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  • Press Release

    Municipal infrastructure in Germany requires significant strengthening

    Persistent lack of investment among municipalities – social expenditures diminishing financial leeway – structurally weak regions threatening to fall further behind – DIW experts recommend temporarily making use of solidarity contributions to relieve municipalities of social expenditures Investment in public infrastructure is critical for ensuring competitiveness and creating growth ...

    22.10.2015
  • Press Release

    Municipal energy and water suppliers expand investment

    Unlike the investment of core municipal budgets, public companies’ investment in energy and water supply is not decreasing – DIW experts find no connection among regional financial power, shifting demographics, and investment Countless municipalities in Germany are investing too little, which is primarily having a negative impact on infrastructure. However, for the municipal energy and ...

    22.10.2015
  • Press Release

    East-West Gap in Private-Sector Research, Development, and Innovation in Germany is Structurally Related

    Very few research-intensive sectors and larger enterprises—research concentrated in public-sector and publicly funded research institutes and universitiesOver the past two decades, research and development (R&D) activities in eastern Germany have increased substantially, albeit to a lesser extent than in western Germany. Furthermore, R&D in eastern Germany was primarily conducted by public-sector ...

    07.10.2015
  • Interview

    "East-West Gap in Private Research, Development, and Innovation in Germany: Research-Intensive Industries and Larger Companies Represented Weakly": Five Questions to Alexander Eickelpasch

    Mr. Eickelpasch, after reunification, we saw a substantial increase in research and development, or R&D, activities in eastern Germany. How big is the gap between the east and the west of the country today? If we look at the number of R&D employees as a share of the total workforce in Germany, or what is known as R&D labor intensity, and R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP, it becomes ...

    07.10.2015
  • Press Release

    Investment in research and development fueling economic growth

    Germany's R&D intensity above average in international comparison – automotive industry, in particular the motor vehicle industry, accounts for 85 percent of research expenditure – public research growing in importance A country’s investment in research and development (R&D) is a key driver of its economic growth. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the German ...

    26.08.2015
  • Interview

    "Publicly Funded Research Gaining Ground": Six Questions to Heike Belitz

    Dr. Belitz, how has investment in research and development, or R&D, in Germany developed in recent years? We analyzed investment in research and development over the past few decades and observed particularly strong growth after 2007. In fact, Germany has now almost met its target of investing three percent of its GDP in R&D. Also in comparison with other countries, this is a relatively rapid ...

    26.08.2015
  • Press Release

    German industry is spending more money on research and development than ever before

    Manufacturing companies increased their expenditures by more than a fifth between 2010 and 2013 – research-intensive and large companies primarily responsible for the increase – development more dynamic in Germany than in other European countries In 2013, industrial companies in Germany spent a total of 57.2 billion EUR on research and development (R&D). This corresponds to an increase ...

    29.07.2015
  • Personnel news

    Tomaso Duso, Annika Herr and Moritz Suppliet were awarded the 2015 Research Award of the German Association for Health Economics

    Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin and DICE), Annika Herr (DICE), and Moritz Suppliet (DICE) were awarded the 2015 Research Award of the German Association for Health Economics (dggö) for the best publication in health economic during 2014 for their paper "The Welfare Impact of Parallel Imports: A Structural Approach applied to the German Market for Oral Antidiabetics" published in Health Economics. The ...

    24.03.2015
  • Personnel news

    Alexander Eickelpasch Member of Scientific Advisory Board of BMBF Research Program

    Alexander Eickelpasch, Research Associate of the Firms and Markets department, has become a member of the scientific advisory board for the research program "Interdisziplinärer Kompetenzaufbau" (interdisciplinary developing of competences)  this year. The program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for five years and enables young scientists to add new aspects to the ...

    12.03.2015
  • Report

    No Barriers to Investment in Electricity and Gas Distribution Grids through Incentive Regulation

    Since early 2009, electricity and gas distribution in Germany has been subject to incentive regulation designed to ensure greater efficiency in electricity and gas grid operation. However, it remains to be seen how changes to the regulatory framework will affect the investment behavior of distribution system operators. Against this background, the present study empirically analyzes the investment activities ...

