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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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Low for Long or Higher for Longer?
Markus Demary / Michael Hüther IW-Report No. 12 8. April 2021

Global Inflation: Low for Long or Higher for Longer?

Inflation has started to increase, and the return of inflation comes at a time in which economies begin to recover from pandemic-induced and lockdown-induced recessions. This raises questions about how much and how long inflation will go up as well as about whether central banks have to step-up against inflation at the cost of slowing down the economic recovery. Has ...

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The Asian Blockchain Centers
Markus Demary / Vera Demary IW-Kurzbericht No. 10 15. February 2021

The Asian Blockchain Centers

Many Asian start-up companies have specialized in blockchain technology. In particular, Hong Kong, Israel and Singapore have the highest blockchain company density in Asia. The determinants for a flour-ishing blockchain ecosystem are a business-friendly ...

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The European Blockchain Centers
Markus Demary / Vera Demary IW-Kurzbericht No. 9 15. February 2021

The European Blockchain Centers

Blockchain companies have sprung up all over Europe, at the forefront: Malta and Estonia. Compared to the sizes of their workforce, both countries have an outstanding number of blockchain companies and can easily compete with larger countries like Germany or ...

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German Blockchain Companies
Markus Demary / Vera Demary IW-Kurzbericht No. 8 15. February 2021

A Growing Niche: German Blockchain Companies

A growing, but still small number of companies in Germany are supplying products and services based on the blockchain technology. Most of these are start-up companies and are headquartered in Berlin. Although a lot of them are focused on providing financial ...

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The introduction of the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities
IW-Policy Paper No. 14 23. July 2021

Ecologically sustainable or not?: The introduction of the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities

Peter Friedrich / Finn Wendland

The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities (EU Taxonomy) is the lead instrument to integrate and promote sustainability in capital markets across the EU.

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Low for Long or Higher for Longer?
IW-Report No. 12 8. April 2021

Global Inflation: Low for Long or Higher for Longer?

Markus Demary / Michael Hüther

Inflation has started to increase, and the return of inflation comes at a time in which economies begin to recover from pandemic-induced and lockdown-induced recessions. This raises questions about how much and how long inflation will go up as well as about whether central banks have to step-up against inflation at the cost of slowing down the economic recovery. Has “low for long” turned into “higher for longer”?

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An Acceleration of Structural Changes?
External Publication 10. March 2021

The German Economy and the Corona Shock: An Acceleration of Structural Changes?

Michael Grömling in BSR Policy Briefing series

The Corona pandemic is a huge shock for the whole world both socially and economically. The supply side of the economy is impacted via disrupted value chains due to a lack of employees and supplies.

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The Asian Blockchain Centers
IW-Kurzbericht No. 10 15. February 2021

The Asian Blockchain Centers

Markus Demary / Vera Demary

Many Asian start-up companies have specialized in blockchain technology. In particular, Hong Kong, Israel and Singapore have the highest blockchain company density in Asia. The determinants for a flour-ishing blockchain ecosystem are a business-friendly environment for start-ups and the availability of venture capital, while the effects of agglomeration are less pronounced in Asia than in Europe.

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The European Blockchain Centers
IW-Kurzbericht No. 9 15. February 2021

The European Blockchain Centers

Markus Demary / Vera Demary

Blockchain companies have sprung up all over Europe, at the forefront: Malta and Estonia. Compared to the sizes of their workforce, both countries have an outstanding number of blockchain companies and can easily compete with larger countries like Germany or France. The reason for this is a combination of having agglomerations, a good access to venture capital and an attractive framework for new companies.

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