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Selected articles and reports on WWWforEurope.


Op-eds by Karl Aiginger and David Bailey

Op-eds by Karl Aiginger, director of WIFO and co-ordinator of WWWforEurope, and David Bailey, WWWforEurope researcher and professor of Industrial Strategy at Aston University on Europe's need to anticipate the potential of advanced manufacturing for clean, efficient and high quality production to carve out a competitive advantage for the future.

undefinedEurActiv article: "The high road: Europe must seize the potential of advanced manufacturing", January 26th, 2016

undefinedLa Tribune article: "L'Europe montrera la voie en matière de durabilité et décarbonisation, ou ne la montrera pas du tout", January 22nd, 2016

undefinedL'Echo article: "L'Europe poursuivra-t-elle sur la voie de l'économie verte?", January 22nd, 2016


Not Just Vegetables

WWWforEurope researchers Susanne Elsen and Judith Schicklinski feature in an article on Urban Gardening, also called Urban Farming, with a longer interview on Judith Schicklinski's WWWforEurope research

undefinedff - Das Südtiroler Wochenmagazin article: "Nicht nur Gemüse", January 21st, 2016


Austria's Competitive Strengths and Deficits

On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the FIW Research Centre International Economics project regularly publishes policy briefs on current topics of foreign economics. In FIW Policy Brief No. 29, "Deficits and Strengths in Austrian Competitiveness", Karl Aiginger, director of WIFO and co-ordinator of WWWforEurope, presents a new concept to measure competitiveness.

undefinedWirtschaftszeit article: "WIFO-Leiter Prof. Karl Aiginger stellt neues Konzept zur Messung von Wettbewerbsfähigkeit vor", January 20th, 2016

undefinedÖsterreich Journal article: "Österreichs Wettbewerbsstärken und - schwächen", January 20th, 2016


Head of WIFO demands new tax reform

Karl Aiginger starts his last year as director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research with strong demands from the Austrian government. His demands are underpinned by the work of the 34 research institutions of the WWWforEurope project and their new growth strategies for Europe.

undefinedDie Presse article: "Wifo-Chef fordert neue Steuerreform", January 11th, 2016


Bubbling growth wanted for Europe

Article by Karl Aiginger, stating that in 2016 the chances for Europe to leave the financial crisis behind are good - but first 5 myths have to be overcome and WWWforEurope's High Road Strategy has to be implemented for permanent improvement.

undefinedDer Standard article: "Brodelndes Wachstum für Europa gesucht", January 8th, 2016


Four levers for better EU climate policy

Article by WWWforEurope Deputy Coordinator Margit Schratzenstaller, suggesting four "levers" - the EU budget, the Juncker plan, EU tax policy, and the emission trade system for a more effective climate policy.

undefinedDer Standard article: "Vier Hebel für eine bessere EU-Klimapolitik", December 10th, 2015


How can Europe achieve green growth?

Article on WWWforEurope and green growth with comments by project co-ordinator Karl Aiginger.

undefinedHorizon - The EU Research & Innovation Magazine article: "How can Europe achieve green growth?", November 9th, 2015


WWWforEurope Policy Brief No. 7 published in Spanish newspaper's quarterly magazine

The seventh WWWforEurope Policy Brief, "Reaping the benefits of migration in an ageing Europe" by Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Peter Huber, and Anna Raggl, has been translated into Spanish and published in the quarterly magazine of the Spanish newspaper "La Vanguardia".

undefinedLa Vanguardia Dossier article: "Aprovechar los beneficios de la migración en una Europa que envejece", in Vanguardia No. 58, October 2015


WWWforEurope at European Forum Alpbach 2015

Media coverage of the WWWforEurope press conference at European Forum Alpbach 2015

undefinedDie Presse article: "Energiekick für Europa", September 3rd, 2015

undefinedSerbian Monitor article: "Nuovi modelli per sostenibilitè: Europa e Serbia tra paure e speranze", September 7th, 2015


Inequality in Education

WWWforEurope research on "Education and Social Mobility in Europe: Levelling the Playing Field for Europe’s Children and Fuelling its Economy" by Wilfried Altzinger, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Petra Sauer, Alyssa Schneebaum and Bernhard Rumplmaier has found coverage in the press multiple times, most recently after Alyssa Schneebaum's and Jesus Crespo Cuaresma's participation in a European Forum Alpbach breakout session.

