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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.

19 October 2006

Joint Analysis Fall 2006 (Die Lage der Weltwirtschaft und der deutschen Wirtschaft im Herbst 2006)

In the autumn of 2006 the upswing in the world economy continues although it has slowed down somewhat during the course of the year. The main reason is the weaker economic growth in the United States and to a lesser extent in Japan. This was not offset by an acceleration of the expansion in the euro area and in the United Kingdom. In the emerging economies the increase in output remained strong, growing again more robus-tly in China in the first half of the year but slowing overall in the other emerging econo-mies of East Asia. The differences in the growth dynamics among the industrialized countries are due to the economies being at different stages of the economic cycle. Raw material prices continued to increase strongly in the first months of 2006, also due to the robust world economic activity. Higher prices on the raw material markets were passed on to consumer prices; labour costs increased moderately, on the whole, in the industri-alized countries. The expansion of the world economy will weaken somewhat in the forecast period, but will remain strong in a longer-term comparison. On the whole, real world GDP – as defined by the Joint Analysis – will increase by 3.1% in 2006 and by 3.7% in 2007. World trade will expand this year by 8.5% and by a good 7% in 2007. Price increases will weaken somewhat.

25 September 2006

DIW Berlin joins the Berlin Partners Science and Research Group

On August 1, 2006, the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW Berlin) became a member of the Berlin Partner GmbH Science and Research network. With around 200 staff members, making it the largest economic research institute in Germany, DIW Berlin has a major input into national economic issues. Its work is based on applied economic research and the application of its research to political decision-making, business and public institutions at national, European and international level. The Institute presents its research findings to different target groups in its own publications, in specialist magazines, and at organized events. Its work is also widely reported in the media.

27 April 2006

The State of the World Economy and the German Economy in the Spring of 2006

In the spring of 2006, the expansion of the world economy remains strong. In the course of the past year, it had gained in width. While US output kept following a rising trend and the rapid growth of the Chinese economy continued unabatedly, the phase of economic weakness, which had started in Japan, in the euro area and in many newly industrialising countries in the second half of 2004, was gradually overcome. As a result of favourable company profits, rising asset prices and low interest rates, the recovery forces are so strong that the dampening effects of higher raw material prices were more than offset. Last autumn, inflation had temporarily risen in the industrialised countries due to higher energy prices. There were no second round effects, however. Sustained low inflation expectations are an important reason why long-term interest rates have risen but little.

23 March 2006

EUROFRAME – European Forecasting Network. Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis

The EUROFRAME – European Forecasting Network comprises ten of the most respected economic forecasting and research institutes in Europe, including the DIW Berlin and IfW Kiel. 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.

15 March 2006

Cooperation between DIW Berlin and dimap-Group

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) concluded a cooperation agreement with dimap-Group concerning the German-speaking countries and the EU Institutions. In future, dimap and DIW Berlin will develop and market common business activities in the area of policy advice for companies, organizations and public and political institutions. As the largest German institute for economic research, DIW Berlin is active in the fields of basic research and scientifically based policy advice and provides economic analyses and experts within the course of this cooperation. dimap-Group provides its long-term experience and its competence in the areas of market and opinion research as well as of advice to political bodies, companies and organizations.

15 March 2006

DIW Berlin moves to new offices in the Quartier 110 in Berlin

There is a new tenant in the Quartier 110: The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) intends to relocate its offices to Mohrenstraße 58 in Berlin-Mitte. So far, its seat has been in Königin-Louise-Straße in Berlin-Dahlem. At present, details are being resolved between DIW Berlin and Zürich Versicherung AG (Germany), the owner of the real estate. The signing of the contract is expected to take place in April. The actual move is scheduled for November 2006. The almost 200 employees of DIW Berlin will be relocated to a total office area of approx. 7,400 m2.

7 March 2006

Jürgen Schupp Appointed Honorary Professor at Free University Berlin

Dr. Jürgen Schupp, Survey Manager of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and Deputy Director of the SOEP department at DIW Berlin, has been appointed Honorary Professor for Sociology in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Free University (FU).

