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Press Release, 21 Feb 2018

DIW Berlin study analyzes the correlation between the AfD's vote performance and different economic and sociodemographic variables at an electoral district level – The AfD performed well in western German electoral districts where there are many employees in the manufacturing industry and ... more

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Roundup, 20 Feb 2018

The macroeconomic effects of exchange rate movements have been subject to an extensive debate in international economics. Traditionally, much of the discussion was focused on the relation between the effective exchange rate and the trade balance. However, the process of financial globalization has ... more

Ingeborg Hauenstein (Copyright)  Fahne Flagge Flaggen
Roundup, 19 Feb 2018

Recent studies have proposed several factors that determine how fiscal consolidations affect the economy. This Roundup focuses on several of these determinants. Namely, it discusses how the composition of the consolidation measure, the state of the business cycle, the level of private indebtedness ... more

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Press Release, 07 Feb 2018

Retail electricity prices develop very differently depending on the provider and the tariff – Basic tariffs from default providers increased significantly between 2007 and 2014 while the most affordable tariffs offered in the market remained mostly constant – Providers passed the cost ... more

danstar (Copyright)  Tippen Schreiben Mobile
Weekly Report, 07 Feb 2018

Since June 15, 2017, mobile network operators in the European Economic Area may not impose surcharges for making telephone calls, sending text messages, or using data services in other EEA countries. The regulation was designed to create a digital domestic market without adversely affecting ... more

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by Pio Baake, Lilo Wagner, in DIW Weekly Report

Since June 15, 2017, mobile network operators in the European Economic Area may not impose surcharges for making telephone calls, sending text messages, or using data services in other EEA countries. The regulation was designed to create a digital domestic market without adversely affecting consumers. The regulation raises the expectation of changes in mobile network operators’ tariff structures. Theoretical examination shows that as long as mobile network operators do not exclude a roaming option for users who travel only occasionally, everyone will benefit from the regulations—even occasional travelers. In this case, positive effects are also anticipated for overall social welfare. However, negative effects are likely if some tariffs exclude a roaming option. The market result is highly dependent on how strongly consumers differ in their user behavior. The fact that all three mobile network operators in Germany exclusively offer tariffs with roaming options is evidence in favor of a positive assessment of the EU regulatory measures.

by Heike Belitz, Marie Le Mouel, Alexander Schiersch, in DIW Weekly Report

In Germany, around 200 billion euros are invested every year in knowledge-based capital, which encompasses assets such as research and development, software and databases, organizational capital, marketing and advertising, and technical design. Yet investments in traditional capital (such as machinery and non-residential buildings) still significantly outweigh knowledge investments, standing at over 320 billion euros across the whole economy. Nevertheless, at the sector level, manufacturing, information and communication services, professional services, and financial services stand out: Investments there are dominated by knowledge-based capital. More importantly, in the years since the financial crisis, there has been no increase in the investment intensity in knowledge-based assets. DIW Berlin compiled a novel dataset on company investments in knowledge-based capital covering almost 2 million records to explore the relationship between investments and company productivity. Initial results show that knowledge-based capital has a positive effect on productivity of comparable magnitude for all the different assets measured. Furthermore, intangible assets complement material assets—therefore, investments in traditional capital goods should always be accompanied by investments in intangible assets. An economic policy to increase investment needs to take these interdependencies into account and emphasize the importance of strengthening intangible assets.

by Elke Holst, Katharina Wrohlich, in DIW Weekly Report

Over the past year, the proportion of women serving on the executive and supervisory boards of the top 100 largest banks in Germany rose slightly to almost nine and 23 percent, respectively. However, growth has come to a halt in the 60 largest insurance companies: on both executive and supervisory boards, the proportion of women has sunk to almost nine and 22 percent, respectively. For over ten years, DIW Berlin has been investigating to what extent women are represented in the top decision-making bodies of banks and insurance companies. A phase of stagnation from 2006 to 2010 was followed by a period of dynamic growth until 2014/2015 before largely returning to a slower phase of development. It seems unlikely that the average development over the past 11 years will continue linearly because most banks or insurance companies do not continue to increase the proportion of women on supervisory boards after reaching the 30 percent target mark. The development could be strengthened by a change in corporate culture. These changes include ambitious goals for more women in top positions and their timely implementation as well as a more modern corporate organization. This way, new role models can be formed and gender stereotypes can be dismantled.

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