We are happy to introduce our new department, the PLUS Department of Economics, which was established in January 2022 following an organizational reform at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg.
What is the impact of tax changes on employment, business investment or international profit shifting activities of firms? What is the role of social security and welfare transfers on labor market outcomes, pension decisions or organization of care? Is the recent increase in inflation permanent or transitory? What happens with mortgage rates if the European Central Bank increases its policy rate? What are the costs and benefits of health measures to circumvent a pandemic? These and many more questions affect households, firms and the society as a whole and are at the core of the research activities of the new PLUS Department of Economics.
Research in the department covers different fields of economics. Department members are active in applied topics such as public economics, health and labor economics, behavioral economics and macroeconomics. Their research provides important insights for the design of appropriate economic policies and contributes substantially to our understanding on how economic mechanisms work in practice and impact society.