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IAMO on 23.06.2017, 12:29 h
Long Night of the Sciences Halle 2017

Today, IAMO will showcase itself with a comprehensive program from the agriculture and food sector. Young and old are cordially invited to join us at IAMO. In addition to presentations and information stands, visitors will be able to take part in various activities such as a balloon circus, tractor racing, and a potato exhibition. ( more )

IAMO on 23.06.2017, 08:01 h
Today at IAMO: Panel discussion "Fit for the Future – Innovative and Sustainable Eurasian Food Chains"

As part of the IAMO Forum 2017 IAMO today at 9 am hosts the panel discussion "Fit for the Future ? Innovative and Sustainable Eurasian Food Chains". Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will hold the introductory keynote. ( more )

IFO on 22.06.2017, 08:00 h
CESifo Newsletter 2017/05

CESifo publishes about 20 working papers monthly with research results of its worldwide academic network. The CESifo Newsletter presents selected working papers (in English) in an easily understandable style with the goal of making its research output accessible to a broader public. ( more )

IFO on 22.06.2017, 01:00 h
Eastern German Economy Maintains Momentum, but International Uncertainty Dampens Dynamic

The ifo Institute has upwardly revised its economic forecast for Eastern Germany and Saxony. The eastern German economy is now expected to grow strongly by 1.8 percent in both 2017 and 2018 respectively, versus ifo?s previous forecast of just 1.3 percent growth in 2017. In Saxony economic output will increase slightly more dynamically at 1.9 percent in 2017 and 2.0 percent in 2018, compared to previous ifo forecasts of 1.4 percent for 2017. The economic forecast for Eastern Germany and Saxony was presented on Thursday at the Dresden Branch of the ifo Institute. ?Corporate investment is now picking up and Saxony is benefiting from this development [...] ( more )

IAMO on 21.06.2017, 08:30 h
IAMO Forum 2017 started today

From today on until 23 June international scientists meet with representatives from politics and business for the IAMO Forum 2017 "Eurasian Food Economy between Globalization and Geopolitics" in Halle (Saale), Germany. ( more )

IAMO on 21.06.2017, 08:27 h
Current IAMO Newsletter published

+++ Horizon 2020 project in IAMO +++ Reintegration problems for Kosovar migrants +++ ENHANCE organizes training module in Bucharest +++ IAMO commits to Open Access +++ Read about these and more topics in IAMO Newsletter 2/2017. ( more )

DIW on 21.06.2017, 05:53 h
German economy on track

DIW Berlin's economic forecast by Ferdinand Fichtner , Guido Baldi , Karl Brenke , Christian Dreger , Hella Engerer , Marcel Fratzscher , Stefan Gebauer , Simon Junker , Claus Michelsen , Malte Rieth , Thore Schlaak , and Kristina van Deuverden Germany’s economic output is now experiencing significant and steady increases for the fourth year in a row – a trend that will also continue throughout the forecast period. DIW Berlin predicts an increase of 1.5 percent for the current year, a figure that is nearly identical to that of the Institute’s spring forecast. This year’s growth rate will be lower than last year’s, a [...] ( more )

DIW on 21.06.2017, 05:52 h
The World Economy and the Euro Area: Despite Risks, Global Recovery Is Stabilizing : DIW Economic Outlook

Global economic output is expected to grow by 3.7 percent this year, and with a slightly stronger dynamic in the coming year; both predictions match the figures proposed in DIW Berlin’s spring forecast, even though the year started off somewhat weaker than expected. But overall, economic recovery continues. Despite rising inflation rates, private consumption remains one of the main drivers in the developed countries, primarily due to the fact that more and more people are getting jobs. In the U.S. and Europe, corporate investment activity is once again picking up momentum. But although the elections in France and the Netherlands yielded [...] ( more )

