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 22.10.2018, 09:00 h
German Economists Take Sceptical View of Pension Policy

The majority of German economists opposes the pension policy pursued by Germany?s grand coalition between the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, according to the latest Economists Panel conducted by the ifo Institute and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ( more )

DIW on 19.10.2018, 02:11 h
Jakob Miethe interviewed on Deutsche Welle English on the effect of international information exchange

In recent years, the global community has promoted several initiatives aimed at breaking bank secrecy in tax havens. Such treaties for the exchange of information among tax offices can be effective. A treaty between country A and tax haven B reduces deposits from A in banks of B by approximately 30 percent. However, the analysis shows that tax evaders react to such treaties not by becoming honest taxpayers but rather by adapting their practice of tax evasion.
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IAMO on 17.10.2018, 12:31 h
Conference “Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road”: Program is now available online

IAMO together with TIIAME organise a conference on ?Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road?. The conference will take place from 30 October to 1 November 2018 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ( more )

IFO on 17.10.2018, 10:00 h
ifo Dresden Newsletter 17 October 2018

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?. ( more )

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 )

DIW on 17.10.2018, 05:38 h
Refugees in Germany with children still living abroad have lowest life satisfaction

Family strongly influences personal well-being—especially in the case of refugees, whose family members often remain in their homeland. This report is the first to closely examine the well-being and family structures of refugees who came to Germany between January 2013 and January 2016. It uses data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany. Among individuals aged between 18 and 49, nine percent have minor children living outside Germany, whereas twelve percent have a husband or wife living abroad. If the nuclear family is living in Germany—which is more often the case for women than men—refugees are measurably more [...] ( more )

IAMO on 17.10.2018, 05:33 h
Vacancies

IAMO is looking for several PhD students (m/f), a research assistant (m/f) and a coordinator (m/f) of the IAMO Young Scientists Programme. Furthermore, a janitor (m/f) and a guest relations manager (m/f) are needed to manage the institute building and the guest apartments. ( more )

DIW on 17.10.2018, 05:05 h
International treaties insufficiently curb global tax evasion

In recent years, the global community has promoted several initiatives aimed at breaking bank secrecy in tax havens. Such treaties for the exchange of information among tax offices can be effective. A treaty between country A and tax haven B reduces deposits from A in banks of B by approximately 30 percent. However, the analysis shows that tax evaders react to such treaties not by becoming honest taxpayers but rather by adapting their practice of tax evasion. Consequently, the international community must crack down on tax evasion more aggressively – for example, by disclosing the final beneficiaries of assets in tax havens or making it [...] ( more )

DIW on 16.10.2018, 04:05 h
EU Commission proposal for 2021–2027 budget: lost opportunities

In May, the EU Commission presented its proposal for the EU budget for 2021 to 2027—a period of change for the EU. Not only will Great Britain’s exit from the Union leave a significant hole in the budget, but at the same time the budget must cover a vast range of additional requirements. Current international policy developments are already demanding the EU acting as a community, and the European project will continue to require a high level of investment. For managing this balancing act expenditure cuts in traditional areas are indispensable. But the Commission’s lopsided proposal relies on higher revenue. Currently, the [...] ( more )

DIW on 16.10.2018, 03:43 h
Alexander Konon has successfully defended his dissertation

Alexander Konon, who is a member of the DIW Graduate Center, has successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Potsdam.

The dissertation with the title "Essays on Career Choice under Risk and Ambiguity" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Alexander Kritikos (DIW Berlin, University of Potsdam) and Prof. Dr. Marco Caliendo (IZA Bonn, University of Potsdam). We congratulate Alexander on his success and wish him all the best for his future career!
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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 )

IFO on 12.10.2018, 09:54 h
Auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit

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IFO on 12.10.2018, 09:54 h
The ECB's Fiscal Policy

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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 )

DIW on 11.10.2018, 11:00 h
Consequences of extreme weather events for developing countries based on the example of Mongolia

