Austrian Economy on growth path
Following a period of sluggish growth, in 2016 the Austrian Economy returned to a solid growth path. For the years 2017 to 2021 an average growth rate of 1.7 % p.a. is expected, after 0.8 % p.a. in the previous five years. Growth is then in line with the euro area average. Domestic demand is expected to accelerate. Supported by the expansion of world trade, also export demand will gain momentum. Inflation is projected to increase at an annual average rate of 2 %. In line with the pick-up of the economy the labour market situation should improve. Employment creation is expected to stay high and unemployment will fall moderately. However, with 8 per cent in 2021 the unemployment rate will still be very high. The fiscal deficit will fall considerably, however, mainly due to strong growth and low interest rates. Therefore, further reforms in the public sector are necessary to strengthen the growth potential of the Austrian economy.
Press information of July 19, 2017 (pdf - in German only)
19 Jul 2017
51% of university bachelor beginners (begin cohort winter term 2008/09) have graduated within seven years. 19% are still in education and 30% have dropped out of all university studies. At universities of applied sciences ('Fachhochschulen') and at university colleges of teacher education ('Pädagogische Hochschulen') there is a higher success rate (75%), though there are big differences between sociodemographic groups and between fields of studies. Comprehensive analysis of study progress, as well as analysis of reasons for time loss and satisfaction can be found in the report.
Report in the IHS Repository (full length, in German only)
18 Jul 2017
Strong growth in Austria
Supported by the buoyant expansion of the world economy, economic growth in Austria is accelerating strongly. Gross domestic product in Austria is projected to increase by 2.2 % in 2017 and by 1.7 % in 2018. Exports should grow markedly and domestic demand remains robust. The inflation rate should reach 2 % in each of the two years and registered unemployment is expected to decline for the first time in six years.
Press information of June 29, 2017 (pdf - long version in German only)
Press information (pdf - short version in English)
29 Jun 2017
This year’s ‘Workshop on Labour-Market Economics’, jointly organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), WU Vienna, JKU Linz, and AK Vienna, will take place at the IHS.
The goal of this workshop is to foster an open and friendly discussion, therefore working papers, manuscripts and even controversial work is welcome.
Authors are invited to submit both abstracts as well as finished papers.
Please submit your paper via e-mail to
Deadline for submissions: September 11, 2017
Selection of contributions will be done by the organizers in October 2017.
Further Informationen (in German)
22 Jun 2017
Beate Littig wrote a book contribution about 'Good Green Jobs for whom? A feminist critique of the green economy' published in the ‘Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment’. This compendium gathers together state-of-the-art theoretical reflections and empirical research from leading researchers and practitioners working in this transdisciplinary and transnational academic field.
Publication in the IHS Repository
Handbook on Editor's website
26 Jun 2017
There is an ongoing discussion regarding a shortage of graduates in the so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This baseline study of the Higher Education Research Group (HER) commissioned by the BMWFW provides an information base against which to assess the supply of graduates in STEM-related subjects and their labour market status.
Further Information (in German)
20 Jun 2017
The research group 'Health Economics and Health Policy' recently published two issues of the Health System Watch: first issue about 'Social inequality and health' published by Monika Riedel, Gerald Röhrling and Bettina Gehrer, second issue about 'multi-morbidity and models for integrated care' published by Thomas Czypionka, Markus Kraus, Michael Berger and Sophie Fößleitner.
Health System Watch I 2017
Health System Watch II 2017
21 Jul 2017
New Working Paper by IHS Guest Professor Mark E. Warren from the University of British Columbia: 'The All Affected Interests Principle in Democratic Theory and Practice'.
Working Paper in the IHS Repository
18 Jul 2017
Responsible Science, in the EU context also known as 'Responsible Research and Innovation' (RRI), actively involves the civil society in research and innovation processes so that current challenges can be met in a more effective way and in line with the values, expectations and requirements of society.
Website Responsible Research Austria
19 Jul 2017
First results of the SELFIE research project were published by Thomas Czypionka, Markus Kraus and Miriam Reiss et al. in a special issue of Eurohealth 'Measuring efficiency in health care' and in the academic journal Health Policy.
Eurohealth: The SELFIE Framework for Integrated Care for Multi-Morbidity
Health Policy: The SELFIE framework for integrated care for multi-morbidity: development and description
SELFIE project website
18 Jul 2017
On July 4, 2017, the last cohort of the MSc in Economics program, jointly organized by the IHS and the TU Wien, celebrated the successful completion of their studies. Bob Martens, Manfred Deistler, both TU Wien, Martin Kocher as well as Christian Haefke as commencement speaker congratulated them on their academic success.
MSc Graduates News (pdf)
Photos of the Graduation Ceremony
04 Jul 2017
Unlike in many other countries, most doctoral students in Austria study on their own account: Only 5% receive a grant, 30% pursue their degree as a part of an employment – the remaining two thirds of all doctoral students complete a degree which has neither a link to university research or their employment, nor is it financed by any kind of grant. These differences determine the diverging social conditions of doctoral student life and are being discussed in the recently released research report based on data from the Student Social Survey 2015.
Research report in the IHS Repository (in full length, in German only)
Research report on the project website
26 Jun 2017
How can we integrate the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in European research funding? The project NewHorRRIzon, that is funded for four years with 6.8 Mio Euro, approaches this important question. In 18 “social labs” across Europe researchers and other stakeholders are exploring innovative solutions to tackle this vital challenge for research and innovation. The project is coordinated by Erich Griessler.
Press release June 13, 2017 (in German)
RG Techno Science and Societal Transformation
14 Jun 2017
The next presentation of the economic forecast of the Austrian economy will take place on September 29, 2017 at WIFO.
Christoph Badelt, WIFO and Martin Kocher, IHS will answer questions of the journalists.
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