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Interview

"Better career opportunities for women will help lower the gender pay gap": nine questions to Elke Holst

For years now, the share of women in management positions in Germany has been considerably lower than that of men. Has the likelihood of women occupying a management position improved at all? During the observation period —from 2001 to 2014— women’s chances did not improve compared to the base year, at least not statistically significantly. With the exception of the last two years, ...

21.09.2016
Report

Annual Report 2015

2015 saw a number of important events which influenced the work of DIW Berlin and provoked exciting new research questions for our institute. The integration of refugees, the level of local investment in Germany, the adequacy of German schooling systems - these were just a few of the topics we worked on in the last year. Furthermore, 2015 marked the 90th anniversary of our institute, an opportunity ...

12.09.2016
Press Release

The Berlin economy and labor market: can the city transform from startup hotbed to burgeoning metropolis?

DIW Berlin’s experts identified the city’s untapped potential and formed recommendations based on a comprehensive study of its labor market, startup culture, and public investment patterns. The result: good potential, but productivity is low and innovation is weak. Overall, Berlin needs more fast-growing companies. Has Berlin turned a corner? After a long period of stagnation, the city ...

25.07.2016
Report

The Berlin labor market since 2005: strong employment growth yet unemployment remains high, incomes low

Over the past ten years, the number of employed in Berlin has increased more dynamically than it has anywhere else in the country, resulting in a decrease in unemployment. But because the city’s potential labor force has also experienced considerable growth, Berlin’s unemployment rate remains well above the national average. Since jobs requiring intermediate qualifications have become more ...

20.07.2016
Report

Berlin: a hub for startups but not (yet) for fast-growing companies

Over the last 20 years, Berlin has developed into Germany’s self-employment capital and into a startup hub. A large number of innovative companies have been launched. The city has become an internationally renowned magnet for creative startups. Mainly using official statistical data, the present report shows that the startup trend in Berlin is above average compared to other major cities ...

20.07.2016
In the media

Europe needs to show what it’s made of

This article by Marcel Fratzscher was originally published in Handelsblatt Global Edition on June 28, 2016. The Frenchman Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of today’s Europe, wrote that the process of European unity will “be accomplished in crises.”? The Brexit decision is a catastrophe for all Europeans. It is coming at a high price in political, social and economic terms. But ...

29.06.2016
Report

Typical Employment Subject to Mandatory Social Security Contributions Remains the Norm

Since the 1980s, in West Germany has been a substantial decline in the number of people of working age who are not in paid employment. Accordingly, the share of 18- to 67-year-olds without a job has also fallen. This increase in employment figures primarily benefited those in marginal employment or solo entrepreneurs and had less of an impact on those in typical employment. In fact, the present analysis ...

12.05.2016
Interview

"Employment subject to mandatory social security contributions is anything but outdated": Eight Questions to Gert G. Wagner

Professor Wagner, in the 1980s, sociologist Ulrich Beck posited in his book Risikogesellschaft (published in English as “Risk Society” in 1992) that working conditions would become increasingly complex. Employment subject to mandatory social security contributions would decline and precarious employment would increase. Has this happened? No, it hasn’t. Although precarious jobs have ...

11.05.2016
Press Release

Weak private investment in Germany indicates urgent need for action

Current corporate investment levels hardly surpass pre-crisis levels – Experts Commission’s recommendations for strengthening investment still relevant – additional tax incentives should be considered Businesses in Germany are still investing too little in their manufacturing facilities. As a new study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) reveals, ...

22.04.2016
Video

Spotlight: helicopter money

In the latest Spotlight, DIW President Marcel Fratzscher explains why helicopter money offers the possibility to “circumvent” the banking system and make loans and funding directly available to households and private companies, which would help the ECB to fulfill their price stability mandate again. Video

21.04.2016
Interview

"In an International Comparison, Too Little Is Being Invested in German Industry": Six Questions to Marcel Fratzscher

Mr. Fratzscher, there are concerns about an overall lack of investment in Germany. Is the problem more urgent in the public sector or in the private sector? The investment gap exists in both the public and private  sector. Three years ago, we calculated that Germany’s  investment gap amounts to roughly 75 billion euros  per year. The investment gap has also been confirmed  by ...

15.04.2016
Press Release

Germany: Even in two-income households, women who work full time are still doing considerably more housework than their male counterparts - and hardly any changes are in sight

SOEP special analysis for International Women's Day (March 8) reveals that the gender-based division of household labor persists – DIW Research Director Elke Holst calls for stronger, fairer division of unpaid work in the household among couples – a family working-time benefits model (Familienarbeitszeit) and daycare expansion would also support this development On average, women in dual-income ...

07.03.2016
Press Release

More German workers would like to work from home - but not enough are permitted to do so

One out of every three workers would prefer to work from home, but only one out of every eight actually does – Germany’s proportion of home workers lags behind that of other European countries – home workers are more satisfied with their jobs – reconciling career and family is not the primary motive In Germany, only twelve percent of all employees work primarily or even partially ...

29.02.2016
Interview

"Working from home: Germany lagging behind other European countries": Six Questions to Karl Brenke

Mr. Brenke, you’ve been conducting research on working from home in Germany. DIW Berlin produced a similar study two years ago. What distinguishes the recent study from the previous one? The main difference is that we now have data on how many people would actually be able to work from home, given their employment conditions. We didn’t have this information last time. Of course, someone ...

29.02.2016
Report

Financial Sector: Share of Women on Corporate Boards Increases Slightly but Men Still Call the Shots

by Elke Holst and Anja Kirsch In 2015, the share of women in the top decision-making bodies of the financial sector increased once again but men remain in the overwhelming majority and thus continue to call the shots. At the end of 2015, women made up just under eight percent of executive board members of the 100 largest banks in Germany. The corresponding figure for the 59 largest insurance companies ...

21.01.2016
Press Release

Women executive barometer 2016: Percentage of women among major companies’ top-level positions hardly increases

Researchers analyzed more than 500 companies – some are setting a good example, while others are lagging behind – vast majority of companies have yet to meet the 30-percent quota for women on supervisory boards A balanced representation of women and men in Germany’s corporate leadership roles is still a long way off: At the end of 2015, the proportion of women on the executive boards ...

20.01.2016
Interview

"Higher Shares of Women on Corporate Boards Still a Long Way off": Eight Questions to Elke Holst

Dr. Holst, for ten years now, DIW Berlin has been studying the representation of women on corporate boards in the financial sector and the best-performing companies in Germany. To date, it has only been possible to very gradually achieve a slight increase in the low share of women. Did that change at all in 2015? Progress is being made but only in small steps. There is still a long and difficult ...

20.01.2016
Press Release

Integrating the refugees will have a positive effect on the economy in the long run

DIW economists simulate various scenarios based on different assumptions – in every projected scenario, investment pays off in the longer term – successful integration will increase per capita income of Germany’s current population The recent influx of refugees has created enormous challenges for politicians and society at large - but according to a simulation conducted by economists ...

12.11.2015
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

Study on “Women’s Quota”: Long-Term Positive Effects Anticipated

Binding quota could combat gender stereotypes – quality of talent pool expected to improve overall – no discrimination against men anticipated On January 1, 2016, a fixed 30-percent gender quota for supervisory boards will come into force in Germany. This is binding for all listed companies that also have employee representation on their supervisory boards (full codetermination). In the ...

01.10.2015
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