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


“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

"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

"Twin Tests for the EU"

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

Press Release: "Sinn’s Last Week at Work Begins"

03/29/2016 Hans-Werner Sinn has begun his last week at work as President of the Ifo Institute. Read more

"Europe’s Emerging Bubbles"

03/28/2016 The European Central Bank’s latest policy moves have shocked many observers. While the goal – to prevent deflation and spur growth – is clear, the policies themselves are setting the stage for severe instability. Read more

“Why Europe Could Benefit from a Common Army”

02/27/2016 Euro bail-outs and the flood of refugees have plunged the EU into an existential crisis. Setting up a common defence community could help it to recover. Read more

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