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From ‘refugee crisis’ to job engine

In its latest study commissioned by the Tent Partnership for Refugees, DIW Econ analyses the challenges and effects of integrating refugees into the German labour market. To examine this topic, 100 medium-sized and large companies with previous experience in integrating refugees following 2015 were surveyed, alongside qualitative interviews conducted with entrepreneurs.

Company succession in the construction industry

The construction industry is an essential pillar of the German economy, both in terms of its contribution to gross domestic product and overall employment. Due to the observed increase in the average age of business owners, it can be assumed that more and more entrepreneurs will be affected by succession planning in the coming years. However, to date, there has been no estimate or survey that provides reliable information on how many companies in the construction industry will be faced with succession planning in the coming years and what economic effects can be expected as a result.

To close this research gap, DIW Econ and the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn were commissioned by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) to investigate the business succession situation in the construction i

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.

Maritime value-added and employment in Germany

The study “Maritime value-added and employment in Germany” makes it possible for the first time to make a scientifically substantiated assessment of the overall economic significance of the industry for Germany. The results can serve as a trend-setting basis for discussion for political decisions at all federal and regional levels.

The study was conducted on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) by a consortium consisting of ISL (Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics), Fraunhofer CML, ETR (Economic Trends Research) and DIW Econ.

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.