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  • 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.

  • 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 and ...

  • 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 side, ...

    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 prices ...

  • 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 development ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 on ...

  • 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 have ...

  • 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 Heine ...

  • 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 now ...

    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
  • Personnel news

    Stefan Seifert and Marica Valente receive Prize and Research Scholarship from the AAWE

    Stefan Seifert and Marica Valente have been granted a research scholarship from the American Association of Economists (AAWE), as well as receiving a prize for their paper "An offer that you can’t refuse? Agrimafias and Migrant Labor on Vineyards in Southern Italy." Both were presented at the annual AAWE conference in Pedua, Italy. The dean of the GC, Prof. Weizsäcker, congratulates them ...

  • Personnel news

    Tomaso Duso and Hannes Ullrich were nominated Research Fellows in the newly established Research Area Economics of Digitization of the CESifo research network

    Tomaso Duso, Head of the Department Firms and Markets at DIW Berlin, and Hannes Ullrich, Research Associate at the Department Firms and Markets, were nominated Research Fellows in the newly established Research Area Economics of Digitization of the CESifo research network. The Economics of Digitization Area of the CESifo research network is organised by Stephen P. Ryan, Olin Business School. The area ...

  • Report

    Livestream: BCCP Conference and Policy Forum 2017

    Algorithms and online platforms – how much governmental intervention do we need? The German Federal Cartel Office has initiated competition proceedings against Facebook, the EU commission is investigating Google, and the EU courts are assessing the legal treatment and possible regulation of the online platform Uber. The potential for the development of market power and its abuse in dynamic ...

  • Personnel news

    Hannes Ullrich accepted as a member of the Committee on Industrial Economics of the German Economic Association

    Hannes Ullrich from the department of Firms and Markets was accepted as a member of the Committee on Industrial Economics of the German Economic Association (VfS). With around 4,000 members – both individuals and institutions – the association is one of Europe’s largest associations of economists. 24 committees are responsible for a large part of the research work carried ...

  • Personnel news

    Florian Mölders wins the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development Best Paper Prize 2016

    Florian Mölders, a DIW Graduate Center alumnus, has received the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development Best Paper Prize 2016 for your article ‘International knowledge spillovers through high-tech imports and R&D of foreign-owned firms’, published in volume 25, issue 4. together with Heike Belitz.

  • Report

    "Ex post Merger Evaluation in the U.K. Retail Market for Books" has been short-listed for the Antitrust Writing Awards

    Tomaso Duso's paper "Ex post Merger Evaluation in the U.K. Retail Market for Books" (joint with Luca Aguzzoni, Elena Argentesi, Lorenzo Ciari, and Massimo Tognoni), published in the Journal of Industrial Economics, 2016, 64, 1, 170-200, has been short-listed for the Antitrust Writing Awards in the category  “Best Articles - economics”. This category prizes the best articles published ...

    02.12.2016| Tomaso Duso
  • Press Release

    Private R&D not necessarily drawn to areas with high public R&D

    Germany’s research and development concentrated in urban areas – public research undergoing dynamic development According to a new study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), spatial proximity to industrial production plays a greater role for Germany’s private research and development (R&D) than does proximity to publicly funded research institutions ...

  • Interview

    "Policy needs to strengthen transregional networking of private and public research": five questions for Alexander Eickelpasch

    How large is Germany’s research and development (R&D) workforce, and which regions have the highest concentration of R&D activity? In 2013, the German R&D workforce amounted to 589,000 people. We find a strong concentration in the two regions (so-called Raumordnungsregionen) of Stuttgart and Munich, with 19 percent of the workforce based there. Germany’s most densely ...

  • Economic Bulletin

    Hospital-level policy can affect physician behavior and reduce C-section rates

    The past few decades have seen a considerable increase in caesarean section rates, which have now reached unprecedented levels. Concerns have been raised about the possibility of medically unnecessary procedures having negative consequences for mothers and infants (WHO, 2015). The aim of this report is to show that a properly implemented hospital-level policy may be a powerful tool for reducing the ...

    26.10.2016| Sofia Amaral-Garcia, Jana Friedrichsen
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