Marcin Balcerzak (Copyright)  Büro Office Besprechung
Press Release, 18 Jan 2018

DIW Berlin has analyzed the development of the proportion of women in over 500 businesses – There is no indication that the gender quota is affecting executive boards – Banks and insurance companies in particular need to catch up – Politicians and companies must work together The ... more

MichaelM/pixabay (Copyright)  EZB Zentralbank Bank
Press Release, 17 Jan 2018

Joint press release of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich Fourteen economists from France and Germany, including Marcel Fratzscher (DIW Berlin) and Clemens Fuest (ifo), are presenting ... more

DIW Berlin (Copyright)  Einkommen Einkommensverteilung
Press Release, 16 Jan 2018

The top 10% of income earners in Germany earn almost as much as the middle 40% – the top 1%’s share of national income has increased from eight to 13 percent since 1995. The share of national income belonging to the top 1% of income earners has grown significantly in Germany since the ... more

Andreas Weber (Copyright)  Wohnhaus Haus Wohnhäuser
Press Release, 12 Jan 2018

Construction industry continues very positive development – more room for modernization and renovation of existing buildings – construction prices rise sharply The construction sector cycle will continue its upward course in the next two years according to the forecast of the German ... more

DIW Berlin, Florian Schuh (Copyright)  Gert G Wagner
Press Release, 04 Jan 2018

Gert G. Wagner, who served as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research's executive board from 2011 to 2017, will celebrate his 65th birthday on January 5. The economist and social scientist was the head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin from 1989 ... more

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by Elke Holst, Katharina Wrohlich, in DIW Weekly Report

The gender quota for supervisory boards in Germany is effective: by the end of 2017, the proportion of women on the supervisory boards of a good 100 companies that are subject to the quota had risen to 30 percent—three percentage points more than in the previous year. Almost two-thirds of the companies now have supervisory boards with at least 30 percent female members. A European comparison also shows that quota laws work—particularly under the threat of sanctions. So far, there has not been a gender quota introduced for executive boards in Germany. The development of the proportion of women on these boards has almost come to a standstill: of the 200 companies that had generated the most revenue, the proportion of women on each one’s executive board at the end of 2017 was around eight percent. In order to bring more women to executive boards and keep them there, it is in their interest for companies to quickly build up and expand their pool of potential female candidates. The next federal government should support this process of reformation by improving general conditions, including strengthening the so far voluntary guidelines for women in high leadership positions.

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.

by Martin Gornig, Claus Michelsen, in DIW Weekly Report

New residential construction, in particular apartment complexes, has driven the growth in Germany’s construction industry in recent years. In 2018 and 2019 the volume of new construction will continue to expand. However, its rate of expansion will decrease and the boom of recent years will come to an end. After years of strong growth, having even occasionally surpassed the ten-percent mark, the German Institute for Economic Research expects to see a definite slowdown in the growth rates for new residential construction. Taking into account the sharply rising construction prices the real growth rates drop on to approximately one percent. The additional momentum in new non-residential construction is not likely to compensate for the end of the boom in new residential construction. Therefore the focus will shift to renovation and modernization of the existing building stock. By 2019 at the latest, these should have a higher growth rate than that of new housing. In nominal terms, the German Institute for Economic Research anticipates growth in renovation activity of around 7.5 percent for the existing housing stock and 3.5 percent growth in the non-residential sector. The greater momentum of activity around the building stock, including energy efficiency upgrades, will also help meet Germany’s climate targets. In view of the nation’s tight urban housing market, policy makers would do well to counteract the foreseeable end of the boom in new housing construction by establishing incentives for urban development and redensification as well as supporting the construction of additional residential space in urban development zones.

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