DIW on 21.06.2017, 05:51 h
German economy in good shape

The German economy is in the midst of a robust economic cycle: the number of employed persons has reached historic highs and is still increasing powerfully; private household income is on the rise; and the public coffers are overflowing. Inflation is rising only gradually, partly because capacities are not overburdened. The mood is bright among consumers and firms alike, with economic development distributed across the board: the service sector is benefiting from consumers’ more liberal spending habits, while industry is profiting from the robust exports. Yet uncertainties remain high— and this is also why companies continue to hold [...] ( more )

DIW on 21.06.2017, 05:40 h
"Uncertainty remains one of the biggest impediments to global economic development": Eight Questions for Ferdinand Fichtner

Mr. Fichtner, is the German economy still on a path of growth? Yes—in fact, the German economy is developing quite powerfully. Growth in the first half of the year has been respectable, but we are expecting an even more significant expansion in the coming quarters, especially in light of the favorable labor market development.    [...] The full report by  Ferdinand Fichtner in: DIW Economic Bulletin 24/2017
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IFO on 20.06.2017, 10:00 h
Increase in ifo Institute’s Economic Forecast

The ifo Institute has increased its economic forecast for 2017 and 2018 significantly, and it is expecting new record highs in employment. For the current year, it now expects 1.8 percent GDP growth instead of the previously forecast 1.5 percent. In the coming year, it should amount to 2.0 percent, topping the 1.7 percent of the last forecast. ( more )

IFO on 19.06.2017, 10:00 h
ifo Dresden Newsletter 19 June 2017

The ifo Dresden Newsletter is a free service of the ifo Branch Dresden and informs you (in German) about new publications and selected events especially of the ifo Dresden Branch. It is sent by e-mail every two months while publishing the journal ?ifo Dresden berichtet?i ( more )

IAMO on 19.06.2017, 06:27 h
CampusMeetsCompanies 2017

On 20 June, IAMO will present itself at the career fair of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg targeting interns and graduates. You are welcome to visit our IAMO booth and the presentation "Career in Sciences? by Professor Thomas Herzfeld. ( more )

DIW on 15.06.2017, 08:16 h
Tomaso Duso and Hannes Ullrich were nominated Research Fellows in the newly established Research Area Economics of Digitization of the CESifo research network

Tomaso Duso , Head of the Department Firms and Markets at DIW Berlin, and Hannes Ullrich , Research Associate at the Department Firms and Markets, were nominated Research Fellows in the newly established Research Area Economics of Digitization of the CESifo research network. The Economics of Digitization Area of the CESifo research network is organised by Stephen P. Ryan, Olin Business School. The area studies the societal and economic consequences of digitization. It has a wide scope of relevant research and its aim is to bring the leading researchers from both sides of the Atlantic working on topics in the relevant fields of economics [...] ( more )

IFO on 14.06.2017, 10:00 h
EconPol Europe – the European Research Network – established by the ifo Institute and Eight Renowned Partners

EconPol Europe ? the European Network for Economic and Fiscal Policy Research built up by the ifo Institute ? is the new expert voice in the discussion regarding the future shape of economic and fiscal policy in the European Union. On June 22, ifo President Clemens Fuest and the representatives of eight other renowned research institutes will meet in Brussels to sign the document establishing this major European research network. EconPol Europe will pool the expertise of several hundred researchers from the ifo Institute, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS, Brussels), the Centre d?Études Prospectives et d?Informations [...] ( more )

IFO on 13.06.2017, 12:00 h
What Marx Means Today

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DIW on 13.06.2017, 09:38 h
Mathias Huebener wins the BeNA Innovative Research Award 2017

Mathias Huebener, a DIW PhD candidate and Research Associate in the Department of Education and Family, has received the BeNA Innovative Research Award 2017 for his paper “Parental education and child health behaviour: Causal evidence from changes in compulsory schooling.” The paper was presented at the 2017 BeNA Summer Workshop.
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IAMO on 07.06.2017, 07:22 h
Fit for the Future – Innovative and Sustainable Eurasian Food Chains

