Department of Economics

                                            Chair of Service Economics and Labor Economics (520G)

  Prof. Dr. Thomas Beißinger

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CESifo was founded as an international research organisation by the University of Munich and the Ifo Institute of Economic Research in 1999 to join and co-ordinate forces in the field of economic research. CESifo sponsors rigorous theoretical and empirical research, policy studies and international debates, and it provides the academic and business communities with international institutional comparisons and timely data on the state of the business cycle.
CESifo incorporates both extensive in-house research and an international research network. 
Deutsche Bundesbank
The site contains the Monthly Reports, statistical data, and information on the specialist departments. It also contains press releases and publications of the European Central Bank. Additionally, you will find all the Bundesbank's recent press releases as well as all the speeches held by the Members of the Deutsche Bundesbank Board over the past few months. You will also find a wide selection of the publications which have appeared in recent years. The Land Central Banks, the Bundesbank's regional offices, are also represented with their own pages. They mainly provide information and data from their own regions.
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin was originally founded in 1925 as the "Institute for Business Cycle Research". It is now one of the leading economic think tanks in Germany.  The DIW's main task is to investigate economic processes in Germany and abroad and to support decision-making in politics, economy, and administration. Since its founding, the institute has focussed on business cycle analysis and on prognoses. The analytical tools are theoretical assessment, empirical testing, economic and econometric modelling. The wide range of research covers anything from short-term analysis of economic developments, searching for answers to current economic and fiscal affairs, to the long-term projection and evaluation of developments in the global economy and individual sectors alike. Social changes are recorded by the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), which compiles a periodical representative longitudinal survey of German private households.  
European Institute for International Economic Relations
The EIIW, a politically independent non-profit organization, is an economic research institute in Germany which analyzes international economic problems from an European perspective. A major research focus is on the requirements for a stable and efficient international division of labor and technologies, including the integration of eastern Europe. Topics of real business as well as of economic policy are analyzed.
HWWA -Hamburg Institute of International Economics
The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA = Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv), which was founded in 1908, is one of the six large economic institutes in Germany which are commonly
funded by the Federal and States' governments because of their supraregional importance. The HWWA library is one the leading European economic libraries, with 1.2 million volumes, and the press archives have the largest collection of publicly accessible press cuttings in Europe (almost 20 million). 
ifo Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.
Bridging the gap between theory and practice in the service of science, industry, politics and the general public – this has marked the history of the Ifo Institute since its founding in 1949. Ifo (pronounced e'fo) is a German anagram consisting of 'I' for 'Information' and 'Fo' for Forschung or research, the two principles that guide the Institute’s work. 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. 
IWH: Halle Institute for Economic Research
The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH = Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle) was founded on 1st January 1992 by the State of Saxony-Anhalt in co-operation with the Federal Government. It is mainly involved in empirical economic research; particularly, it scientifically accompanies the transformation processes in Eastern Germany and in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. 
IZA: Institute for the Study of Labor
The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) analyzes the problems associated with the organization of work in a rapidly developing globalized economic environment. The research activities are: 1) Innovative, empirical research using econometric analysis of large individual data sets. 2) A microeconomic research focus oriented towards the business sector. 3) International comparative research in close cooperation with foreign scientific institutes and organizations. 4) Examination, documentation and evaluation of new concepts in labor market policy and of employment initiatives in business
(scientific advice and evaluation). 

Kiel Institute of World Economics (Institut für Weltwirtschaft an der Universität Kiel)
The Kiel Institute of World Economics at the University of Kiel, founded in 1914, is an international center for economic policy research and documentation, which employs about 300 employees. The Institute’s main activities are economic research, economic policy consulting, and the documentation and provision of information about international economic relations. The Institute's Library is one of the world's largest libraries for economics and social sciences and the Institute's Archives have a comprehensive collection of newspaper cuttings spanning seven decades. The Institute focuses its research on international economics, cooperating closely with similar institutes abroad. The Kiel working papers can be downloaded as pdf-files.
RWI: Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research
The Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) is an independent institution for economic research serving the public interest. Its function is to monitor economic developments, helping to recognise at an early stage those potentially detrimental in nature and to demonstrate possibilities of circumventing them or overcoming their effects. Towards this end, diagnoses and forecasts of economic developments are prepared with the aid of a broadly based analytical system incorporating economic models and, in addition, the economic cause-effects relationships are scientifically investigated. 
Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung
Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen
Statistisches Bundesamt
WZB: Social Science Research Center Berlin
Basic social science research is conducted at the WZB (= Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) in selected problem areas under the general theme of "Developmental Trends, Problems of Adaptation, and Possibilities for Innovation in Modern Democratic Societies."  It is characteristic of the largely empirical research work of the WZB, whose results are comminucated to both scientific and policy-making communities, that in addition to its multidisciplinary approach it has an internationally comparative dimension. At first this centered almost exclusively on western industrialized (OECD) countries, but recently it has focused increasingly on the European Union and is extending more and more towards central and eastern European countries to analyze the transformation processes there.
ZEW: Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim
The ZEW (= Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) is a non-profit economic research institute, which was founded in 1990. In April 1991 the institute took up work and has expanded rapidly since then. The ZEW takes a predominantly microeconomic and microeconometric research approach to its research work and co-operates closely with other scientific disciplines, whenever the respective issue requires such. In this context, the research institute distinguished itself, inter alia, in the analysis of internationally comparative questions in the European context and in the creation of data bases which are eminently important as a basis for scientific research. In addition, the ZEW provides outside persons and bodies with excerpts of selected data stocks for the purpose of scientific research. The ZEW is subdivided into the following five research fields: International Finance and Financial Management; Labour Economics, Human Resources, and Social Policy; Industrial Economics and International Management; Corporate Taxation and Public Business Finance; Environmental and Resource Economics, Eco-management. 

