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Research Centre International Economics (FIW)

The FIW Centre of Competence was established in 2006 by the Austrian Ministry of Economy. The FIW develops a research program which assists external political decisions and activities concerning the European Union and other multinational organisations in a sustainable fashion; it provides access to relevant databases in an easy and transparent way; and it encourages and enhances the development of know-how with regard to foreign economic affairs in Austria.

Collaboration Partners

The FIW-project is a collaboration of four Austrian Universities (i.e. the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), the University of Vienna (univie), the University Innsbruck (UIBK) as well as the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and the Computing Centre for Economics and Social Sciences (WSR). In addition, the Research Center cooperates with national and international libraries. It organises events in cooperation with foreign partners as well as under participation of international experts (see below: FIW Workshops and FIW Research Conferences).

The FIW project comprises the following key elements:

FIW Website

The FIW Website is the centrepiece of the FIW including a platform for presentation, communication and data. It offers free downloads of all publications prepared within the FIW framework. In addition, it provides information on numerous events and calls.

FIW Databases

The FIW website leads the user to the FIW Databases providing access to international databases as well as to the WIFO and wiiw databases relevant for external economic relations. The infrastructure thus created offers improved working conditions for researchers.

FIW Statistics

FIW Statistics at the FIW website provide a rapid and clear overview of the most important ratios and indicators of external economic relations. The display mode can be customized.

Lectures and Seminars

Foreign trade lectures is a series of lectures featuring hands-on presentations and discussions of current research in international economics which is of relevance to policy-making.

Seminars on International Economics and European Integration are organised jointly with the Federal Academy for Public Services (Verwaltungsakademie des Bundes VAB). Starting from 2019/2020 they take the form of a two year curriculum.

FIW Workshops and FIW Research Conferences

Top international economic experts are regularly invited to present papers at FIW workshops and FIW research conferences. International cooperation serves to expand the FIW's circle of networking partners, such as the Institute for Economic Research in Ljubljana (IER), the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg (IOS), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA KRTK), the ifo institute Munich as well as the Universities of Ljubljana, Bologna and Bratislava.

FIW Policy Briefs

The FIW publishes FIW policy briefs on current issues in external economic relations with a special focus on the situation in Austria. Published about every two months at irregular intervals, the FIW policy briefs combine research findings with tangible recommendations for action addressed to political and economic decision-makers.

FIW Research Reports - Research Agenda

The Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs organises calls for economic research papers. Over 50 FIW research reports have been published so far and are widely quoted by the international research community.

FIW Working Papers

Within the series FIW-Working Papers researchers are given the opportunity to make their most recent findings known to the Austrian research community.

FIW Newsletter

Subscribers to the FIW Newsletter receive news and information on FIW events, publications, database additions etc.


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