IAMO invites on 23 June to a public panel discussion with German State Secretary Dr. Herman Onko Aeikens, Sergey Sidorsky, Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Dr. Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, and other guests. ( more )

IFO on 06.06.2017, 08:00 h
A Growing Number of German Companies Are Employing Refugees

A growing number of German companies are employing refugees, with the figure tripling in just over a year, according to the latest ifo Randstad Personnel Manager Survey. 22 percent of the companies surveyed in the first quarter of 2017 reported employing refugees over the past 24 months, versus just 7 percent in the last quarter of 2015. Companies primarily employ refugees as trainees (43 percent of companies employing refugees). 40 percent of companies employ them as supporting staff, 33 percent as interns and another 8 percent as skilled workers. Refugees are more frequently employed as trainees in manufacturing than in distribution or the service [...] ( more )

WZB on 06.06.2017, 02:11 h
Investigating fast money

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DIW on 06.06.2017, 01:43 h
A look back at the Women's Finance Summit 2017

On Tuesday, May 23, the very first DIW Women's Finance Summit – an event with high-ranking participants and exciting discussions – took place. A review of the event with photos and videos of the panels and keynote speeches can be found on our website .
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IFO on 02.06.2017, 08:00 h
ifo Institute Criticises Fiscal Equalisation Reform

The ifo Institute has criticised the reform of fiscal equalisation between the German federal government and the federal states. ?The reform will undermine federalism,? according to Joachim Ragnitz, Deputy Director of the Dresden Branch of the ifo Institute. It will increasingly downgrade the states to the status of mere administrative bodies primarily responsible for implementing federal government instructions. ?If German states let the federal government buy their decision-making competences in their key spheres of influence with additional funding, you have to question at some point why we still need 16 separate states at all,? he adds. ( more )

IFO on 02.06.2017, 03:00 h
ifo Institute: Trump’s Withdrawal Is “Wake-Up Call for Other Nations”

The US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is ?deeply regrettable? in the eyes of the ifo Institute. ?But it can be seen as a wake-up call for the global community,? said Prof. Karen Pittel, Director of the ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources. ?The top global CO2 producers should take this opportunity to coordinate their climate protection policy and institutionalise their cooperation. This does not mean that other countries should relieve the USA of its global responsibility by taking on its reduction commitments. Even without the USA, however, a co-operation among the world?s largest CO2 producers would cover [...] ( more )

IFO on 31.05.2017, 12:00 h
ifo Newsletter May 2017

The ifo Newsletter offers monthly reports in German on ifo's latest research results, key publications, selected events, personnel matters, forthcoming dates and much more. ( more )

DIW on 31.05.2017, 03:02 h
The gender gap in competitiveness: women shy away from competing with others, but not from competing with themselves

Women are less willing than men to compete against others. This gender gap can partially explain the differences between women’s and men’s education and career choices, and the labor market disparities that result. The experiments presented here show that even though women are less willing than men to compete against others, they are just as willing as men are to take on the challenge of improving themselves and competing against their own past performance. For organizations striving towards gender equality, this opens up new possibilities for institutionalizing competitive pressure. The full report by  Johanna Mollerstrom and [...] ( more )

DIW on 31.05.2017, 03:01 h
"Many women just don’t feel like competing against others": seven questions for Johanna Mollerstrom

Ms. Mollerstrom, isn’t the idea that women are less competitive than men a cliché? It is a cliché—but one that, on average, holds true. Of course, there are a lot of women who are very competitive and a lot of men who are not. But research clearly shows that on average, women are less inclined to compete against others than are men. The full interview with Johanna Mollerstrom in DIW Economic Bulletin 22+23/2017
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DIW on 30.05.2017, 11:26 h
Livestream: BCCP Conference and Policy Forum 2017

Algorithms and online platforms – how much governmental intervention do we need? The German Federal Cartel Office has initiated competition proceedings against Facebook, the EU commission is investigating Google, and the EU courts are assessing the legal treatment and possible regulation of the online platform Uber. The potential for the development of market power and its abuse in dynamic digital markets on the one hand is opposed by the large efficiency gains of many digital business models on the other. Calls for governmental intervention through regulation or competition authorities are plentiful but the social welfare effects of [...] ( more )

