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Companies are an important pillar of our economy because they create jobs, prosperity and growth. It is the task of politics to support companies in adapting to a changing environment - for example, to promote research and development. 

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The structure of the German and international economy is constantly changing. Companies are challenged to adapt to new realities brought about by digitization, for example. But they are also driving innovation and thus actively shaping change. Politics can support companies in this task by setting the framework conditions favorably. This includes, for example, adjusting the rules for competition, reducing bureaucracy and always maintaining a balance between established companies, such as traditional SMEs, and startups that enrich Germany as a business location with new business models.

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The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition
Finn Wendland on EurActiv Contribution 28. September 2021

The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition

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Industry policy recommendations for a sustainable pharmaceutical industry
Jasmina Kirchhoff IW-Policy Paper No. 22 24. September 2021

More medicines "made in Germany" via international networking

The Corona pandemic has put the German pharmaceutical industry more than ever in the focus of political and social discussions. At an unprecedented speed, pharmaceutical companies have developed and brought to market four vaccines approved in Europe – German ...

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Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry
Enno Kohlisch / Oliver Koppel / Malte Küper / Thomas Puls IW-Trends No. 3 14. September 2021

Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry

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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An Empirical Analysis with Footfall Data
Henry Goecke / Christian Rusche IW-Trends No. 3 7. September 2021

A Coronavirus Shock for the Retail Sector in German City Centres

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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Sustainable Finance: How to finance and achieve global decarbonisation

As governments across the world continue to face the challenge of tackling Covid-19, the current crisis also presents an unprecedented opportunity to reboot global economies in a manner that builds more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient societies, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

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The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition
Finn Wendland on EurActiv Contribution 28. September 2021

The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition

Small and medium-sized companies will remain exempt from new disclosure rules on the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy starting in 2022. However corporate leaders would be well-advised to follow its implications, including SMEs, writes IW Climate Economist Finn Wendland.

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Industry policy recommendations for a sustainable pharmaceutical industry
IW-Policy Paper No. 22 24. September 2021

More medicines "made in Germany" via international networking

Jasmina Kirchhoff

The Corona pandemic has put the German pharmaceutical industry more than ever in the focus of political and social discussions. At an unprecedented speed, pharmaceutical companies have developed and brought to market four vaccines approved in Europe – German companies have played a major role in this success.

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An Assessment Using the IW Business Location Index
IW-Trends No. 3 20. September 2021

Germany as a Business Location after the Grand Coalition

Cornelius Bähr / Hubertus Bardt

The demands of digitalisation and climate protection are creating an additional need for fundamental renewal of Germany’s capital stock.

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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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