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Ifo Institute

Ifo Branch Dresden

Main tasks

Ifo Institute’s Dresden Branch, founded in 1993, conducts theoretical and empirical economic research. Ifo Dresden’s studies focus on the economic transition process and economic development of Saxony’s and East Germany’s economy, but also on the situation of the eastern EU-accession countries. Moreover, ifo Dresden offers economic policy consulting services and serves as a forum for scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs.

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

25 Years of German Unification

In 2015 the political reunification of Germany celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Dresden Branch of the Ifo Institute, which focuses on the economic development of the Eastern German Länder. is holding a conference on reunification in October 2015 to mark this anniversary.

20th Anniversary of Ifo Dresden

On 23 September 2013 the Dresden Branch of the Ifo Institute celebrated its 20th anniversary. Ifo Dresden can look back at two successful decades of empirical economic research. The Dresden researchers have strongly established themselves in the research landscape, and their expertise and know-how, especially in the field of Eastern German economic development, is highly valued by both economists and politicians.

To mark this anniversary, the Institute organised a conference entitled: "Reform options for federal fiscal equalisation" on 9 October 2013, which identified the deficits of the fiscal equalisation system and discussed proposals to reform fiscal equalization between the Länder. 


Since 1994 ifo Dresden publishes the journal ifo Dresden berichtet (6 issues per year). In this periodical ifo Dresden’s researchers as well as guest writers publish the results of their analyses of the economic situation of Eastern Germany.

Results of comprehensive research projects are published in the book series ifo Dresden Studien. The titles of the issues give a reasonably full account of the research profile of the ifo Dresden Branch.

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