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Matthias Diermeier

Dr. Matthias Diermeier

Head of Research Unit Democracy, Society, Market Economy

Tel: +49 221 4981-605
  • Empirically working political economist
  • Personal Assistant to the Director at the Institute of the German Economy
  • Bachelor studies in Economics at the University of St. Gallen, exchange visit to the Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
  • Master studies in Economics University of Zurich, exchange visit and Sciences Po Paris
  • Doctoral studies in political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen on the topic "What about the economy, stupid? Winning strategy, favorable breeding grounds and internal divisions: the German populist radical right AfD in its European context
  • Research interests: economic policy strategies of European right-wing populists; social inequality and social cohesion; economic preconditions for a resilient democracy; economic, political and social consequences of globalization

IW Publications

Diermeier, Matthias / Niehues, Judith, 2021, Demokratische Resilienz in Deutschland?. Parlamentarische Verfahrensakzeptanz im Licht individueller Problemwahrnehmung, in: IW-Trends, 48. Jg., Nr. 3, S. 89-112
Zur Studie

Diermeier, Matthias / Hüther, Michael / Obst, Thomas, 2021, Wunsch und Wirklichkeit: Kaum Ausgabenspielräume in der neuen Legislaturperiode. Zwischen Schuldenbremse und Steuererhöhungen, IW-Report, Nr. 33, Köln / Berlin
Zur Studie

Bardt, Hubertus / Diermeier, Matthias / Grömling, Michael / Hüther, Michael / Obst, Thomas, 2021, Lieferengpässe und Preisentwicklungen bei Rohstoffen und Vorleistungen. Corona Echo Effekte oder ‚here to stay’?, IW-Report, Nr. 27, Köln / Berlin
Zur Studie

(in cooperation with Judith Niehues)
Einschätzungen zur Arbeitslosigkeit – Unwissen befördert systemisches Misstrauen
IW-Trends 2/2019

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann, Judith Niehues)
AfD-Ergebnis nicht allein durch abgehängte Regionen erklärbar
IW-Kurzbericht 36/2018

(in cooperation with Michael Hüther, Markos Jung)
It’s business models, stupid!
IW-Kurzbericht 33/2018

(in cooperation with Markus Demary, Michael Hüther, Markos Jung, Jürgen Matthes)
Schriftliche Stellungnahme zu einer öffentlichen Anhörung des Bundestagsausschuss für die Angelegenheiten der Europäischen Union
IW-Report 20/2018

(in cooperation with Markos Jung, Pekka Sagner)
Wirtschaftskrise bremst europäische Konvergenz
IW-Kurzbericht 30/2018

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke, Judith Niehues, Tobias Thomas)
Verzerrte Wahrnehmung: Wie Berichte über Ungleichheit verunsichern
IW-Kurzbericht 63/2017

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann, Judith Niehues)
NRW-Wahl – Nur wenige AfD-Wähler arbeitslos
IW-Kurzbericht 51/2017

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann)
Die AfD: Eine unterschätzte Partei – Soziale Erwünschtheit als Erklärung für fehlerhafte Prognosen
IW-Report 7/2017

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke)
Geldmenge und Inflation in Europa – Ist der Zusammenhang verloren?
IW policy papers 17/2016

Brexit – Hohe Unsicherheit, panische Stimmung und zuversichtliche Märkte
IW-Kurzbericht 64/2016

Iran – Economic revolution or recession?
IW-Kurzbericht 39/2016

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann, Judith Niehues)
Parteipräferenz und Einkommen – Die AfD, eine Partei der Besserverdiener?
IW-Kurzbericht 19/2016

(in cooperation with Vera Demary)
Fusionen und Übernahmen in der deutschen Industrie – Auf dem Weg zur Industrie 4.0?
IW-Trends 4/2015

(in cooperation with Forschungsgruppe Konjunktur)
Moderate Schlagzahl im Fahrwasser der schwächeren Weltwirtschaft – IW-Konjunkturprognose Herbst 2015
IW-Trends 4/2015

(in cooperation with Forschungsgruppe Konjunktur)
Neue Herausforderungen – Konjunkturelle Fragen im Herbst 2015
Fragen und Antworten, 2015

(in cooperation with Markus Demary, Heide Haas)
Die Europäische Kapitalmarktunion – Zur Relevanz von Banken und Märkten
IW policy papers 18/2015

Expertises

(in cooperation with Markus Demary, Vera Demary, Heide Haas, Tobias Hentze, Jochen Pimpertz, Klaus-Heiner Röhl)
Building a Capital Markets Union – Comments on the Public consultation
EU Commission Green Paper

