German investment becomes focus of international politics
IW-Kurzbericht, 7 June 2017 Michael Grömling

German investment becomes focus of international politics Arrow

Overall investment activity in Germany is currently a hot topic in international economic policy discussions. In the controversy over Germany’s large current account surpluses, the argument is regularly put forward that imports of goods lag behind exports due to the overly weak domestic demand within Germany. more

European SME Policy – Recommendations for a Growth-Oriented Agenda
IW policy paper, 31 May 2017 Klaus-Heiner Röhl

European SME Policy – Recommendations for a Growth-Oriented Agenda Arrow

As a result of the European debt crisis, start-ups and established small and medium-sized companies have returned into focus for policy-makers in Brussels. They hope that SMEs create more jobs and growth. Despite this, the concerns of SMEs are still not at the heart of economic policy and regulation. more

Public investment is not a panacea
IW News, 23 May 2017 German current account surplus

Public investment is not a panacea Arrow

The European Commission criticized again the high current account surplus in Germany. It suggest increasing public investment as one possible way to tackle the problem. Simulations show however that the effect of public investment on the current account is limited.  more

First IW Financial Expert Survey
IW Press Release, 19 May 2017 Markus Demary

Launch of the IW Financial Expert Survey Arrow

The experts of banks and insurance companies expect interest rates to increase in this and the forthcoming quarter. At the same time they predict a higher oil price and a depreciation of the Euro. These are the results of the first IW Financial Expert Survey of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). The survey is the continuation of the former ZEW-Prognosetest of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). more

Event
Event, 13 June 2017 Symposium

Digital Transformation and Globalization in Germany and Japan Arrow

This symposium Symposium of Japanese-German Center Berlin, Fujitsu Research Institute and Cologne Institute for Economic Research has brought together experts and affected companies from Germany and Japan to discuss their views on and strategies for digital transformation to gain productivity and overcome market obstacles across Europe and Asia. more

For better CO2 regulation of motor vehicles in Europe – A compendium
Expertise, 10 May 2017 Thomas Puls

For better CO2 regulation of motor vehicles in Europe Arrow

The transportation sector faces special challenges in the process of decarbonisation, since the need for mobility – both for people and goods – is rapidly increasing around the world, especially in the emerging economies. Because of road traffic’s key position in mobility, the future CO2 regulation of cars and trucks will play a substantial role in climate policy. more

The role of innovation in the sharing economy
IW-Report, 8 May 2017 Vera Demary

The role of innovation in the sharing economy Arrow

While the sharing economy is generally perceived to be very innovative, it has hardly been analyzed what defines this innovativeness. The main aspect for the sharing economy as a whole is the peer-to-peer (P2P) organization of its businesses. This allows sharing platforms to enter markets more easily, consequently increasing competition in these markets. more

CEO-Umfrage
IW Press Release, 3 May 2017 CEO Challenge 2017

German Bosses concerned about political uncertainty Arrow

The political uncertainty around the globe is currently seen as the greatest challenge by German companies’ CEOs. This is the result of a joint survey by IW Consult and The Conference Board. Worries about a global recession are less common among German managers than in other countries. more

Don’t Sacrifice the EU for Trade with Britain
Contribution, 19 April 2017 Michael Hüther for Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung

Don’t Sacrifice the EU for Trade with Britain Arrow

Since the UK is the third most important export destination for German businesses and the British share some views on economic governance with Germans, the question arises about the German position in the Brexit negotiations. A contributin by IW Director Michael Hüther for German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung. more