Companies in Germany increasingly lack specialists with qualifications in STEM subjects, i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This has an inhibiting effect on innovation and growth.
This special analysis of the patent database maintained by the German Economic Institute (IW) examines how migration is contributing to Germany's innovative power. A first name database, enabling a socio-demographic analysis of all inventors living in Germany between 2005 and 2016, was developed specifically for this purpose.
The large immigration of refugees in the last months has shown, that the EU countries should cooperate more closely on migration and development policy. This is not only the opinion of the Expert Council of German Foundation on Integration and Migration – it is also confirmed by calculations of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research.
This year, up to 800,000 refugees are expected to come to Germany. However, the Federal Government does not yet have a convincing concept for a sustainable refugee and asylum policy. In a new study the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) shows what policymakers can do – without repeating past mistakes.
Workers aged 65 and over can make an ever greater contribution to securing the supply of skilled labour in Germany. They continue to grow as a proportion of the population and are increasing...
Empirical Evidence on the Active Fostering of Cultural Variety in German Companies
The contribution of German business to tertiary education has now been calculated for the second time in a joint study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Koeln) and the...
Immigration Prevents Bottlenecks
Migration as a Short-term Balancing Mechanism
Immigration makes a valuable contribution to securing the availability of a skilled workforce in Germany. Roughly 27 per cent of the immigrants who came to Germany between 1999 and 2009 had a...
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