Firms and Markets Department News

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Pauline Affeldt has successfully defended her dissertation

Pauline Affeldt, who works at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin.The dissertation with the title "Three Essays on the Economics of Merger Control" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Radosveta Ivanova-Stenzel  (Technische Universität ...

30.07.2019
Weekly Report

Artificial intelligence and big data can help contain resistance to antibiotics

by  Michael Ribers and Hannes Ullrich Improving physicians’ prescription practices is a primary strategy for countering the rise in resistance to antibiotics. This would prevent physicians from incorrectly prescribing antibiotics, one of the main causes of antibiotic resistance. The increasing availability of medical data and methods of machine learning provide an opportunity to ...

07.05.2019| Michael Ribers, Hannes Ullrich
Press Release

More Europe: 13 challenges—13 solutions for more convergence, stability, and competition

Around 20 DIW Berlin economists present solutions to European challenges - Uniform conditions can make the EU more resilient - Better incentive systems ensure more convergence - Europe must be united in countering global economic risks such as the US tariff dispute Growth and progress towards equal living conditions across the European Union continues, but the crises of recent years have shown .

02.05.2019
Statements

Germany and France should defend European competition policy, not attack it!

The German and French economics ministers have introduced a Franco-German manifesto for a 21st century European industrial policy. Tomaso Duso, competition economist and head of the Firms and Markets Department at the German Institute for Economic ...

20.02.2019| Tomaso Duso
Weekly Report

Construction industry momentum continues – state stimulus impacts prices

By Martin Gornig, Claus Michelsen, and Martin Bruns According to the German Institute for Economic Research construction volume forecast, the country’s construction industry will continue to flourish in the coming years. Companies can count on a rise in the nominal construction volume of around 7.5 percent in 2019 and 6.5 percent next year. The industry’s business cycle continues

14.01.2019| Martin Johannes Bruns, Martin Gornig, Claus Michelsen
Personnel news

Marie Le Mouel has successfully defended her dissertation

Marie Le Mouel, who worked at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Knowledge-Based Capital and Firm Productivity" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (Technische Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). We .

21.12.2018
Personnel news

Tomaso Duso elected as an academic member in the Stearing Committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE)

Tomaso Duso was elected as an academic member in the Stearing Committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) starting on 1st January 2019. ACE was created in 2003 and brings together competition economists working in government, academia and the private sector. It provides a forum for discussion and debate on competition-related policies and specific cases. It is a not-for-profit

21.12.2018
Personnel news

Caroline Stiel has successfully defended her dissertation

Caroline Stiel, who works at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "German Public Utilities: Organisation and Productivity" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (Technische Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin) und Dr. Astrid Cullmann (Technische Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin)

09.11.2018
Personnel news

Tomaso Duso appointed professor at the Technical University of Berlin

On September 12, 2018, the president of the Technical University of Berlin appointed Tomaso Duso professor of empirical industrial economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management. The appointment was made jointly with DIW Berlin and involves heading the Firms and Markets Department at DIW Berlin. Tomaso Duso was previously professor of empirical industrial economics at the Düsseldorf ...

13.09.2018
Personnel news

Fellowship by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) for Melissa Newham

Melissa Newham (Firms and Markets Department and KU Leuven), was granted the ICM-FWO Fellowship by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), which is the most prominent funding channel for PhD students in Belgium. The funding period is one year renewable twice.

11.07.2018
Weekly Report

Net neutrality: prioritization is beneficial from an economic perspective

The principle of net neutrality was adopted by the European Union as a regulation promoting equality among all data packets in the Internet. Considering net neutrality from a purely economic viewpoint, however, the general possibility to prioritize data packets would likely lead to a more efficient use of existing network capacity. This is particularly applicable given the growth in data traffic .

21.06.2018
Weekly Report

Gigabit access: Germany lags behind in international comparison but demand is low

Broadband internet expansion is a topic of widespread discussion in Germany right now. But the country still has not met its own targets. Almost 100 percent of households are supplied with broadband connections with up to six megabits per second, yet Germany has lots of room to catch up when it comes to gigabit-capable connections—particularly in sparsely populated regions. On the demand ...

21.06.2018| Claus Michelsen
Press Release

Household electricity prices: major savings possible by switching tariffs

Retail electricity prices develop very differently depending on the provider and the tariff – Basic tariffs from default providers increased significantly between 2007 and 2014 while the most affordable tariffs offered in the market remained mostly constant – Providers passed the cost savings from falling wholesale prices on to households to varying degrees The average electricity ...

07.02.2018
Press Release

Company productivity increases with more knowledge-based capital

First study using official company records — more knowledge-based capital increases productivity — some sectors are already investing more in knowledge-based capital than in machines and buildings — economic policy must take a holistic approach towards investments Every year in Germany, around 200 billion euros are invested in knowledge-based capital, such as research and ...

01.02.2018
Press Release

The new grand coalition’s work program: DIW Berlin says there is still much to improve

In important areas such as tax policy, education, and energy, the future grand coalition must be considerably more ambitious – The need for reform in Germany is not being addressed sufficiently Germany’s next government will most likely once again be a grand coalition. However, the results of the preliminary coalition talks between the Union parties and the SPD, which serve as a basis

31.01.2018
Press Release

Construction volume forecast: End of the new housing sector boom

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 Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), which makes its annual prognosis of construction volume .

12.01.2018
Press Release

German companies strengthen research and development – both domestically and abroad

The R&D expenditure of German companies abroad has more than doubled compared to 2003. At the same time, their domestic investments are increasing sharply – The majority of the investments can be attributed to the automotive engineering and pharmaceutical industries – The share of foreign companies in R&D investments in Germany is sinking. In recent years, German companies ...

22.11.2017
Personnel news

Anna Lu has successfully defended her dissertation

Anna Lu, who worked at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. The dissertation with the title "Three Essays on Empirical Industrial Organization in Grocery Retailing" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) and Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap (Heinrich

28.08.2017
Economic Bulletin

Changes in common ownership of German companies

Ownership of publicly listed German companies has undergone significant changes in recent years. The aim of this report is to document these trends since 2007 and analyze the extent to which firms that compete in the same product market are owned by the same investors, which is known as common ownership. We show that some large foreign institutional investors have overtaken domestic investors and

26.07.2017| Melissa Newham, Jo Seldeslachts
Interview

"The concentration in the investor market has intensified": Eight questions for Jo Seldeslachts

Mr Seldeslachts, could you please explain the term "common ownership"? Common ownership means that one investor has shares in several companies at the same time. If you want to be even more precise it would be the same owner or investor having shares in several companies that compete in the same market. [...]

26.07.2017| Jo Seldeslachts
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