In parts of Germany this summer, temperatures were extremely high and there was no rain to speak of: this is an example of an extreme weather event. Many people experienced physical discomfort and the livelihoods of some were threatened. Think of crop damage due to drought. Every unusually hot summer is not the consequence of climate change, nor are all hurricanes and all floods. Earlier decades also had their share of torrential rain and drought. But extreme weather events and climate change are directly related. Climate forecasts predict that in the future, extreme weather events will occur even more frequently and with higher intensity. [...] ( more )

DIW on 11.10.2018, 08:00 h
DIW Berlin part of new Excellence Cluster analyzing global challenges for the liberal democracy and market economy model

DIW Berlin is part of a new Cluster of Excellence based in Berlin. Contestations of the Liberal Scripts (SCRIPTS) will analyze the contemporary controversies regarding the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. Prof. Martin Kroh of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin is one of the 25 researchers participating in the Cluster. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the liberal model of political and economic order faces a profound crisis. What are the causes of the current contestations of the liberal script, and what are the consequences for the global challenges of the 21 st century? The Cluster [...] ( more )

DIW on 10.10.2018, 12:54 h
Helke Seitz and Tim Kaiser contributed to the Young Economic Summit 2018

Helke Seitz and Tim Kaiser contributed with the topic "Promoting financial inclusion: New policies and technological innovations through digital finance" to the Young Economic Summit 2018 ! The topic was chosen by the Berlin International School Team II. The team tackled this topic by suggesting a digital platform which they called "Virgo". The idea of Virgo is to increase the accessibility of basic financial services in developing countries. The Berlin International School Team II presented their solution during the regional final and ranked second! By this they qualified for the national final in Hamburg and were among the [...] ( 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 )

IAMO on 10.10.2018, 04:59 h
Successful staging of the kick-off meeting of the UaFoodTrade project

The official opening of the ?Pilot project for the sustainable internationalization of Ukrainian research structures in the context of the globalization of the Ukrainian food sector? (UaFoodTrade) took place at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) in Ukraine on 20 September 2018. Numerous representatives of the fields of politics, business and research were present for the project opening and subsequent panel discussion. ( more )

IAMO on 05.10.2018, 01:46 h
Annual meeting of the working group Libraries of the Leibniz Institutes in Saxony-Anhalt

This year, IAMO hosted the annual meeting of the working group Libraries of the Leibniz Institutes in Saxony-Anhalt on 26 September. The five institutions include the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) and Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transformation Economies (IAMO). ( more )

IAMO on 05.10.2018, 01:31 h
Parliamentary evening on sustainable rural areas

IAMO Director Alfons Balmann will be a podium guest at the Leibniz Association's Parliamentary Evening on ?Sustainable rural areas? on 17 October 2018 in Berlin, Germany. ( more )

IAMO on 02.10.2018, 09:50 h
Large Farm Management Conference “Agribusiness 2018: AGRO or BUSINESS?”

IAMO and the International Competence Center on Large Scale Agriculture (LaScalA) were partners of this year's Large Farm Management Conference held from 19 to 20 September 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. The main organisers of the international conference entitled ?Agribusiness 2018: AGRO or BUSINESS?? were the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club and the UCABevent Agency. ( more )

IFO on 01.10.2018, 09:00 h
ifo Study Reveals Growing Similarities Between Former East and West Germany

Forty years of the former DDR left its mark on eastern Germany. But there are now surprisingly few differences left between eastern and western Germans in many areas; and some of the remaining disparities are fading fast, according to a new study released by the ifo Institute. ( more )

IAMO on 29.09.2018, 07:23 h
ENHANCE Summer School in Bucharest successfully completed

Almost 20 young researchers from 12 countries studied and discussed the role of institutions in agricultural development. ( more )

IAMO on 28.09.2018, 02:51 h
IAMO newsletter 3/2018 issued

+++ IAMO Forum 2019 to focus on small farms +++ Conference on the importance of social sciences in agricultural development +++ Expert panel on the challenges of exporting pork to Russia +++ These and more reports in the current IAMO newsletter ( more )

