Martin Kocher in the ORF Pressestunde

On April 22, 2018 Martin Kocher was invited to the ORF Pressestunde. The following topics (among others) were discussed: the federal budget, development of the business location Austria, reforms in the health sector, labor market, pensions.
Links:
Pressestunde on ORF TVThek (April 22, 2018) (in German)

Joint Economic Forecast Spring 2018

German Economy Booming – But Air is Getting Thinner

The German economy continues to boom, but the air is getting thinner. The upturn in the world economy will continue to stimulate exports; and the domestic economy is also expected to remain buoyant thanks to the exceptionally favorable situation in the labor market. The fiscal measures outlined by Germany’s new government can be expected to stimulate demand. Annual average economic output can be expected to rise by 2.2 percent this year and by 2.0 percent in 2019. Employment will continue to see clear growth, but will be weakened by labor market shortages. The inflation rate will also rise gradually from 1.7 percent this year to 1.9 percent in 2019.
Links:
Press information of April 19, 2018 (pdf)

New Publication in the Economic Theory Bulletin

Egbert Dierker wrote an article published in the Economic Theory Bulletin: "Initial shares can cause Pareto improvements when markets are incomplete".
Links:
Publication in the IHS Repository

Lecture on Justice, Ecology and Equality

On April 26, 2018 Beate Littig will give a lecture entitled "Gerechtigkeit, Ökologie und Gleichberechtigung - oder: Gute Arbeit für alle" in Berlin as part of the series "Transformation unserer Welt - Frieden und nachhaltige Entwicklung im 21. Jahrhundert".
Links:
Organizer's website (in German)

Scientific Advisory Board met at IHS

On 9 April, the newly constituted Scientific Advisory Board met for the first time. Points of discussion concerned the recent development of the institute and its agenda until 2020. In the picture: members of the Board with the heads of Research Groups after having enjoyed lunch together.

Link:
Scientific Advisory Board

Economic Coordination Increases Educational Mobility and Skill Rewards

A new study by Stefan Vogtenhuber finds that social origin effects on education are lower in coordinated economies, and labor market outcomes are more based on merit, than in less regulated liberal systems.
Link:
Free download on Stefan's personal page
Publication in the IHS Repository

Final Presentation: Monitoring the Evolution and Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation

On March 6 and 7, 2018 the findings of a large-scale, EU funded, international research project with IHS participation were presented in Brussels to experts and the public. The project developed and tested indicators for European monitoring of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in research performing and research funding organizations. The empirical program included large-scale survey based data collection among European research performing and research funding organizations and researchers as well as an extensive set of case-studies addressing the benefits of RRI for society, economy, science and democracy.
Link:
MoRRI website (reports and presentations)

IHS presents Overview on Effects of Ban on Smoking in Catering Business

A decline in revenues due to a mandatory ban on smoking in restaurants seems rather unlikely, states a recent research conducted by the IHS for the NÖ GKK.
Link:
Press release (pdf in German)

Thomas Czypionka on Repeal of Smoking Ban

Thomas Czypionka was interviewed by ORF TV on the economic effects of the repeal of the general ban on smoking in restaurants.
Links:
ORF Konkret of March 13, 2018 (in German)

Talk: Understanding Emotions in Post-Factual Politics

Anna Durnová will give an invited talk on "Understanding emotions in post-factual politics" at Charles University Prague on March 15, 2018. She will present the results of her project "Negotiating Truth: Semmelweis, Discourse on Hand Hygiene and the Politics of Emotions" that is funded by the Hertha Firnberg Programme.
Links:
Invitation (in Czech)
Project website

PLATO PhD School 2 at IHS

The project's second PLATO PhD school will be staged at the IHS from 12 to 16 March 2018. Three days will be dedicated to research design, and two days to academic writing.
Link:
Project website

Martin Kocher comments on FFG results 2017

At the annual presentation of last year’s results of the Research Promotion Agency Austria (FFG), Martin Kocher emphasized relevance of research and development for Austria’s continued prosperity.
Link:
Press release (in German)

Martin Kocher on Potential Trade War

In ZIB 24 of March 7, 2018 Martin Kocher explains EU responses to US President Trump's tariffs and who would be hit hardest.
Link:
ZIB 24 of March 7, 2018 (in German)

New Publication: Moralisierung der Marktsphäre?

