Welfare to Work

More money for participating and less for opting out – that is the key idea behind the activating social assistance proposal. Developed in 2002 by the Ifo Institute, it has influenced the Hartz Commission and subsequent associated legislation.

TV Lectures

Can Germany Still be Saved? - Theses on the Future of the Republic, Information page


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.




“Ifo welfare-to-work proposal”, Press Release by the Ifo Institute, March 15th, 2005.

Ifo Viewpoints

Ifo Viewpoint No. 95: Poverty Creation from Unrealistic Needs Adjustments, Jun 9, 2008.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 75: A Suit from a Cabinetmaker?, Jun 6, 2006.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 74: Subject versus Object, Apr 10, 2006.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 72: The Next Welfare State, Mar 2, 2006.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 71: Six Principles of the Combi-Wage, Jan 17, 2006.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 64: Why Minimum Wages Hurt Germany, Apr 15, 2005.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 61: How to Combat German Unemployment, Feb 14, 2005.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 58: Hartz V, Nov 8, 2004.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 51: Low Wages, Wage Subsidies and Investive Wages, Mar 4, 2004.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 49: The German Disease and the Agenda 2010, Oct 24, 2003.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 39: Getting Down to Work after the Election, Oct 11, 2002.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 37: The Heart of Hartz, Aug 19, 2002.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 32: Germany's Anaemic Growth, May 17, 2002.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 21: Social Welfare Reform, Jan 18, 2001.

Ifo Viewpoint No. 6: A New Welfare Concept, Nov 15, 1999.