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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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An Empirical Stocktaking
Jan Büchel / Barbara Engels IW-Trends No. 1 19. April 2022

Data Management by Companies in Germany: An Empirical Stocktaking

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How persistent are the current inflationary dynamics and how is monetary policy expected to respond?
Markus Demary / Anna-Lena Herforth / Jonas Zdrzalek IW-Report No. 16 13. April 2022

The new inflationary environment: How persistent are the current inflationary dynamics and how is monetary policy expected to respond?

We argue that the period of low inflation has come to an end based on six structural factors, which define the new inflationary environment.

IW

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How Large Is the Risk of Stagflation in the Eurozone
Markus Demary / Michael Hüther in Intereconomics External Publication 15. February 2022

How Large Is the Risk of Stagflation in the Eurozone

The rapid recovery of demand combined with supply constraints has led to rising prices during the past months. This is evident in oil and gas markets, but also in international trade, which has been thrown out of step by bottlenecks at Asian ports.

IW

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An International Comparison
Jasmina Kirchhoff IW-Trends No. 1 9. February 2022

Where the German Pharmaceutical Industry Sources its Intermediate Inputs: An International Comparison

The Corona pandemic has led to increasing demands for the reshoring of pharmaceutical production back to Germany. A strategic dependence on non-European active ingredient and drug manufacturers is cited as an argument.

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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.

IW

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How persistent are the current inflationary dynamics and how is monetary policy expected to respond?
IW-Report No. 16 13. April 2022

The new inflationary environment: How persistent are the current inflationary dynamics and how is monetary policy expected to respond?

Markus Demary / Anna-Lena Herforth / Jonas Zdrzalek

We argue that the period of low inflation has come to an end based on six structural factors, which define the new inflationary environment.

IW

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How Large Is the Risk of Stagflation in the Eurozone
External Publication 15. February 2022

How Large Is the Risk of Stagflation in the Eurozone

Markus Demary / Michael Hüther in Intereconomics

The rapid recovery of demand combined with supply constraints has led to rising prices during the past months. This is evident in oil and gas markets, but also in international trade, which has been thrown out of step by bottlenecks at Asian ports.

IW

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Protectionism is a dead-end street for Europe, climate neutrality is the key
Sandra Parthie at EURACTIV EURACTIV 9. February 2022

Protectionism is a dead-end street for Europe, climate neutrality is the key

Disruption, transition, transformation, structural change – Europeans today face several megatrends – climate change and the need to decarbonise our economies; digitalisation and the need to re-think workplace organisation; de-globalisation and the need to remain economically relevant, writes Sandra Parthie, Head of the IW Brussels Office.

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An International Comparison
IW-Trends No. 1 9. February 2022

Where the German Pharmaceutical Industry Sources its Intermediate Inputs: An International Comparison

Jasmina Kirchhoff

The Corona pandemic has led to increasing demands for the reshoring of pharmaceutical production back to Germany. A strategic dependence on non-European active ingredient and drug manufacturers is cited as an argument.

IW

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