undefinedDer Standard article: "Ungleichheit beginnt im Kindergarten", September 2nd, 2015

undefinedDie Presse article: "'Durch Arbeit kann man nicht reich werden'", September 1st, 2015

undefinedDer Standard article: "Ungleichheit in der Bildung: Wenn Fähigkeiten nicht genutzt werden", August 10th, 2015

undefinedScience article: "Mann" schlägt "Migration", June 18th, 2015


Karl Aiginger on Greece and the EU: How to break the stalemate

An article by Karl Aiginger on, suggesting several ways in which the stalemate between the EU and Greece could be broken. article: Greece and the EU: How to break the stalemate, June 19th, 2015

See also WWWforEurope Policy Brief No. 2 by Karl Aiginger, Matthias Firgo, and Peter Huber, WWforEurope Policy Paper No. 7 by the same authors and WWWforEurope Policy Paper No. 1 by Karl Aiginger for further in-depth information.


Media coverage of the second WWWforEurope Feedback Conference

Media coverage of the second WWWforEurope Feedback Conference, which was held in Vienna on May 6th, 2015.

undefinedDer Standard interview with keynote speaker Catherine L. Mann, OECD chief economist: "Lohnsteuer auch nach Steuerreform zu hoch", May 7th, 2015 article: "Modell Europa" am Scheideweg, May 7th, 2015


Karl Aiginger: It's inefficiency of governance, not austerity, Europe!

Op-Ed by Karl Aiginger on the inefficiency of European governance on the occasion of the INET conference in Paris

undefinedLe Monde article: L'Europe en panne de gouvernance, April 8th, 2015

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Media Coverage of the WWWforEurope Conference in Brussels

Media Coverage of the WWWforEurope Conference on Social and Environmental Progress: Europe in a Long-Run Perspective, which was held in Brussels on February 24th, 2015.

undefinedCommission en direct article: European social model towards a socio-ecological transition (PDF)

undefinedKurier article: "Europa ist Erfolgsmodell in der Midlife-Crisis", February 24th, 2015 article: "Europa in der Midlife-Crisis", February 25th, 2015


The WWWinds of Change

Interview with WWWforEurope researchers Susanne Elsen and Judith Schicklinski in ACADEMIA, the popular science magazine published by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC).

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undefinedInterview in ACADEMIA (PDF file)


Global carbon taxation: Intuition from a back-of-the-envelope calculation

WWWforEurope researchers Armon Rezai and Rick van der Ploeg write about global carbon taxation on, the policy portal of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

undefinedVoxEU article: "Global carbon taxation: Intuition from a back-of-the-envelope calculation", January 15th, 2015


Karl Aiginger: A vision of Greek origin is important

Interview with Karl Aiginger on growth-inducing reforms in Greece and the need for Greek visionary strategies.

undefinedInterview with Karl Aiginger in Griechenland-Zeitung (PDF, German language), January 14th 2015


Reinhilde Veugelers: "There is room for completely new players"

Interview with WWWforEurope researcher Reinhilde Veugelers on the chances for green growth in the future on the occasion of her WWWforEurope lecture.

undefinedWiener Zeitung article: "Es gibt Raum für ganz neue Player", October 3rd, 2014


Reactions to Commissioner László Andors WWWforEurope Lecture

Media coverage of former EU Commissioner László Andors WWWforEurope Lecture "A Basic European Unemployment Insurance" at Vienna University of Economics on September 29th, 2014.

undefinedInterview with László Andor in Die Presse: "Die EU zwingt keinen, überspendabel zu sein", August 28th, 2014

undefinedDer Standard Article: "Andor wirbt für EU-weite Arbeitslosenversicherung", September 29th, 2014

undefinedTiroler Tageszeitung Article: "Europäische Arbeitslosenversicherung - Andor: EU braucht Solidarität", September 29th, 2014

undefinedKronen Zeitung Article: "Kommissar wirbt für EU-weite Versicherung", September 29th, 2014


The Limits of Growth

Article on the paper "A low growth path in Austria: Potential causes, consequences and policy options", by Andrea Stocker, Anett Großmann, Friedrich Hinterberger, and Marc Ingo Wolter, which was submitted to the WWWforEurope Conference on Modelling Growth and Socio-ecological Transition and published together with the other papers presented at the conference in a special issue of Empirica (41, 3, August 2014).

