German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

The DIW Berlin is one of the leading economic research institutions in Germany. Its core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy as well as provision of research infrastructure. DIW Berlin stands out for the wide spectrum of its research areas and its commitment to interdisciplinarity. It also has first-rate access to empirical data, as exemplified by its Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) – one of the world’s best data sources on the socio-economic situation in Germany. DIW Berlin has nine research departments. Thematically, the scientific work of the institute is divided into four research clusters: (1) Macroeconomic Analysis and the World Economy, (2) Sustainability, (3) Industrial Economics, (4) Public Finances and Living Conditions. Questions related to Education are investigated in the latter and follow a microeconomic perspective. Empirical educational research constitutes the key aspect of the department “Education and Family” but is also analyzed by two further departments belonging to this research cluster. Among them is the research infrastructure SOEP. The research focuses on lifelong acquisition of skills, evaluating the institutional framework of the German educational system, as well as associated issues of equal opportunities. The Education and Family department focuses, inter alia, on early childhood, which forms one of the key phases for education over the life cycle. Given this focus, research questions stemming from the economics of educations are strongly related to family research. Higher Education and the transition from school to tertiary education constitute another focal point of the department.

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