Activity Report 2014

(published on 29.06.2015)

The Activity Report 2014, presenting the work of the NIW in the year 2014, has been released.

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The economic situation of Lower Saxony in 2015: clear signs of a solid upswing

(published on 19.06.2015)

The new "NIW-Konjunkturletter" informs about the current and future economic situation in Lower Saxony and Germany.

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Now also in English: List of Environmental Protection Goods

(published on 16.06.2015)

The new list of goods that are (capable of being) used for environmental and climate protection purposes, which had been worked out by the NIW on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, has now been published also in English Language. The report documents the creation of this new list of potential environmental protection goods, which is based on the German official nomenclature of goods for production statistics 2009. The list forms the basis for detailed analyses of the structure and development of the production and international trade of potential environmental protection goods.

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New Publication: Economic Cost-Benefit Analyses as an Evaluation Tool in the Prevention

(published on 08.06.2015)

In a recent article in forum kriminalprävention (forum on crime prevention), Prof. Dr. Thomsen examines the possibilities to apply economic cost-benefit analyses to the evaluation of (crime-)prevention. Crime in Germany causes massive damage, both for directly and indirectly affected people, as well as for the society as a whole. To evaluate objectively the damage caused by crime, the damages and their costs need to be determined and made comparable at the first instance. Additionally, the comparison of costs helps to answer the question, how much effort should be undertaken by the state in order to curb the crime. The use of cost-benefit analyses would make it possible to evaluate prevention programs and the criminal policy economically, and in this way to support decisions with respect to modifications, extensions or termination of activities. 

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New Publication: Improving the Precision of Population Projections for Small Areas

(published on 04.06.2015)

In their current article "Subnational Population Projections by Age: An Evaluation of Combined Forecast Techniques", which will be published in Population Research and Policy Review, Mario Reinhold and Stephan Thomsen suggest the combination of different methods for population projections in order to improve the precision of forecasts for small areas. Population projections, which consider the age structure of small spatial areas, are an important foundation for all demographic-related decisions. Examples in the planning of future physical and social infrastructure are the regional and age-related differences in demand for schools, hospitals and basic supply of services, as well as for social and nursing services. Therefore, the more accurate the population projection is done, the better over- and under-capacities can be avoided. Even small percentage deviations in the prediction can subsequently lead to large errors in investment decisions. The method developed by the authors and illustrated in an application for Niedersachsen reduces the common forecasting errors significantly. Its use in the planning could thus contribute to a more efficient use of public and private resources.

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Expertise on the Demographic Change in the City of Hamburg has been presented

(published on 02.06.2015)

Two studies on the demographic change in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg have been presented today in a joint event of the Department for Economics of the City of Hamburg and the Körber Foundation. One of the studies has been worked out by the NIW and analyzes the changes in general conditions of the region. The focus was on the opportunities and challenges for the City of Hamburg with respect to selected products and services as well as on the consequences of the changing age structure of employees.

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Report on the System of Indicators on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs Observatory) has been published

(published on 02.06.2015)

The research group for the system of indicators on key enabling technologies (KETs Observatory) has presented its first annual report. The report analyses, on behalf of the European Commission (DG Growth), the performance of the EU-28 and its member states in several enabling technologies – nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, optical technologies, micro- and nanotechnologies, new materials and new production technologies – and compares it with important competitors in North America and Asia. The focus of the first annual report is on technologies (patents), production, foreign trade and enterprises. Within the consortium consisting of six European research institutes, the NIW is responsible for the analyses on foreign trade.

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Press Releases

Solider Aufschwung der niedersächsischen Wirtschaft

Pressemitteilung Nr. 4/2015

(published on 19.06.2015)

Die Wirtschaft in Niedersachsen ist, wie auch die gesamtdeutsche Volkswirtschaft, im vergangenen Jahr trotz eines widrigen Umfelds stärker als erwartet gewachsen. Laut Konjunkturletter des Niedersächsischen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) ist auch in diesem Jahr mit einem robusten Wachstum des niedersächsischen Bruttoinlandsprodukts in Höhe von 1,6 Prozent zu rechnen.

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Vorstandswechsel im NIW

Pressemitteilung Nr. 3/2015

(published on 11.05.2015)

Auf der Vereinssitzung des Niedersächsischen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) in Hannover am 24. April 2015 sind zwei der drei bisherigen Vorstandsmitglieder, Prof. Dr. Javier Revilla Diez und Prof. Michael Sommer auf eigenen Wunsch aus dem Vorstand des Instituts ausgeschieden. Neben dem Direktor des NIW, Prof. Dr. Stephan Thomsen, wurde Prof. Dr. Sonning Bredemeier als neues Vorstandsmitglied gewählt.

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