IFO on 28.09.2018, 02:00 h
CESifo Newsletter 2018/07

The CESifo Newsletter provides brief summaries of the most recently published CESifo Working Papers, as well as reporting on all CESifo events, news from the ifo Institute and the CESifo Group's most recent guests. ( more )

IFO on 27.09.2018, 11:00 h
ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern Germany Falls Sharply

Eastern Germany?s economic climate cooled down considerably in September. The business climate index for trade and industry in eastern Germany fell from 106.6 points to 104.4 points this month. Survey participants scaled back their assessments of the current business situation considerably. Their business expectations also fell markedly. ( more )

IAMO on 27.09.2018, 10:48 h
Former employees talked about their career paths

At the IAMO Career Talk, former employees of the institute talked about their career paths after graduation. The event took place for the second time at IAMO in Halle (Saale), Germany, on 30 August 2018. ( more )

IFO on 27.09.2018, 10:00 h
ifo Newsletter September 2018

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 27.09.2018, 10:00 h
Joint economic forecast autumn 2018: Upturn loses momentum

Abstract: Press release of the project group "Gemeinschaftsdiagnose": German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), ifo Institute, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
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IFO on 27.09.2018, 10:00 h
Upturn Loses Momentum

Germany?s leading economics research institutes have downwardly revised their forecasts for 2018 and 2019. They now expect economic output to increase by 1.7 percent in 2018, and not 2.2 percent as forecast in spring. They also scaled back their 2019 forecast slightly from 2.0 to 1.9 percent. These are the results of the Joint Economic Forecast for autumn 2018 that will be presented in Berlin on Thursday. ( more )

IFO on 27.09.2018, 09:30 h
German Firms Recruit More Staff

German companies continued to recruit additional staff this month. The ifo Employment Barometer edged downwards in September to 104.8 points, from 105.1 points in August. The service sector is still the main driver of employment developments in Germany. ( more )

IAMO on 27.09.2018, 01:11 h
IAMO organised 3rd SURE-Farm Meeting

As part of the project ?Towards sustainable and resilient EU farming systems? (SURE-Farm), the 3rd SURE-Farm Meeting was held at IAMO in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 18 to 19 September 2018. ( more )

IFO on 25.09.2018, 10:00 h
Dissecting the EU’s Recent Anti-Tax Avoidance Measures: Measures and Problem

Profit-shifting activities by multinational enterprises (MNEs) is widespread, and academic scholars and policy makers agree that such activity should be reduced by diminishing the opportunities that exist within the international tax system. The EU has legislated to reduce the scope for such activity, with a central tool being the Anti-Tax Avoidance Package. ( more )

IFO on 25.09.2018, 09:00 h
Analyse des mesures récente de l'UE contre l'évitement fiscal : mesures et problèmes

Les activités de transfert de bénéfices par des entreprises multinationales sont très répandues, et les chercheurs et législateurs s'accordent à dire que de telles activités doivent être réduites en limitant le nombre d'occasions existant au sein du système fiscal international. L'UE a légiféré pour réduire l'importance de ces activités, avec un outil central : le paquet anti-évitement fiscal. ( more )

IFO on 25.09.2018, 09:00 h
Export Expectations Rise

Sentiment among German exporters firmed this month. The ifo Export Expectations for German industry rose to 15.1 balance points in September from 14.4 points in August, marking their third successive increase. German exporters currently seem unaffected by international trade conflicts. ( more )

IFO on 24.09.2018, 11:00 h
ifo Viewpoint No. 199: Tragedies Like Greece Must Not Be Repeated

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IFO on 24.09.2018, 02:00 h
Allemagne : L'indice du climat des affaires recule légèrement, selon l'Institut ifo

L?humeur des dirigeants d?entreprises allemandes s'est quelque peu assombrie. L'indice a reculé à 103,7 points en septembre, contre 103,9 points en août. Les évaluations de la situation actuelle se sont très légèrement détériorées. Elles sont néanmoins restées à un niveau élevé. Les prévisions ont également été légèrement revues à la baisse. L'économie allemande se révèle stable, en dépit de l'augmentation des incertitudes. ( more )