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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

Matthias Diermeier

Personal Research Assistant of the Director

Tel: +49 221 4981-605
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Thomas Obst

Dr. Thomas Obst

Personal Research Assistant of the Director and Economist for foreign economic activity and macroeconomic modeling

Tel: +49 30 27877-135
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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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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Hardly any scope for public spending in the new legislative period
IW-Report No. 33 3. September 2021

Desire and reality: Hardly any scope for public spending in the new legislative period

Matthias Diermeier / Michael Hüther / Thomas Obst

The 2021 election campaign for the German Bundestag reveals various demands on the federal budget over the next years. In the coming legislative period, for example, the federal budget may have to finance the "mothers' pension", take over the EEG levy, compensate for an increase in the social security contribution rate above the predefined threshold of 40 per cent, forego the revenues from the remaining "solidarity surcharge" and shoulder a higher defence budget. Some potential coalition partners, however, reject a reform of the debt brake and at the same time even promise significant tax cuts.

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An experimental approach to parliamentarians’ toleration of misinformation and responsiveness in Germany
External Publication 11. August 2021

Tailoring the Truth: An experimental approach to parliamentarians’ toleration of misinformation and responsiveness in Germany

Matthias Diermeier at Regierungsforschung.de of the NRW School of Governance

The rise of populist radical right parties (PRRPs) is largely seen to have been triggered by a dealignment between voters and political elites and to have triggered an increasing supply of misinformation.

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Supply bottlenecks and price developments for raw materials and inputs
IW-Report No. 27 9. August 2021

Supply bottlenecks and price developments for raw materials and inputs

Hubertus Bardt / Matthias Diermeier / Michael Grömling / Michael Hüther / Thomas Obst

Having experienced strict economic lockdowns, the post-pandemic period various sectors report severe supply side bottlenecks and price increases for intermediate goods.

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