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Digitalization, Structural Change and Competition

The researchers of the Structural Change and Competition unit monitor corporate activity in a constantly changing market environment.

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The markets which form the competitive environments for companies can differ widely, varying, for instance, in the composition of supply and demand and in the institutional framework that flanks all business activities. In addition, markets are constantly changing – nowadays in particular because of the digitization of all areas of life.

Against this backdrop, the economists of the research unit Structural Change and Competition examine the strategic behavior of companies, the design of markets and the impact of government regulation on competition.

The aim of the research is to provide policy recommendations in order to foster efficient and welfare-enhancing competition and facilitate successful business creation and development.

The researchers particularly focus on the effects of digitization on competition. The increasing interconnectedness of people, machines and processes and the associated automation and intelligent self-organization of production (autonomy) implies many questions and challenges for industry, policy and society.

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Vera Demary

Dr. Vera Demary

Head of the Research Unit Digitalization, Structural Change and Competition

Tel: +49 221 4981-749
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Jan Büchel

Jan Büchel

Economistfor Industrial Economics and Competition

Tel: +49 221 4981-415
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Barbara Engels

Barbara Engels

Economist for Industrial Organization and Competition

Tel: +49 221 4981-703
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Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Dr. Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Senior Economist for Firms

Tel: +49 30 27877-103
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Christian Rusche

Dr. Christian Rusche

Senior Economist for Industrial Organization and Competition

Tel: +49 221 4981-412
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Studies and contributions

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An Empirical Analysis with Footfall Data
IW-Trends No. 3 7. September 2021

A Coronavirus Shock for the Retail Sector in German City Centres

Henry Goecke / Christian Rusche

The Corona pandemic and the measures taken to contain the virus have delivered an asymmetrical shock to German business. This asymmetry is exemplified by the effects on the retail trade, an import ant part of the nation’s economy.

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The election programs of the parties for SMEs and start-ups
IW-Policy Paper No. 16 12. August 2021

The election programs of the parties for SMEs and start-ups

Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Der Mittelstand bildet mit nahezu 3,5 Millionen Unternehmen die Basis der deutschen Wirtschaftsstärke.

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An Analysis of Gatekeepers and Regulations
IW-Policy Paper No. 26 7. December 2020

Competition in the Digital Economy: An Analysis of Gatekeepers and Regulations

Jan Büchel / Christian Rusche

The Digital Age saw the rise of several rapidly growing digital platforms with substantial market shares. Europe is a large target market for these globally operating platforms, although the majority of the most successful platforms come from the USA or Asia.

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The Opening of Berlin's New Major Airport is Overshadowed by the Corona Pandemic and Financial Problems
IW-Report No. 52 19. October 2020

Your flight has a nine year delay

Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Only four weeks before the planned date in June 2012, the opening of Berlin's major airport BER, which had already been postponed from fall 2011, was canceled. This was followed by years of announcements, ever new lists of construction deficiencies and further delays.

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Differentiated Treatment of Business Users by Online Platforms
Expertise 24. September 2020

Differentiated Treatment of Business Users by Online Platforms

Vera Demary / Barbara Engels / Christian Rusche

Online platforms have gained importance in the past couple of years. They are present all over the world and in many sectors of the economy. Their main purpose is to facilitate transactions between various user groups. Hence, online platforms can be defined as online spaces in which users are brought together by a platform operator, in order to facilitate an interaction (the exchange of information, a commercial transaction, etc.).

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