News – 17.04.2024

The Anti-Coercion Instrument

WIFO Research Brief: A New EU Sanction Mechanism Aimed at Countering Economic Coercion from Third Countries

Economic sanctions are increasingly wielded as geopolitical leverage, even against the EU. The Anti-Coercion Instrument (ACI) strengthens the EU's capacity to counter such threats by deterring them through credible threads of economic countermeasures and responding with its own trade restrictions if necessary.
News – 15.04.2024

Challenges of Alpine Winter Tourism in Austria

Current Article in the WIFO-Monatsberichte

"Alpine winter tourism, which has been highly successful in Austria in recent decades, is facing major challenges. Only if the adaptations to changing climatic conditions are effective, guests from Austria and abroad will continue to spend their winter vacations in Austria in the future," write Anna Burton, Oliver Fritz (WIFO) and Robert Steiger (University of Innsbruck) in a current article in the WIFO-Monatsberichte (monthly reports).
News – 27.03.2024

Economic Expectations Point to Stabilisation

Results of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (Business Cycle Survey) of March 2024

The results of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (business cycle survey) in March show a slight improvement in the generally sceptical assessment of the economy. At –7.1 points (seasonally adjusted), the WIFO economic climate index was 2.6 points above the previous month's value (–9.7 points) but remained in negative territory.
News – 04.04.2024

Christine Mayrhuber Becomes New Chairwoman of the Austrian Pension Commission

Deputy WIFO Director Takes Over Vacant Position

The Austrian federal government has agreed on a new chairperson of the Austrian Pension Commission (Alterssicherungskommission): Christine Mayrhuber, Deputy Director responsible for External Relations at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), will take over the role in April 2024.
News – 26.03.2024

Targeted Measures Needed for Groups with Lower Educational Attainment

WIFO Study on Educational Leave

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) has published a new study on the use and effects of educational leave, which for the first time in a long time examines the causal effects on the labour market integration of participants.