Improving the evidence base on transfer of business in Europe

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However, data on business transfers are generally fragmented, often outdated, and not comparable across the EU Member States.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.

The buyer principle when buying and selling residential property – An economic analysis

The introduction of a nationwide buyer principle for the purchase of residential property is currently being discussed (draft law BMJV, 2019). In the future, the clients of the estate agents – mainly the sellers – would pay for the agent’s commission, so that the ancillary acquisition costs for buyers should decrease.

Whether this can be achieved with the buyer principle depends to a large extent on the probability of the sellers passing on the brokerage costs to the purchase prices. This study, commissioned by leading brokerage firms, therefore examines the potential effects of introducing the buyer-principle on a scientific and empirical basis.

Market design for efficient transmission of offshore wind energy

A study commissioned by Ørsted Offshore Wind, published as DIW Berlin -Politikberatung kompakt 136.

The expansion of offshore wind energy is a strategic component of Germany’s energy and climate policy. Therefore, according to the targets of the German government, 15,000 MW of offshore wind energy capacity should be available in Germany by 2030. Suppose offshore wind energy is to make a successful contribution to the transformation of energy systems. In that case, it will be necessary not only to build offshore wind farms but also to transport the electricity produced efficiently on land.

Tourism as an economic factor in Germany

The study commissioned by the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) uses internationally established economic statistical methods to present the economic significance of tourism in Germany within the framework of a Tourism Satellite Account.

In accordance with the official economic statistics of the Federal Statistical Office, the structure and level of tourism consumption and the associated effects on gross value added and employment are recorded. The study also deals with the effects of digitisation on the tourism industry.

Founder Index 2016

Berlin remains Germany’s founding capital

The start-up dynamics in Berlin remain at a high level, but with a declining trend. Employment prospects on the labour market have improved significantly. It is therefore not surprising that there has been a marked decline in the number of small businesses being set up to full-time employment. The number of “genuine company start-ups” in Berlin can be described as pleasingly high.