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Publication of Results from the EU project "Identifying Levers to Unlock Clean Industry"

The study jointly worked out by IDEA Consult (Brussels), NIW, and WIFO (Vienna) aims at identifying priority sectors within the "Clean Industry" branch, which have promising growth and employment potential. "Clean Industries" are defined as sectors or segments within the overall economy, which supply technologies, goods or services that effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve energy and resource efficiency.

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New Publication on Trade Specialisation of EU Regions

The study "Identifying revealed comparative advantages in an EU regional context" analyses how different regional and industry specific factors are related to differences in regional export specialisation patterns, in order to derive conclusions for the European regional policy.

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The Lower Saxony Institute for Economic Research (NIW) is liquidated

After 35 years of activity, the general meeting of the Lower Saxony Institute for Economic Research (NIW) decided to liquidate the organization by 30 June 2016. The institute was founded in 1981 as an independent economic research institute on the initiative of the state government of Lower Saxony. In more than three decades of its activity, the NIW comprehensively conducted scientific analyses and expertises for the federal state, its regions and local authorities as well as for national and international customers.

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New Publication: The Regional Economic Impact of the Energy Economics in Southern Emsland

The expertise on the economic influence of the German energy transition (Energiewende) in the region of Southern Emsland has been released.

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New Publication: The Effects of the Redued High School Duration on Postsecondary Education Decisions

Most German states have recently reduced the duration of university preparatory schooling from 13 to 12 years but kept constant the curriculum. The objective of this reform was to enable an earlier start of university education (and, subsequently, of labor market participation). In the paper "How Important Is Secondary School Duration for Postsecondary Education Decisions? Evidence from a Natural Experiment", which has now been published in the Journal of Human Capital, Tobias Meyer and Stephan Thomsen investigate the question of whether the objective of the reform has been achieved. Thereby, they contribute to a better understanding of the relevance of the duration and intensity of upper secondary schooling for further education decisions.

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New Publication on the Innovation Impact of Spatial Cooperation Patterns

In the paper "Spatial cooperation patterns and their impact on innovation outcomes: lessons from firms in a low-technology region", which will be published soon in the journal European Planning Studies, Pia Wassmann, Daniel Schiller and Stephan Thomsen examine the innovation impact of cooperation patterns of firms in the German low technology region of Lower Bavaria.

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The Economy of Lower Saxony in 2016: Continuation of a Solid Upswing

The new "NIW-Konjunkturletter" informs about the past and future development of the economy in Lower Saxony and Germany.

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Regional Economic Effects of the Asse-GmbH

An expertise on the regional economic effects of the Asse-GmbH which has been worked out by the NIW was now officially presented. A main result of the analysis is that the economic activities of the Asse-GmbH and its suppliers had a nationwide impact on employment of approximately 1,700 jobs in the year 2014.

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