The aim of the FIW is to improve the framework conditions for theoretical and empirical economic research and economic policy advice in the field of international economics.
A further goal is the bundling of cross-institutional research strengths and the international positioning of the FIW as a networking platform for social and economic challenges in the area of globalization and world trade.

In addition, the awareness of the Austrian public for foreign trade issues is to be raised and the transfer of existing expert knowledge to the interested public is to be ensured. This is of essential economic policy interest, especially for Austria, whose economy depends to a considerable extent on foreign trade relations. Value creation and employment are largely dependent on foreign trade. Broad public communication of the essential connections between foreign trade, internationalization, globalization and domestic development is therefore an important task of university institutions. The FIW assumes an important bridging and transfer function from science to “practice”

Further information on research activities:

  • FIW-Pre-Doc Positions
    The FIW finances one pre-doctoral position in the International Economics research field at WU Vienna, JKU Linz, the University of Innsbruck and at the two research institutes WIFO and wiiw.
  • Promotion of young researchers:
    Promotion prize for women in economic research FIW Award for Master’s theses in the field of International Economics
  • Trade Economist Network (TEN)
    The members of the FIW team regularly represent Austria at the Trade Economist Network (TEN) meetings and ensure the exchange and networking between FIW and TEN experts.