Wirtschaftspolitische Beratung im Zeichen der Transformation: das Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle
The paper analyzes the role of scientific policy advice in modern democratic societies in general and the role of the Halle Institute for Economic Research as one of the major German economic research institutes in particular. It shows that public funded institutions must be politically independent in order to turn theory and evidence based knowledge into political advice. Typical communication channels are contract research and public hearings as well as publications in economic policy journals, a frequent presence in other print media, radio, television and internet. The Halle Institute for Economic Research focuses on macroeconomic analyses and forecasting. In addition it scrutinizes structural change and transformation processes from a regional, innovation system, competition and urban perspective.