Welcome to the website of the German economist Hans-Werner Sinn.

Hans-Werner Sinn is President emeritus at the Ifo Institute and Professor at the University of Munich. He founded and governed the international CESifo research network and the Center for Economic Studies. In recent years, his work focused primarily on the euro, the financial crisis, the European Central Bank, green energy, demography and migration. He previously conducted extensive research into German reunification, taxation, banking regulation and insurance.


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Farewell Lecture: “Review of Half a Century”
Public University Lecture, 14.12.2015

Farewell Lecture: “Review of Half a Century”
Public University Lecture, 14.12.2015

German Economy
Deutsche Welle, DW News, 09.12.2015

German Economy
Deutsche Welle, DW News, 09.12.2015


"Secular Stagnation or Self-Inflicted Malaise?"

09/27/2016 What looks like Secular Stagnation may in fact be a self-inflicted malaise. Read more

"Saving Freedom of Movement in Europe"

07/29/2016 According to a YouGov opinion poll conducted on the day of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, migration was the single most important issue for “Leave” supporters, second only to a general preference for independence Read more

"Deutschland ist der größte Verlierer" (Germany is the Biggest Loser)

07/01/2016 Hans-Werner Sinn warns of the implications of the Brexit. If the European Union does not take this lesson seriously, it will endanger the most important political and economic project of post-war times. Read more

"Der Staat hat Geld wie Heu" (The State Has Pots of Money)

06/28/2016 Interview on the refugee crisis as part of the Handelsblatt "Lecture" series. Read more

"Britain Has Not Voted Against Europe, But Against the Brussels Rent-Seeking Establishment Led by an Increasingly Autocratic Elite"

06/24/2016 Hans-Werner Sinns Statement on the Brexit. Read more

Hans-Werner Sinn: Buffering Volatility: A Study on the Limits of Germany's Energy Revolution

06/20/2016 CESifo Working Paper No. 5950, June 2016. Click here to read the full text

"Brexit: The Unintended Consequences. A Symposium of Views"

06/02/2016 The European Union would do what it could to squeeze British financial services out of the Continent. Read more

"Hans-Werner Sinn to "N": Τhe agreement between Greece and its creditors will lead to a new "debt spiral"

06/01/2016 Hans-Werner Sinn continues to maintain that Greece’s temporary exit from the euro zone, in tandem with a debt “haircut”, is unavoidable for the country. Read more

Hans-Werner Sinn: "Die Migration wird uns sehr teuer kommen" (Migration Will Cost Us A Great Deal)

05/31/2016 Economist warns against Turkey's accession to the EU. Read more

"Twin Tests for the EU"

05/27/2016 June is shaping up to be a fateful month for the European Union. Read more

"Das absurde Theater um TTIP und Freihandel" (The Absurd Theater Surrounding TTIP and Free Trade)

05/13/2016 Those who block free trade are in fact fighting against an increase in their own standard of living. The consequence is that consumers will be deprived of quality imported goods. Read more

"Die enthemmte Zentralbank" (The Uninhibited Central Bank)

05/05/2016 The zero interest rate policy of the European Central Bank is the result of years of the ECB’s disregard for its mandate. The German federal government must finally rein in the ECB. Read more

"Hans-Werner Sinn over de groene paradox" (Hans-Werner Sinn about the green paradox)

05/02/2016 An interview with Hans-Werner Sinn while he was guest speaker at the Conference "Combating Climate Change" at the Tinbergen Institute. Click here to see the video

"Habe Spaß am Disput" (Have Fun Arguing)

04/29/2016 Hans-Werner Sinn, polemical and controversial economist, has retired. He has even given taz a farewell interview. Read more

"Ein Alternativplan für Europa" (An Alternative Plan for Europe)

04/17/2016 Mario Draghi's German critics have no alternative to offer, say Marcel Fratzscher & Co. That is not true, write Hans-Werner Sinn and Gunther Schnabl Read more

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