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"Germany remains an important research location for foreign companies": five questions to Alexander Eickelpasch

Interview of June 8, 2016

Mr. Eickelpasch, you’ve studied the participation of foreign companies in research and development (R&D) in Germany. How has this developed in recent years?

R&D expenditure decreased by ten percent in 2013 compared to 2011, bringing it down to 11.9 billion euros. We see a similar picture for the development of R&D personnel, in other words, employees tasked with research and development. Here, too, the volume dropped by almost one-tenth. At the same time, foreign-owned companies’ share in the research activities of the entire German economy also fell to just under 23 percent. The corresponding figure in 2011 was 26 percent. [...]

The interview with Alexander Eickelpasch, is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 22+23/2016 (PDF, 101.29 KB).

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