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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.

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.

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