Do Party Ties Increase Transfer Receipts in Cooperative Federalism? – Evidence from Germany

Competitive Federalism, Individual Autonomy, and Citizen Sovereignty

Working in the Shadow: Survey Techniques for Measuring and Explaining Undeclared Work

You Don’t Need an Invoice, Do You? An Online Experiment on Collaborative Tax Evasion

Zum Zusammenhang zwischen kommunaler Finanzverfassung und kommunaler Finanzlage

Fiscal Federalism and Foreign Direct Investment – An Empirical Analysis

Walter Eucken on Competitive Order at the Founding Meeting of the Mont Pèlerin Society 1947

Compliance in außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen

Hayekian Economic Policy

The German ‘Debt Brake’: Success Factors and Challenges

Freiheitliche Wirtschaftspolitik ist Ordnungspolitik. 15. Berliner Rede zur Freiheit

Von der Corona-bedingten Schuldenaufnahme zur Wiedereinhaltung der Schuldenbremse

The Concept of Ordnungspolitik: Rule-Based Economic Policy-Making from the Perspective of the Freiburg School

Herausforderungen für die Finanzpolitik in Deutschland nach der Covid-Krise: Schuldenbremse und Vermögensbesteuerung

Ordoliberalism and the Social Market Economy

Skimming the Achieved? – Quantifying the Fiscal Incentives of the German Fiscal Equalization Scheme and its Reforms since 1970

Monetary Incentives and the Contagion of Unethical Behavior

When Liberty Presupposes Order: F. A. Hayek’s Learning Ordoliberalism

Fiscal Federalism and Economic Performance – New Evidence from Switzerland

Heterogeneous Price and Quantity Effects of the Real Estate Transfer Tax in Germany

“Whatever It Takes!” How Tonality of TV-News Affects Government Bond Yield Spreads During Crises

Die wirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen nach dem Corona-Schock

Wohlstand für alle – Was das Versprechen heute bedeutet. Ein Vorwort

Wirtschaftskrisen der Zukunft

The German Federal Constitutional Court Ruling and the European Central Bank‘s Strategy

Fiscal Federalism in Germany

Walter Euckens Weg zum Ordoliberalismus

Verfahren zum Anleihekaufprogramm der EZB

Öffentliche Investitionen: Die Schuldenbremse ist nicht das Problem

Antipathy for Heidelberg, Sympathy for Freiburg? Vincent Ostrom on Max Weber, Walter Eucken, and the Compound History of Order

Fiscal Federalism and Income Inequality: An Empirical Analysis for Switzerland


This paper analyzes the impact of fiscal federalism on income inequality and redistribution. Economic theory delivers contradicting arguments such that empirical evidence is needed to shed light on the relationship. To obtain such evidence, we rely on the ideal institutional setting of federalism in Switzerland. According to our findings, decentralization actually reduces income concentration if jurisdictional fragmentation is limited. We provide evidence that it is crucial to consider the interdependence of decentralization and fragmentation, since the inequality decreasing effect of fiscal decentralization is counteracted by the interaction with jurisdictional fragmentation. Interestingly, it is not redistribution via progressive taxes that drive our results. Instead, we find significant
effects in pre-tax income.

Klimaschutz auf Kosten der Armen? Vorschläge für eine markt- und sozialverträgliche Umsetzung von CO2-Steuern und des Emissionshandels

The Difficult Relationship Between Historical Ordoliberalism and Adam Smith


Ever since the global financial crisis of 2008, interpreted by some observers as a foreseeable failure of “unfettered” capitalism, the German intellectual tradition of ordoliberalism has been meeting with increased interest. Its emphasis on good government, appropriate rules and institutions makes it attractive. Welcome as this may be, however, that trend may impact the reception of the works of Adam Smith in a problematic way, since the key historical figures of ordoliberalism reject his theory vigorously, even though, from today’s perspective, their concerns and policy recommendations look very parallel to his. Their common hope is human flourishing. Just like the Scot, the broad scope of their vision encompasses society as a whole, not just the market; they are concerned with ethics, not just economics. But what, then, can solve the puzzle of this implausible rejection, by which the ordoliberals contribute to a deep-rooted prejudice against Smith? In this paper, Karen Horn takes stock of their concrete criticisms, which turn out to be based on a narrow understanding of Smith’s work. She suggests that it is religion that stands at the root of the explanation, though situational elements may also play a role. The essential contentious point seems to be what the ordoliberals take for the Scot’s naïve belief in natural harmony, the sources of which they see in his stoicism and possible deism. The deeper problem for them with Smith is the pagan flavour and the systematic normative relativism of an essentially evolutionary approach to human values.

Öffentliche Investitionen: Wie viel ist zu wenig?

