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Education, Migration 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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Axel Plünnecke

Prof. Dr. Axel Plünnecke

Head of the Research Unit Education, Migration and Innovation

Tel: +49 221 4981-701
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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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Jean-Marc Djanhan

Jean-Marc Djanhan

Economist for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-520
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Wido Geis-Thöne

Dr. Wido Geis-Thöne

Senior Economist for Family Policy and Migration Issues

Tel: +49 221 4981-705
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Justina Godesberg

Justina Godesberg

Deputy Teamleader Project Make it in Germany

Tel: +49 221 4981-875
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Alexandra Köbler

Alexandra Köbler

Consultant for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-687
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Enno Kohlisch

Enno Kohlisch

Economist for MINT report and engineering labour market

Tel: +49 221 4981-879
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Oliver Koppel

Dr. Oliver Koppel

Senior Economist for Innovation and S+E

Tel: +49 221 4981-716
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Kerstin Krey

Kerstin Krey

Teamleader Project Make it in Germany

Tel: +49 221 4981-833

Fax: +49 221 4981-99833

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Jeannette Michaelle Nintcheu

Jeannette Michaelle Nintcheu

Researcher for Immigration

Tel: +49 221 4981-872
Vanessa Pohlmann

Vanessa Pohlmann

Consultant for event management and public relations

Tel: +49 221 4981-834
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Studies and contributions

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An Analysis of Demographic Structures in the 27 EU Countries
IW-Report No. 38 14. October 2021

Working Age Populations Develop Differently in Europe

Wido Geis-Thöne

If Germany does not succeed in attracting immigrants on a large scale in the next few years, the working-age population will decline sharply. According to the European population projection EUROPOP from 2019, the number of 20–64-year-olds could be 11.2 percent lower in 2030 than in 2020, if there would be no migration. In this case, a decline of only 6.9 percent would be expected in the EU average, and only Lithuania would show a more negative development.

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Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry
IW-Trends No. 3 14. September 2021

Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry

Enno Kohlisch / Oliver Koppel / Malte Küper / Thomas Puls

Social and political change necessitates corresponding innovations in motor vehicle technology. This paper analyses the nature of current technological progress in Germany’s motor vehicle industry.

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Significant progress in labor market integration despite pandemic
IW-Report No. 31 30. August 2021

Significant progress in labor market integration despite pandemic

Wido Geis-Thöne

The first lockdown in spring 2020 had a negative impact on the labor market integration of refugees in Germany.

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Mothers Have Different Employment Desires and Employment-Related Norms
IW-Report No. 28 11. August 2021

Mothers Have Different Employment Desires and Employment-Related Norms

Wido Geis-Thöne

In the last 20 years, the role models of mothers in Germany have changed to a great degree, as an evaluation of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) shows.

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Has the Negative Trend in Marriages and Attitudes towards Wedlock Come to an End?
IW-Trends No. 3 4. August 2021

Has the Negative Trend in Marriages and Attitudes towards Wedlock Come to an End?

Wido Geis-Thöne

In recent decades marriage has become less important. While in 1991 60.2 per cent of adults in Germany were married, in 2019 this was true of only 51.0 per cent. And with a fall from 79.7 to 60.7 per cent over the same period, the decline in the medium age range of 40- to 49-year-olds has been even steeper.

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