The AGI Geoeconomics Program promotes original thinking and debate on U.S., German, and EU global economic strategy with a focus on ways that trade, climate, financial, and technology policies can advance their shared interests, prosperity, and values.

The Transatlantic Agenda for Labor Market Reform: Increasing Adaptability Through Continuing Training

Former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Tobias Schulze-Cleven writes that the current global economic crisis presents an opportunity to rethink economic policy priorities in both the United States and Germany. In his essay “The Transatlantic Agenda for Labor Market Reform: Increasing Adaptability Through Continuing Training,” Mr. Schulze-Cleven suggests that the countries use this opportunity to reexamine their respective continuing training programs as a way to provide workforce security for both good and bad economic times, using the example provided by Denmark’s continuing training programs as a model for going forward.

Comparing German and American Models in Skill Formation

The current economic crisis has brought commitments of considerable government support for education in the recovery packages of both the United States and Germany, writes former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Justin J.W. Powell, Senior Research Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. When enacting new reforms, Dr. Powell argues, both countries can continue to learn from the other’s successes and failures as a way to develop skill formation systems far beyond what each country could have accomplished alone.

Miracles are Possible

In light of the current economic crisis, Americans sometimes wonder why Germany, the world exporting champion, is not taking more action to spur on its economy. Dr. Tim Stuchtey, Senior Fellow and Director of the Business and Economics Program at AICGS, writes that to understand Germany’s actions (or lack thereof), one must understand the concept of Ordnungspolitik and how it has shaped Germany’s economic policy over the past sixty years. In his essay, Dr. Stuchtey gives an overview of Ordnungspolitik and suggests ways how this concept can help to end the current crisis.

The German Model of Labor Relations at Sixty

When the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in May 1949, a major cornerstone of its cooperative and stable system of labor relations was already in place. Over a month earlier, the Collective Agreements Act had come into effect, and
to this day, virtually unchanged, it has been the foundation upon which trade unions and employers’ associations have autonomously set the standards for wages and working conditions in contracts negotiated at the sectoral level (Flächentarifvertrag)…

Ideas, Institutions and Organized Capitalism: Germany, Europe and Twenty-first Century Economic Policy Models

For much of the past two decades, the literature on the German economy has largely focused on the erosion of the German form of organized capitalism and emphasized institutional decline and the corresponding rise of neo-liberalism. Yet, in the
past few months, the world-wide financial crisis has challenged the virtues of the apparent neo-liberal hegemony and perhaps opened up once again a debate regarding appropriate economic policy models…

Climate and Energy Policies in the United States and Germany: Lessons for the Future

Issue Brief 29 AGI recently completed a project to address the climate and energy challenges with the generous support of the Daimler-Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, resulting in …

U.S. and European Banks: Two Sides of the Same Story?

Issue Brief 28 Financial institutions in Europe and the U.S. are currently facing one of the most difficult periods in decades. In Issue Brief 28, Deutsche Bank/AGI Fellow Jan Schildbach …

A New Map for American-German Relations: Memorandum to the New U.S. President

In January 2009, you—Mr. President—the United States, and the world will be facing numerous challenges of enormous importance ranging from the crisis in the global financial markets to the global …

Short-Term Solutions to the Climate and Energy Challenge

Policy Report 37 In AGI Policy Report 37, “The Short-Term Potential of Climate-Friendly Technologies,” Felix Chr. Matthes and Lewis J. Perelman examine the technological solutions that can make a substantial …

Bioenergy in the United States and Germany

Policy Report 36 Authors Bruce A. McCarl and Tobias Plieninger focus on the role biofuels can play in addressing climate change and improving energy security in AGI Policy Report 36, …

Climate Change and Energy Security: Lessons Learned

Policy Report 35 In AGI Policy Report 35, “Climate Change and Energy Security: Lessons Learned,” Joseph E. Aldy, Camilla Bausch, and Michael Mehling draw on the experiences in Germany and …

Overcoming the Lethargy: Climate Change, Energy Security, and the Case for a Third Industrial Revolution

Policy Report 34 Climate change is one of the most important challenges that the world faces today. In addition to the war in Iraq, climate policy was also one of …