IFO on 29.05.2017, 12:00 h
Buffering Volatility: A Study on the Limits of Germany's Energy Revolution

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IFO on 29.05.2017, 11:00 h
ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany Clouds Over Slightly

The ifo Business Climate for trade and industry in the eastern German Länder deteriorated minimally in May, but remains at a high level. This was due to eastern German companies? revision of their six-month business expectations, which are now assessed as unfavourable on the whole. Satisfaction with the current business situation remained at the previous month?s level. Despite a more unfavourable outlook for future business developments, the eastern German economy is still on track for solid growth. ( more )

IAMO on 29.05.2017, 10:45 h
IAMO Forum 2017: Few days left to register for the conference

Registration for IAMO Forum 2017 ends 31 May at midnight. This year?s Forum deals with "Eurasian Food Economy between Globalization and Geopolitics" and is held 21 - 23 June at IAMO in Halle (Saale), Germany. ( more )

IFO on 26.05.2017, 10:30 h
German Exporters Express Growing Optimism

Sentiment among German exporters was more bullish this month. The ifo Export Expectations rose to 14.7 balance points in May from 13.8 balance points in April to reach their highest level since January 2014. German exports continue to rise. ( more )

IFO on 26.05.2017, 09:00 h
German Companies Recruit Extra Staff

German companies remain very keen to recruit additional staff. Although the ifo Employment Barometer edged downwards in May to 110.8 points from 111.4 points last month, the majority of companies nevertheless plan to grow their workforce. ( more )

IFO on 25.05.2017, 01:00 h
Reformation: Advances in Education Are a Precondition for Economic Success

Luther?s Reformation was a precondition for the greater economic success experienced by Protestants over several centuries. The link between education and economic success is highlighted by Ludger Woessmann, Director of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education. Marking the German Evangelical Church Congress in Wittenberg and Berlin, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, Woessmann said: ?The historical economic success of the Protestants is not so much due to a working ethic as described by Max Weber, but far more to the higher level of mass education enjoyed by Protestants. This can be empirically proven by [...] ( more )

IFO on 24.05.2017, 10:30 h
ifo Business Climate Index for the Service Sector Remains Stable

Sentiment among German service providers stayed strong in May. After five consecutive decreases, the business climate index remained unchanged at 108.0 points this month. While service providers are slightly less satisfied with their current business situation, they are more optimistic about the months ahead. Service providers plan to recruit additional staff. ( more )

WZB on 24.05.2017, 06:01 h
Long hours and longings: Children’s views of fathers’ jobs

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DIW on 24.05.2017, 03:00 h
Hourly wages in lower deciles no longer lagging behind when it comes to wage growth

For many years, only better-paid workers benefited from Germany’s real wage increases. In contrast, dependent employees with lower hourly wages suffered substantial losses, while the low-wage sector expanded. Around 2010, these trends came to an end. Now all wage groups benefit from wage increases—even if those in the middle of the distribution lag somewhat behind. At the very least, this new pattern means that the gap between high and low wages is not getting wider. This development is kind of surprising, as the labor market is shifting to higher-skilled jobs. Workers with higher hourly wages are still doing relatively well when it [...] ( more )

DIW on 24.05.2017, 02:58 h
"Real hourly wages: low-paid workers are not being left behind": eight questions for Alexander S. Kritikos

Mr. Kritikos, you’ve investigated the development of gross hourly wages in Germany. How have these wages developed since Germany’s reunification? Immediately after reunification, there were substantial hourly wage increases, up through 1997 or 1998. After that, growth was minimal through 2004, followed by wage losses until 2010. Since 2010, after the financial crisis, wages started picking up momentum again. [...] The full interview with  Alexander S. Kritikos  in: DIW Economic Bulletin 21/2017
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