legislation, welfare, etc.) and economic performance, from both a national and an international perspective. Members of this area also study how alternative macroeconomic policy regimes affect the permanence and volatility of unemployment, and the extent of wage rigidity. read on Employment and Social Protection

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Applied Microeconomics

The goal of the Applied Microeconomics area of the CESifo research network, organised by Christian Gollier, Toulouse, is to promote co-operation on high-quality research in the field of the functioning and regulation of markets. Members of the network examine market failures and provide policy recommendations aimed at improving welfare. Most sectors of the economy are covered, with particular emphasis on network industries (telecommunications, energy, media, and transport), financial intermediation and health. Our interests span a wide range of fields from antitrust, corporate governance and contract theory, cost structures, procurement and auctions to the microstructure of financial markets, solvency issues and regulation. Testing the theory with market data is an important element of our work. Assistant to this area is Justin Tumlinson. read on Applied Microeconomics

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Macro, Money and International Finance

The Macro, Money and International Finance Area of the CESifo research network, organised by Paul De Grauwe, London School of Economics, comprises a rather broad range of macroeconomic, monetary and financial analysis focusing on theoretical and policy problems from a national and an international perspective. Examples of the kind of research topics in this area include the relation between monetary and fiscal policies; issues relating to exchange rate determination and policies; financial and banking crises; the microstructure of financial markets; monetary integration; new Keynesian and new classical views on monetary policies, independence and accountability of central banks. Assistant to this area is Timo Wollmershäuser. read on Macro, Money and International Finance

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Public Sector Economics

The Public Sector Economics area of the CESifo research network, organised by Rick van der Ploeg, European University Institute Florence, aims to promote scientific progress in the field and to contribute new insights into important real-world policy problems of Public Finance. The research interests of members in this area span a wide range of topics and policy issues, reflecting the broadness of scope of the discipline of Public Economics. Members are currently doing research on problems of public finance in an integrating world economy; fiscal competition and fiscal co-ordination; geography and public policy; social security and pension reform in an ageing society; the effects of taxation on unemployment and human capital formation; the scope for environmental tax reforms; public finance and education; tax evasion; and the political economy of public finance. Assistant to this area is Björn Kauder. read on Public Sector Economics

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Global Economy

The Global Economy Area at CESifo aims to break new ground in working on contemporary problems facing the global economy rather than using a sterile, abstract, overly theoretical approach focused largely on geographical trade in goods. How and why globalization speeds up technical change, does or does not generate inequality and marginalization, facilitates increased speed of transactions, and needs global institutions way beyond the current World Bank, IMF, WTO structure will be stressed. Major barriers to flows of goods and factors such as standards, rules of origin, immigration restrictions and others, on which there is limited literature, will be explored. The challenge is a 21st century response to 21st century problems. Assistant to this area is Sebastian Benz. read on Global Economy

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Economics of Education

The Economics of Education area, co-ordinated by Eric A. Hanushek, of Stanford University and former member of the CESifo Group Scientific Advisory Council, in addition to intensifying research in the field, aims to correct the lack of intersection between the enormous research activity on the economics of education going on in both Europe and the United States by increasing interaction among researchers on both sides of the Atlantic. read on Economics of Education

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Energy and Climate Economics

The goal of the Energy and Climate Economics area of the CESifo research network, organised by Michael Hoel, University of Oslo, is to promote cooperation on theoretical and empirical research on all economic issues related to energy markets, climate change, and climate policy. Concerns about future climate change have increased significantly since the beginning of this century, and are likely to be strong also in the coming decades. Our interests span a wide range of fields including the design of climate policies and climate agreements, the promotion of renewable energy, and the functioning of fossil fuel markets. Policy intervention in the functioning of energy markets is often motivated by climate concerns, and an important aim of research in this area is to improve our understanding of the climate implications of various policies, both for policies that have climate change as their primary concern and policies with other primary objectives (such as e.g. energy security). Assistant to this area is Anna Sophia Ciesielski. read on Energy and Climate Economics

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Behavioural Economics

The Behavioural Economics area, headed by Ernst Fehr, University of Zurich, and Klaus M. Schmidt, University of Munich, aims at shedding light on the driving forces, biases and motivations behind the decisions of economic agents, including investors, borrowers, consumers and institutions, exploring the limits of rationality in such decisions and their effects upon markets, policies and resource allocation. Among the aspects to be examined are the roles of social preferences as well as boundedly rational behaviour in decisions under uncertainty and intertemporal choice. Assistant to this area is Carmen Thoma. read on Behavioural Economics


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