Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung

German Institute for Economic Research

The German Institute for Economic Research (a registered association) in Berlin was originally founded in 1925 as the "Institute for Business Cycle Research". It is now one if the leading economic think-tanks in Germany. As an independent non-profit organization, the DIW is exclusively committed to academic pursuits in the public interest. The DIW's main task is to investigate economic processes in Germany and abroad and to support decision-making in politics, economy and administration. The wide range of research covers short-term analysis of economic developments, searching for answers to current economic and fiscal affairs, and the long-term projection and evaluation of developments in the global economy and individual sectors alike. The unifying research theme of the Public Economics Department is how the various policy instruments of the welfare state, such as taxes, transfers, the provision of public services, and government regulations, affect the allocation of resources and the distribution of incomes. Our trademark of research is the strong empirical microeconomic foundation based on new methodological developments, in particular micro-econometrics and micro-simulation models. One focus lies on health and long-term care provision and demand.

DiW is a contributor to WP1 on productivity trends in service sectors, and WP5 on health services.

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Birmingham Business School
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Grant Agreement no:244 709

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