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Centre for Economic Forecasting (London Business School)
The Centre for Economic Forecasting at London Business School is a research centre concerned with increasing understanding of the economic environment. Part of the London Business School Web server, the Centre provides information on its activities and research staff as well as abstracts for discussion papers produced at the centre.
Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
The CEP, headed by Professor Richard Layard is one of the leading academic research centres in Europe. It is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The CEP is inter-disciplinary, with researchers from economics, industrial relations, psychology, sociology and management. The research produced focuses on a wide range of areas, notably labour markets, unemployment, wages, human resources, international trade and the transition economies.This server contains information about the CEP, details of research, staff and events, and will eventually contain online research and datasets.
The CEPII is France's leading institute for research on the international economy. The CEPII's work, be it in international macroeconomics, trade, foreign direct investment or in the analysis of emerging and transition economies, very much stresses global interdependencies and their consequences for France and Europe. 
CEPR: Centre for Economic Policy Research, London
CEPR coordinates the research of a network of selected specialists from many institutions, who collaborate through the Centre in research and dissemination. CEPR provides common services for them and for the users of research, and it obtains funding for the activities it develops. The Centre is not an in-house research institute. Instead, it has pioneered a networking form of organization.
CEPR helps its Research Fellows to develop projects, obtain their funding, administer them and disseminate their results. The Centre's expertise and services provide an essential infrastructure for research in areas ranging from open economy macroeconomics to economic history and demography, with particular emphasis on all aspects of European integration. In addition, CEPR's dissemination programme, involving its Bulletin, European Economic Perspectives and lunchtime meetings and briefings, raises the international visibility of European economics.
ECB: European Central Bank
Oxonia: The Oxford Institute for Economic Policy
Oxonia is an independent and non-profit institution devoted to the analysis, discussion, and dissemination of economic policy issues. To this end, Oxonia coordinates its own research programs, promotes a series of publications, and hosts a variety of seminars, workshops and conferences.



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Bank for International Settlements
Since its creation at the Hague Conference in January 1930, the Bank for International Settlements (the BIS) has always been a central banking institution which is unique at the international level. It is owned and controlled by central banks and it provides a number of highly-specialised services to central banks and, through them, to the international financial system more generally. The Bank's predominant tasks are summed up most succinctly in part of Article 3 of its original Statutes. They are "to promote the co-operation of central banks and to provide additional facilities for international financial operations ...". The BIS is thus an important forum for international monetary and financial cooperation between central bankers and, increasingly, other regulators and supervisors. At the same time the BIS is a bank, but one whose depositors are limited to central banks and international financial institutions. A significant portion of the world's foreign exchange reserves are held on deposit with the BIS. The BIS also acts as Agent or Trustee in connection with various international financial agreements.
International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. 
The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labour administration; labour law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labour statistics and occupational safety and health. It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers'  organizations and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of its governing organs. 
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
At this site, you can read about the IMF (including its annual report and extensive material on its structure), their fact sheets on a number of topics, press releases, news briefs, speeches from the managing director, and details from their publications catalog. Among data, they offer the "IMF Memorandum," which offers a variety of current statistical information. Among publications, they offer the "IMF Survey." Finally, their "Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board" is available here. For many countries, it lists where most any sort of macro data can be obtained (including on the Internet) from countries that participate in this program. For just the U.S., this is a very useful resources as it says who generates various series and how they are collected.
OECD Online:
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development groups 29 member countries in an organisation that, most importantly, provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. They compare experiences, seek answers to common problems and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies that increasingly in today's globalised world must form a web of even practice across nations. The core of original members has expanded from Europe and North America to include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Korea. Parts of the OECD Secretariat in Paris collect data, monitor trends, analyse and forecast economic developments, while others research social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation and more. This work, in areas that mirror the policy-making structures in ministries of governments, is done in close consultation with policy-makers who will use the analysis, and it underpins discussion by member countries when they meet in specialised committees of the OECD. Much of the research and analysis is published.
WTO: World Trade Organization
The WTO is the only international agency overseeing the rules of international trade. Its purpose is to help trade flow smoothly, in a system based on rules, to settle trade disputes between governments, and to organize trade negotiations. The WTO is an inter-governmental organization. The main decision-making bodies are councils and committees consisting of the WTO's entire membership. Administrative and technical support comes from the WTO Secretariat in Geneva. The WTO was set up in 1995. The international organization that preceded it was the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). 

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Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. It has a dual role as the statistical arm of the Department of Labor and as an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates sensitive economic and statistical data to the public, Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and business.
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
U.S. Census Bureau