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Christian Rusche

Dr. Christian Rusche

Senior Economist for Industrial Organization and Competition

Tel: +49 221 4981-412
  • Research Unit: Digitalization, Structural Change and Competition
  • Joined the German Economic Institute in 2016
  • Born in 1984 in Sangerhausen
  • Studied Economics in Magdeburg, obtained a PhD from TU Dortmund

IW Publications

Goecke, Henry / Rusche, Christian, 2021, Corona-Schock für den Handel in deutschen Innenstädten. Eine empirische Analyse mit Passantendaten, in: IW-Trends, 48. Jg., Nr. 3, S. 25-44
Zur Studie

(in cooperation with Marc Scheufen)
Der Wolf im Schafspelz – Zur Ökonomik der EU-Urheberrechtsreform
IW-Kurzbericht 23/2019

Chinesische Beteiligungen und Übernahmen 2018 in Deutschland
IW-Kurzbericht 5/2018

(in cooperation with Marc Scheufen)
On (Intellectual) Property and other Legal Frameworks in the Digital Economy
IW-Report 48/2018

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Zukunftsfaktor 5G – Eine ökonomische Perspektive
IW-Report 45/2018

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
The Economics of Platforms
IW-Analyse, Forschungsbericht Nr. 123

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Daten als Wettbewerbsfaktor
IW-Kurzbericht 58/2018

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Digitale Plattformen – noch ein B2C-Geschäft
IW-Kurzbericht 56/2018

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Digitale Plattformen – China dominiert
IW-Kurzbericht 55/2018

(in cooperation with Jasmina Kirchhoff)
Versandhandel – Keine Bedrohung für den Apothekenmarkt
IW-Kurzbericht 15/2018

Chinesische Investoren in Deutschland in 2017 sehr aktiv
IW-Kurzbericht 9/2018

(in cooperation with Markus Demary)
Strengthened competition in payment services
IW-Kurzbericht 4/2018

Chinesische Investitionen in den deutschen Bundesländern
IW-Kurzbericht 60/2017

Aktivitäten chinesischer Investoren in Deutschland
IW-Trends 2/2017

Machtverteilung nach Wahlen – Eine spieltheoretische Analyse der Wahlergebnisse in Schleswig-Holstein und Nordrhein-Westfalen
IW-Report 15/2017

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Zwischen Kooperation und Wettbewerb – Industrie 4.0 und europäisches Kartellrecht
IW-Report 14/2017

Wettbewerbsrecht 2.0
IW-Kurzbericht 20/2017

Potenziale von Standards für die deutsche Wirtschaft
IW policy papers 2/2017

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


(in cooperation with Vera Demary, Barbara Engels, Manuel Fritsch, Henry Goecke, Alevtina Krotova, 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 Christoph Busch, Vera Demary, Barbara Engels, Justus Haucap, Christiane Kehder, Ina Loebert)
Sharing Economy im Wirtschaftsraum Deutschland
Gutachten im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie, 2018

(in cooperation with Vera Demary, Barbara Engels)
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

External Publications

(gemeinsam mit Marc Scheufen)
Sinn und Unsinn der EU-Urheberrechtsreform
Ifo Schnelldienst, 72. Jg., Heft 13, 2019, S. 3–5 

(gemeinsam mit Klaus-Heiner Röhl)
Europäische Champions: Ein industriepolitischer Irrweg
ifo Schnelldienst, 72. Jg., Heft 8, 2019, S. 12–14

(gemeinsam mit Christoph Busch, Vera Demary, Barbara Engels, Christiane Kehder, Ina Loebert)
Sharing Economy in Deutschland, Stellenwert und Regulierungsoptionen für Beherbungsdienstleistungen
Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2019

Data Economy and Antitrust Regulation
Intereconomics, Vol. 54, No.2, 2019, pp.114–119

Konflikte unter spieltheoretischer Betrachtung - eine Einführung
Grin Verlag 2009, ISBN 3640273249

OPEC vs. Diamantenkartell / "Gas-OPEC
Grin Verlag 2009, ISBN 3640273257

On the evolution of preferences and delegation in Tullock rent-seeking contests
Dissertation, 2015

More from Dr. Christian Rusche

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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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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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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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Consequences for the European Union
IW-Report No. 44 19. December 2019

Decoupling Chimerica: Consequences for the European Union

Sonja Beer / Jürgen Matthes / Christian Rusche

The People’s Republic of China experienced a tremendous economic development within the last four decades. The increased economic power and political weight of China are challenging the USA and EU. Furthermore, the strategies used by China for its own development, e.g. broad-based industry policy with distortive subsidization, forced technology transfer or investment restrictions, are perceived as unfair, especially in the US, but to a large extent also in the EU.


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Status quo and trends in e-commerce in Germany
IW-Report No. 33 4. September 2019

Status quo and trends in e-commerce in Germany

Barbara Engels / Christian Rusche

However, e-commerce is not equally important in the individual product groups. Above all, food is still largely sold offline. In the near future, the importance of e-commerce is expected to increase further.


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The Economics of Platforms
IW-Analyse No. 123 13. September 2018

The Economics of Platforms

Vera Demary / Christian Rusche

Digital platforms already dominate the top 10 of the world’s most valuable firms. The specific characteristics of their business model, such as quick growth and market power soon after market entry, have provoked public discourse.


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Strengthened competition in payment services
IW-Kurzbericht No. 4 8. January 2018

Strengthened competition in payment services

Markus Demary / Christian Rusche

Starting on January 13, 2018, the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will apply in the European Union. Among other things, the Directive’s aim is to adapt regulation to the innovations in payment services and to promote the Single Market for non-cash payments. However, PSD2 will only strengthen competition between payment services under a common standard for the access to banking accounts.


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The Activities of Chinese Investors in Germany
IW-Trends No. 2 6. June 2017

The Activities of Chinese Investors in Germany

Christian Rusche

Since 2014, China has been investing more abroad than foreign companies have been investing in China. The Chinese government is encouraging foreign direct investment not only to modernize the economy, but also to acquire influence and secure essential resources. In Germany, the activities of Chinese investors have come under increasing criticism, though only a small proportion of Chinese direct investment is directed towards Germany.


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