The German Economic Institute (IW) is a private economic research institute in Germany, which is a advocate of a liberal economic and social order. It works to improve understanding of how business and society function and interact. Their studies, projects and policy recommendations identify the risks and opportunities for economy and society.
The institute’s research results and position papers are eagerly debated and used extensively by policymakers, business leaders, the scientific world and the media.
The topics it works on are: labour market, education and skilled workers, demographics, income and wealth, financial and social policy, financial markets and monetary policy, real estate markets, international economy, industrial relations, environment and energy, companies, behavioral economics and business ethics, consumer protection, corporate social responsibility, growth and business cycle.