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Breaking through the digital ceiling: ICT skills and labour market opportunities - 04 Feb 2021

Jobs which require strong ICT-skills are more secure. Absence of ICT-skills limit labour market opportunities. read more

wiiw ranked third best international economic policy think tank in the world - 29 Jan 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) has retained its third place rank in the Global Go To Think Tank Report 2020 of the University of Pennsylvania. read more

EU bonds are a model for the future of Europe - 27 Jan 2021

The EU will issue up to €750billion in bonds to finance the EU recovery plan. For the future, this should be a model for tackling common problems such as climate change. read more

Just released: wiiw Handbook of Statistics 2020 - 16 Dec 2020

The handbook includes updated macroeconomic and structural indicators on 23 CESEE economies
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The EU should act resolutely after the Bulgarian veto - 15 Dec 2020

The Bulgarian veto on the start of EU accession talks with North Macedonia puts at risk the stability of the region and the core values of the EU. read more

Structural reforms: Does easing employment protection reduce unemployment? - 14 Dec 2020

A meta-analysis finds no robust evidence that stricter employment protection leads to higher unemployment. This raises doubts over the policy focus on easing employment protection. read more

In Memoriam: Peter Havlik - 09 Dec 2020

On December 2nd, we lost one of our most distinguished and longest-serving colleagues, Peter Havlik. He died of a heart attack at the age of 70. read more

Evidence of changing demand for skills among Austria’s firms - 03 Dec 2020

Austrian employers are increasingly requiring more formal education, work experience, and ICT and language skills from potential employees. read more

What does the US election mean for Iran? - 02 Dec 2020

President-elect Biden was a key player in the team that agreed the nuclear deal in 2015, but a lot has changed since, and a new agreement faces many difficulties. read more

Estimates that should set alarm bells ringing: Downgrading Germany’s fiscal space - 26 Nov 2020

The EU Commission has just revised Germany's “structural” budget deficit for 2021 upwards – by €42 billion. The underlying estimation problems should set off alarm bells in Berlin. read more