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  • DIW Weekly Report 28 / 2018

    Affordable Electricity Supply via Contracts for Difference for Renewable Energy

    The cost of renewable energy technology has plunged in recent years. But the extent to which electricity consumers can benefit from the reduced costs depends on the design of renewable remuneration mechanisms. Calculations of a financing model show that the current sliding premium is leading to increasingly higher risks for investments and in turn, increasing equity requirements. As a result, financing ...

    2018| Nils May, Karsten Neuhoff, Jörn C. Richstein
  • DIW Weekly Report 28 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 27 / 2018

    Natural Gas Supply: No Need for Another Baltic Sea Pipeline

    The construction of a second Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany (Nord Stream 2) is very controversial for political, energy economic, and ecological reasons. The project owner and some European energy companies argue that it is a profitable, private-sector investment project that is necessary to secure natural gas supplies for Germany and Europe. However, DIW Berlin analyses show ...

    2018| Anne Neumann, Leonard Göke, Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Christian von Hirschhausen
  • DIW Weekly Report 27 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 25/26 / 2018

    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 ...

    2018| Pio Baake, Slobodan Sudaric
  • DIW Weekly Report 25/26 / 2018

    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, copper ...

    2018| Yann Girard, Anselm Mattes, Claus Michelsen
  • DIW Weekly Report 25/26 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 24 / 2018

    German Economy: Slowdown in Sight

    Compared to last year, the German economy is weakening noticeably. Orders from abroad are decreasing and domestic companies are holding back on investments. However, capacity utilization remains high—also because the government will boost the incomes of private households next year. However, above all, incomes are rising noticeably due to the positive situation in the labor market: the unemployment ...

    2018| Ferdinand Fichtner, Christian Breuer, Simon Junker, Claus Michelsen, Thore Schlaak
  • DIW Weekly Report 24 / 2018

    The Global Economy and the Euro Area: Increased Uncertainty Is Dampening Growth

    The political conditions for growth are currently dominated by increased uncertainty; this is particularly weighing on investment activity and slowing down the global economy. DIW Berlin is lowering its forecast slightly for this year and the next to 4.1 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively. However, global expansion appears to remain intact. In developed economies, primarily the good labor market ...

    2018| Ferdinand Fichtner, Guido Baldi, Geraldine Dany-Knedlik, Hella Engerer, Stefan Gebauer, Malte Rieth
  • DIW Weekly Report 24 / 2018

    The German Economy Is Slowing down Somewhat: Editorial

    2018| Ferdinand Fichtner, Guido Baldi, Christian Breuer, Geraldine Dany-Knedlik, Hella Engerer, Marcel Fratzscher, Stefan Gebauer, Simon Junker, Claus Michelsen, Malte Rieth, Thore Schlaak
  • DIW Weekly Report 24 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 22/23 / 2018

    A Stabilization Fund Can Make the Euro Area More Crisis-Proof

    Reorganizing European fiscal policy is a main topic in current reform considerations. In particular, the creation of a European stabilization mechanism is being discussed. This study examines the macroeconomic effects of a stabilization fund, the economic consequences of which are analyzed in an equilibrium model. The model shows that a stabilization fund reduces economic fluctuations and is thus a ...

    2018| Marius Clemens, Mathias Klein
  • DIW Weekly Report 22/23 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 20 / 2018

    Upward and downward Social Mobility Probabilities Have Converged for Men and Women

    This study investigates professional social mobility, i.e., changes in one’s occupational status compared to that of their parents. It uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (Sozio-oekonomisches Panel, SOEP) on middle-aged, western Germans who were born between 1939 and 1971. On average, social status relative to parents has increased (absolute social mobility). However, looking at how positions ...

    2018| Nicolas Legewie, Sandra Bohmann
  • DIW Weekly Report 20 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 21 / 2018

    Income Distribution in Germany: Real Income on the Rise since 1991 but More People with Low Incomes

    Between 1991 and 2015, the real disposable, needs-adjusted income of persons in private households in Germany rose by 15 percent on average. The majority of the population has benefited from the growth in real income, but the groups at the lower end of the income distribution have not. Inequality in both market and disposable needs-adjusted household income has remained high. These are the findings ...

    2018| Markus M. Grabka, Jan Goebel
  • DIW Weekly Report 21 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 19 / 2018

    Mandatory Day Care for Preschool Children Would Not Be an Effective Solution in Targeting Particular Children

    In Germany, around 94 percent of children between the ages of three and six attend a day care center. Regarding the remaining six percent, many experts have speculated that children, primarily those from socio-economically disadvantaged households, do not use day care. Based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and the Families in Germany survey (FiD), the present study is one of the first ...

    2018| Sophia Schmitz, C. Katharina Spieß
  • DIW Weekly Report 19 / 2018

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  • DIW Weekly Report 17/18 / 2018

    Risk Aversion and Other Factors Determine Income Redistribution Preferences

    The amount of redistribution people favor depends on socioeconomic factors and their views on fairness. This study, based on a representative survey conducted in Sweden, confirms earlier results: Higher incomes are correlated with wanting less redistribution, women are more in favor of redistribution than men on average, and older people favor it more than younger people. People’s views on fairness ...

    2018| Manja Gärtner, Johanna Mollerstrom
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