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Research focus

The IW's science area is divided into six thematic clusters and seven cooperation clusters. These reflect the main areas of research.

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The State, Taxes, Social Security

The State, Taxes, Social Security

The demographic transition, digitalisation and decarbonisation all pose major challenges for the state's welfare, spending and fiscal policies.…

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Education, Immigration and Innovation

Education, Immigration and Innovation

The IW's Education, Immigration and Innovation competence area is researching how education and immigration contribute to securing skilled…

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Digitalisation and Climate Change

Digitalisation and Climate Change

With the German economy undergoing a comprehensive transformation process, the Digitalisation and Climate Change Thematic Cluster examines how…

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Vocational Education and Professionals

Vocational Education and Professionals

The researchers in the thematic cluster Vocational Qualification and Skilled Workers analyse what contribution vocational education and training…

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The World of Work and Collective Bargaining Policy

The World of Work and Collective Bargaining Policy

With the working world constantly changing, those active in the labour market face ever new challenges that can only be successfully overcome by…

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Global and Regional Markets

Global and Regional Markets

The researchers in the department Global and Regional Markets deal with current issues of international economic and monetary policy, examine…

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Behavioral economics and business ethics

Behavioral economics and business ethics

The researchers of the Behavioral Economics and Business Ethics Cluster make use of findings from the fields of ethics, economics and psychology…

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Micro data and distribution

Micro data and distribution

The cooperation cluster Microdata and Distribution bundles knowledge for microdata analysis and helps with data-related and methodological…

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Macroeconomics and the Business Cycle

Macroeconomics and the Business Cycle

The Macroeconomic Analysis and the Business Cycle Cluster focuses on short- to medium-term economic developments in the global economy as a…

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Professional participation and inclusion

Professional participation and inclusion

The CC has a high level of expertise in the field of participation in working life, analyses key issues in the context and provides them for…

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IW Panels

Companies and their employees in Germany are facing a variety of challenges: new opportunities resulting from technological progress, global…

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Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics

The Big Data Analytics Cooperation Cluster looks at the opportunities offered by analyses of Big Data . Read more about the focus of this…

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Democracy, Society, Market economy

Democracy, Society, Market economy

The cooperation cluster Democracy, Society, Market Economy investigates the societal conditions of economic success. Therefore, our research…

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