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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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Securing skilled workers through immigration to universities
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 22 4. May 2024

Securing skilled workers through immigration to universities

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The Regional Distribution of Graduates in Germany
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Trends No. 1 4. March 2024

The Regional Distribution of Graduates in Germany

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The Regional Distribution of Low-skilled Workers in Germany
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Trends No. 1 4. March 2024

The Regional Distribution of Low-skilled Workers in Germany

Low-skilled workers in Germany are heavily concentrated in urban areas. In 2019, the proportion of 25- to 64-year-olds who had not completed at least two years of vocational training or higher education was almost twice as high in cities with a population of ...

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Parental contributions for childcare in a regional comparison
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 13 24. February 2024

Parental contributions for childcare in a regional comparison

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Securing skilled workers through immigration to universities
IW-Report No. 22 4. May 2024

Securing skilled workers through immigration to universities

Wido Geis-Thöne

Against the backdrop of demographic change, Germany is increasingly dependent on skilled labour from abroad to secure growth and prosperity.

IW

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