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The economic importance of onshore wind energy in Schleswig-Holstein

DIW Econ was commissioned by the Schleswig-Holstein Regional Association of the German Wind Energy Association to investigate the economic significance of onshore wind energy in Schleswig-Holstein.

This study analyses, on the one hand, the investments in new wind energy plants and on the other hand, the revenues and costs arising from the operation and maintenance of existing wind energy plants. It will thus determine the effects of the wind energy sector on regional value-added, employment and tax revenues in Schleswig-Holstein. The overall effect of the three indicators can be divided into direct, indirect and induced effects.

Survey of medium-sized businesses 2019

As part of the 2019 SME survey, companies in the Berlin/Brandenburg region were asked for the 15th time about their assessment of the current economic situation, their expectations for the future and their investment and financing plans.

The results show that the economic slowdown is not leaving Berlin’s domestic companies completely unscathed. Both the assessments of the business climate and the expected increase in personnel are more cautious. With companies still reluctant to invest, digitisation is one of the top three investment motives.

Sustainability: More than just a buzzword

As part of the SME survey conducted by Berliner Sparkasse 2018, DIW Econ recorded the current importance of sustainability in companies in the capital region.

In contrast to large listed companies, little is known about the importance of sustainability for SMEs. Unlike companies with 500 or more employees, SMEs are not subject to the obligation to prepare a sustainability report.

Digitisation: Growth potential for companies in the capital region

As part of the SME survey conducted by Berliner Sparkasse 2018, DIW Econ recorded the current status and development of digitisation in companies in the capital region.

The digitisation index was determined for the first time in 2017. With the SME Survey 2018 it is now available for the second time, so that trends in digital transformation over time can be identified.

Regional economic effects of universities

DIW Econ has published an article in the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s series on higher education policy on the regional effects of higher education.

Using study results for the State of Brandenburg and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena as examples, the article shows the key figures used to quantify and classify the regional economic impact of higher education institutions
can be achieved.