niw info 1/2015

(published on 13.08.2015)

In the current newsletter we inform about finished and new research projects and other activities in the first half of the year 2015.

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New NIW-Discussionpaper: Ist der Fachkräftemangel in Niedersachsen akut?

(published on 30.07.2015)

Skill shortages are an important issue of the current economic policy debate in Germany. However, it is not always clear whether the term applies to an actual or future problem. The paper "Fachkräftemangel in Niedersachsen: Ein aktuelles Problem?" by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer tests empirically whether a shortage of skilled workers already existed in Lower Saxony in the period 2008 – 2014 or whether there were temporary bottlenecks, which could be solved by an appropriate personnel management.

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New Publication: Development and Functional Shifts of Manufacturing Employment in Europe

(published on 09.07.2015)

Most European countries experience a continuous decline in manufacturing employment. In a recently published article in the DIW Quarterly Journal of Economic Research (DIW Vierteljahresheft) 1/2015, Alexander Cordes and Birgit Gehrke investigate the question whether a relationship exists between the quantitative development of manufacturing employment and its structural composition (functions and tasks). The results show that the decline in manufacturing employment in the EU since 2008 is mainly driven by the decreased demand for production tasks. This effect was not that large in the knowledge intensive industry (compared to other industries) due to the higher relevance of strategically important functions (STEM professions, high-skilled management functions). Employment in German manufacturing was generally favored by national employment trends and a comparably low share of production tasks.

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New Publication: The Impacts of Shortening Secondary School Duration

(published on 02.07.2015)

The articles in the IZA World of Labor present comprehensive research findings based on empirical evidence in a compact and very readable style to a large target group of interested persons in policy, administration, economy, society and media. The newly published article "The impacts of shortening secondary school duration" by Prof. Dr. Stephan Thomsen provides a review of the effects of shortening university preparatory schooling. The review is based on the available empirical studies, which analyzed the large reforms of high school in Germany and Canada.

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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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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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