External Publications

Hüther, Michael / Diermeier, Matthias, 2022, Globalisation under pressure?. How current megatrends shape the patters of international trade, capital flows and technology diffusion, in: Ernest Gnan/Christoph Schneider/Claudia Stowasser (Hg.) Schwerpunkt Außenwirtschaft 2021/2022, Reglobalisation: Changing Patterns, S. 137-14
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Diermeier, Matthias / Niehues, Judith, 2022, Towards a nuanced understanding of anti-immigration sentiment in the welfare state. a program specific analysis of welfare preferences, in: Rationality and Society, Seite 1-33
Zur Studie

Diermeier, Matthias, 2021, Tailoring the Truth. An experimental approach to parliamentarians’ toleration of misinformation and responsiveness in Germany, in: Regierungsforschung.de, Wissenschaftliches Online-Magazin der NRW School of Governance, Duisburg
Zur Studie

(in cooperation with Michael Hüther)
Globalisierung im Systemwettbewerb - Eruopäische Integration, transatlantische Werte, chinesischer Weg
Europa: In Vielfalt geeint!, 30 Perspektiven zur Rettung Europas vor sich selbst, Gregor Kirchhof, Mario Keller, Reiner Schmidt (Hrsg.), in Kooperation mit der Münchner Europakonferenz, Verlag C.H. Beck oHG, München, 2020, S. 299-318

(in cooperation with Michael Hüther)
Ökonomische Ungleichheit als Demokratieproblem
Die repräsentative Demokratie in Anfechtung und Bewährung, Volker Kronenberg und Jakob Horneber (Hrsg.), Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 2019, S. 39-52

(in cooperation with Michael Hüther)
Perception and Reality: Economic Inequality as a Driver of Populism?,
in Analyse und Kritik: Journal for Philisophy and Social Theory, 2019, Vol 41. No. 2, pp. 337-357

(in cooperation with Andrew Bassilakis, Henry Goecke)
Converging Media versus Diverging Politics - the Brexit Twitter on Debate
CESifo Forum 19, Heft 4, 2018, S. 23–28

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke, Michael Hüther)
Exhausted Globalisation – Between the Transatlantic Orientation and the Chinese Way
Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Newcastly upon Tyne, 2018

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke, Michael Hüther)
Die erschöpfte Globalisierung – Zwischen transatlantischer Orientierung und chinesischem Weg
Springer Nature, Wiesbaden, 2018

(in cooperation with Michael Hüther, Markos Jung, Andrew Bassilakis)
If Nothing is Achieved – Who Pays for the Brexit?
ZBW, Intereconomics, Vol. 53, No. 5, 2018, pp. 274–280

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann, Judith Niehues)
Ein komplexes Gebilde. Eine sozio-ökonomische Analyse des Ergebnisses der AfD bei der Bundestagswahl 2017
ZParl Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 49. Jg, Heft 2, 2018, S. 243–264

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke, Judith Niehues, Tobias Thomas)
Impact of Inequality-Related Media Coverage on the Concerns of German Citizens
Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Discussion Paper, No. 258, pp. 2–35

(in cooperation with Markus Demary)
A European "Bad Bank": A Crisis Management Tool, but not a Substitute for Structural Reforms
FAES Papers, No. 204, Madrid, 2017

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke)
Productivity, Technology Diffusion and Digitization
CESifo Forum , Vol. 18, Heft 1, 2017, 26–32

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann, Judith Niehues)
Allzeit fern des Durchschnitts: Politische Ansichten der AfD-Anhänger
Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 30. Jg., Heft 2, 2017, Seite 12–25

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke, Adriana Neligan)
Rohstoffbezug deutscher Unternehmen in globalen Wertschöpfungsketten
Wirtschaftsdienst, 97. Jg., Heft 7, S. 499–505

(in cooperation with Knut Bergmann, Judith Niehues)
Die AfD: Eine Partei der sich ausgeliefert fühlenden Durchschnitts-verdiener?
ZParl Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 48. Jg, Heft 1, 2017, S. 57–75

(in cooperation with Berthold Busch, Henry Goecke, Michael Hüther)
Brexit und die Zukunft Europas – eine spieltheoretische Einordnung
Wirtschaftsdienst, 96. Jg., Heft 12, S. 883–890

(in cooperation with Henry Goecke, Michael Hüther)
Ökonomische Perspektiven der digitalen Transformation – Zwischen Produktivitätsrätsel und Wachstumshoffnung
Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences, i. E.