Michael Jonas wrote the book contribution ‘Moralisierung der Marktsphäre? – Verantwortungszuschreibung in der Inszenierung von Fairtrade‘ in ‘Reflexive Responsibilisierung – Verantwortung für nachhaltige Entwicklung‘ (edited by Anna Henkel et al., transcript).
Links:
Publication in the IHS Repository (in German)
Publication on publisher‘s website (in German)

Conference: Transformationen alltäglicher Lebensführung

Beate Littig gave a talk on ‘Lebensführung revisited. Zur Aktualisierung eines Konzepts im Kontext der sozial-ökologischen Transformationsforschung‘ at the conference ‘Transformationen alltäglicher Lebensführung – Konzeptionelle und zeitdiagnostische Fragen‘ on March 1-2, 2018 at Deutsches Jugendinstitut in Munich.
Links:
Conference Program (pdf in German)
Slides (pdf in German)

Benjamin Bittschi on Budgetary Plans

"In the tourism sector the funding will be increased, on the other hand the government wants to cut funding - this is a contradiction" says Benjamin Bittschi in an interview about budgetary plans of the government.
Link:
Ö1 Morgenjournal (Feb 27, 2018) (in German)

NewHoRRIzon project: What is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

IHS coordinates the H2020 funded NewHoRRIzon project which aims at integrating RRI into the European Framework Programme. Find out more about the project and Responsible Research and Innovation in the video clips below.
Links:
What motivates you personally to campaign for RRI?
Why will RRI make the world a better place?
What will be the most important outcome of the project for you personally?
NewHoRRIzon website

IHS hosted the 1st Vienna Workshop on Economic Forecasting

Organized by Martin Wagner and Robert Kunst the 1st Vienna Workshop on Economic Forecasting took place on February 15-16, 2018. The workshop featured four keynote speakers, Gianni Amisano (Federal Reserve Board), Tommaso Proietti (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Lucrezia Reichlin (London Business School) and David Turner (OECD), and attracted more than 90 researchers for a lively exchange of ideas on economic forecasting.

Workshop Summary

Publication: Towards Sustainable Practices: a Practice-theoretical Case Study of a Cohousing Project

Beate Littig and Michaela Leitner wrote a book contribution about ‘Towards Sustainable Practices: a Practice-theoretical Case Study of a Cohousing Project’ in ‘Social Innovation and Sustainable Consumption: Research and Action for Societal Transformation’ (Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption).
Links:
Publication on Editor's website
Publication in the IHS Repository

Beate Littig at Future Earth Summit 2018

Beate Littig is a co-organizer of the session 'Transformative indicators and the transformation of work' which takes place at the Future Earth Summit on February 8-9, 2018 in Berlin.

Links:

3rd German Future Earth Summit

Klaus Weyerstrass on Total Factor Productivity

On occasion of the AW Lectures (Foreign Trade Lectures) at the Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise Klaus Weyerstrass will talk about 'Development, Determinants and Relevance of the Total Factor Productivity' on Feb 13, 2018 at the Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise (Wirtschaftsministerium).
Links:
Klaus Weyerstrass
Link to Registration

Art@IHS

The first event of the series Art@IHS will take place on January 23, 2018. Curator Melissa Lumbroso invites artists at irregular intervals to create and present artworks in and for the spaces at Palais Strozzi. This time she invited Sophie Dvořák to present her art at IHS. On January 23, 2018 her works can be viewed from 6 pm onwards in the Salon and adjacent rooms.
To register please send an email to event(at)ihs.ac.at.
Links:
Art@IHS

