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Companies and Markets

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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Does the Future Fund bring new impetus to the start-up culture?
Klaus-Heiner Röhl IW-Policy Paper No. 28 2. December 2021

Start-ups and venture capital in Germany: Does the Future Fund bring new impetus to the start-up culture?

This policy paper shows the development of foundations of new companies and start-ups in Germany and, after a look at the international venture capital markets, presents the Future Fund, with which the German government wants to put start-up financing on a new footing.

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To what extent do start-ups and venture capital serve as growth drivers
Klaus-Heiner Röhl / Leonie Heuer IW-Report No. 44 2. December 2021

Start-ups and economic growth in an international comparison

This IW Report analyses the importance of entrepreneurial activity and Venture Capital for economic growth. Potential growth has declined significantly in the highly developed countries in recent years.

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How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW News 17. November 2021

Circular economy: How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment

The European Commission aims at further reducing illegal waste exports and is therefore revising its regulations. Legal waste shipment is an important step towards an efficient circular economy: it reduces resource utilization and saves CO2.

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Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW
Malte Küper / Oliver Koppel / Enno Kohlisch IW-Report No. 40 27. October 2021

Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW

Transforming the economy towards climate-neutrality poses major challenges for the energy-intensive primary industry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). At the same time, the development of environmentally friendly basic materials and production processes ...

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Does the Future Fund bring new impetus to the start-up culture?
IW-Policy Paper No. 28 2. December 2021

Start-ups and venture capital in Germany: Does the Future Fund bring new impetus to the start-up culture?

Klaus-Heiner Röhl

This policy paper shows the development of foundations of new companies and start-ups in Germany and, after a look at the international venture capital markets, presents the Future Fund, with which the German government wants to put start-up financing on a new footing.

IW

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To what extent do start-ups and venture capital serve as growth drivers
IW-Report No. 44 2. December 2021

Start-ups and economic growth in an international comparison

Klaus-Heiner Röhl / Leonie Heuer

This IW Report analyses the importance of entrepreneurial activity and Venture Capital for economic growth. Potential growth has declined significantly in the highly developed countries in recent years.

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How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW News 17. November 2021

Circular economy: How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment

The European Commission aims at further reducing illegal waste exports and is therefore revising its regulations. Legal waste shipment is an important step towards an efficient circular economy: it reduces resource utilization and saves CO2.

IW

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Balancing different costs and prices for industrial climate protection
IW-Report No. 41 8. November 2021

Industry, climate protection and trade: Balancing different costs and prices for industrial climate protection

Hubertus Bardt

In interrelated markets for exchangeable goods there is - apart from transaction costs - only one single price. In contrast, international climate protection is characterized by very different prices for greenhouse gas emissions.

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Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW
IW-Report No. 40 27. October 2021

Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW

Malte Küper / Oliver Koppel / Enno Kohlisch

Transforming the economy towards climate-neutrality poses major challenges for the energy-intensive primary industry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). At the same time, the development of environmentally friendly basic materials and production processes presents a great potential for transforming NRW into an attractive industrial location for the future.

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