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10 October 2012

Rising EEG Surcharge: Undesirable Distribution Effects Can Be Reduced

2013 will see a significant increase in the surcharge stipulated by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and paid by power consumers to promote the use of renewable energies. This will equate to a rise in the share of private households’ consumer spending on electricity from around 2.3 percent on average in 2011 or almost 2.4 percent in 2012 to almost 2.5 percent in 2013. The EEG surcharge accounts for 0.5 percentage points of this, or 0.6 percentage points including VAT. However, these proportions are significantly higher for low-income than for high-income households. DIW Berlin calculated the regressive distribution effects of rising electricity prices in general and the increasing EEG surcharge in particular on the basis of the Federal Statistical Office’s sample survey of income and expenditure (EVS) and the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and extrapolated the results for 2013. The calculation indicates that households with the lowest income are especially adversely affected by the current price increases.

4 October 2012

DIW Autumn Projection 2012

The German economy will lose some of its momentum in the second half of the year, but pick up some speed again next year. In year-on-year terms, German GDP is expected to increase by a mere 0.9 percent in 2012 and 1.6 percent in 2013. Growth is primarily driven by domestic demand. The weakening of the economy in the second half of this year will have limited impact on labor markets, the unemployment rate will only increase slightly from 6.8 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013. Hence, disposable income will grow at solid rates and support consumption of private households.

8 June 2012

EURO 2012: Spain to Win Again, but Germany has a Chance

DIW Berlin and Free University Berlin use economic indicator to predict the winner

Based upon team transfer values, Spain will be the 2012 European champions. At the final in Kiev, Spain will play Germany, just as in 2008, with Joachim Löw’s team most likely managing only second place, again. Using this model, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Free University Berlin (FUB) have correctly predicted the results of three major football tournaments: The World Cup both in 2006 and 2010, as well as the European Football Championship in 2008. “Our forecast model is simple, based on the market values of all players in the squad,” says Gert G. Wagner, head of DIW Berlin. Wagner and sociologists Jürgen Gerhards and Michael Mutz of the Free University Berlin performed the analyses together. “The rules of the globalized economy also apply to football. The players’ performance is realistically reflected by their market value,” Gerhards explains.

24 May 2011

Statistics Debate: Child and Youth Poverty Still the Most Urgent Problem on the Policy Agenda

Differing methods of calculation explain recent discrepancies between OECD/DIW Berlin poverty figures

According to recent estimates by DIW Berlin, children and young adults were the group most severely affected by poverty in Germany in the year 2009. DIW Berlin rejects claims that it manipulated or withheld statistical data on poverty. “These accusations are false,” said Gert G. Wagner, Chairman of the DIW Berlin Executive Board. “To the contrary: we have actively raised the issue that our improved calculation methods result in changes in the poverty statistics.” This has been confirmed in recent news reports and in the official findings of a parliamentary inquiry released by the federal government (BT-Drucksache No. 17/4332).

4 February 2011

Wagner takes over leadership of DIW Berlin until the end of 2012

Board of Trustees will decide on personnel proposals on 11 February

Rearrangement of the management structure at DIW Berlin: Gert G. Wagner is to serve as the new Chairman of the Executive Board. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bert Rürup, will propose the Head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin to the Board of Trustees on 11 February. Gert Wagner is supposed to take up the position until the evaluation and the appointment procedure for a new president have ended. Together with Gert Wagner, Georg Weizsäcker will help the Executive Board to lead the forthcoming evaluation of the institute in 2012 to a success.

1 February 2011

DIW President Klaus Zimmermann puts his office at the disposal

Statement of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of DIW Berlin, Bert Rürup

The scientific work of DIW Berlin and its role in providing policy-advice have to be shifted back again into the center of public awareness. Contrary to public criticism, which has been immoderate in many cases, DIW Berlin still is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany and beyond.

28 September 2010

DIW Berlin: German economy grows 3.4 percent in 2010

Experts claim no space for tax cuts and higher social spending

The German economy has recovered surprisingly well from the crisis. DIW Berlin estimates that the growth will continue – although in a less rapid pace than the first half year. “We reach a massive annual growth of 3.4 percent in 2010. In 2011 the German economy is expected to grow at a rate of 2 percent”, said Ferdinand Fichtner, Head of the new cross-sectional group on economic policy at DIW Berlin. “The strong growth also reduces the government deficit”, said Mr. Fichtner, “Nevertheless, the government should continue its austerity measures instead of wasting tax money.”

23 September 2010

DIW Board of Trustee Meeting: "Look ahead"

The Board of Trustees of DIW Berlin has made a number of decisions in a special meeting. First of all, an adjustment of the articles was decided, reinforcing the Trustees’ right to information and participation on the one hand, and emphasizing the cooperative responsibility of the Executive Board on the other.

30 June 2010

Economic Growth Returns, But Uncertainty Remains High

DIW President Zimmermann: “Another opportunity missed at the G-20 summit in Canada.”

