Ifo Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

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Ifo Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
founded in the year 1949
acronym ifo
City Munich
Country Germany
Website https://www.cesifo-group.de/de/ifoHome.html
Legal form e.V.
address Poschinger Str. 5, 81679 Munich
founder u.a. Prof. Dr. Ludwig Erhard
number of employees 193
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Behavioural economics in public governance
Last revision 6.06.2017

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Organizational Structure and Funding

government support


Poschinger Str. 5, 81679 Munich


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)

Supervisory board

People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).

  • Michael Kerkloh, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung und Arbeitsdirektor, Flughafen München GmbH
  • Jochen Homann, Präsident der Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen
  • Stefan Genth, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Handelsverbands Deutschland - HDE e.V.
  • Stephan Articus, Geschäftsführendes Präsidialmitglied des Deutschen Städtetages
  • Gerd Kremer, Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter, GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH
  • Erwin Huber, Staatsminister a.D., Ausschuss für Wirtschaft und Medien, Infrastruktur, Bau und Verkehr, Energie und Technologie im Bayerischen Landtag
  • Otto Beierl, Vorstandsvorsitzender der LfA Förderbank Bayern
  • Söder, Bayerischer Staatsminister der Finanzen
  • Felix Pakleppa, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Zentralverbands des Deutschen Baugewerbes
  • Ludger Schuknecht, Ministerialdirektor, Leiter Abteilung 1, Finanzpolitische und volkswirtschaftliche Grundsatzfragen, Bundesministerium der Finanzen
  • Michael Kemmer, Mitglied des Vorstands und Hauptgeschäftsführer des Bundesverbands Deutscher Banken
  • Bernd Huber, Präsident der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Christian Lieberknecht, Mitglied der Geschäftsführung, Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen e.V
  • Anja Tuschke, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für Strategische Unternehmensführung
  • Wolfgang Schön, Direktor, MPI Max-Planck-Institut für Steuerrecht und Öffentliche Finanzen
  • Peter Saalfrank, Hauptgeschäftsführer der Industrie- und Handelskammer für Augsburg und Schwaben
  • Uwe Burkert, Chefvolkswirt der Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
  • Rainer Wend , Executive Vice President, Deutsche Post World Net
  • Gerhard Stahl, Peking University HSBC Business School, Shenzhen, China, und College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
  • Eberhard Sasse, Präsident der Industrie- und Handelskammer für München und Oberbayern
  • Siegmar Mosdorf, Parl. Staatssekretär a.D., Vorstand der CNC Communications & Network Consulting AG
  • Markus Kerber, Hauptgeschäftsführer, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Elga Bartsch, Chief European Economist/Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Nina Hugendubel, Geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin der H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG

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Working mode, goals

"The Ifo Institute is a European think tank that forms a bridge between academic research and public discourse. It focuses on applied economic research with clear policy implications with a view to achieving greater stability, prosperity and cohesion for Europe and the world. Ifo's research is increasingly focused on European and global issues" (ifo 2016: https://www.cesifo-group.de/ifoHome/CESifo-Group/ifo.html/ Available Online 07/09/2016).


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Public Finances
  • Political Economy
  • Foreign Trade Policy
  • Economic Research
  • Labour Market
  • Energy and environment
  • Migration

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

  • Labour market and behavioural economics (Behavioural Economics in Public Governance): From the abstract: "We conduct a large-scale field experiment in the German labor market to investigate how information provision affects job seekers’ employment prospects and labor market outcomes. Individuals assigned to the treatment group of our experiment received a brochure that informed them about job search strategies and the consequences of unemployment, and motivated them to actively look for new employment." (Learning About Job Search: A Field Experiment with Job Seekers in Germany. CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5355. 06/2015)[1]