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IW Director Michael Hüther and his team conduct research on the pressing issues of our time. This includes the issues surrounding the future shape of eurozone governance, as well as the implications of digitalization and structural change in the economy.

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In close cooperation with the staff of the German Economic Institute, the management team develops scientific publications and content on various, exciting topics. With an interdisciplinary approach, researchers draw on both theoretical models and applied empirics. Historical evidence is put to the test with modern econometric analysis tools in order to derive concrete options for action for current economic policy. In terms of content, the papers span a broad spectrum from current structural change to regulatory policy, past economic crises, and the regulation of capital markets.

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Directorate

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Michael Hüther

Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther

Director and Member of the Presidium

Tel: +49 221 4981-600
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Matthias Diermeier

Dr. Matthias Diermeier

Head of Research Unit Democracy, Society, Market Economy

Tel: +49 221 4981-605
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Simon Gerards Iglesias

Dr. Simon Gerards Iglesias

Personal Research Assistant of the Director

Tel: +49 221 4981-603
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Melinda Fremerey

Dr. Melinda Fremerey

Personal Research Assistant to the Director

Tel: +49 221 4981-606
Claudia Behrens

Claudia Behrens

Assistant to the Director

Tel: +49 221 4981 604
Simone Schüttler

Simone Schüttler

Assistant to the Director

Tel: +49 221 4981-601
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Contributions of the directorate

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How current megatrends shape the patters of international trade, capital flows and technology diffusion
External Publication 4. July 2022

Globalisation under pressure?: How current megatrends shape the patters of international trade, capital flows and technology diffusion

Michael Hüther / Matthias Diermeier in Ernest Gnan / Christoph Schneider / Claudia Stowasser (Hg.) Schwerpunkt Außenwirtschaft 2021/2022

Deglobalisation, digitalisation, decarbonisation, and demographic change have already left their mark on the global economy. In the future the multiple transformations that the international patterns of specialisation undergo are likely to accelerate as the four megatrends mature and unfold their true disruptive potential.

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The difficulties of universal redistribution in times of welfare chauvinism
Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues in LSE-Blog Contribution 17. June 2022

The difficulties of universal redistribution in times of welfare chauvinism

Previous studies have found substantial support across Europe for the creation of a universal basic income system. Yet as Matthias Diermeier and Judith Niehues explain, there is also widespread support for restricting the access of immigrants to state benefits. Drawing on new research, they assess how these two perspectives shape wider attitudes toward welfare.

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a program specific analysis of welfare preferences
External Publication 17. June 2022

Towards a nuanced understanding of anti-immigration sentiment in the welfare state: a program specific analysis of welfare preferences

Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues in Rationality and Society

The literature on immigration and the welfare state describes a trade-off between immigration and welfare support. We argue for a more nuanced view of welfare chauvinism that accounts for different motivational channels, specific welfare programs and particular population subgroups.

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Matthias Diermeier Event 26. November 2021

Workshop of the MPIfG and the German Economic Institute: Local Matters: Regional Inequalities in Public Investments

The neglect of public investments in Germany and elsewhere has not only led to a deterioration of countries’ public capital stocks. In fact, what appears as an aggregate decline actually entails growing divergences between regions that can invest in their infrastructures and those that fall behind.

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Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception
IW-Trends No. 3 15. September 2021

Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception

Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues

A lively democracy thrives on the struggle between different interest groups for majority opinion on specific issues. Though the institutionalised process of balancing interests and hearing opposing points of view takes time, acceptance of these parliamentary procedures is essential for the functioning of our pluralistic democracy.

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