The German economy will grow at a moderate pace through 2010 and 2011. According to the quarterly forecast released today by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the German economy will grow with an average rate of 1.9 percent in 2010, and 1.7 percent in 2011. “The recovery is gaining momentum, but the engine of growth is once again foreign demand,” says DIW President Klaus F. Zimmermann.

14 June 2010

"Huge increase in concentration in European banking market"

Banks should diversify their investment portfolios, European think tanks urge

European banks should develop more strongly diversified international investment portfolios. This would substantially reduce the risk of contagion in financial market crises, economists have urged. Their findings are included in a policy brief published today by FINESS, an EU-wide research consortium, led by DIW Berlin, the German Institute of Economic Research.

14 April 2010

German economy is on a moderate growth path, but effects from the crisis still remain

DIW President, Klaus F. Zimmermann: „Fiscal consolidation is on top of the agenda.”

The German economy is expected to show moderate growth for 2010 and 2011. According to the DIW economic outlook, GDP will increase by 1.7 in 2010 and by 1.8 percent in 2011. “We recover from the crisis. However, with respect to financial markets, high uncertainties remain.” said DIW President, Klaus F. Zimmermann. After the acute crisis management, economic policy has to move back to a more sustainable path: “The biggest challenge will be related to the consolidation of public finances, as the burden of debt has risen enormously.”

11 November 2009

A worldwide network: The “Climate Policy Initiative” opens its first center at DIW Berlin

A new research center devoted to the evaluation of climate policies opens today in Berlin. The center is a branch of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), an international research organization currently being established by George Soros. The Berlin center is the first to be up and running; addi-tional centers are planned for Peking, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and Ven-ice. Housed within DIW Berlin, a leading German economics research in-stitute, the center will collaborate closely with the institute’s resident economists.

9 February 2009

InterAcademy Panel Award for Tilman Brück

Tilman Brück, Head of the Department of International Economics at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) has been awarded the "IAP Award for Young Scientists 2008". The prize is awarded jointly by the InterAcademy Panel (IAP) and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world.

5 November 2008

DIW President Zimmermann comments on Obama victory

Restoring the credibility of the global economic system is the key to overcoming the current financial crisis. "Throughout the election campaign President Barack Obama has shown economic competence and trustworthiness. He can contribute greatly to restoring trust in our market economy," said DIW President Klaus F. Zimmermann in Washington, where he observed the U.S. elections.

4 March 2008

DIW Berlin as FINESS Consortium Leader. Project of the 7th Framework Programme launched

On February 22 2008 the collaborative research project “FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, EFFICIENCY AND STIMULATION OF SUSTAINABLE GROWH” (FINESS) was launched with a kick-off meeting at DIW Berlin. The project is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission within the Activity 8.1 “Growth, Employment and Competitiveness in a Knowledge Society – The European Case”. The main purpose of FINESS is to get a clear understanding of the implications of ongoing financial market integration in Europe on economic growth, employment and competitiveness, to identify likely future paths of the development and to draw policy relevant conclusions.

23 October 2007

New economic think tank in Washington

DIW DC provides platform for research, policy advice and networking

A new economic research institute, DIW DC, is now operating in Washington. The company in the nation’s capital is a non-profit, independent research organization involved in socio-economic educational and research activities and policy advice. It provides U.S. policymakers with economic expertise on Germany and Europe while promoting the transatlantic dialogue on issues of economic research and policy.

29 September 2007

EUROFRAME Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis Autumn 2007

In the context of the major caveat of high uncertainty, we forecast the economic expansion in the Euro Area to remain strong in the second half of 2007 bringing growth for the full year to 2.7 per cent and we expect it to slow moderately in 2008 and 2009 to around 2 ¼ per cent.

7 May 2007

Expert for sustainable financial policy of new DIW Berlin tax estimators

In future, DIW Berlin will be represented in the biennial Tax Estimate Study Group by financial expert Holger Bonin. The new tax estimator is one of the leading experts in the estimation of fiscal sustainability using generational accounting. In his academic work, Holger Bonin devotes himself to the empirical study of matters of current economic policy. Among other things, he has studied the long-term development of pension fund finances, the opportunities for the revival of the low-wage sector by fiscal measures and the effects of employment protection in Germany. In addition to his research, Bonin is regularly involved with academic advisory projects for the government. Dr Bonin received his doctorate under Prof. Raffelhüschen who holds the Chair of Public Finance at Freiburg University. In addition to various other tasks, he is currently heading the department of Innovation, Manufacturing, Service at DIW Berlin.

29 March 2007

Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis Spring 2007

The EUROFRAME – European Forecasting Network comprises ten of the most respected economic forecasting and research institutes in Europe, including DIW Berlin. On behalf of the European Commission, it produces bi-annual reports on the Euro Area covering economic forecasts, regular policy monitoring and special policy topics.

5 March 2007

Staff matters: President of the EU Commission, José Manuel Barroso, appoints Claudia Kemfert as a member of the “High Level Group on Energy”

The Head of the “Energy, Transportation, Environment” Department at DIW Berlin and Professor of Environmental Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, has been appointed as a member of the “High Level Group on Energy” of the EU Commission. The President of the EU Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has been able to find well-known experts in the field of energy and climate protection for this Group in Europe.

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