Selected Projects

Macroeconomic Consequences of a Reform of the EU Directive on Posted Workers

Principal Investigator: Thomas Davoine
Project Members: Susanne Forstner, Helmut Hofer
Project Start: December 2017
Funding: Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

Lost in Space - The Emptiness of the Center and Centrifugal Determinants of Vote Choice and Party Competition in EP Elections

Principal Investigator: Guido Tiemann
Project Members: Christian Neubauer, Umit Resul
Project Duration: July 2017 – June 2019
Project Output: Research report, journal articles
Funding: Fritz Thyssen Foundation

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Bashing Europe! - The construction of Europescepticism in Austria

Principal Investigator: Johannes Pollak
Project Members: Peter Grand, Guido Tiemann
Project Duration: May 2017 - April 2019
Project Output: fact sheets about relevant topics, journal articles
Funding: Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

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Unemployment and labour market flows in Austria

Principal Investigator: Helmut Hofer
Project Members: 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 Members: Matthias Molnar, Michael Reiter, Karin Schönpflug
Project Duration: 2015 - 2018
Funding: EU Horizon 2020
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Twitter: @ProjectFirstrun
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)
Publication 3: Medium-run impacts of cross-country transfers through a European Union central budget: a general equilibrium evaluation (Research Report by Thomas Davoine)
Policy Brief 1: Foreign fiscal policy spillovers on Austria (Article 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.

European Social Survey

Principal Investigator: Johannes Pollak
Project Member: Peter Grand
Project Duration: January 2016 - December 2017
Project Output: ESS Round 8 Austrian-specific datafile, ESS-wide cumulative datafile
Funding: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy & Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

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Public Attitudes to Welfare, Climate Change and Energy in the EU and Russia (PAWCER)

Principal Investigator: Marcel Fink
Project Members: Johannes Pollak, Resul Umit
Project Duration: July 2016 – March 2018
Project Output: Research reports, international database on context indicators, journal articles
Funding: FWF Wissenschaftsfonds

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Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO)

Principal Investigator: Katrin Auel, Johannes Pollak
Project Member: Guido Tiemann
Project Duration: January 2017 - December 2020
Project Output: a European Training Network to train a new generation of creative and innovative researchers by bringing together universities, research centres and non-academic partners from different countries.
Funding: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions from the Horizon 2020 program

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Attitudes on Social Policy and Welfare State in Austria: Analysis and Development of an Austrian Welfare State Survey

Principal Investigator: Marcel Fink
Project Member: Peter Grand
Project Duration: July 2015 - April 2017
Project Output: working papers, journal articles, design of an Austrian Welfare State Survey
Funding: Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

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The Austrian Protest Arena in the 21st Century

Principal Investigator: Martin Dolezal
Project Start: August 2015
Funding: FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds

Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN)

Principal Investigator:Johannes Pollak
Project Duration: September 2015 - August 2018
Project Output: a research, information and agenda-setting network informing agency operation within the EU in a transnational setting
Funding: ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union

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National Parliaments and the European Policy Process

Principal Investigator: Katrin Auel
Project Duration: Ongoing Project since late 2014
Project Output: Journal articles
Funding: Centre des Etudes Européennes (CEE), Sciences Po Paris

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