A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


The Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a prominent German think tank specialized in research, education and policy advice on global economic affairs, has joined the Virtual Institute.   

The Kiel Institute, founded in 1914, is an independent foundation member of the Leibniz Association, and affiliated with the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. It has established a network of international research fellows who contribute to the research and teaching activities of the Institute.
Its research is structured around three main programmes: international economy and international economic policy (including international trade, Foreign Direct Investment, poverty reduction, and migration); economic policies for sustainable development; and macroeconomic activity and policy. Current publications of the Institute include the refereed journal Review of World Economics, the e-journal Economics, policy briefs, discussion and working papers, and e-books.
The Institute is also very active in the area of education. The main "product" in this area is the 10-month Advanced Studies Programme in International Economic Policy Research covering areas of globalization and labour, open economy macroeconomics, international trade, applied econometrics, economic growth and development, environmental economics, and monetary and fiscal policy in the EU. In addition, the Institute organizes the annual “Kiel Institute Summer School on Economic Policy” (the 2012 summer school will take place from 24 to 30 June and will focus on financial markets and the macroeconomy). It is also engaged in education of PhD students, and offers an internship programme.
Harmen Lehment will act as coordinator of the Kiel Institute’s cooperation with the Virtual Institute. A holder of a PhD in economics, Lehment is currently the Head of Education, Publications and Scientific Outreach at the Institute, as well as the Director of the Advanced Studies Programme and the Managing Editor of the Review of World Economics. His research interests include international economics, macroeconomics and labour markets.
Through its participation in the Virtual Institute, the Kiel Institute is looking to exchange data and research on issues of international trade and development. It also proposes to provide access to its research via its website and through personal contacts with individual researchers. Finally, the education programmes it offers address issues of relevance to members from developing countries. 
For more details, visit the Institute's profile on the Vi site.
We would like to welcome the Kiel Institute to the Virtual Institute network and look forward to our future cooperation.