Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge

Facts and Figures



    • founded on February 20, 1914 as the “Royal Institute for Marine Transportation and World Economy” (“Königliches Institut für Seeverkehr und Weltwirtschaft”) by Bernhard Harms

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    • independent foundation under the public law of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein
    • known as “An-Institut“ at the CAU Kiel, operates in close cooperation with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at CAU, albeit as an independent institute
    • member of the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz/WGL) with a total of 86 research institutions in all 16 German federal states.


    • budget allocation of 13.7 million euros (2016)
    • institutional funding of 10.4 million euros (5.3 million euros from the federal budget, 5.1 million euros from the community of German federal states)
    • third party funding secured from other foundations as well as public sponsors, institutions and companies


    • roughly 170 employees, of which 90 are scholars


    • six academic research areas on topics directly concerning world economy
    • eleven centers also responsible for providing advisory service on world economy, economic forecasts, Global Economic Symposium, academic training and public outreach

Primary Tasks

    • research and advisory service on world economy, academic training in economics


    • in renowned academic journals
    • in own publication series: Economics, Kieler Diskussionsbeiträge, Kiel Policy Brief, IfW-Fokus and IfW-Highlights
    • Website


    • Dennis J. Snower, since October 2004
    • Horst Siebert, 1989 – 2003
    • Herbert Giersch, 1969 – 1989
    • Erich Schneider, 1961 – 1968
    • Fritz Baade, 1948 – 1961
    • Andreas Predöhl, 1934 – 1945
    • Jens Jessen, 1933 – 1934
    • Bernhard Harms, 1914 – 1933