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Online survey on the situation of the local press in Germany

The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) has commissioned DIW Econ GmbH to study the current situation of the local German press.

The study aims to create a comprehensive picture of the local German press and, in particular, to analyze the challenges and opportunities arising from increasing digitization. In addition, the study will evaluate the extent to which current developments are endangering the diversity of the press and opinions and whether a need for state support can be derived from this. Finally, the study will examine which government funding measures could effectively support the local German press and thus also press and opinion diversity.

Evaluation of the amendment of the Act on the Regulation of Housing Placement by the Tenancy Law Amendment Act

DIW Econ GmbH was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) to evaluate the “buyer principle” introduced in 2015 for the marketing of rental properties. Since then, this principle has obliged the initiator of a brokerage service to pay for it (“whoever orders, pays”). The evaluation examines whether the law’s objectives have been achieved and additionally identifies potential needs for an amendment to the law.

Annual Report on European SMEs 2020/2021

The Annual Report on European SMEs 2020/2021, commissioned by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) of the European Commission, reviews the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on EU SMEs in 2020 as well as their expected performance in 2021, after providing a brief overview of their pre-pandemic performance. The report focuses particularly on the digitalisation of European SMEs, as the use of various digital tools in 2020 helped to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

Carbon-neutral and socially just Bavaria – Proposed measures for a social climate transformation in Bavaria

The current study by DIW Econ, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, DIW Berlin, commissioned by the Bavarian SPD state parliamentary group, examines how the Free State of Bavaria can achieve a just transition into a emission neutral future. For this purpose, the study discusses specific social-ecological measures for the upcoming political reorientation in the sectors of energy, transport, buildings and industry.

Feasibility Study on Promoting Publishing Diversity in the Book Market in Germany

Against the background of a drastically changing market environment in the German publishing industry, DIW Econ GmbH has prepared a feasibility study on governmental support measures for the German book publishing industry on behalf of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

The study reveals that publishing diversity in the German book market is under threat. In particular, small and independent publishers are threatened by current events and developments in the publishing industry.