The financial crisis has demonstrated that the demand for expertise on and discussion of economic issues among a broader public is very high in the German-speaking countries (Austria, Germany and Switzerland). Oekonomenstimme would like to close the gap between the researching economic society and a broader audience by providing profound and comprehensible content. Oekonomenstimme aims to promote research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars. The intended audience are economists in governments, international organisations, academia and the private sector as well as journalists specializing in economics, finance and business in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Oekonomenstimme also would like to address politicians and people interested in economic issues in German-speaking countries.
Oekonomenstimme is initiated by Richard Baldwin (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva), Gebhard Kirchgässner (University of St. Gallen) and Jan-Egbert Sturm (KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich). Oekonomenstimme is operated by the independent KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich.