The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) was originally founded in 1925 as the "Institute for Business Cycle Research". It is now one of the leading economic think tanks in Germany. As an independent non-profit organisation, DIW Berlin is exclusively committed to academic pursuits in the public interest. The main task of DIW Berlin is to investigate economic processes in Germany and abroad and to support decision-making in politics, giving advice on economic policy, and public administration. The work of the about 100 researchers at DIW Berlin is supported by an international network of research professors, research affiliates and Visiting Fellows, and by collaborations with numerous international institutions.
The Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) is a private and independent research institute. Operating as a non-profit limited liability company, IZA has been founded on initiative of the Deutsche Post Foundation. Its primary aim is to conduct nationally and internationally oriented labour market research. IZA sees itself as a place of communication between academic science, politics, and economic practice. A number of renowned economists involved in specific research projects cooperate with IZA, either internally or on a "virtual" basis. IZA also takes an active role in international research networks.
Within a framework of six research areas, IZA focuses on original and internationally competitive research activities in all fields of labour economics. In addition, IZA provides policy advice. Besides an international group of currently 17 in-house researchers, IZA is working with a network of Research Fellows and Research Affiliates from major research institutions around the world. The fellow network now comprises almost 300 researchers.
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1983 to promote independent, objective analysis and public discussion of open economies and the relations among them. It is now the preeminent research network in Europe, coordinating the activities of over 600 Research Fellows and Affiliates. The Centre produces applied theory and empirical work, as well as research that addresses a wide range of European and international policy issues, with an emphasis on all aspects of European integration.
CEPR coordinates the research of a network of selected specialists from many institutions, who collaborate through the Centre in research and dissemination. CEPR provides common services for them and for the users of research, and it obtains funding for the activities it develops. The Centre is not an in-house research institute. Instead, it has pioneered a networking form of organisation, which is exceptionally flexible and cost-effective.