Benjamin Bittschi on Family Bonus

Benjamin Bittschi was interviewed on the Family Bonus in the Ö1 Morgenjournal.
Link:
Ö1 Morgenjournal (Jan 11, 2018) (in German)

New publication: Societal transformation, social innovations and sustainable consumption

Michael Jonas wrote a book contribution about ‘Societal transformation, social innovations and sustainable consumption in an era of metamorphosis’ in ‘Social innovation and sustainable consumption – Research and action for societal transformation’ (Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption).
Links:
Publication on Editor's website
Publication in the IHS Repository

Event: Weis(s)e Wirtschaft – Experts Evaluate

On January 17th IHS and Die Weis(s)e Wirtschaft are hosting a panel discussion on the new Austrian Government’s health policy plans. Thomas Czypionka, head of the research group Health Economics and Health Policy, will be participating in the panel discussion.

Links:

Registration

Forecast of the Austrian Economy 2017 – 2019

High growth remains broad-based

The Austrian economy is expected to have grown by 3.1 % in 2017. As the global economy should continue to expand vigorously, and robust domestic growth can be anticipated, the Austrian economy is expected to grow by 2.7 % and 1.9 % respectively, in 2018 and 2019. The labour market is benefiting from the high economic activity, with unemployment expected to fall to 8 % by 2019, down from 9 % in 2016. Over the forecasting horizon, inflation should amount to slightly above 2 % and thus remain well above the euro area average. The period of high growth should be used to achieve a sustainable budgetary stance and to implement urgently needed structural reforms.
Links:
Press information of December 21, 2017 (pdf - long version in German only)
Press information (pdf - short version in English)
Presentation (pdf - in German only)
Economic Forecast

New H2020 Project: Governance Models of Quadruple Helix Innovation Processes

IHS Techno-Science and Societal Transformation Research Group is member of a winning consortium for a H2020 project lead by the Danish Board of Technology exploring governance models of quadruple helix innovation processes. In the three year 3.5 million euro project IHS TSST, the second largest contributor to the consortium, is working together in Austria with the Open Innovation Lab of ÖBB and the Open Innovation team of the BMVIT. The project is managed by Robert Braun from TSST group.

CESifo Area Conference on Employment and Social Protection

The paper "On the Political Feasibility of Increasing the Legal Retirement Age" by Benjamin Bittschi and Berthold Wigger (KIT Karlsruhe) was presented at the CESifo Area Conference on Employment and Social Protectionat the ifo Institute, Munich on April 20.
Link:
CESifo Area Conference Program

Robert Braun on Rethinking Mobility Strategies

In his contribution to the LSE EUROPP blog Robert Braun argues, "Instead of asking whether we need self-driving vehicles, why not ask whether we need cars at all?" He suggests that the development of autonomous mobility hands us the opportunity to rethink our overall mobility strategies.
Link:
Contribution on the LSE EUROPP blog

Panel Discussion - Beate Littig Among the Panelists

Following the talk of Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics) on April 23, 2018 a panel discussion will take place. Beate Littig, Ika Darnhofer and Sigrid Stagl are invited to speak at the panel.
Links:
Zentrum für Globalen Wandel & Nachhaltigkeit (BOKU)

Dennis Snower on the Future of Labor and Labor Market Policy

On occasion of the Second Heinrich Neisser Lecture, Dennis Snower presented theses on the future of labor and labor market policy in the digital era. Gerlinde Titelbach, Johannes Kopf (Chairman, AMS) and Erich Foglar (President, ÖGB) joined the lively discussion.
Link:
2nd Heinrich Neisser Lecture

New Publication by Katrin Auel and Resul Umit

Katrin Auel and Resul Umit wrote an article in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations: ‘Explaining MPs’ communication to their constituents: Evidence from the UK House of Commons‘.
Links:
Publication in the IHS Repository
Publication on publisher‘s website

