New Evidence on the Effects of the Shortened School Duration

(published on 26.11.2015)

Most German states have recently reduced the duration of university preparatory schooling by one year so that the university admittance qualification is now obtained after 12 instead of 13 years. However, the number of lessons was not changed, which means that students have to learn the same curriculum in shorter time. The aim of the reform was to achieve the same level of education in a shorter period of time and to enable graduates to start their professional career one year earlier. By now there is only little empirical evidence on the question of whether this aim is achieved. Therefore, researchers of NIW Hannover in cooperation with DZHW Hannover have analyzed the effects of the reform in a number of federal states.

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Current Expertise on the Revision of the Municipal Fiscal Equalization Scheme of Lower Saxony

(published on 11.11.2015)

The NIW has worked out a comprehensive expertise on the revision of the horizontal fiscal equalization scheme of Lower Saxony (municipal fiscal equalization scheme) on behalf of the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport. The results show some options for modifications to the state government, but an urgent adjustment requirement does not exist. The municipal fiscal equalization scheme of Lower Saxony, which lastly has been fundamentally revised in 1999, presently still represents in its horizontal dimension the demand of the municipalities quite accurate.

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New Publication: The Influence of the School Track on Other-regarding Behavior

(published on 29.10.2015)

Other-regarding preferences are largely important for societies, for example for the perception of a fair income distribution, the taxation and the support of other especially economically weaker members of the society. These preferences differ individually, but by now it is not finally clarified which part of the individual preferences is innate and which part is formed by upbringing and education. In particular, it can be assumed that schools have a decisive influence by imparting values and norms. This influence has been examined by Katrin John and Stephan Thomsen in their article "School-track environment or endowment: What determines different other-regarding behavior across peer groups?", which will published soon in Games and Economic Behavior.

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New Publication: Environmental Protection as an Innovation Driver

(published on 28.10.2015)

The worldwide growth of the environmental economy is also reflected in an increasing relevance of innovation activities for environmental protection solutions. On behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, NIW and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI have worked out a study, which uses several indicators to analyze the structures and developments of environmental research in Germany and in an international comparison.

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New Publication: The Effects of High-Quality Student Mentoring

(published on 27.10.2015)

In the article "The Effects of High-Quality Student Mentoring" which will be published soon in Economics Letters, Malte Sandner examines the effectiveness of a mentoring program for students in their first semester of an economics degree course.

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New Publication: The Environmental Economy in Germany - Production, Turnover, and Foreign Trade

(published on 15.10.2015)

Efforts to protect and improve the environment and climate are increasing globally. This development is not only reflected in rising costs and investments for environmental purposes but also in a growing economic relevance of environmental protection. A recently published expertise, which has been worked out by the NIW on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, analyzes the significance of the economic factor "environmental protection" in Germany and in an international comparison, using several indicators referring to production and sales from the German perspective as well as several trade indicators in international comparison. Thereby, particular attention is given to renewable energy goods.

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Presentation of the Results from the IAB Establishment Panel 2014 for Lower Saxony

(published on 09.10.2015)

On October 7, 2015, Jessica Japtok and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer have presented the results from the IAB Establishment Panel of the year 2014 to an expert group in the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport. The evaluation of the Establishment Panel represents the latest development of the economy and firms in Lower Saxony.

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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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