Regional and Location Analysis

In all parts of the world, regions face great challenges in view of the growing knowledge orientation of the economy and an increasing global networking of production and innovation. Under these circumstances, successful regional development can only be realized if industrial countries can retain their competitive advantages in terms of technology and innovation. Simultaneously, solutions have to be found for the demographic change and its effects on the health and social system as well as on the supply of skilled labor.

The NIW works out location and regional analyses, by which current and regional specific problems, requirements and development potentials can be identified. The investigation of specific regions always takes place in the context of the global competitive conditions. The focus of the regional and location analyses of the NIW is on the following topics:

  • Demographic change
  • Labor markets and employment
  • Income and social situation
  • Structural change of the economy
  • Public finance
  • Infrastructure and public services
  • Innovation and upgrading processes
  • Global and local supply chains
  • Political institutions and funding programs

The implementation of strategic goals requires long-term oriented instruments of analysis. As a profound and permanently available information source for political consulting, the NIW-Regional monitoring shows long-term and current trends in key areas of social and economic development. It thereby summarizes the regional variety and range of development in Lower Saxony. Furthermore, the NIW compiles population, employment and other prognoses. The statistic procedures developed by the NIW ensure the consideration of small subspaces and at the same time high statistical robustness of the results. Furthermore, scientific estimation procedures to determine regional economic effects of (large) projects are being used.