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

(published on 15.07.2016)

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 Effects of the Redued High School Duration on Postsecondary Education Decisions

(published on 25.02.2016)

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

(published on 23.02.2016)

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

(published on 22.02.2016)

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

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Press Releases

Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) wird aufgelöst

Pressemitteilung Nr. 1/2016

(published on 13.07.2016)

Nach 35-jähriger Tätigkeit hat die Mitgliederversammlung des Niedersächsischen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. (NIW) die Auflösung des Vereins zum 30. Juni 2016 beschlossen. Dies war notwendig geworden, nachdem das Land Niedersachsen mit der Begründung veränderter Förderprioritäten die Einstellung der institutionellen Förderung des Instituts erklärt hatte. Mit der Schließung des NIW verliert das Land sein einziges unabhängiges Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitut.

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