The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies – wiiw – is covering regions to European integration, the countries of Wider Europe and selected issues of the global economy – and keep expanding their research areas. At present, the thematic work is focused on macroeconomic developments and structural change, international economics, labour markets and social issues, as well as on selected issues related to sectoral and regional economic developments. Wiiw is an independent, non-profit institution, serving the public and clients alike, delivering economic analyses and research, forecasts, statistical data and policy advice. They maintain close contact with institutions, researchers and policy makers in the countries they cover and apply comparative regional and cross-country analyses. The institute bases its analyses on primary sources and data obtained directly from the countries covered. Their databases are updated in a timely manner and cross-checked with international databases. Providing a consistent, comparable and reliable series of indicators enables them to perform long-term analyses that may also serve as a basis for assessments of future trends. Close cooperation with an international network of academics helps the institute to challenge our views and ensures that our research orientation and methodologies are state-of-the-art. The main research areas are: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, Labour, Migration and Income Distribution, International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Regional Development and Sectoral studies.