RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

RWI is a leading center for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany. The institute was founded in 1926 and is a registered independent research institute since 1943. The research work of the RWI – based on the latest theoretical concepts and current empirical methods – ranges from the individual to the level of the global economy, processed by four areas of competence: “Labor Markets, Education, Population”, “Health Economics”, “Enterprise and Innovation” and, “Environment and Resources”. The research groups “Education”, “Migration and Integration”, “Climate Change in Developing Countries” and “Sustainability and Governance” round off the research profile. The “Research Data Centre Ruhr” (RDC Ruhr) provides researchers with latest empirical methods and data.

Important work and services:

  • RWI analyses the determinants of educational decisions and returns to education. In this research area, RWI has a specific focus on vocational education and lifelong learning and on the impact of education on labor market outcomes.
  • The analysis of the causal impact of reforms to the educational system is central to RWI’s work. These studies are carried out in Germany and in low-income countries.
  • The institute has written several policy reports on issues of economics of education for ministries and other public institutions such as the German Federal Employment Agency and, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
  • RWI has designed several surveys of individuals and companies. Together with the Institut for Employment Research (IAB), the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) and and infas – Institute for Applied Social Sciences, RWI has, for example, established a longitudinal linked-employer-employee dataset on lifelong learning. The data has been made available to the public. More information.
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