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Digitalisation and Climate Action

With the German economy undergoing a comprehensive transformation process, the Digitalisation and Climate Action Research Unit examines how companies operate in a market environment that is evolving in line with these structural changes.

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Firms are currently being impacted by two trends in particular: digital transformation and the government’s climate policy targets. Both necessitate adjustments to business processes which require capital investments. However, these trends also represent opportunities for companies to adapt their products and services, and even their business models, and to position themselves optimally for the future.

For this to happen, it is vital that the framework conditions are set such as to ensure a functioning competition, to facilitate the founding of successful start-ups, and to promote business development. Moreover, the work of our Research Unit is based on the conviction that Germany can only develop sustainably if climate protection is pursued efficiently, energy is generated in an affordable, reliable and environmentally friendly manner and enterprises enjoy access to the necessary resources. If this succeeds, companies in Germany will be able to take advantage of market opportunities and shape their future in an attractive business location.

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Dennis Bakalis

Dennis Bakalis

Economist for digitalization and climate change

Tel: +49 221 4981-397 Dennis Bakalis
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Vera Demary

Dr. Vera Demary

Head of Digitalisation and Climate Action Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-749 Vera Demary
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Andreas Fischer

Andreas Fischer

Economist for Energy and Climate Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-402
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Malte Küper

Malte Küper

Researcher for Energy and Climate Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-673 Malte Küper
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Sarah Lichtenthäler

Dr. Sarah Lichtenthäler

Economist for Environment, Circular Economy and Sustainability

Tel: +49 221 4981-838
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Adriana Neligan

Dr. Adriana Neligan

Senior Economist for Environment, Circular Economy and Sustainability

Tel: +49 30 27877-128 Adriana Neligan @a_neligan
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Thomas Puls

Thomas Puls

Senior Economist for Transport and Infrastructure

Tel: +49 221 4981-766
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Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Dr. Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Senior Economist for SME Policy and Regional Policy

Tel: +49 30 27877-103 Klaus-Heiner Röhl
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Christian Rusche

Dr. Christian Rusche

Senior Economist for Competition and Structural Change

Tel: +49 221 4981-412
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Thilo Schaefer

Dr. Thilo Schaefer

Head of Digitalisation and Climate Action Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-791 Thilo Schaefer
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Marc Scheufen

Dr. Marc Scheufen

Senior Economist for the Economic Analysis of Law

Tel: +49 221 4981-742 @MarcScheufen
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Artificial Intelligence – Will Boosted Productivity Lead to Better Pay?
IW-Trends No. 2 10. May 2024

Artificial Intelligence – Will Boosted Productivity Lead to Better Pay?

Jan Büchel / Roschan Monsef

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already being used in a wide variety of applications both inside and outside the corporate world.

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Obstacles to Data Sharing – An Outline of Recent Developments with Policy Recommendations
IW-Trends No. 2 10. May 2024

Obstacles to Data Sharing – An Outline of Recent Developments with Policy Recommendations

Marc Scheufen

The increasing networking of production processes and the ability of artificial intelligence to analyse ever larger amounts of data offer enormous potential for the German economy. To exploit this potential fully, however, data must be shared.

IW

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Artificial intelligence in society and companies
IW-Report No. 23 8. May 2024

Generative AI in Germany: Artificial intelligence in society and companies

Jan Büchel / Jan Felix Engler

Generative AI has recently caused quite a stir. The reason is that generative AI applications can independently generate content such as texts, images, programming codes or videos that are often difficult to distinguish from human-generated content.

IW

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Fostering Scientific Research and Innovation
External Publication 29. April 2024

Open Science as a Means for Development Aid: Fostering Scientific Research and Innovation

*Alexander Cuntz / *Frank Mueller-Langer / *Alessio Muscarnera / *Prince C. Oguguo / Marc Scheufen

Access to prior scientific works and technical information is key to the emergence of new scientific knowledge and innovation (Moser and Biasi 2018, Nagler et al. 2019).

IW

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Access to science and innovation in the developing world
External Publication 29. April 2024

Access to science and innovation in the developing world

*Alexander Cuntz / *Frank Mueller-Langer / *Alessio Muscarnera / *Prince C. Oguguo / Marc Scheufen

We examine the implications of lowering barriers to online access to scientific publications for science and innovation in developing countries.

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