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

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

Climate policy
Climate policy

Lock Sharing the burden Arrow

In early December, the International Climate Conference in Paris will once more be concerned with the challenge of limiting global warming to 2 degrees centigrade. In order to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases and achieve this goal, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) suggests distributing the burden between the most important industrial nations and emerging economies on the basis of both their prosperity and their growth prospects. more

Michael Hüther at Deutsche Welle

Greeks have to face realitiesArrow

Greeks have to face realities

In an interview with Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (German Wave) Michael Hüther, head of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, supports German Finance Minister Schäuble's tough stance on Greece: there is no reason to change the German position, he says.more

IW Director Michael Hüther in "die Welt" Rapid assistance for Athens
Greeks have to face realities
Michael Hüther at Deutsche Welle

Greeks have to face realities Arrow

In an interview with Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (German Wave) Michael Hüther, head of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, supports German Finance Minister Schäuble's tough stance on Greece: there is no reason to change the German position, he says. more

EU Investment Plan
EU Investment Plan

Arguments don’t count Arrow

The global financial and economic crisis has clearly unsettled private investors. An investment plan, recently initiated by the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, is supposed to woo private investors back to business. The investment plan is to be carried out by the European Investment Bank (EIB) partially assuming private risks. However, the Commission's proposal is based on an inaccurate economic rationale. 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

Unemployment
Unemployment

EU regions are drifting apart Arrow

The gap between unemployment levels in the various regions of the European Union has widened over the last ten years. While the number of job seekers has fallen in Germany and Eastern European countries, the situation in some parts of Southern Europe has deteriorated dramatically. more