RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

RWI is an independent, non-profit center for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany. The research work of RWI – based on latest theoretical concepts and advanced empirical methods – ranges from the individual to the world economy and is structured along five “competence areas”: “Labor Markets, Education, Population”, “Health Economics”, “Climate Change and Development”, “Environment and Resources” and “Macroeconomics and Public Finance”. The research groups “Migration and Integration”, “Sustainability and Governance” and “Prosocial Behavior” 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, the particular focus of research is on higher education, training (vocational ecuation, lifelong learning) and the impact of education on labor market outcomes. 
  • RWI assesses the causal impact of reforms and policy measures in the educational sector in Germany and low-income countries. 
  • The institute conducts policy studies on the economics of education for public sector clients, such as ministries, the German Federal Employment Agency and the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). 
  • RWI designs individual and company surveys and is involved in data collection. For example, RWI, together with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) and infas – Institute for Applied Social Sciences, established a longitudinal linked-employer-employee dataset on lifelong learning. Data are available for secondary use. More information.

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