Article in Handelsblatt, p. 12., "Die Grenzen des Wachstums". The article is not open access, but available as a pdf download and in the e-paper issue.


Dennis Meadows: Climate Change: Happily towards doom

Interview with Dennis Meadows on climate change and an end of economic growth on the occasion of his WWWforEurope Lecture.

undefinedDer Standard Article: Klimawandel: Glücklich in den Untergang, September 13th, 2014


Economist Giacomo Corneo: "Capitalism has won"

Interview with WWWforEurope Scientific Board member Giacomo Corneo about his new book "A Better World".

undefinedDer Standard Article: Ökonom: "Der Kapitalismus hat gewonnen", June 16th, 2014


Marina Fischer-Kowalski: More Income Does Not Have to Mean More Happiness

Interview with WWWforEurope researcher Marina Fischer-Kowalski on the end of permanent growth and new visions.

undefinedDer Standard Article: "Mehr Einkommen muss nicht mehr Glück heißen", May 25th, 2014


Immigrants are no Burden on the Budget

WWWforEurope Working Paper "Does Migration Threaten the Sustainability of European Welfare States?" by Peter Huber and Doris A. Oberdabernig has received attention in the Austrian newspaper "Die Presse".

undefinedDie Presse Article: "Migranten sind keine Budgetlast", May 8th, 2014


Karl Aiginger: Europe Needs to Become Leader in Technology

Press reactions to WWWforEurope coordinator Karl Aiginger's statement on the occasion of the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference in Toronto.

undefinedDer Standard article: "Wifo-Chef: Müssen Führer bei Technologie werden", April 16th, 2014

undefinedTiroler Tageszeitung article: "Wifo-Aiginger: EU muss sich für 2020er-Ziele mehr ins Zeug legen", April 16th, 2014

undefinedDer Standard article: "Gehirnschmalz schlägt US-Schiefergas", April 21st, 2014


Brain drain to the USA: Attractivity of academic careers compared by countries

Press reactions to WWWforEurope press release on WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 36, "Career choices in academia", by Jürgen Janger and Klaus Nowotny.

undefinedDer Standard article: "Österreich für Karriere als Forscher mittelprächtig attraktiv", November 6th, 2013

undefinedDeutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten article: "Keine Innovationen: Österreichs Akademiker wandern aus", November 8th, 2013


Kenneth J. Arrow at WIFO

Media coverage of Nobel Prize Laureate Kenneth J. Arrow's WWWforEurope lecture "Knowledge, Belief and the Economic System" at Oesterreichische Nationalbank on October 22nd, 2013.

undefinedInterview with Kenneth Arrow in Der Standard: "Obamacare ist nicht das Ende der Geschichte", Oct. 23rd, 2013

undefinedKurier article: "Der Glaube kann Märkte versetzen", Oct. 23rd, 2013

undefinedWiener Zeitung article: "Wirtschaftsnobelpreisträger Arrow: 'Es gibt keine vollkommenen Märkte'", Oct. 23rd, 2013 article: "Wirtschaftsnobelpreisträger Arrow: 'Glaube spielt eine große Rolle'", Oct. 23rd, 2013 article: "Nobelpreisträger Arrow: Akzeptanz von 'too big to fail' führt zu moralischem Fehlverhalten", Oct. 23rd, 2013

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Competitiveness is not (only) a question of wage levels

Reactions to the WWWforEurope press conference and press release on competitiveness.

undefinedWirtschaftsblatt article: "US-Wettbewerbsvorteile laut Aiginger relativ", Sept. 18th, 2013

Der Standard article: "Wettbewerbsfähigkeit ist nicht (nur) eine Lohnfrage", Sept. 18th, 2013 - currently unavailable

undefinedSalzburg article: "Hohe Löhne vertragen sich mit Wettbewerbsfähigkeit", Sept. 18th, 2013

undefinedÖsterreich Journal article: "Wettbewerbsfähigkeit ist nicht (nur) eine Lohnfrage", Sept. 18th, 2013

