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


“The Road to a European Transfer Union”

01/29/2018 Since the 2008 global financial crisis, European policymakers have consistently relied on Northern European countries to foot the bill for the rest of the eurozone. But what will happen in the coming decades when the coffers run dry? Read more

Hans-Werner Sinn supports the petition for Exit of Brexit: A "New Deal“ with Great Britain and a better future for the EU

12/07/2017 The undersigned are deeply concerned about the economic and political impact Brexit will have on Britain and the EU. We appeal to all responsible politicians, business people and citizens: Help us to avert Brexit. Sign the petition

“Germany’s Götterdämmerung”

11/21/2017 Hans-Werner Sinn welcomes the prospect of a minority goverment, especially if genuine public debate returns to the Bundestag Read more

“Buffering Volatility: A Study on the Limits of Germany's Energy Revolution”

06/13/2017 Based on German hourly feed-in and consumption data for electric power, this paper studies the storage and buffering needs resulting from the volatility of wind and solar energy. Read more

“How Macron Can Unite Europe”

05/23/2017 Creating a fiscal union without a political union would forever block the road to European unification. Read more

“What Marx Means Today”

05/01/2017 This article argues that part of the new stagnation does not result from a natural exhaustion of investment possibilities, but from an overly loose central bank monetary policy that keeps zombie banks and their zombie clients alive and blocks the emergenc Read more

“A two-speed post-Brexit Europe is best avoided”

04/16/2017 EU member states should focus on striking a free-trade deal with Britain. Read more

“President Trump’s Necessary German Lessons”

03/30/2017 US President Donald Trump has criticized Germany’s enormous current-account surplus, which he considers the result of German currency manipulation. But the president is wrong. Read more

“Why the EU Must Be Generous to Britain”

01/31/2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed it. The United Kingdom will, without a doubt, leave the European Union and negotiate new trade agreements. The question is what kind of agreement the EU will accept. Read more

“Europe’s Secret Bailout”

11/28/2016 While the world worries about Donald Trump, Brexit, and the flow of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries, the European Central Bank continues to work persistently and below the public radar on its debt-restructuring plan. Read more

"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

"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

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