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Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Clemens Fuest (President)
Prof. Meinhard Knoche


Research Departments

ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys

Prof. Dr. Timo Wollmershäuser (interim director)

  • National and international economic activity forecasts
  • Business surveys
  • Research in the areas of macroeconomics, forecast methods and survey methodology

ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy

Prof. Dr. Niklas Potrafke

  • Fiscal federalism and local public finances
  • Evaluation of fiscal and taxation policy
  • Public debt in Germany and Europe
  • Political economy

ifo Center for Labour and Demographic Economics

Prof. Helmut Rainer, Ph.D.

  • Labour Economics: Time Allocation, Labour Supply, Search and Matching, Migration and Integration
  • Demographic Economics: Marriage, Fertility, Family Structure, Domestic Abuse, Health

ifo Center for the Economics of Education

Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann

  • 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

ifo Center for Industrial Organisation and New Technologies

Prof. Dr. Oliver Falck 

  • Industrial organisation and industry-level analysis
  • New technologies
  • Collection of firm-level and industry-level data
  • LMU-ifo Economics & Business Data Center (EBDC)

ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources

Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel

  • Climate and exhaustible resources
  • Environment
  • Energy

Research Director
Prof. Dr. Christian Traeger

ifo Center for International Economics

Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Ph.D.

  • Globalisation and labour markets
  • Trade costs and policy
  • Trade and environmental policy

ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research

Prof. Panu Poutvaara, Ph.D.

  • Research on institutions and international comparisons
  • Research into migration and the coordination of a Centre of Excellence for Migration and Integration Research
  • Database for Institutional Comparisons in Europe (DICE)
  • Publication of the ifo DICE Report and the CESifo Forum

Central Departments

Human resources

Prof. Meinhard Knoche 

Finances and Centralised Services

Sabine Dehof

Information Technology

Christian Pitsch

Press, Publications, Conferences

Prof. Meinhard Knoche


Petra Braitacher

Executive Departments

Executive Support Staff

Susanne Crefeld
Franca Fogli-Götz 
Barbara Hebele
Anja Hülsewig
Caroline Schiller

Research Group Taxation and Fiscal Policy 

Head: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Clemens Fuest

Quality Management System

Johanna Garnitz
Stefan Sauer

Controlling/Equal Opportunity AGG

Dr. Dorothea Pohlmann

Data Protection

Angela Wagner

International Advisory Projects

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Schönherr


Prof. Dr. Heinrich Ursprung

Dresden Branch

Prof. Dr. Marcel Thum

Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Joachim Ragnitz

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