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Education, Immigration and Innovation

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

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The experts scrutinise the educational system from early-childhood teaching, primary and secondary schools right up to tertiary education. The focus is on both monitoring educational processes and policy developments as well as issues of funding and fairness with respect to the education system. Our economists analyse the contribution of migration to securing a skilled workforce, examine the importance of workers qualified in STEM subjects (science, technology, electronics and mathematics) for a country’s innovation performance and investigate whether such workers are sufficiently available to the labour market. The unit identifies potential bottlenecks and suggests how these might be removed.

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Christina Anger

Dr. Christina Anger

Head of the Research Group Microdata and Method Development

Tel: +49 221 4981-718
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Rosalia Meztli Chino Flores

Rosalia Meztli Chino Flores

Consultant in the project „Make it in Germany“

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Jean-Marc Djanhan

Jean-Marc Djanhan

Economist for Immigration

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Wido Geis-Thöne

Dr. Wido Geis-Thöne

Senior Economist for Family Policy and Migration Issues

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Oliver Koppel

Dr. Oliver Koppel

Team leader patent database

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Kerstin Krey

Kerstin Krey

Head of Education, Innovation and Immigration Research Unit

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Katharina Parfil

Katharina Parfil

Consultant for Immigration

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Axel Plünnecke

Prof. Dr. Axel Plünnecke

Head of Education, Innovation and Immigration Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-701 @A_Pluennecke
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Vanessa Pohlmann

Vanessa Pohlmann

Consultant in the project „Make it in Germany“

Tel: +49 221 4981-834
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The Regional Distribution of Graduates in Germany
IW-Trends No. 1 4. March 2024

The Regional Distribution of Graduates in Germany

Wido Geis-Thöne

Graduates in Germany are distributed very unevenly across the country. Taking the population aged between 35 and 44, who have generally already completed their higher education, in 2019 the highest proportions of university graduates were to be found in Berlin and the Munich regional planning area.

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The Regional Distribution of Low-skilled Workers in Germany
IW-Trends No. 1 4. March 2024

The Regional Distribution of Low-skilled Workers in Germany

Wido Geis-Thöne

Low-skilled workers in Germany are heavily concentrated in urban areas. In 2019, the proportion of 25- to 64-year-olds who had not completed at least two years of vocational training or higher education was almost twice as high in cities with a population of over 100,000 (20.8 per cent) as in small municipalities with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants (10.7 per cent).

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Parental contributions for childcare in a regional comparison
IW-Report No. 13 24. February 2024

Parental contributions for childcare in a regional comparison

Wido Geis-Thöne

The federal states take very different approaches to organising parental participation in the costs of state and state-funded childcare.

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Teaching hours at elementary school country comparison
IW-Report No. 7 5. February 2024

Teaching hours at elementary school country comparison

Wido Geis-Thöne

Young people's educational paths are very much predetermined during their primary school years. On the one hand, the basic skills of reading, writing and maths are acquired, and, on the other hand, the joint learning of all children ends with the transition to secondary level I.

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Increasing pressure on the labor market
IW-Report No. 2 4. January 2024

Pharmaceutical industry: Increasing pressure on the labor market

Lydia Malin / Simon Schumacher

The shortage of skilled workers poses significant challenges for pharmaceutical companies in Germany and is expected to become increasingly problematic in the context of demographic changes. Concerning Germany's positioning in the international competition among innovative pharmaceutical locations, this shortage could become a hindrance.

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