ECB (Copyright)  Mario Draghi
Report, 20 Oct 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, the 2nd DIW Europe Lecture will be held on “Stability, Equity and Monetary Policy”. The President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, will look at Europe’s economic and financial future: which challenges will Europe and the European Central Bank have ... more

DIW Berlin (Copyright)  new graduate center
Report, 07 Oct 2016

On October 4, the DIW Graduate Center welcomed its new cohort through various events. In the morning, a detailed introduction to the doctoral program structure was organized to get newcomers familiar with the challenges and prospects in the coming years. Then the library, IT Department, ... more

Andreas Weber (Copyright)  Finanzmarkt Geldmarkt Kapitalmarkt
Press Release, 04 Oct 2016

A study by DIW Berlin shows that almost half the adult population of Germany believes helping EU countries in crisis is the right course of action—around 30 percent oppose it—cuts in welfare spending in the crisis countries are also criticized Contrary to the image often presented, many ... more

puje (Copyright)  Diagramm Statistik Aufschwung
Press Release, 29 Sep 2016

Thanks to a stable job market and solid consumption, the German economy is experiencing a moderate upswing. The GDP is expected to increase by 1.9 percent this year, 1.4 percent in 2017, and 1.6 percent in 2018, according to the Gemeinschaftsdiagnose (GD, joint economic forecast) that was prepared ... more

Marcin Balcerzak (Copyright)  B ro Office
Press Release, 23 Sep 2016

Availability for full-time work still a prerequisite for climbing the career ladder in all sectors Overall, women in Germany have considerably lower odds of holding a senior management position than men, particularly in the financial sector. These are the findings of a study conducted by the ... more

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by Lukas Menkhoff, Sahra Sakha, in DIW Economic Bulletin

In Germany and many other countries, financial advisors are required by law to assess their clients’ risk preferences in order to help them make informed and appropriate investment decisions. Most institutions that provide financial advice - banks, for instance - carry out this assessment using just one type of risk measure. Financial advisors might ask clients to answer a question about their attitudes towards risk, for example, or to choose one option among several more or less risky alternatives. Our study finds, however, that employing only one type of risk measure may result in an inaccurate assessment of risk aversion - and if the underlying information is unreliable, the corresponding investment decision will also be flawed. Based on empirical data comprising an unusually broad set of seven different risk measures, we suggest a more robust risk assessment model that combines various methods. Since our results indicate that these multiple-item risk measures usually outperform single-item measures, we recommend combining two or even three items to obtain more reliable risk attitude profiles. A higher level of accuracy could in turn lead to better investment advice.

by Holger Lengfeld, Martin Kroh, in DIW Economic Bulletin

In response to the European sovereign debt and currency crisis, the EU has begun to implement measures toward fiscal solidarity at least for the euro area. Survey data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study show that just under half of all adults in Germany generally support providing assistance to EU countries experiencing financial difficulties. Almost one in three respondents also advocate the idea of an individual solidarity contribution for countries in crisis. In return, the majority of people in Germany expect these countries to reduce public spending and forge ahead with privatization. Only a minority call for the crisis country to make cuts in its social spending.

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