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Education and Training

From an economic perspective, it is beneficial if policymakers invest in the bright minds of tomorrow and create a competitive, innovative and equitable education system in Germany. The Education Monitor - one of the most important studies on education in Germany - shows that Germany can do even better here.

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Schools and universities are not producing enough well-educated young people. This is leading to shortages of skilled workers, which are being exacerbated by demographic change and, as a result, falling numbers of schoolchildren and students as the workforce ages. This makes it all the more important for the state to invest in education and provide the best possible training for existing children and young people. The expansion of early childhood education and all-day care at daycare centers and schools will have a particularly strong impact. Good foundations at the start of education benefit later phases of education, when more is learned. At the same time, families can better realize their employment aspirations and thus also contribute to securing a skilled workforce. Through its subsidiary IW Junior, the IW is also committed to expanding economic education.

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Educational attainment of the population in a European comparison
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 3 21. January 2023

Educational attainment of the population in a European comparison

With the increasing shortage of skilled labour against the backdrop of demographic change and the changing demands on employees in the context of digitalisation, decarbonisation and de-globalisation, it is becoming increasingly important for Germany and Europe that the working population achieves the highest possible level of qualification.

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Integration needs of children in regional comparison
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 1 15. January 2023

Integration needs of children in regional comparison

While the citizenship says little about the state of integration of adults, it is a good indicator of a recent migration history in the case of children.

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Learning deficits due to Corona in dual training
Regina Flake / Filiz Koneberg / Paula Risius IW-Report No. 52 13. October 2022

Learning deficits due to Corona in dual training

The contact reduction measures during the Corona pandemic had a strong impact on everyday life in the German dual system of vocational training. Regarding the work-based training within the companies, the question arises as to which extent distance learning ...

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Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 30 29. May 2022

Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system

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Educational attainment of the population in a European comparison
IW-Report No. 3 21. January 2023

Educational attainment of the population in a European comparison

Wido Geis-Thöne

With the increasing shortage of skilled labour against the backdrop of demographic change and the changing demands on employees in the context of digitalisation, decarbonisation and de-globalisation, it is becoming increasingly important for Germany and Europe that the working population achieves the highest possible level of qualification.

IW

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Integration needs of children in regional comparison
IW-Report No. 1 15. January 2023

Integration needs of children in regional comparison

Wido Geis-Thöne

While the citizenship says little about the state of integration of adults, it is a good indicator of a recent migration history in the case of children.

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Parental contributions for all-day care for primary school children
IW-Report No. 62 25. November 2022

Parental contributions for all-day care for primary school children

Wido Geis-Thöne

The organisation of all-day care for primary school children varies greatly from region to region in Germany. In most of the eastern German states it takes place mainly in after-school care centres, which are part of the child and youth welfare services, whereas in North Rhine-Westphalia these functions are taken over by the open all-day schools.

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The Status Quo and Suggested Approaches for Policymakers
IW-Trends 17. November 2022

Securing Skilled Labour by Attracting and Retaining International Students: The Status Quo and Suggested Approaches for Policymakers

Wido Geis-Thöne

The demographic transition is expected to leave Germany with a serious shortage of skilled workers. To alleviate this bottleneck, more young people from abroad should be trained at German universities and offered the prospect of long-term residence.

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The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index
Expertise 14. November 2022

The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

Viktor Lázár / Ian Clay / Stephen Ezell / Shelby Lauter / Axel Plünnecke / Stefano da Empoli / Lorenzo Principali / Michele Masulli / Aaron Wudrick

Innovation ecosystems are increasingly complex and diverse, but there are common markers of core strength. In this report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the German Economic Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute benchmark 96 states and provinces across Germany, Italy, the United States, and Canada.

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