The Walter Eucken Institute is a center of excellence for basic research on constitutional economics and ordoliberal thinking.
As an independent institution, the Institute conducts economic and social science research in the tradition of the Freiburg School of Ordoliberal Economics. Thereby our main question is how our market-based competitive order can be maintained and further developed.
Research at the Walter Eucken Institute
Those who want to secure the social market economy in the long term must think beyond short-term system corrections. In doing so, we are guided by the question of how improved incentives can be created through framework conditions of the economy and political competition in order to discover and adequately take into account the long-term interests of citizens.
In economics, most approaches to analyzing behavior have traditionally been based on the standard neoclassical economic model of behavior, in which an individual is assumed to be a fully rational, self-controlled, and utility-maximizing decisionmaker.more about Behavioral Economics
One of the research foci of the Walter Eucken Institute is in the area of fiscal sciences. Here, we analyze the state of the government budget and the macroeconomic consequences of government revenue and expenditure policies.more about Economic Policy and Fiscal Policies
The history of ordoliberalism begins with the Freiburg School, a research and teaching community of economists and lawyers at the University of Freiburg in the 1930s and 1940s.more about History of Economic Thought