Panel Discussion “Zukunftschance Demografie”

On March 16, Monika Riedel presented the results of a report on demographic challenges commissioned by the WKO Austria. She also participated in the following panel discussion.
Links:
Summary and pictures of the event (Website WKO - in German)
Research Report in the IHS Repository (in German)

Forecast of the Austrian Economy 2018 – 2019

Economic cycle hits its peak

Driven by the broad-based global economic boom, the domestic economy should continue its vigorous expansion. In 2018 and 2019, the Austrian economy is expected to grow by 2.8% and 1.9%, respectively. While the investment cycle slows noticeably, exports and private consumption are supporting the upswing. It is recommended that the current period of high growth is used to achieve a sustainable budgetary stance and to implement urgently needed structural reforms.
Links:
Press information of March 16, 2018 (pdf - long version in German only)
Press information (pdf - short version in English)
Presentation (pdf - in German only)
Economic Forecast

Would Austria benefit from a Capital Market Union over the long run?

“Yes” with pension reforms, finds a new IHS research financed by a EU Horizon 2020 Grant.
Links:
Summary in a Policy Brief
Details in a Working Paper

Panel Discussion "Zukunftschance Demografie"

On March 16, 2018 Monika Riedel will present the results of a report on demographic challenges commissioned by the WKO Austria. She will also participate in the following panel discussion on the chances that the demographic development offers for the Austrian economy.
Link:
More information on the WKO website (in German)

Beate Littig - Scientific Advisor for "The Green Lie"

Beate Littig was part of the scientific advisory staff of Werner Boote's new documentary "The green lie".
Cinema release in Austria is on March 9, 2018.
Links:
Staff list of the movie
Trailer on Youtube
Press material (in German)

Overqualification has increased on the Austrian Labor Market

Stefan Vogtenhuber, David Baumegger and Lorenz Lassnigg examine supply-demand relationships on the Austrian labor market between 1994 and 2015. Due to educational expansion and structural shifts in employment, highly qualified labor market entrants are increasingly allocated to occupational groups that previously had required less education. As a result, the incidence of formal overqualification has increased, with women being disproportionately affected by job mismatches.
Link:
Publication in the IHS Repository (in German)

Publication: New Study on EU Macro-Regional Strategies

Daniela Grozea-Helmenstein and Iain Paterson co-authored a study on macroregional strategies and their links with cohesion policy contracted by the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and conducted by a consortium led by COWI company. The study investigates the main features of each macro-region (Baltic, Danube, Adriatic and Ionian, and Alpine) through benchmarking analyses of macroeconomic, competitiveness, integration and governance indicators.
Links:
Publications in the IHS Repository (Final Report, Report on EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region, Baltic Sea Region, Danube Sea Region)

Publication: Convergence and Structural Change in Romanian Regions

Daniela Grozea-Helmenstein wrote a book contribution together with Günther Grohall and Christian Helmenstein about ‘Convergence and Structural Change in Romanian Regions’ published in 'Rumäniens „Rückkehr“ nach Europa' (edited by Barbu, Daniel and Richter, Julia and Schippel, Larisa, nap new academic press).
Links:
Publication on Editor's website
Publication in the IHS Repository

Michael Jonas at Workshop ‘Zugänge schaffen’

On 22th and 23th January, 2018 Michael Jonas participated at the methodological workshop „Zugänge schaffen“ that was organised by JProf. Sabine Nover, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar (Germany). Here he participated at a plenary discussion, chaired a session and gave a lecture on „Care: praxeologisch”.
Links:
Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar

Katrin Auel at 14th International DASI Conference

Katrin Auel participates in the 14th International DASI Conference organised by current students of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. This year’s conference takes place at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2018 and is placed under the motto “We need to talk about Europe: The European Union’s challenges and opportunities ahead”.
Links:
Conference Website
Registration

Conference Arbeit - Lebensführung - Nachhaltigkeit: Videos now online

Videos of the conference 'Arbeit - Lebensführung - Nachhaltigkeit', which was organized by Beate Littig and took place from January 25-26, 2018 in Hamburg are now available on the video portal of the University of Hamburg.
Links:
Video Catalog (in German)    
Program (pdf in German)

Public Lecture: Rethinking Democracy for an Interconnected World.

