During the Winter 2021 semi-annual Energy Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) Meeting on 29th – 30th November 2021, DIW Econ presented a novel approach to integrate three different models – energy system TIMES model, macroeconomic CGE model and sectoral system dynamics (SD) model –into a hybrid integrated assessment model to support the elaboration of a long-term low-emission development strategy (LEDS) for Kazakhstan.
DIW Econ conducted the third study on the economic impact of the gypsum industry on behalf of the Federal Association of the Gypsum Industry. In this update, the study focuses on the year 2020 and examines the entire Harz region, including the previously examined southern Harz region.
Overall, the economic activities of gypsum mining and producing companies in the Harz region generated gross value-added effects of 318.9 million euros throughout Germany in 2020, of which 153.3 million euros were generated in the Harz region itself. At the same time, the companies in the gypsum industry secured over 4,600 jobs in Germany.
Berlin is one of the most popular city travel destinations in Europe. However, significant information about the economic importance of the tourism industry as a whole has not been available to the public and economic policymakers until now, as this information cannot be derived directly from official economic statistics.
On behalf of VisitBerlin and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, DIW Econ calculates the economic significance of the tourism industry in Berlin for the first time in the study “Tourism as an Economic Factor in Berlin” using the tourism satellite account.
The discourse on climate policy to achieve internationally agreed climate targets in Germany is often narrowed down to the instrument of CO2 pricing. A price for the emission of climate-damaging carbon dioxide is an essential building block for achieving the long-term decarbonisation of all sectors.
However, the current study by DIW Econ with Prof. Dr Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department of Energy, Transport and Environment at DIW, commissioned by Greenpeace, shows that a price on CO2 by itself is by far not sufficient to achieve Germany’s agreed climate goals. This can only be achieved with the help of a policy mix of CO2 pricing and complementary regulatory instruments and measures.
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.