Selected Projects

Competitiveness of Austria and its Determinants

Principal Investigator:Klaus Weyerstrass
Project Team: Jan Kluge, Sarah Lappöhn, Alexander Schnabl, Martin Wagner
Project Duration: Jan 2018 – Dec 2019
Funding: OeNB - Jubiläumsfonds Project No. 17686

Project Information: International competitiveness is central to the economic development of a small open economy like Austria with an export ratio of more than 50 %. According to a ranking published by the World Economic Forum, Austria ranks only 23rd and has lost attractiveness in recent years, especially with regard to taxation and wage flexibility. Competitiveness can be measured using numerous indicators and is influenced by a variety of factors. It also affects the attractiveness of an economy as a business location for domestic and international companies. The loss of competitiveness of the Austrian economy has contributed to the observation that the country does not fully exploit its efficiency potential, which is likely to be due to a lack of profitable innovation and too much regulation in some areas. We aim at identifying those policy fields that are connected with higher competitiveness.

Macro-regional strategies and their links with Cohesion Policy

Principal Investigator:Iain Paterson
Project Team: Daniela Grozea-Helmenstein
Project Duration: 2017 - 2018
Funding: Funding: European Commission, DG Regional And Urban Policy (sub-contract)
Lead Partner: COWI A/S
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Project Information: The main features of each macro-region (Baltic, Danube, Adriatic and Ionian, and Alpine) are characterised and analysed using a range of macroeconomic, competitiveness, integration and governance indicators and composite indexes. The study addresses the potential of the macro-regional approach to contribute to the future cohesion policy.

Analysing and Testing of Arbitrage Parities

Principal Investigator:Leopold Sögner
Project Duration: July 2017 - June 2018
Funding: OeNB Jubiläumsfonds Project No. 17053

Unemployment and labour market flows in Austria

Principal Investigator:Helmut Hofer
Project Team: Susanne Forstner, Tamas Papp, Michael Reiter
Project Start: March 2017
Funding: OeNB - Jubiläumsfonds Project No. 17378

FIRSTRUN - Fiscal Rules and Strategies under Externalities and Uncertainties

Principal Investigator:Thomas Davoine
Project Team: Matthias Molnar, Michael Reiter, Karin Schönpflug
Project Duration: 2015 - 2018
Funding:EU Horizon 2020
Publication 1:Cross-country fiscal policy spillovers and capital-skill complementarity in currency unions (Working Paper by Thomas Davoine and Matthias Molnar in the IHS Economics Series)
Publication 2:Population aging, pensions and cross-country spillovers in currency unions (Research Report by Thomas Davoine)

Project Information: FIRSTRUN is a multinational research project that aims to investigate fiscal policy coordination in the EU, to assess the coherence of the recent reforms in the economic governance framework, and to identify reforms to fill possible gaps in the current EU governance framework. The IHS team will develop a multi-country overlapping-generations model to quantify cross-country spillover effects from fiscal policy and to quantify the long-run gains from fiscal policy coordination.

TAXUD Framework Contract on 'Economic Analysis in the Area of Taxation'

Reform of Rules on EU VAT Rates

Project Duration: May 2016 - June 2017
PwC (lead), CASE, IEB, Law Square, IHS (coordinator)

Effectiveness of tax incentives for venture capital and business angels to foster the investment of SMEs and start-ups

Project Duration: December 2015 – September 2017
Consortium: PwC (lead), CASE, IHS
Final report:Effectiveness of tax incentives for venture capital and business angels to foster the investment of SMEs and start-ups (pdf)

Study and Reports on the VAT Gap in the EU-28 Member States

Project Duration: December 2015 – September 2017
Consortium: CASE (lead), IHS (coordinator)
Final report:Study and Reports on the VAT Gap in the EU-28 Member States (pdf)

Literature review on taxation, entrepreneurship & collaborative economy

Project Duration: June 2016 - June 2017
Consortium: DONDENA (lead), CASE, IEB, IHS (coordinator), PwC

Funding: Framework contract for the provision of economic analysis in the area of taxation (FWC TAXUD/2015/CC/13)

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