Zur Grundsteuerreform

Toward an Understanding of Collaborative Tax Evasion: A Natural Field Experiment With Businesses

Habent sua fata professores. Joseph A. Schumpeter an Walter Eucken

Die Heterogenität der kommunalen Haushalts- und Aufsichtsregeln als Herausforderung im vertikalisierten Fiskalföderalismus

The German Anti-Keynes? On Walter Eucken’s Macroeconomics

The Quest for Fiscal Rules

Does the Swiss Debt Brake Induce Sound Federal Finances? A Synthetic Control Analysis

Zur Politischen Ökonomik der wirtschaftspolitischen Beratung: Der Sachverständigenrat als ordnungspolitisches Gewissen?

Commitment to Pay Taxes: Results from Field and Laboratory Experiments

Modeling Fiscal Sustainability in Dynamic Macro-Panels with Heterogeneous Effects: Evidence From German Federal States

Grenzabschöpfungsraten im deutschen Finanzausgleich

Individual Choice and Social Welfare. Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy

Regional Risk Sharing and Redistribution – the Role of Fiscal Mechanisms in Switzerland

A Mechanism to Regulate Sovereign Debt Restructuring in the Euro Area

The “Dark Ages” of German Macroeconomics and Other Alleged Shortfalls in German Economic Thought

Depressing Dependence? Transfers and Economic Growth in the German States, 1975-2005

Electoral System Change and Spending: Four Quantitative Case Studies

Information on the ballot, voter satisfaction and election turnout

Social Contract vs. Invisible Hand: Agreeing to Solve Social Dilemmas

Taxing Away M&A: The Effect of Corporate Capital Gains Taxes on Acquisition Activity

Fiscal Federalism, Decentralization and Economic Growth: A Meta-Analysis

Vertical Effects of Fiscal Rules – The Swiss Experience

Fiscal Sustainability of the German Laender. Time Series Evidence

The Political Economy of Municipal Amalgamation. Evidence of Common Pool Effects and Local Public Debt

(Un-)Sustainability of Public Finances in German Laender. A Panel Time Series Approach

Is Switzerland an Interest Rate Island After All? Time Series and Non-Linear Switching Regime Evidence

Konzeptionelle Lehren aus der ersten Evaluationsrunde der Branchenmindestlöhne in Deutschland

Constitutional Political Economy

Competitive Federalism, Government’s Dual Role, and the Power to Tax

Ordoliberalism, Pragmatism and the Eurozone Crisis: How the German Tradition Shaped Economic Policy in Europe

“Freiheit statt Kapitalismus?” Ein Kommentar zu Sahra Wagenknechts Buch aus Freiburger Sicht

A Constitutional Economics Perspective on Soft Paternalism

Die Politische Ökonomie des Entscheidungsdesigns: Kann Paternalismus liberal sein?

Neuer Paternalismus und individuelle Rationalität: eine ordnungsökonomische Perspektive

Does Classical Liberalism Imply an Evolutionary Approach to Policy-Making?

James Buchanan’s Theory of Federalism: From Fiscal Equity to the Ideal Political Order

Weimar Germany: the First Open Access Order that Failed?

Liberalismus und Demokratie: Zu einer vernachlässigten Seite der liberalen Denktradition

Behavioral Public Choice: A Survey

Walter Eucken’s Role in the Early History of the Mont Pèlerin Society

Ordnungspolitik, the Freiburg School and the Reason of Rules

Capitalist transformation without political participation – German Capitalism in the first half of the 19th century

The Evolution of Germans’ Values since Reunification

Zur ordnungspolitischen Bedeutung der Zivilgesellschaft

Effects of territorial and worldwide corporation tax systems on outbound M&As

Maßnahmen zur Vermeidung von Altersarmut: Makroökonomische Folgen und Verteilungseffekte

Zur Bedeutung des Manifests der Marktwirtschaft oder: Das Lambsdorff-Papier im 31. Jahr

Is Switzerland After All an Interest Rate Island?

Happiness of Economists

Political Institutions and Income (Re-)Distribution: Evidence from Developed Economies

Is a Fiscal Capacity Really Necessary to Complete EMU?

James M. Buchanan’s Contractarianism and Modern Liberalism

Föderaler Wettbewerb, Bürgersouveränität und die zwei Rollen des Staates

Inequality and happiness: When perceived social mobility and economic reality do not match

Die Ökonomen im Elfenbeinturm: ratlos – Eine österreichische Antwort auf die Krise der modernen Makroökonomik und Finanztheorie

The Economics of Taxing Net Wealth: A Survey of the Issues

Eucken, Hayek, and the Road to Serfdom

Gibt es eine ordoliberale Entwicklungsidee? Walter Euckens Analyse des gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Wandels

Europa in der Welt von heute: Wilhelm Röpke und die Zukunft der Europäische Währungsunion

Hayek in Freiburg

Intergenerational Transmission of Risk Attitudes – A Revealed Approach

The Boundaries of the State

Zur Zukunft der Ordnungsökonomik

Moral und Wirtschaftsordnung: Zu den ethischen Grundlagen einer freien Gesellschaft

Politics, Financial Crisis, Central Bank Constitution and Monetary Policy

Soziale Marktwirtschaft in Deutschland – Entwicklungen und Erfahrungen