Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS)

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  • Mis­sion Statement

    The Insti­tute for Advanced Stud­ies is an inde­pen­dent, non-​profit research Insti­tute cov­er­ing the areas of Eco­nom­ics, Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, and Soci­ol­ogy. Since its incep­tion in 1963 the IHS has been, and con­tin­ues to be, com­mit­ted to the high­est qual­ity stan­dards of research and post­grad­u­ate education.

    The Insti­tute strives for top per­for­mance inter­na­tion­ally in the fol­low­ing areas:

    • The­o­ret­i­cal and empir­i­cal cutting-​edge research with socio-​political and eco­nomic pol­icy relevance;
    • Devel­op­ment and advance­ment of human resources through inter­na­tion­ally renowned train­ing pro­grams and per­son­nel training;
    • Sci­en­tific pol­icy advice based on rig­or­ous empir­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tions in Eco­nom­ics, Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, and Sociology;
    • Inform­ing the pub­lic about fun­da­men­tal eco­nomic and social prob­lems and pol­icy choices.


    The IHS is a pri­vate non-​profit orga­ni­za­tion. It was founded in 1963 by two promi­nent Aus­tri­ans liv­ing in exile, the soci­ol­o­gist Paul F. Lazars­feld and the econ­o­mist Oskar Mor­gen­stern, with the finan­cial help of the Ford Foun­da­tion, the Aus­trian Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion, and the City of Vienna.

    At present nearly 40 % of the Institute’s bud­get is accounted for by com­mis­sioned research. The remain­ing fund­ing is pro­vided by sub­si­dies from the Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Sci­ence, the Aus­trian National Bank, the City of Vienna and other institutions.

    The Insti­tute for Advanced Stud­ies is divided into three depart­ments of sci­en­tific research and teaching:

    The insti­tute counts approx­i­mately 80 sci­en­tific employ­ees and 26 admin­is­tra­tive employ­ees. About 40 stu­dents are presently par­tic­i­pat­ing in the post­grad­u­ate course programs.

    Insti­tute for Advanced Stud­ies, Carinthia

    Since 1999 the IHS has a branch office in Kla­gen­furt, the cap­i­tal of Carinthia. IHS Carinthia


    Phone +43.1.599.91-0
    Location ,
    Address Stumpergasse 56

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