EU-Infothek article: "Hohe Löhne vertragen sich mit Wettbewerbsfähigkeit", Sept. 18th, 2013 - currently unavailable

undefinedDie Presse article: "Lohnrunde: Metaller wollen ordentlichen Ruck", Sept. 19th, 2013

undefinedWiener Zeitung article: "Gereizte Stimmung bei Metallern", Sept. 19th, 2013

undefinedOberösterreiche Nachrichten article "Start der Herbst-Lohnrunde für die Metaller", Sept. 20th, 2013



Reallocation of Resources Across Age in a Comparative European Setting

Articles on the WWWforEurope Working Paper Number 13, "Reallocation of Resources Across Age in a Comparative European Setting" by Bernhard Hammer, Alexia Prskawetz and Inga Freund.

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undefinedDie Presse article " Die Nettozahler im Lebenskreis", Sept. 21st, 2013

undefinedDie Presse article "Österreicher werden mit 59 zu Nettoempfängern", Sept. 16th, 2013

undefinedÖsterreich Journal article, "Umverteilung zwischen Generationen und Geschlechtern", Sept. 16th, 2013 article, "TU Wien will mit Studie Notwendigkeit einer Pensionsreform nachweisen", Sept. 16th, 2013

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International jury presents WWWforEurope Best Paper Award to Frank Geels

The WWWforEurope Best Paper Award has been presented to Frank W. Geels for his research paper "The impact of the financial-economic crisis on sustainability transitions: Financial investment, governance and public discourse", WWWforEurope Working Paper Number 39.

Der Standard article: "Internationale Jury verleiht den WWWforEurope Best Paper Award an Frank W. Geels", September 19th, 2013 - currently unavailable

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Reallocation of resources between genders and generations

Which age groups are net contributors and which are net recipients? The Vienna University of Technology showcases the WWWforEurope Working Paper Number 13, titled "Reallocation of Resources Across Age in a Comparative European Setting" by Bernhard Hammer, Alexia Prskawetz, and Inga Freund. The paper shows differences between genders and takes unpaid work into account.

undefinedRead more here

undefinedVienna University of Technology press release in German

undefinedDownload the paper


Karl Aiginger detects a change in Greece, but there's still a long way to go

Articles about a press conference with Karl Aiginger on his views of economic progress in Greece. Aiginger sees a change, especially young people involving themselves in the process, and suggests several measures, like speeding up the formalities which are necessary for founding a new company.

All articles in German.

undefinedDie Presse article: "80-jährige Männer regieren Griechenland", July 18th, 2013

undefinedKleine Zeitung article: "Wifo zerpflückt Griechenland: 'Von 80-jährigen Männern regiert'", July 18th, 2013 article: "Aiginger: 'Griechenland wird von 80-jährigen Männern regiert'", July 18th, 2013


Four Recommendations for the EU by Karl Aiginger on Euractiv

Article by Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and coordinator of WWWforEurope, on his recommendations for the June EU summit.

undefinedEuractiv article: "Four recommendations for the EU summit", June 26th/27th, 2013


WWWforEurope in the Global Times

Article on WIFO's economic policy recommendations for the European Union, June 25th, 2013

Global Times article: "European Commission has wrong priorities in economic policy recommendations: Austrian institute" - currently unavailable


WWWforEurope Policy Briefs on the INET Institute Blog

WWWforEurope's first two policy briefs, "Reconciling the short and the long run: governance reforms to solve the crisis and beyond" (Aiginger, Ederer, Cramme, Liddle, Thillaye) and "Policy options for the development of peripheral regions and countries of Europe" (Aiginger, Firgo, Huber) are introduced to the readers of the INET Institute Blog.

