Interdependence of Economy and Society:

The mutual relationship between economy and society cannot be reduced to supply and demand. The „Interdependence of Orders“ (Walter Eucken) can only be understood if issues „Beyond Supply and Demand“ (the German title of the most well-known book of Wilhelm Röpke) are incorporated into the scientific analysis. This insight is fundamental for the concept of the Social Market Economy as conceived theoretically by Walter Eucken, Alfred Müller-Armack and Wilhelm Röpke and put into political practice by Ludwig Erhard. 

Our institute is especially dedicated to the intellectual heritage of Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966), who in 1924 was assigned a chair at the University of Jena as the youngest professor in Germany. The Wilhelm-Röpke-Institute conducts research and publication activities related to the ideas of Wilhelm Röpke and aims at revitalizing the intellectual heritage of the founding fathers of the Social Market Economy.



5th Ettersburg Conference on the Future of Constitutional Economics:

International Order - Political Economy of (Dis-)Integration


27-29 April 2017,
Schloss Ettersburg bei Weimar


Policy Paper based on the

11th Annual Wilhelm Röpke Memorial Lecture by

Heike Göbel

(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung):


Liberals and the Welfare State - a Difficult Relationship


held on 16 February 2017, 17:00

Thüringer Aufbaubank, Gorkistr. 9, Erfurt



5th Young Scholars Seminar on Constitutional Economics


15-16 February 2017, Erfurt


International Colloquium and Public Conference:


Wilhelm Röpke:

A Liberal Political Economist and Social Philosopher in Times of Multiple European Crises


14-16 April 2016

Maison de la Paix, Geneva


Impressions from the Conference



Policy Paper based on the

10th Annual Wilhelm Röpke Memorial Lecture by

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Christian von Weizsäcker

(Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn):


Global Social Market Economy and the Refugees Debate


held on 11 February 2016, 17:00

Thüringer Aufbaubank, Gorkistr. 9, Erfurt



13 Personalities Interpret Wilhelm Röpke:


Joint Initiative of Wilhelm-Röpke-Institut and Aktionsgemeinschaft Soziale Marktwirtschaft


NOUS & Jenaer Allianz

Das Wilhelm-Röpke-Institut ist Mitglied im NOUS-Netzwerk für Ordnungsökonomik und Sozialphilosophie sowie in der Jenaer Allianz zur Erneuerung der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft