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  • Press Release

    German economy will first pick up speed in 2022

    DIW Berlin forecasting experts are lowering their forecast for 2021 from 3.2 to 2.1 percent - Supply bottlenecks and material shortages are weighing on German industry - Private consumption remains restrained - With growth of just under five percent, the German economy will pick up speed in 2022 once bottlenecks have been overcome and infection rates have fallen on a sustained basis - Inflation no ...

  • Dossiers


    Researchers at DIW Berlin are taking a closer look at the economic effects of the ongoing 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Here you can find all DIW Berlin publications on the consequences of the pandemic, which are leaving deep marks on not only the global and German economies, but also on society itself.

  • Press Release

    Immigration from other EU countries has increased Germany’s economic growth since 2011

    Since 2011, over five million immigrants from other EU countries have immigrated to Germany – A DIW Berlin simulation shows that this immigration has increased GDP growth by an average of 0.2 percentage points every year – More needs to be done to improve employment opportunities for the highly qualified, for example by simplifying the procedures for recognizing foreign qualifications, ...

  • Externe Monographien

    Unemployment Insurance Union

    A European unemployment insurance scheme has gained increased attention as a new and ambitious common fiscal instrument which could be used for temporary cross-country transfers. Part of the national stabilizers composing unemployment insurance schemes would be transferred to the central level. Unemployed are then insured by both layers. When a country is hit by an asymmetric shock, it would receive ...

    Society for Economic Dynamics, 40 S.
    (2017 Meeting Papers ; 1340)
    | Guillaume Claveres, Marius Clemens
  • Weekly Report

    Social services: a rapidly growing economic sector

    The social services sector has experienced growth at a far above-average pace in the past, and employment has even accelerated since the middle of the past decade. This is due to a strong increase in demand for this sector's services as a result of an aging society and from increasing tasks to solve problems in families. The influx of refugees has also affected demand. Almost everywhere in the EU, ...

    26.04.2018| Karl Brenke, Thore Schlaak
  • Press Release

    The new grand coalition’s work program: DIW Berlin says there is still much to improve

    In important areas such as tax policy, education, and energy, the future grand coalition must be considerably more ambitious – The need for reform in Germany is not being addressed sufficiently Germany’s next government will most likely once again be a grand coalition. However, the results of the preliminary coalition talks between the Union parties and the SPD, which serve as a basis ...

  • Interview

    "Uncertainty remains one of the biggest impediments to global economic development": Eight Questions for Ferdinand Fichtner

    Mr. Fichtner, is the German economy still on a path of growth? Yes—in fact, the German economy is developing quite powerfully. Growth in the first half of the year has been respectable, but we are expecting an even more significant expansion in the coming quarters, especially in light of the favorable labor market development.  [...]

    21.06.2017| Ferdinand Fichtner
  • Economic Bulletin

    Hourly wages in lower deciles no longer lagging behind when it comes to wage growth

    For many years, only better-paid workers benefited from Germany’s real wage increases. In contrast, dependent employees with lower hourly wages suffered substantial losses, while the low-wage sector expanded. Around 2010, these trends came to an end. Now all wage groups benefit from wage increases—even if those in the middle of the distribution lag somewhat behind. At the very least, this ...

    24.05.2017| Karl Brenke, Alexander S. Kritikos
  • Research Project

    Structural Data on Production and Employment in the Construction Industry

    Completed Project| Firms and Markets, Forecasting and Economic Policy
  • Weitere externe Aufsätze

    Euro Area-Wide Unemployment Insurance: Useless, Desirable, or Indispensable?

    In: David Natali (Ed.) , Social Developments in the European Union 2013: Fifteenth Annual Report
    Brüssel: ETUI
    S. 115-130
    | Ferdinand Fichtner