Ifo Institute for Economic Research

This institute is one of the largest think tanks in Germany. "The Ifo Institute is a service-based research organization with a three-fold orientation: to conduct economic research, to offer advice to economic policy-makers and to provide services for the research and business communities." "Ifo Business Climate Index" (on the business climate in Germany is perhaps their best known "product." Other "products" include "Ifo Viewpoint" (written on various topical issues) and "Ifo Digest" (a quarterly publication). One of their largest project is the "Database for European Institutional Comparisons (DICE)." Some of their data is available for sale; details are located here.

Most research is in the following fields:

  • public finance
  • social policies
  • labour market
  • economic forecasts
  • structural change
  • industrial economics
  • regional economics
  • environmental economics
  • transportation
  • transition economics (special focus on eastern Germany)