The German Economic Institute has four subsidiaries.
Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Medien GmbH (IW Media), the media arm of the German Economic Institute (IW), provides publicity-oriented packaging of economic information.
The IW Consult carries out research, development and knowledge-transfer projects in cooperation with companies, employers' associations, government ministries, foundations and other institutions.
The Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln JUNIOR gGmbH gives school students practical insights into the world of commerce based on the concept of "learning by doing".
The IW Akademie (IW Academy) conducts seminars in the field of executive education based on this research. The aim is to demonstrate how potential conflicts between the profit motive and personal conscience can be resolved.