Statement on the current cost-benefit analysis for a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt

On behalf of Scandlines, DIW Econ has examined the current cost-benefit analysis of the planned fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt from 2015.

The result shows that despite a consistently optimistic choice of parameters and methodological shortcomings, the net benefit of the project is relatively low. The assessment of possible project risks in the sensitivity analysis is insufficient.

Opportunities of digitisation in markets for urban mobility: consumer demands and new providers

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.