Forecast of the Austrian Economy 2017 – 2018

Strong growth in Austria supported by a global upturn

The global economy is experiencing an upturn that covers almost all regions. Gross domestic product in Austria is projected to increase by 2.6% in 2017 and by 2.1% in 2018. Gross fixed capital formation and exports should increase strongly and private consumption remains robust.
Press information of September 29, 2017 (pdf - long version in German only)
Press information (pdf - short version in English)
Broadcast-ready, cleared for release video statements by IHS Director Martin Kocher (in German only)
Economic Forecast

29 Sep 2017

3rd ATHEA Conference

Health Service Research in Patients with Complex Needs

On November 24, 2017, IHS will host the third ATHEA conference on ‘Health services research in patients with complex needs’. The keynotes will be delivered by Dr. Ellen Nolte, MPH PhD, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and Dr. Chris Bojke, MSc, chair in health economics, University of Leeds.

17 Oct 2017

TARN Public Lecture

An Integrated Border Management System – An Answer to the Migration Crisis?

with Berndt Körner, Frontex
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017, 5:00 pm
Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lecture Room, Josefstädter Strasse 39, 1080 Vienna
RSVP: stemberger(at)
Program: Lecture including discussion followed by light refreshments
Invitation (pdf)
TARN website

17 Oct 2017

Invitation to the Workshop on Labor Market Economy 2017

On 10 November, IHS will host the annual workshop on labor market economics. This is an opportunity for social scientists to discuss pressing topics such as the development of wages, maternity protection rules, and unemployment. Registration required (until 27 October) via event(at)
Workshop description (in German)

16 Oct 2017

IHS hosted the 14th Macroeconomics Workshop

From October 12-14, 2017 the international attendees discussed current topics in Macroeconomic Theory and Policy at the IHS.
Organized by Gabriel Lee (IHS and Chair of Real Estate Economics at University of Regensburg), Martin Gervais (Associate Professor, Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow at University of Iowa) and David Andolfatto (Vice President, FRB St Louis and Professor of Economics at SFU) the Macroeconomics Workshop took place for the 14th time in a row.
From left to right the organizing committee together with two sponsors: Morris Davis (Professor and Paul V. Profeta Chair in Real Estate), Martin Gervais, Gabriel Lee, Christopher Waller (Executive Vice President and Director of Research, FRB St. Louis) and David Andolfatto.

16 Oct 2017

Two new IHS Working Papers in the Economics Series available

Two new Working Papers in the IHS Economics Series available, one by Zsófia L. Bárány and Christian Siegel: Disentangling Occupation- and Sector-specific Technological Change., the other by Pontus Rendahl: Linear Time Iteration.
Working Paper Zsófia L. Bárány in the IHS Repository
Working Paper Pontus Rendahl in the IHS Repository
IHS Economics Series

05 Oct 2017

Erich Griessler to be a Panelist at Talk Gate

On October 19, 2017 Erich Griessler will be a panelist at Talk Gate on the subject ‘Digitization for Everybody? – Chances and Dangers for Business and Society’ at Tech Gate Vienna.
Tech Gate Vienna
Erich Griessler

11 Oct 2017

Thomas Czypionka at Symposium on Health Professions

On September 28th, Thomas Czypionka will be one of the keynote speakers at the Symposium on Health Professions, which is held at the FH Campus Wien on Sept 28-29, 2017. In his keynote, he discusses the challenges health care is facing up to 2030 as well as implications for the training for health professionals.
Conference website
Thomas Czypionka

28 Sep 2017

Beate Littig at Symposium on Social Sustainability

On occasion of the Symposium on Social Sustainability, which takes place on November 2, 2017 at Postdam, Beate Littig will be giving a lecture on “Social indicators in energy research”.
Symposium website

18 Oct 2017

IHS Researchers on the Results of Austria's Parliamentary Elections

IHS Political Scientists, Katrin Auel and Guido Tiemann, comment on the results of the Austrian election in the European Media.
TRT World Television on Sunday and on Monday
Sky News, France 24,
Ouest France
La Libre Belgique

17 Oct 2017

Call for Papers: 1st Vienna Workshop on Economic Forecasting 2018

The 1st Vienna Workshop on Economic Forecasting 2018, hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies and organized by Robert Kunst and Martin Wagner, will take place on Feb 15-16, 2018.
The conference welcomes contributions from different approaches to economic forecasting, including forecasts based on time series models (VAR, SVAR, Factor Models,…), DSGE models, large scale structural models. Another topic of interest is forecast evaluation. Authors working in applications or theory of economic forecasting are invited to submit an abstract.
Online submission of an abstract is possible through the conference management system Conftool from September 28, 2017 and must be received by November 30, 2017.
Submission of abstracts
Conference website
Call for Papers

04 Oct 2017

Presentation of the 2nd Vienna Gender Equality Monitoring Report

Cover Gender Equality Report

On September 21, 2017, Executive City Councillor for Women’s Issues Sandra Frauenberger, Local Councillor Barbara Huemer and Andrea Leitner (IHS) presented the 2nd Vienna Gender Equality Monitoring Report. This report, which is based on the 1st Vienna Gender Equality Monitoring Report 2013, provides an initial assessment of the progress of gender equality in Vienna through comparison over a period of three years.
Andrea Leitner

22 Sep 2017

Economic Significance of Movie Theatres in Austria

A recent survey, commissioned by Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKO) – Fachverband für Kino – Kultur – und Vergnügungsbetriebe, conducted by Hermann Kuschej, analyzed the economic significance of the movie theater sector in Austria. The results were presented on September 19, 2017 at the WKO - Austrian Economic Chambers.
The survey shows that the movie theater sector in Austria is displaying high economic vitality. Cinemas are generally a significant economic factor in themselves, and they have a positive influence on businesses surrounding them. In 2016 cinemas generated net sales of 191 million euro and employed around 1.400 people. In addition, moviegoers spent 83 million euro outside the cinema, mainly in restaurants but smaller impulse buys are also significant.
Hermann Kuschej
Study in the IHS Repository (available in German)

20 Sep 2017

Joint Economic Forecast Autumn 2017: Upturn Remains Robust - Amid Mounting Tensions

The German economic upturn has gained both in terms of strength and breadth. In addition to consumer spending, external trade and investments are now also contributing to the economic expansion. These are the conclusions drawn by the economic research institutes in their autumn report for the German federal government. Whereas the very high economic momentum in the first half of the current year will slow slightly, the expansion of economic output this year and next will exceed production capacity growth. As a result, overall capacity utilization will increase, with economic output exceeding potential output. Gross Domestic Product is likely to grow by 1.9 percent this year and by 2 percent in 2018 (calendar-adjusted: 2.2 and 2.1 percent, respectively).
Press information of September 28, 2017

28 Sep 2017

The next presentation of the economic forecast of the Austrian economy will take place on December 21, 2017 at IHS.
Christoph Badelt, WIFO and Martin Kocher, IHS will answer questions of the journalists.
Economic forecast

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An Integrated Border Management System – An Answer to the Migration Crisis? with Berndt Körner,...

17:00 - 20:00, IHS, Josefstädter Strasse 39, 1080 Wien, Hörsaal E02

  • 09
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Harris Dellas (U Bern) Fiscal Policy with an Informal Sector Abstract: Macroeconomic models...

13:15 - 14:45, University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna (VGSE seminar room, 3rd floor)

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Health Service Research in Patients with Complex Needs On November 24th 2017, IHS will host the...

09:00 - 18:00, IHS, Josefstädter Strasse 39, 1080 Wien, Hörsaal E02


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