Successful business transfers ensure continuity of production and business relations, preserve employment, and uphold the value of assets. Since 99% of businesses in the EU are SMEs, it is evident that an overwhelming majority of business transfers occur within this group of companies. Business transfers are therefore a natural part of SME policy. Informed policymaking requires a solid evidence base.
However, data on business transfers are generally fragmented, often outdated, and not comparable across the EU Member States. Therefore, this study by DIW Econ on behalf of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission seeks to improve the evidence base on business transfers in the EU Member States.
Sharing resources over the Internet – the so-called Sharing Economy – has become a business model for intermediary services such as Uber or Airbnb. At the same time, however, the rapid rise of these services has led to controversial discussions focusing on possible consumer benefits, risks for established providers and business models, and the need for action to ensure fair competition.
A joint study by DIW Econ and DICE Consult, commissioned by Uber, shows the opportunities and advantages that can arise for consumers when urban mobility and taxi markets are opened up.
Expert opinion on the investment behaviour of electricity and gas network operators within the framework of the evaluation report pursuant to § 33 (1) ARegV
As part of the evaluation process, an expert opinion was commissioned by the Federal Network Agency to DIW Econ to assess investment behaviour under the Incentive Regulation Regulation.