Private school funding and energy price crisis

On behalf of the Association of German Private School Associations (VDP e.V.), DIW Econ has investigated whether and how stable the financing system of independent schools in Germany is with regard to extreme increases in energy costs.

How reliable are the profitability analyses for the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt?

Financing model and cost-benefit analysis put to the test

Scandlines ApS commissioned DIW Econ to prepare an analysis of the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.

Current studies on the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt paint an optimistic picture when they conclude that the tunnel is worthwhile both from an economic and a macroeconomic perspective. The available analyses cannot confirm these assessments. On the contrary, they show that the economic viability of the fixed link is at risk.

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.