 INET Institute Blog article: "A New Growth Strategy for Europe", May 22nd, 2013 - currently unavailable


Euractiv Interview with Karl Aiginger

Interview with Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and coordinator of WWWforEurope on an European industrial policy that should support Europe's competitive advantage in clean technology.

undefinedEuractiv Article: "The 'Greening' of Industrial Policy", May 21st, 2013


Euractiv Interview with Karl Aiginger

Interview with Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and coordinator of WWWforEurope on the need for a European social pact and a new European vision.

undefinedEuractiv Article: "Austerity should be complemented with a 'Social Pact'", May 16th, 2013


Press TV Interview with Karl Aiginger

Press TV, "Era of austerity policies in Europe is over: Report"

Interview with Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and coordinator of WWWforEurope on the questionable efficacy of austerity policies. 

undefinedPress TV article: "Era of austerity policies in Europe is over: Report", April 27th, 2013


Euronews Interview with Karl Aiginger

Interview with Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and coordinator of WWWforEurope on the end of unintelligent austerity.

undefinedEuronews article: "The end of austerity in Europe?", April 26th, 2013


Der Euroraum in der Nachfragefalle

Article on the blog Ökonomenstimme - The New Web Platform for German-speaking Economists by Catherine Mathieu, Stefan Schiman, and Andrew Watt: "Der Euroraum in Gefahr" - citing the WWWforEurope second policy brief by Karl Aiginger, Matthias Firgo, and Peter Huber.

A quote from the article: "The extremely weak economic situation, the rising unemployment and deflationary tendencies show, that four years after Lehman Brothers, the Eurozone still suffers from a massive loss of domestic demand. In the medium term the situation looks grim should the causes for the crisis-laden development not be remedied quickly." April 5th, 2013

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What consolidation policies in Europe need and lack: strategy, industrial rebuild, innovation, union-support

Articles reporting on the WIFO-press-conference covering the second WWWforEurope European policy brief on development options for peripheral countries:

undefinedWiener Zeitung article, "Fleißig höhere Schulden angespart", December 12th, 2012

undefinedSalzburger Nachrichten article: "WIFO mahnt zu Startegieänderung in Südeuropa", December 13th, 2012

undefinedDie Presse article: "Griechen und Spanier müssen sich selbst retten wollen", December 12th, 2012

APA, "WIFO mahnt zu Strategieänderung in Südeuropa", December 13th, 2012

ORF Ö1 Mittagsjournal, "WIFO-Chef Karl Aiginger fordert Strategieänderung in EU-Krisenländern" (Radio-Interview), December 13th, 2012


Editorial in die Presse by Karl Aiginger

Op-ed by Karl Aiginger in Die Presse

undefinedDie Presse article: "Wege aus der EU-Krise: Schritte zurück führen in den Schrebergarten", December 12th, 2012


WWWforEurope policy brief on governance reforms to solve the crisis and beyond

Collection of newspaper articles on the presentation of first WWWforEurope Policy Brief on "Reconciling the short and the long run: governance reforms to solve the crisis and beyond" in Brussels.
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ORF Morgenjournal (radio-feature), report on presentation of first policy brief in Brussels, November 9th, 2012.
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Research for Europe

"Forschung für Europa" - Sigrid Stagl, Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), on WWWforEurope in the WU Magazin 03/2012, p. 8-9

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Report on the project in Austrian Economic Quartely

"Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe – WWWforEurope: A New Development Strategy for Europe. Objective, Research Design and Project Consortium"
Author: Karl Aiginger, Stefan Ederer, Margit Schratzenstaller

undefinedAustrian Economic Quartely 3/2012, p. 224-230 - available on www.


Report on the role of cities

Facetten (EAH Jena, Issue 25), "Die Rolle der Städte Europas"

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Finding a growth path for Europe

Mitbestimmung (Magazine), "Wachstumspfad für Europa finden", September 2012.

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Alpbach News

Alpbach News Nr. 6, p.3: "Darauf kann Österreich stolz sein", August 22nd, 2012

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ORF Europajournal

ORF Europajournal (Radio-feature), "Workshop on European governance and the problems of peripheral countries", July 20th, 2012

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EurActive "EU leaders need to confront the political dilemmas of the eurozone crisis"

Article by Renaud Thillaye (Policy Network) on

undefinedEurActive article: "EU leaders need to confront the political dilemmas of the eurozone crisis",  July 19th, 2012


Welfare, Wealth and Work – Towards a New Growth Path for Europe

Selection of Austrian newspaper articles as reaction to the project presentation in July 2012.

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First presentation of the project

Selection of newspaper articles after the press conference at Palais Eppstein, February 29th, 2012, Vienna.

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