Following Joseph Schumpeter, our most prominent predecessor, the analysis of the economic and social dynamics of modern market economies is a major research focus of the institute.
The second research area deals with the man-made changes in climate and natural environment and the ways to react to them economically or to avoid them. Here, the commitment to methodological pluralism under internationally recognized research traditions is important to us. This is true not only for research but also for teaching.
The Graz Schumpeter Centre, which is closely related to our Institute, is researching in technological and structural change, and organizes the highly acclaimed Graz Schumpeter Lectures, the Economic Policy Forum and the bi-annual Summer School. Our institute is also in close cooperation with the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, which is dedicated to an interdisciplinary research unit of the research into the causes and consequences of climate change.
In 2011, the Alumni Association "Economics Club Graz" was founded, which is dedicated to the networking of alumni and within students.