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  • Press Release

    German economy continues to grow moderately but risks remain

    According to DIW Berlin estimations, the German economy will continue on its current growth path over the next three years. This confirms the forecast from early summer that economic output will grow at a more moderate pace than previously. DIW Berlin’s forecast indicates growth of 1.8 percent for 2018, 1.7 percent for 2019, and 1.8 percent for 2020. In contrast to the strong export performance ...

    06.09.2018
  • Press Release

    Low tax burden for passenger cars in Germany; reform of vehicle and fuel taxation needed

    In a systematic European comparison of taxes and duties on passenger cars, Germany is in the lower third – Taxes on passenger cars neither raise enough revenue nor provide sufficient incentives for less polluting passenger car traffic. Germany needs to reform its passenger car and fuel taxation and make a gradual increase in the diesel tax a priority. This is the conclusion reached by Uwe Kunert, ...

    08.08.2018
  • Press Release

    DIW president Marcel Fratzscher appointed to new Advisory Board to the United Nations

    Marcel Fratzscher, president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), will join the first meeting of the UN High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs in New York on 9-10 July 2018. The Board was set up to support the UN department of economics and social affairs (DESA) by providing advice on broad economic and social issues and making the diverse and valuable ...

    06.07.2018
  • Press Release

    The German economy is slowing down somewhat

    According to DIW Berlin estimates, the German economy should grow by 1.9 percent this year and 1.7 percent next year. The GDP growth forecast has thus decreased by 0.5 percentage points for this year and by 0.2 percentage points for the coming year compared to DIW Berlin’s March forecast. Essentially, this reflects the markedly increased uncertainty concerning the economic policy environment ...

    15.06.2018
  • Statement

    ECB announcement is bold but the right thing to do

    Marcel Fratzscher, president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), comments on the latest ECB council meeting as follows:

    14.06.2018| Marcel Fratzscher
  • Statement

    ECB should not pre-commit itself to a particular policy path

    Marcel Fratzscher, president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), comments on the latest ECB council meeting as follows:

    26.04.2018| Marcel Fratzscher
  • Press Release

    DIW Economic Barometer April 2018: upswing continues at a slower pace

    The Economic Barometer of the German Insitute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) remains high but is signaling a weakening of the growth rate. It reached a score of 126 points in the first quarter and 121 points in the second quarter, well above the 100-point mark that stands for average growth.

    26.04.2018
  • Press Release

    Germany’s Economic Experts Raise Forecast Slightly

    Press release of the project group "Gemeinschaftsdiagnose": German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), ifo Institute, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    19.04.2018
  • Press Release

    DIW Economic Barometer March 2018: economic boom continues

    The German economy is expected to have gained a good 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the final quarter of 2017. This is signaled by the Economic Barometer of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), which rose from 113 to 118 points. It is still well above the 100-point mark, which stands for average growth.

    28.03.2018
  • Press Release

    Short-term benefits for Germany and the euro area from a U.S. interest rate hike

    German Institute for Economic Research: No reason for exaggerated concern about an economic slowdown Euro area states can benefit from an interest rate increase in the U.S. in the short term, according to the findings of a current study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Thanks to the devaluation of the euro, their exports would rise to the extent that they are able to overcompensate ...

    21.03.2018
  • Statement

    European Central Bank has to keep all its options open

    Marcel Fratzscher, president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), comments the latest ECB council meeting as follows:

    08.03.2018| Marcel Fratzscher
  • Press Release

    AfD received more votes in the parliamentary election in rural areas with aging populations

    DIW Berlin study analyzes the correlation between the AfD's vote performance and different economic and sociodemographic variables at an electoral district level – The AfD performed well in western German electoral districts where there are many employees in the manufacturing industry and where incomes are low – In the eastern districts they performed better where there is a large share ...

    21.02.2018
  • 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 ...

    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 development ...

    01.02.2018
  • Press Release

    DIW Berlin Economic Barometer January 2018: the German economy is soaring

    The German economy continues to soar: the German Institute for Economic Research’s (DIW Berlin) Economic Barometer is at its highest reading in seven years. The index score for the first quarter landed at 118 points, an increase of almost four points compared to the last quarter of 2017. The Economic Barometer is thus well-above the 100-point mark that corresponds to the long-term average growth ...

    31.01.2018
  • 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
  • Statement

    ECB has to strike delicate balance

    Marcel Fratzscher, president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), comments the latest ECB council meeting as follows:

    25.01.2018| Marcel Fratzscher
  • DIW focus

    Low interest rate environment amplifies negative effects of austerity policy

    Large-scale fiscal consolidations and the implementation of structural reforms should help southern European countries resolve the crisis. But recent studies indicate that in conjunction with the low interest rate in the euro area, the austerity measures that has been imposed could have the opposite effect, leading to an increase in sovereign debt and economic slowdown. For this reason, a more...

    22.01.2018| Mathias Klein
  • Press Release

    DIW Women Executives Barometer 2018: the gender quota for supervisory boards is effective, development on executive boards has almost reached a standstill

    DIW Berlin has analyzed the development of the proportion of women in over 500 businesses – There is no indication that the gender quota is affecting executive boards – Banks and insurance companies in particular need to catch up – Politicians and companies must work together The 30 percent gender quota for supervisory boards is effective: the proportion of women on the supervisory ...

    18.01.2018
  • Press Release

    Franco-German proposal for a reform of the European monetary union: building a euro area with more risk-sharing and more discipline

    Joint press release of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich Fourteen economists from France and Germany, including Marcel Fratzscher (DIW Berlin) and Clemens Fuest (ifo), are presenting a reform package aimed at making the euro area more robust and more resilient to crises as well as allow ...

    17.01.2018
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