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Barbara Engels

Barbara Engels

Senior Economist for Sustainable Digitization

Tel: +49 221 4981-703
  • Bachelor studies in Economics at the Humboldt University Berlin and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
  • Master studies in Economics at Humboldt University Berlin and New York University
  • Professional background: Advisor at the German-Israeli Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Israel), freelance journalist (e.g. for dpa), student assistant at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Research interests: economic and societal impacts of digitalization (data economy, platform economy).

IW Publications

Röhl, Klaus-Heiner / Bardt, Hubertus / Engels, Barbara, 2022, Zeitenwende für die Verteidigungswirtschaft? Sicherheitspolitik und Verteidigungsfähigkeit nach der russischen Invasion der Ukraine, IW-Policy Paper, Nr. 4, Berlin / Köln
Zur Studie

Engels, Barbara, 2022, Nachhaltige Digitalisierung. Ein digitalökonomisches Konzept, IW-Policy Paper, Nr. 3, Köln
Zur Studie

Jan Büchel / Barbara Engels, 2022, Datenbewirtschaftung von Unternehmen in Deutschland, in: IW-Trends, 49. Jg., Nr. 1, S. 73-90
Zur Studie

Drehstuhlschnittstellen der deutschen Industrie – Befunde auf Basis einer explorativen Unternehmensbefragung
IW-Report 20/2019

Werbung – Online ist oft teurer, aber auch präziser
IW-Kurzbericht 57/2018

Datenschutzpräferenzen von Jugendlichen in Deutschland - Ergebnisse einer Schülerbefragung
IW-Trends 2/2018

(in cooperation with Hubertus Bardt, Wido Geis, Tobias Hentze, Hans-Peter Klös, Susanna Kochskämper, Jürgen Matthes, Jochen Pimpertz, Axel Plünnecke, Thomas Puls, Thilo Schaefer, Oliver Stettes, Michael Voigtländer, Dirk Werner)
Fiskalische Effekte des Koalitionsvertrags 2018
IW policy papers 5/2018

Online-Meeting statt Dienstreise – Unternehmen könnten 8,3 Mrd. Euro sparen
IW-Kurzbericht 7/2018

(in cooperation with Mara Grunewald)
Das Privacy Paradox – Digitalisierung versus Privatsphäre
IW-Kurzbericht 57/2017

Bedeutung von Standards für die digitale Transformation – Befunde auf Basis des IW-Zukunftspanels
IW-Trends 2/2017

Wirtschaftliche Kosten der Cyberspionage für deutsche Unternehmen – Cybersicherheit als Grundvoraussetzung der digitalen Transformation
IW policy papers 6/2017

Big-Data-Analyse – Ein Einstieg für Ökonomen
IW-Kurzbericht 78/2016

(in cooperation with Vera Demary, Klaus-Heiner Röhl, Christian Rusche)
Digitalisierung und Mittelstand – Eine Metastudie
IW-Analyse, Forschungsbericht Nr. 109

Nicht immer gut – Datenportabilität zwischen Online-Plattformen
IW-Kurzbericht 56/2016

Expertises

(in cooperation with Vera Demary, Manuel Fritsch, Henry Goecke, Alevtina Krotova,  Christian Rusche, Marc Scheufen, Christopher Thiele, Karl Lichtblau, Edgar Schmitz, Boris Otto, Tobias Korte, Can Azkan, Markus Spiekermann, Dominik Lis, Joshua Gelhaar, Lennart Iggenna, Lukas Maisel, Bernd Trautmann,  Jens Fiedler,  Osianoh Aliu,  Pascal Bresser, Nils Müller)
Data Economy. Status quo der deutschen Wirtschaft & Handlungsfelder in der Data Economy
Studie für das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), 2019

(in cooperation with Alexander Burstedde, Wido Geis, Hanno Kempermann, Matthias Niendorf, Thomas Puls, Klaus-Heiner Röhl, Christopher Thiele)
Die Zukunft des Ruhrgebiets – Wirtschaftliche Lage und Potenziale des größten deutschen Ballungsraumes
Gutachten für die Landesvereinigung der Unternehmensverbände NRW (unternehmer nrw), 2018

(in cooperation with Matthias Ammann, Fabian Schnell, Clemens Wallner))
Max Weber in der Digitalisierungsfalle? E-Government in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz
Gutachten im Auftrag von Avenir Suisse, 2018

(in cooperation with Christoph Busch, Vera Demary, Justus Haucap, Christiane Kehder, Ina Loebert, Christian Rusche)
Sharing Economy im Wirtschaftsraum Deutschland
Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie, 2018

(in cooperation with Martin Beznoska, Tobias Hentze, Axel Plünnecke, Thomas Puls, Thilo Schaefer, Björn Seipelt, Christopher Thiele, Michael Voigtländer)
Wirtschaftsstandort Hessen – Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen
Gutachten für die Vereinigung der Hessischen Unternehmerverbände, 2018

(in cooperation with Michael Voigtländer)
Digitalisierung und Immobilienfinanzierung – Potenziale und Perspektiven
Gutachten für die TXS GmbH, 2017