On 1 February, Simona Piattoni, University Trento and visiting Professor at the IHS, presented her latest book project, in which she analyses fundamental ailings of modern democracy. Her greatest concern is the failure of the understanding of democracy as delegation with accountability. Read more on the lecture and her findings here.

Workshop on Labor Market Economics - Presentations online

On 10 November 2017, IHS hosted the annual workshop on labor market economics. It was an opportunity for social scientists to discuss pressing topics such as the development of wages, maternity protection rules, and unemployment. The presentations are now available online.
Links:
Presentations

Art@IHS

Curator Melissa Lumbroso invites artists at irregular intervals to create and present artworks in and for the spaces at Palais Strozzi. The first event of the series Art@IHS took place on January 23, 2018, presenting artworks by Sophie Dvořák at IHS.
From left to right: Ralf Böckle, Josef Mantl (Deputy District Chairperson Josefstadt), Sophie Dvořák, Melissa Lumbroso, Martin Kocher.
Links:
Art@IHS

Sebastian Koch on Inflation

In the Ö1 Mittagsjournal of January 17, 2018, Sebastian Koch commented on the inflation in an interview with Helene Seelmann.
Links:
ö1 Mittagsjournal of Jan 17, 2018 (in German)

Martin Kocher on the Government Program

On January 12, 2018, Martin Kocher was invited to the OE1 Saldo to comment on the government program in an interview with Astrid Petermann.
Links:
Saldo of Jan 12, 2018 on OE1 (in German only)

New Publication: Nachhaltige Produktion, nachhaltiger Konsum, nachhaltige Arbeit: The Greening of Capitalism?

Beate Littig together with Karl-Michael Brunner wrote a book contribution about 'Nachhaltige Produktion, nachhaltiger Konsum, nachhaltige Arbeit: The Greening of Capitalism?' in 'Die sozial-ökologische Transformation der Welt. Ein Handbuch' (Campus, 2017).

Links:
Preview of the Book
Publication in the IHS Repository

New Publication: Health Economical analysis of the Austrian pharmacy system

The research group Health Economics and Health Policy recently published a research report commissioned by the Austrian Pharmacists’ Association, an analysis of the Austrian pharmacy system from a health economical perspective conducted by Thomas Czypionka, Markus Kraus, Markus Pock and Miriam Reiss.
Links:
Executive Summary in the IHS Repository (in German)
Report in the IHS Repository (in German)

Mediacoverage about the study:
Newspaper article on Der Standard online (in German)
Ö3-Nachrichten starting at 04:13 (in German)

Two New IHS Working Papers in the Economics Series Available

Two new Working Papers in the IHS Economics Series available, one by Richard Sellner: Non-discriminatory Trade Policies in Structural Gravity Models Evidence from Monte Carlo Simulations., the other by Rudolf Winter-Ebmer et al: Grandmothers' Labor Supply.
Links:
Working Paper Richard Sellner in the IHS Repository
Working Paper Rudolf Winter-Ebmer in the IHS Repository
IHS Economics Series

New Project: Autonomous Mobility Strategy of Austria

IHS Techno-Science and Societal Transformation Research Group, together with the Future Lab of TU and other consortium members, has been awarded the project 'Systemszenarien Automatisiertes Fahren in der Personenmobilität'. The project brings evidence based policy advice to Austria Tech and BMVIT regarding the autonomous mobility strategy of Austria. IHS TSST is responsible for social impacts to be explored by focus group interviews and a consensus conference. The project is managed by Elisabeth Frankus and Robert Braun of TSST.

Links:

Website future.lab