Industrial, Innovation and International Economics

The Research Group analyses the structure and dynamics of markets, internationalisation strategies, the innovation system and the productivity of companies, industries and entire economies against the background of international competition and structural change towards a sustainable and digital economy.

The empirical analyses of the Research Group are based on sound knowledge and applications of modern industrial economics, innovation, foreign trade and growth theory. The strength of the Research Group lies in the combination of methods and findings from industrial economics, innovation research and foreign trade analysis.

The Research Group examines the determinants of economic development along the dimensions of start-up, survival, innovation, financing, growth and productivity of firms. Furthermore, the Research Group analyses the efficiency and effectiveness of innovation and regulatory systems as well as the effects of technological developments and digitalisation. In the area of international economics, the focus is on the effects of globalisation, specialisation patterns in foreign trade, supply linkages and corporate decisions in light of geo-economic upheavals in the global economy as well as the digital and green transformation.

The Research Group contributes to WIFO's economic forecasts. Within the framework of the quarterly WIFO Economic Outlook, individual forecasts are prepared for foreign trade, investment, manufacturing and economic services. The scientific management of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (business cycle survey) is also located in the Research Group.

Brief Analysis of the Potentials and Risks for Competition
Finalization: May 2024
Contractor project: Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy
Results of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (Business Cycle Survey) of April 2024
Finalization: April 2024
Project partner Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Economic and Social Science Computing Center
Contractor project: European Commission
Specialist publication: WIFO-Konjunkturtest
Brief Economic Analysis
Finalization: April 2024
Contractor project: Telekom Austria Group
WIFO Research Briefs
A New EU Sanction Mechanism Aimed to Counter Economic Coercion by Third Countries
Finalization: April 2024
Contractor project: Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy
Specialist publication: WIFO Research Briefs
Schumpeter Lecture 2024 by Bart von Ark – Panel Discussion with Agnes Kügler and Michael Peneder
Macroeconomics and Public Finance
Labour Economics, Income and Social Security
Regional Economics and Spatial Analysis
Climate, Environmental and Resource Economics