(in cooperation with Vera Demary, Christian Rusche)
Qualitative und quantitative Auswirkungen der Sharing Economy in Nordrhein-Westfalen
Gutachten für das Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2016

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Collaborative Business Models and Efficiency – Potential Efficiency Gains in the European Union
Impulse Paper for the European Commission, 2016

(in cooperation with Tobias Hentze, Axel Plünnecke, Thomas Puls, Klaus-Heiner Röhl)
Die wirtschaftliche Situation Nordrhein-Westfalens – Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen
Gutachten für die Landesvereinigung der Unternehmensverbände Nordrhein-Westfalen unternehmer nrw, 2016

External Publications

Büchel, Jan / Engels, Barbara, 2022, The Importance of the Data Economy for Europe’s Digital Strategic Autonomy, in: European Liberal Forum (Hg.), Decoding EU Digital Strategic Autonomy. Sectors, Issues, and Partners, Techno-Politics Series, No.1, S. 13-18
Zur Studie

Data Governance as the Enabler of the Data Economy
Intereconomics, vol. 54, no. 4, 2019, pp. 216–222

(in cooperation with Christoph Busch, Vera Demary, Christiane Kehder, Ina Loebert,
Christian Rusche)
Sharing Economy in Deutschland, Stellenwert und Regulierungsoptionen für Beherbungsdienstleistungen
Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2019

Lost in Translation: the Role of Standards for the Digital Transformation
CCSBE/CCPME Conference Proceedings, Quebec City, 2017, pp. 300–315

(in cooperation with Johannes Geyer, Peter Haan)
Pension incentives and early retirement
Labour Economics, Vol. 47, 2017, p. 216–231

Detours on the Path to a European Big Data Economy
Springer Nature, http://rdcu.be/uR9L, 2017

Data Portability and Online Platforms The Effects on Competition [Extended Abstract]
29th Bled eConference - Research Volume, 2016

Data portability among online platforms
Internet Policy Review, 5. Jg., Nr. 2, DOI: 10.14763/2016.2.408

More from Barbara Engels

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Security Policy and Defense Capability after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
IW-Policy Paper No. 4 15. August 2022

A new era for the Defense Economy?

Klaus-Heiner Röhl / Hubertus Bardt / Barbara Engels

The Russian attack on Ukraine has brought the question of the German Armed Forces’ operational capability back into focus. National defence, which seemed to play only a minor role with the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union in 1991, now has gained a high political priority again.

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A digital economic concept
IW-Policy Paper No. 3 8. August 2022

Sustainable Digitalization: A digital economic concept

Barbara Engels

Data usage, networking, automation and autonomization: digitalization is omnipresent. But what is digitalization for? It is not an end in itself. It is intended to serve people, to help them achieve greater prosperity.

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The Importance of the Data Economy for Europe’s Digital Strategic Autonomy
External Publication 4. July 2022

The Importance of the Data Economy for Europe’s Digital Strategic Autonomy

Jan Büchel / Barbara Engels in European Liberal Forum

European companies need to have the ability to store, process, use, and share data securely and autonomously, for example by using cloud services based on agreed quality standards, values, and legislation.

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An Empirical Stocktaking
IW-Trends No. 1 19. April 2022

Data Management by Companies in Germany: An Empirical Stocktaking

Jan Büchel / Barbara Engels

Companies that exploit their own data can use it to analyse and improve their business processes and thus improve their results. Firms can also benefit from using data jointly with other companies.

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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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Cooperation of Start-ups and SMEs in Germany
IW-Policy Paper No. 19 22. September 2020

Cooperation of Start-ups and SMEs in Germany

Klaus-Heiner Röhl / Barbara Engels

The cooperation between established SMEs and innovative start-ups offers considerable opportuni-ties for the respective companies and the German economy. New business models can be adopted, and innovative products can be jointly developed.

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How Young People Learn and Schools Teach
IW-Trends No. 2 17. June 2020

Digital Education?: How Young People Learn and Schools Teach

Barbara Engels / Ruth Maria Schüler

Young people spend a lot of time online, a fact which influences how they learn and follow political and economic developments. This empirical study based on a survey conducted as part of the JUNIOR project examines how young people in Germany use the Internet for learning, focusing particularly on their criteria for selecting videos for educational and information purposes.

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Why So Few Set Up Their Own Start-ups
IW-Trends No. 1 10. April 2020

Women in the Start-up World: Why So Few Set Up Their Own Start-ups

Barbara Engels

Women are underrepresented in the start-up world. Since 2008, only 4 per cent of start-ups in Germany have been founded by women. In contrast, the proportion of companies founded by women that are not considered start-ups is comparatively high at around 40 per cent.

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Competition Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation
IW-Report No. 1 15. January 2020

Competition Effects of the General Data Protection Regulation

Barbara Engels / Marc Scheufen

The European General Data Regulation (GDPR) increases the level of protection of personal data and standardizes it throughout Europe.

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The Potential and the Challenges of Collaboration
IW-Analyse No. 134 7. January 2020

Start-ups and Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’ (SMEs): The Potential and the Challenges of Collaboration

Barbara Engels / Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Cooperation between innovative start-ups and established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) offers considerable opportunities both for the companies involved and for the German economy as a whole.

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