    04.02.2015
  • Interview

    "New Scenario Framework with CO2 Emission Reduction Targets and Less Lignite." Five Questions to Christian von Hirschhausen

    The Interview with Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 6/2015. It is available for Download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

    04.02.2015
  • Economic Bulletin

    German Construction Industry: New Residential Construction at Cyclical Peak - Public Construction Gaining Ground

    The construction industry remains a key pillar of the German economy. According to the latest construction volume calculations by DIW Berlin, the value of construction in 2014 and 2015 is forecast to grow far more rapidly than the economy as a whole: by a price-adjusted 3.3 percent and 2.1 percent in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Currently, new residential construction is an important engine for growth ...

    14.01.2015| Martin Gornig, Claus Michelsen
  • Press Release

    German Construction Industry: New Residential Construction at Economic Peak - Public Construction Gaining Ground

    The construction industry remains a key pillar of the German economy. According to the latest construction volume calculations by DIW Berlin, the value of construction in the current and coming year is forecast to grow far more rapidly than the economy as a whole: by a price-adjusted 3.3 percent in 2014 and 2.1 percent in 2015. Currently, new residential construction is an important engine for growth ...

    26.11.2014
  • Personnel news

    Tomaso Duso appointed to Working Group on Competition Law of the Bundeskartellamt

    Tomaso Duso, Head of Department Firms and Markets, has been appointed to the Working Group on Competition Law of the Bundeskartellamt. The group consists of university professors from economic and legal faculties and judges from the competition divisions at the courts, who come together to discuss current competition law issues.

    11.09.2014
  • Press Release

    Functional Restructuring in Manufacturing: Increasing Importance of Production-Related Services

    There are fewer and fewer people employed in the German manufacturing sector. Between 1999 and 2013, the number of people working in the industry fell from 7.7 million to 7.3 million. However, not all areas have been equally affected by the decline, rather, there has been a functional restructuring within the industry: while fewer people are being employed in production, employment in many production-related ...

    13.08.2014
  • Press Release

    Better Competition Policy Significantly Improves Productivity Growth

    Economists have long discussed the correlation between the quality of competition policies and a country's productivity growth. It is, however, very difficult to prove this connection, to determine its extent or to quantify it. Commissioned by the European Commission, a team of international researchers, led by DIW competition expert Tomaso Duso, has developed the first evaluation system to assess ...

    16.07.2014
  • Report

    An Evaluation of the Economization of European Merger Control

    The role of merger control is to protect the interests of consumers over those of major corporations. To improve this protection, European merger control underwent comprehensive reforms in 2004. The aim was to increase the importance of economic principles in reaching verdicts. An empirical study indicates that the Commission is now making fewer mistakes since the reforms. However, prohibiting mergers, ...

    16.07.2014
  • Press Release

    Growing Out of the Crisis: DIW Berlin Proposes European Investment Fund

    An investment fund should temporarily improve the capital stock of small and medium-sized enterprises as part of a comprehensive agenda - In the euro area, there is an annual investment gap of approximately two percent of GDP or 180 billion euros - Many sectors both in the manufacturing and service industries are showing signs of a significant lack of investment, especially the energy sectorThe German ...

    03.07.2014
  • Economic Bulletin

    Energy Upgrades: the Longer You Wait, the Harder It Gets. Seven Questions to Dietmar Edler

    in: DIW Economic Bulletin 4/2014Energy Upgrades: the Longer You Wait, the Harder It Gets. Seven Questions to Dietmar Edler

    11.04.2014
  • Economic Bulletin

    Improved Energy Efficiency: Vital for Energy Transition and Stimulus for Economic Growth

    by Jürgen Blazejczak, Dietmar Edler, Wolf-Peter Schill in: DIW Economic Bulletin 4/2014As part of the energy transition process, the German government has set far-reaching energy efficiency targets, including doubling the annual rate of building renovation to upgrade energy performance from one to two percent. DIW Berlin has estimated the additional energy-savings-related investment required to ...

    11.04.2014
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