Research at DIW Berlin

Scientific research at DIW Berlin focusses on different key aspects and is organized in four clusters.

Macroeconomics and Financial Markets

The research activities of the Department of Macroeconomics are focused on the theoretical and empirical analyses of macroeconomic relationships and policies on the national and international level. The leading current topics include macroeconomic imbalances and the debt crisis in the euro area as well as fiscal and monetary crisis management.

Forecasting and Economic Policy
The Department of Forecasting and Economic Policy uses modern macroeconomic methods to analyze current economic policy issues. The focus is on regular economic forecasts which are made available to policy institutions and the public in the form of comprehensive reports. These provide a detailed picture of the economic situation, the labor market, and Germany‘s economic outlook.

Development and Security
The Department of Development and Security is dedicated to deriving recommendations for policymakers and the public from applied microeconomic research on current global challenges including poverty, employment, climate change, violence, insecurity, terrorism, and war.

International Economics
The department will focus on the analysis of financial markets in the global economy, i.e. in developed countries as well as in developing and emerging economies. The primary goals are to gain new insights into the relationships, structures, and operations of actors in a global financial system, and to develop recommendations for politico-economic action based on this knowledge. In terms of content, the department is subdivided into two main areas of focus: International Financial Markets and Financial Development.


Energy, Transportation, Environment
The Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment analyzes how an eco-friendly, competitive, and safe energy supply can be secured. The emphasis here is on sustainable energy supply, mobility and, above all, evaluating the costs of climate change and climate protection policy.

Climate Policy
The Department of Climate Policy employs empirical analysis and international comparisons to evaluate the design and effectiveness of policies and programs used by governments to achieve low-carbon growth.

Industrial Economics

Firms and Markets
The Firms and Markets Department studies the behavior of market participants and the development of markets in a global environment. Using a range of empirical methods, it analyzes corporate strategies on developing and launching new products, dealing with scarce resources, and choosing business locations.

Competition and Consumers
The Department of Competition and Consumers is primarily focused on answering the question of which economic policy instruments enhance market efficiency by studying corporate strategies as well as consumer behavior, and analyzing possible state interventions.

Public Finances and Living Conditions

Public Economics
The Public Economics Department examines how government action influences the economic situation as well as private households and businesses. The signature feature of its work is the empirical underpinning of research, in particular through microeconometrics and microsimulation.

Education and Family
In its work on education policy issues, the Education and Family Department focuses on microeconomic perspectives. Research is primarily directed to lifetime skills acquisition as well as evaluating the institutional framework of the German education system and the associated questions on equal opportunities.

The Research Infrastructure 'Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)'
At DIW Berlin, staff in the Research Infrastructure SOEP are specialized in research into living conditions. The SOEP data plays its part in analyzing questions on income distribution, the labor market, health, and life satisfaction indicators. The analyses are often conducted by national and international teams of authors.