Research programme "Austria 2025"

Economic conditions have dramatically changed since the financial market crisis of 2008-09, calling for a substantial adjustment of medium-term oriented economic policy. The Austrian success story of the past will be challenged in the fields of globalisation, demography, social welfare, distribution of income and ecology in a surrounding of tight fiscal leeway and a possible continuation of an environment of low economic growth.

The "Austria 2025" research programme investigates economic policy strategies in order to increase the medium-term growth path and possible options for maintaining social and environmental standards even in the case of a persistent low-growth scenario in coming years.

Central topics

Austrian Economy: Drivers of competitiveness for a leading position

Education: Integrating future developments in the Austrian education system

Income and distribution: Key factors for domestic demand

Labour market: Weak growth increases demographic challenges

Social system: New risks and social innovation

Regional policy: New challenges to infrastructure and technology

Rural area: Potentials for a competitive agriculture

Environmental and energy innovations: Performance and future factors for success

Public administration: Overcoming resistance to reforms

The research programme "Austria 2025" has received funding from the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, the Climate and Energy Fund, the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Hannes Androsch Foundation at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Austrian Chamber of Labour, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture and the Austrian Economic Chambers funded each a project to be included into the research programme.