(in cooperation with Michael Hüther)
Mit dem großen Hebel für mehr Investitionen: ökonomische Bewertung des Juncker Plans
Wirtschaftsdienst, 95. Jg., Heft 5, 2015, S. 334–341

(in cooperation with Torsten Schmidt)
Oil Price Implications on Land Use Change
Agricultural Economics Review (forthcoming), 2014

(in cooperation with Martin Eiglsperger)
Treatment of Seasonal Items Related Structural Breaks in the HICP
presented at the conferences: Messung der Preise in Trier 2012 and at the Ottawa-Group Meeting in Kopenhagen 2013

(in cooperation with Yngve Abrahamsen)
The Construction Market in Switzerland
Country Report, All Country Reports of 72st Euroconstruct Conference, Paris, 2011

More from Dr. Matthias Diermeier

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How current megatrends shape the patters of international trade, capital flows and technology diffusion
External Publication 4. July 2022

Globalisation under pressure?: How current megatrends shape the patters of international trade, capital flows and technology diffusion

Michael Hüther / Matthias Diermeier in Ernest Gnan / Christoph Schneider / Claudia Stowasser (Hg.) Schwerpunkt Außenwirtschaft 2021/2022

Deglobalisation, digitalisation, decarbonisation, and demographic change have already left their mark on the global economy. In the future the multiple transformations that the international patterns of specialisation undergo are likely to accelerate as the four megatrends mature and unfold their true disruptive potential.

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The difficulties of universal redistribution in times of welfare chauvinism
Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues in LSE-Blog Contribution 17. June 2022

The difficulties of universal redistribution in times of welfare chauvinism

Previous studies have found substantial support across Europe for the creation of a universal basic income system. Yet as Matthias Diermeier and Judith Niehues explain, there is also widespread support for restricting the access of immigrants to state benefits. Drawing on new research, they assess how these two perspectives shape wider attitudes toward welfare.

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a program specific analysis of welfare preferences
External Publication 17. June 2022

Towards a nuanced understanding of anti-immigration sentiment in the welfare state: a program specific analysis of welfare preferences

Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues in Rationality and Society

The literature on immigration and the welfare state describes a trade-off between immigration and welfare support. We argue for a more nuanced view of welfare chauvinism that accounts for different motivational channels, specific welfare programs and particular population subgroups.

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Matthias Diermeier Event 26. November 2021

Workshop of the MPIfG and the German Economic Institute: Local Matters: Regional Inequalities in Public Investments

The neglect of public investments in Germany and elsewhere has not only led to a deterioration of countries’ public capital stocks. In fact, what appears as an aggregate decline actually entails growing divergences between regions that can invest in their infrastructures and those that fall behind.

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Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception
IW-Trends No. 3 15. September 2021

Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception

Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues

A lively democracy thrives on the struggle between different interest groups for majority opinion on specific issues. Though the institutionalised process of balancing interests and hearing opposing points of view takes time, acceptance of these parliamentary procedures is essential for the functioning of our pluralistic democracy.

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Hardly any scope for public spending in the new legislative period
IW-Report No. 33 3. September 2021

Desire and reality: Hardly any scope for public spending in the new legislative period

Matthias Diermeier / Michael Hüther / Thomas Obst

The 2021 election campaign for the German Bundestag reveals various demands on the federal budget over the next years. In the coming legislative period, for example, the federal budget may have to finance the "mothers' pension", take over the EEG levy, compensate for an increase in the social security contribution rate above the predefined threshold of 40 per cent, forego the revenues from the remaining "solidarity surcharge" and shoulder a higher defence budget. Some potential coalition partners, however, reject a reform of the debt brake and at the same time even promise significant tax cuts.

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An experimental approach to parliamentarians’ toleration of misinformation and responsiveness in Germany
External Publication 11. August 2021

Tailoring the Truth: An experimental approach to parliamentarians’ toleration of misinformation and responsiveness in Germany

Matthias Diermeier at Regierungsforschung.de of the NRW School of Governance

The rise of populist radical right parties (PRRPs) is largely seen to have been triggered by a dealignment between voters and political elites and to have triggered an increasing supply of misinformation.

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Supply bottlenecks and price developments for raw materials and inputs
IW-Report No. 27 9. August 2021

Supply bottlenecks and price developments for raw materials and inputs

Hubertus Bardt / Matthias Diermeier / Michael Grömling / Michael Hüther / Thomas Obst

Having experienced strict economic lockdowns, the post-pandemic period various sectors report severe supply side bottlenecks and price increases for intermediate goods.

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The Radical Right in the European Parliament
External Publication 1. April 2021

One for One and None for All: The Radical Right in the European Parliament

Matthias Diermeier / Hannah Frohwein / Aljoscha Nau in LSE'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series

The radical right in Europe seemed to be on an unprecedented rise. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2019, a newly founded ‘super-faction’ profoundly scared established politicians.

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Conversations and Traditional Media Lead the Way
IW-Report No. 2 15. January 2021

Political Information Behavior: Conversations and Traditional Media Lead the Way

Ruth Maria Schüler / Judith Niehues / Matthias Diermeier

How Germans inform themselves about political events: Personal conversation and use of traditional media come first.

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