Research Project

General Economic and Sectoral Effects of the Promotion of Renewable Energies

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Firms and Markets Energy, Transportation, Environment
Project Status
Completed Project
Project Duration
since/from 2007 to 2010
Commissioned by
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)
In Cooperation with
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Blazejczak, Hochschule Merseburg (FH) und Forschungsprofessor im DIW Berlin; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London
Project Manager
Claudia Kemfert
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin


The federal government of Germany is promoting the diffusion of renewable energies, thereby intending to induce the structural change of the energy supply as well as enhance growth and employment. This project is going to analyse effects of supportive measures for the promotion of renewable energies on productivity, production and employment on the general economic and sectoral level.

For this purpose a quantitative model is going to be set up, which is able to account for these medium to long-term impacts on the sectoral and general economic level. Starting point is the National Institute Global Econometric Model (NiGEM) which is going to be widely enlarged and enriched by sectoral details like supply structures and by the explicit inclusion of the renewable energy sectors for Germany.

A special emphasis is given to evaluating the direct and indirect positive and negative employment effects with regard to competition and innovative potential of renewables.