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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

Can we justify EU Cohesion Policy? - 25 Nov 2020

New wiiw research shows that cohesion policy has positive effects on GDP growth, and that spending in poorer regions increases demand in richer parts of the EU. read more

Inequality in Austria is higher than expected - 23 Nov 2020

The 10 percent of the Austrian population with the highest income earn more than three times the Austrian average and seven times more than the lowest-income half of the population. read more

No quick recovery in sight, coronavirus risks looming large - 12 Nov 2020

wiiw just released its new economic forecasts and analysis for Eastern Europe read more

Belarus: What next? - 28 Oct 2020

wiiw invited three experts from Belarus to discuss the most urgent economic policy challenges for the country in light of the current crisis. Watch the video here. read more

Estimation errors with dire consequences - 20 Oct 2020

In EU fiscal surveillance, errors produced by an estimation model have led to excessive fiscal consolidation pressure. After the southern countries, this will soon affect Germany and Austria as well. read more


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