10 October 2005

Gossen Award” awarded to SOEP Advisory Board Member Simon Gächter by the Verein für Socialpolitik (association for social policy)

The DIW Berlin is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Gossen Award was Professor Simon Gächter (of the University of Nottingham). The Verein für Socialpolitik, a German economic research association, presents this prestigious award to one German-speaking economist per year for excellence in internationally relevant economic research. The Austrian-born Gächter is associated with the DIW Berlin as a member of Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) Advisory Board.

6 October 2005

Economic Assessment of the Euro Area: Forecasts and Policy Analysis

A group of ten of the most respected economic research institutes in Europe have forecast that Euro Area economic growth will experience a modest rate of expansion of 1.2% in 2005, 1.8% in 2006 and 2.0% in 2007. Oil prices have risen by US$20 since April and are expected to remain high at close to US$60 until 2007. EUROFRAME-EFN (European Forecasting Network) has revised down their forecasts by 0.2-0.3 percentage points from six months ago. This revision is limited as the negative impact of the high level of oil prices is substantially offset by the modest depreciation of the euro exchange rate and the drop in long-term interest rates. The Euro Area is still expected to record inflation rates at or close to 2 per cent with the unemployment improving but still in the order of 8.5 per cent over the period 2005-2007.

23 June 2005

Jürgen Schupp takes on a Fellowship at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg

Dr. Jürgen Schupp has accepted an invitation to take on a fellowship at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst. While holding this position, he will be completing his project „About Measuring and Analyzing Trust, Fairness and Reciprocity”. Dr. Jürgen Schupp is a survey manager and Deputy Director of the Socio-Economic Panel’s (SOEP) longitudinal study at DIW Berlin.

26 April 2005

German-French Group of Experts proposes a closer coordination of economic policies for economic growth and competitiveness

On the occasion of the German-French Council of Ministers, today the Group of German-French Experts convened at the French Ministry of Economics and Finance in Paris. The Group, established in January 2003, is headed by Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann (President of the German Institute for Economic Research and Director of IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor), Bonn) and Prof. Christian Stoffaës (President of the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales - CEPII). Based on the upcoming economic policy challenges, the Group proposed a closer coordination of the German and French economic policies, i. a. in the following areas:

26 April 2005

The World Economy and the German Economy in Spring 2005

In the course of 2004, world economic growth has decelerated. The growth momentum, however, remained substantial due to favorable financing conditions, high corporate profits and increasing asset prices which supported private demand in the global economy. Several factors have been responsible for the slowdown. The strong increase in commodity prices reduced purchasing power in the industrial countries. In Japan and in the euro area in addition the appreciation of the yen and the euro, respectively, dampened exports substantially. Finally, in some countries, notably the United States and China, economic policies were less stimulative than before. Although it can be expected that the prices of crude oil and other commodities will remain high for some time to come, that monetary policy in the United States will be gradually tightened further and that long term interest rates will start rising on a global scale, the outlook is for continued growth in the world economy in 2005 and 2006 at around the pace seen in the second half of last year. Monetary conditions will still be accommodative and high corporate profits remain supportive to economic growth as does the strong underlying growth momentum in the emerging market economies. The growth differences between the industrial countries will gradually decline.

14 April 2005

Zimmermann Elected ARGE Director

At the annual meeting of the Association of German Economic Research Institutes (ARGE) on 14 April 2005, Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann, President of DIW Berlin and Director of the Research Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn was elected director. Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann succeeds Prof. Dr. Thomas Straubhaar, who was not available for this office anymore

12 March 2005

Three points for more growth - Joint appeal from economic institutes

The dramatic labor market situation clearly shows that economic revival is still urgently needed in Germany. However, large-scale structural reforms cannot take place overnight. For this reason, Professors Michael Hüther (Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne), Thomas Straubhaar (HWWA- Institute for Economic Research in Hamburg) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, submitted a three-point-program with a view to improving the growth conditions of the German economy, which can already be implemented from July 1, 2005.

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