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.



14th Annual Wilhelm Röpke Memorial Lecture


Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio

(Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn,

Richter des Bundesverfassungsgerichts a. D.):


Politische Transformation des Marktes:

Zum Strukturwandel der Beziehung von Politik und Wirtschaft



February 06, 2020, 17:00

Thüringer Aufbaubank, Gorkistr. 9, Erfurt



Call for Papers


8th Young Scholars Seminar on Constitutional Economics


February 05-06, 2020, Universität 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