Juha Tuomi (Copyright)  Wissenschaft Forschung Wissenschaften
Press Release, 26 Aug 2015

Germany's R&D intensity above average in international comparison – automotive industry, in particular the motor vehicle industry, accounts for 85 percent of research expenditure – public research growing in importance A country’s investment in research and development (R&... more

Funshooter (Copyright)  Handwerker berpr fen
Interview, 26 Aug 2015

Dr. Belitz, how has investment in research and development, or R&D, in Germany developed in recent years? We analyzed investment in research and development over the past few decades and observed particularly strong growth after 2007. In fact, Germany has now almost met its target of investing... more

Giovanni Vitani (Copyright)  Neubau Haus H
Press Release, 19 Aug 2015

DIW researchers investigated the development of assets while taking inflation into account – Germans’ investment behavior is one of the essential factors contributing to the decline in real assets – results contradict the national accounts The net assets of private households in... more

Lara (Copyright)  Geld Cash Finanzen
Interview, 19 Aug 2015

Dr. Grabka, you’ve analyzed the real net worth of households in Germany. What approach did you take? In Germany, household assets are typically presented as nominal values, meaning they are shown in the prices of the given year. In our study, we attempted to analyze the asset situation while... more

DIW Berlin (Copyright)
Report, 18 Aug 2015

Economies and societies are currently undergoing a transformation process which is changing the face of Germany and Europe. Society, the research community, and policy-makers are all confronted with the developments of globalization, digitization, the changing roles of labor and capital, the energy... more

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by Heike Belitz, Simon Junker, Max Podstawski, Alexander Schiersch, in DIW Economic Bulletin

DIW Berlin has examined the effects of investment in research and development on economic growth in Germany and other OECD countries. Their results show that an increase of one percentage point in research and development spending in the economy as a whole leads to a short-term average increase in GDP growth of approximately 0.05 to 0.15 percentage points. The coefficient for Germany is at the upper end of that range. The analysis shows, however, that it is difficult to separate the effect of aggregate R&D into contributions from private- and public sector R&D. R&D investment in both sectors has seen strong growth in Germany in recent years, particularly when compared internationally. For a country that owes its prosperity largely to its research-intensive manufacturing sector and to production-related, knowledge-intensive services, research and development remains key to future growth. It is therefore essential that Germany does not ease up on its efforts to increase R&D investment.

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