Forum On Educational Policy

The Forum On Educational Policy (information in German only) with the topic "Early Childhood Education" took place on 25th September in Berlin. The next Forum will take place on October 23th 2019.

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IFO on 17.10.2018, 10:00 h
EU’s Eastward Expansion Boosts Trade with Germany

The integration of Central and Eastern European (CEE) states in the European Union had a positive effect on trade relations between Germany and the accession countries. Economically stronger countries like Poland (exports + 216 percent) and the Czech Republic (exports + 156 percent) have seen sharp increases in their trade with Germany since joining the EU in 2004. The same can be said of Rumania and Bulgaria. The upturn in trade between the Baltic States and Germany, by contrast, was far smaller. ( more )

ZEW on 16.10.2018, 12:00 h
Press Release: Significant Decline in Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped to a level of minus 24.7 points in October 2018. The indicator has thus reached the same low-point as in July of this year, being at its lowest reading since August 2012. Also, with 14.1 points, the extent of the month-to-month decline is remarkably strong. Only once in the recent past did the indicator fall more strongly, namely after the Brexit vote in Great Britain in July 2016. The indicator?s current value is far below the long-term average of 22.8 points. The assessment of the current economic situation in Germany decreased by 5.9 points, leaving the corresponding indicator at [...] ( more )

ZEW on 15.10.2018, 12:00 h
Press Release: Digitalisation Promises Productivity Gains in the Mechanical Engineering Sector

The productivity measured in the mechanical engineering sector has experienced a decrease in the years after the financial and economic crisis of 2008/09 ? despite high capacity utilisation, growing profits and employment being at a record high. This paradoxical development cannot be attributed to one single cause, but rather to the interplay of several factors, including initial investments in digitalisation, which only pay off at a later stage, as well as statistical effects resulting from the increasing internationalisation in the mechanical engineering sector. In addition, price increases tend to be overestimated in official statistics, [...] ( more )

IFO on 15.10.2018, 11:00 h
L'incertitude des entreprises allemandes a sensiblement augmenté

L'incertitude des entreprises allemandes a sensiblement augmenté au vu de l'évaluation des mois à venir. La mesure de l'Institut ifo pour l'incertitude (mesure de dispersion) a augmenté de 6,2 points entre le mois de mai et le mois de septembre. La dernière fois que de telles hausses ont été enregistrées dans une période comparable fut au cours de la crise financière mondiale de 2008 et 2009. Selon des estimations de l'Institut ifo, cette hausse devrait se traduire par une réduction de la production industrielle de 0,4 point de pourcentage cette année et de 1,3 point de pourcentage supplémentaire au cours de l'année prochaine. En effet, [...] ( more )

ZEW on 14.10.2018, 12:00 h
Press Release: Ensuring Prosperity for All in the Digital Age

The digital revolution is currently in full swing, transforming both our economy and our society. The full force of this development is evident from the wide variety of apps on our smart phones to the digitalisation of our workplaces. The rise of a new generation of intelligent machines has already begun. Modern algorithms record many of the things we do, analysing our behaviour and using the data to develop advertising and new products. Cars will soon be able to drive themselves. Tiny bracelets monitor our day-to-day health. Blockchain technology and a world without cash are just around the corner. Business models are changing at break-neck [...] ( more )

IFO on 12.10.2018, 09:00 h
Uncertainty among German Companies Grows Significantly

Uncertainty among German companies over their business outlook for the months ahead has increased significantly. The ifo measure of uncertainty (dispersion measure) increased by 6.2 points between May and September. ( more )

ZEW on 10.10.2018, 12:00 h
Press Release: Economists Recommend Policies to Encourage a Sense of European Identity

European policymakers need to do more to encourage citizens to identify with Europe. Pan-European political consciousness could be encouraged by having citizens vote for European party lists rather than national party lists in the European elections. An EU Citizens? Assembly should serve as a platform to discuss specific political issues and propose potential solutions. Europe could also raise its profile overseas through shared EU embassies and consulates. These are some of the main policy recommendations from a new study conducted jointly by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, and the ifo Institute, Munich for the EconPol [...] ( more )

ZEW on 10.10.2018, 12:00 h
Press Release: Asylum Seekers Have a Higher Level of Education Than the Average Population in Their Country of Origin

The level of education among asylum seekers who recently arrived in Germany in many cases differs significantly from the average level of schooling in their country of origin. On average, male asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa have around 1.6 more years of schooling than men of the same age in their country of origin. They therefore generally belong to a more highly educated class in their homeland. However, compared to young German men, asylum seekers tend to have considerable gaps in their education, making intensive further training necessary to help them integrate more easily into the German labour market. These are the findings [...] ( more )

IFO on 10.10.2018, 11:00 h
Economists Recommend Policies to Encourage a Sense of European Identity

European policymakers need to do more to encourage citizens to identify with Europe. Pan-European political consciousness could be encouraged by having citizens vote for European party lists rather than national party lists in the European elections. An EU Citizens? Assembly should serve as a platform to discuss specific political issues and propose potential solutions. Europe could also raise its profile overseas through shared EU embassies and consulates. These are some of the main policy recommendations from a new study conducted jointly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and the ifo Institute, Munich for the EconPol [...] ( more )

IFO on 10.10.2018, 09:00 h
Des économistes proposent des mesures pour une plus forte identification des citoyens à l'Europe

Les responsables politiques devraient davantage s'efforcer de renforcer l'identification des citoyens à l'Europe. Cette identification pourrait être favorisée par un vote sur des listes électorales européennes plutôt que nationales lors des élections européennes. De plus, des assemblées de citoyens européens devraient être organisées afin de formuler des propositions de réponses à des questions politiques concrètes. L'image de l'Europe à l'étranger pourrait être améliorée grâce à des Ambassades et Consulats communs pour l'ensemble de l'Union. Telles sont les principales recommandations d'une étude réalisée par le Centre pour [...] ( more )