Greece
Greece

Five lost months– three gained years Arrow

The difficult talks on a further bail-out package for Greece seem to have come to an agreement: the impending Grexit finally became an agreekment. At least for the three coming years, Greece will stay in the Eurozone.  more

New office in Brussels
New office in Brussels

Beyond Germany Arrow

Since the European capital is a key decision-making centre that greatly influences German policy, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) has decided to extend its activities to the wider European level by opening a new office in Brussels. The new office will help the IW to broaden its reputation beyond Germany, to get in touch with other research institutions across the EU, and to contribute economic expertise to the European debates. more

Steuervermeidung und Gewinnverlagerung
Tax avoidance and profit shifting

It’s not only the company Arrow

A few days before the G7 meeting in Germany, the G7 finance ministers discussed new strategies in order to fight profit shifting by multinational enterprises. Unfortunately, it seems that the politicians forget about their own responsibility for a fair international tax system.  more

The Sharing Economy

The need for political action is growingArrow

Sharing Economy

Be it cars, beds or books, more than ever before is being used collaboratively in what has come to be known as the sharing economy. In this field, however, Europe lags far behind the USA. To make its markets more attractive to companies in the sector, Europe urgently needs to create uniform rules for start-ups, reduce administrative hurdles and make access to risk capital easier. These are the conclusions of an analysis conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW).more

Vera Demary Competition in the Sharing Economy
Sharing Economy
The Sharing Economy

The need for political action is growing Arrow

Be it cars, beds or books, more than ever before is being used collaboratively in what has come to be known as the sharing economy. In this field, however, Europe lags far behind the USA. To make its markets more attractive to companies in the sector, Europe urgently needs to create uniform rules for start-ups, reduce administrative hurdles and make access to risk capital easier. These are the conclusions of an analysis conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). more

Going digital?
Competition Policy

Going digital? Arrow

The internet profoundly changes business models and markets. Competition policy, however, has hardly changed. The German Monopolies Commission, an expert committee advising the German government and legislature on competition policy-making, now recommends adjusting the existing regulation. The question is: Is that even doable? more

Greece

Lock The collateral damage remains slight Arrow

In the debate on the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone, it has repeatedly been argued that a Grexit would have economic consequences for Germany, too. In fact, no negative real economic effects are to be expected, or at least none worth mentioning. more

Digital economy
Digital economy

Empirical evidence for Germany Arrow

Smart manufacturing, smart devices, smart services, internet of things – these are only four out of the many keywords that are used to describe how we will do business, how we will work or how we will consume in the future when digital technologies will rule. A new era is dawning according to many observers.  more