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  • DIW Wochenbericht 28 / 2015

    Viele Menschen kennen sich auch mit einfachen finanziellen Konzepten zu wenig aus: Sieben Fragen an Antonia Grohmann

  • DIW Wochenbericht 28 / 2015

    Schule, Eltern und finanzielle Bildung bestimmen das Finanzverhalten

    Warum treffen manche Leute bessere finanzielle Entscheidungen als andere? Eine wichtige Rolle spielt dabei das Niveau der Finanzbildung. Eine gute Schulbildung, die sich auch mit wirtschaftlichen Fragestellungen auseinandersetzt, führt ebenfalls zu besseren Finanzentscheidungen. Viele Studien vernachlässigen allerdings, wie die Erziehung durch die Eltern das Finanzverhalten beeinflusst. Dieser Bericht ...

    2015| Antonia Grohmann, Lukas Menkhoff
  • DIW Weekly Report 49/50 / 2022

    Germany Can Increase Its Raw Material Import Security of Supply

    Over 90 percent of Germany’s raw materials supply is imported and many of these imports come from only a small handful of producer countries. Often, these producer countries tend to be less democratic. In this respect, supply risks are extremely high in some cases, including for mineral raw materials such as rare-earth elements, lithium, and magnesium. To increase raw material import security of supply, ...

    2022| Lukas Menkhoff, Marius Zeevaert
  • DIW Weekly Report 37 / 2022

    Consumer Debt: Many Borrowers Unaware of Their Interest Rates; Cost Display Influences Likelihood of Accepting Credit Scenario

    The consumer debt of households in Germany totals in the triple-digit billions and is characterized by a wide range of interest rates. Despite the high volume of debt, many people do not know the terms of their consumer credit contracts. This report analyzes new survey data on general knowledge about typical forms of consumer credit, such as the overdraft facility and consumer loans. Women tend to ...

    2022| Antonia Gipp, Jana Hamdan, Lukas Menkhoff
  • DIW Weekly Report 38 / 2021

    Financial Education Measures Are Effective: Germany Should Develop a National Strategy for Financial Education

    The OECD recommends its member countries implement national strategies for financial education. Many other countries, such as China and India, also have such strategies, whereas Germany does not. The strongest reason for rejecting such a strategy is the supposition that financial education interventions are ineffective. Using all available randomized experimental studies, this study investigates and ...

    2021| Tim Kaiser, Lukas Menkhoff
  • DIW Weekly Report 31 / 2021

    Restrictive US Trade Policy Has a Significantly Negative Effect on Financial Markets

    With its America First strategy, the former US administration turned away from an internationally oriented trade policy. It attempted to assert its interests, especially vis-à-vis China, with bilateral and mostly restrictive measures such as import tariffs. This Weekly Report shows that the costs of such a strategy are immense, at least in the medium-term analysis conducted: Almost all US industries ...

    2021| Lukas Boer, Lukas Menkhoff, Malte Rieth
  • DIW Weekly Report 43/44/45 / 2020

    The Storm-Impervious Financial Sector: Offshore Services Likely Booked Abroad

    The high international capital positions of offshore financial centers (OFCs) have led to increasing research in the area. However, many unanswered questions remain, as OFC activities are secretive by nature and data is sparse. It is, for example, not even clear whether the financial industry actually physically operates on OFCs or if it artificially books services from other countries. Using a new ...

    2020| Jakob Miethe
  • DIW Weekly Report 21/22 / 2020

    Mobile Money is Driving Financial Development in Africa

    Mobile money is an innovation that allows financial transactions to be performed via a cell phone. Even in poor regions of Africa, almost everyone has a cell phone; therefore, mobile money could both contribute to the continent’s economic growth and ensure that no Africans are excluded from access to financial services. However, DIW Berlin data from Uganda show that mobile money is actually used less ...

    2020| Katharina Lehmann-Uschner, Lukas Menkhoff
  • DIW Weekly Report 6/7 / 2020

    From Iran to Russia to Hong Kong: Geopolitical Risks Are Weighing on the German Economy

    Over the past years, there has been an increase in global geopolitical risk, the most recent example being the intensifying conflict between the USA and Iran. Such geopolitical risks also affect the German economy. A geopolitical shock, defined as an unexpected increase in risk, has a significantly negative effect on the development of the German economy, and stock prices fall. By comparison, German ...

    2020| Max Hanisch
  • DIW Weekly Report 37 / 2019

    German Economy: A Recession Is Not Automatically a Crisis: DIW Economic Outlook

    The slowdown in the global economy and the uncertainties caused by Brexit have affected the export-oriented German economy, which is expected to grow by only 0.5 percent this year. However, the German economy has not slid into a crisis due to marked fiscal policy stimuli and favorable developments on the labor market. Private consumption remains a mainstay of the economy; in addition, there is moderate ...

    2019| Claus Michelsen, Marius Clemens, Max Hanisch, Simon Junker, Konstantin Kholodilin, Thore Schlaak
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