Globalisation, or the continually increasing integration of the worldwide goods, labour and capital markets, presents great opportunities, but also comes with many perils. Appropriate economic policy framework conditions are required at a national and international level for the opportunities to lead to real benefits in terms of prosperity.


Sinn, Hans-Werner, "Developing Countries: Chances and Challenges", Presidential Adress, International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) Annual Congress, August 2009, Cape Town, South Africa (Download).

Refereed scientific monographs

Can Germany be Saved? The Malaise of the World’s First Welfare State, MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass., 2007, 356 pages. (Revised and updated translation of Ist Deutschland noch zu retten?). To Amazon.




The New Systems Competition, Yrjö Jahnsson Lectures, Basil Blackwell: Oxford 2003, 228 pages. One hardback, one paperback edition. To Amazon.




Articles in refereed journals

"Migration and Social Replacement Incomes. How to Protect Low-income Workers in the Industrialized Countries Against the Forces of Globalization and Market Integration"International Tax and Public Finance 12, 2005, pp. 375-393; (Download, 252 KB)CESifo Working Paper No. 1265, August 2004; NBER Working Paper No. 10798, September 2004.

"The Dilemma of Globalisation: A German Perspective”Economie Internationale 100, 2004, pp. 111-120; (Download, 168 KB).

"The New Systems Competition"Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 5, 2004, pp. 23-38; (Download, 130 KB). German version: "Der neue Systemwettbewerb"Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 3, 2002, pp. 391- 407; (Download, 154 KB)CESifo Working Paper No. 623, December 2001; NBER Working Paper No. 8747, January 2002.

"Social Union, Convergence and Migration" (together with W. Ochel), Journal of Common Market Studies 41, 2003, pp. 869-896; (Download, 701 KB)CESifo Working Paper No. 961, June 2003.

Short Policy Contributions and Newspaper Articles

"Weltmeister beim Kapitalexport" (World Champion in Capital Export), Wirtschaftswoche, January 20th, 2014, No. 4, p. 40. English Version: "World Champion Capital Exporter", The International Economy, Summer 2014, XXVIII, No. 3, pp. 24–25.

Ifo Viewpoints

Ifo Viewpoint No. 119: Currency War – The Guilt is not China’s Alone, Nov 2, 2010.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 114: Cracks in the Business Model, Jun 9, 2010.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 110: Panta Rhei, Nov 20, 2009.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 109: Good and Bad Speculation, Aug 25, 2009.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 84: France’s Path Not Taken, Jun 27, 2007.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 68: Investment is the Core Issue, Sep 15, 2005.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 67: The Five Shocks: Why Germany is Lagging Behind, Aug 4, 2005.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 11: The Dilemma of Globalisation, Mar 6, 2000.