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New BMBF-Project at the NIW: Branding of Urban-Rural-Regions by Characteristics of Cultural Landscapes

(published on 02.09.2014)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) finances until the year 2019 a research project at the NIW, which is focused on an important location factor in the competition among European regions: the quality of landscape and the associated quality of life. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Universities in Hannover and Hamburg, the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Administrative District Ludwigslust-Parchim, the Archaeological Office of Schleswig-Holstein, the Landschaftspflegeverein Dummersdorfer Ufer e.V. and the company "mensch und region". The objective of the project is to investigate – for the metropolitan region of Hamburg – how the landscape history can be systematically and convincingly operationalized for a branding of urban-rural-regions. The NIW will especially investigate the socioeconomic aspects of cultural landscapes in the respective regions. Furthermore, the potentials of value-added chains with respect to cultural landscapes will be evaluated and a development plan will be worked out.

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New BMBF-Project at the NIW: Continuation of the Analysis of the Home Visiting Program Pro Kind

(published on 02.09.2014)

The analysis of the home visiting program Pro Kind, which supports first time mothers with financial and social problems, is being continued. The project had already been funded between 2007 and 2012 by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and is now funded for three further years (from August 2014 to August 2017) by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of the project is to investigate the medium-term effects of the home visiting program on children of age six and seven. These include potential effects on familial health, parental skills, as well as children's cognitive and socio-emotional development. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN), the University Hospital Leipzig and the University of Rostock. The NIW analyzes, in particular, the health economic and macroeconomic potentials of the home visiting program.

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"Clever Heads, Strong Ideas" - Prize for the best bachelor thesis in Lower Saxony in 2014

(published on 19.08.2014)

Under the patronage of the Lower Saxony Minister for Economy, Labour and Transport, Olaf Lies, and the Lower Saxony Minister for Science and Culture, Dr. Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, the Foundation Lower Saxony Economic Research and the NIW Hannover award the best economic bachelor thesis with practical relevance in Lower Saxony.

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New Publication: The Role of Personality for Income Differences and Occupational Choice

(published on 04.08.2014)

For many years, income disparities have been an issue of social debate. In this context, not only income disparities between men and woman exist, but there are also income differences within groups of a similar level of education. However, why do only few people change to a job with higher salary? Furthermore, why are there large and growing income differences, although the education of a vast majority of the population has been increased for years? Katrin John and Stephan Thomsen investigate these questions in their article "Heterogeneous Returns to Personality: The Role of Occupational Choice", which has been published in the current issue of Empirical Economics.

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niw info 1/2014

(published on 29.07.2014)

In the current newsletter we inform about research projects, events and other activities in the first half of the year 2014.

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niw info spezial 1/2014: Low immigration into scientific professions in Germany

(published on 25.07.2014)

The results of our analysis of the attractiveness of Germany for internationally mobile researchers are presented in the new niw info spezial 1/2014.

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NIW has been authorized by the Leibniz University of Hannover to call itself "Institute at the Leibniz University of Hannover"

(published on 04.07.2014)

The presidium of the Leibniz University of Hannover has authorized the NIW in a decision in June 2014 to call itself "Institute at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover". This emphasizes the high scientific quality of NIWs work as well as the close and trusting cooperation of NIW and LUH.

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Press Releases

Geringe Zuwanderung in wissenschaftliche Berufe nach Deutschland

Pressemitteilung Nr. 7/2014

(published on 25.07.2014)

Forscherinnen und Forscher sind durch ihr personengebundenes Wissen als Innovationstreiber Schlüsselfaktoren für das Wirtschaftswachstum. Das Niedersächsische Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) Hannover hat die Attraktivität des Forschungsstandorts Deutschland für international mobile Forscherinnen und Forscher untersucht. Trotz einer Zunahme leistet ihre Zuwanderung nur einen geringen Beschäftigungsbeitrag. Im direkten Vergleich mit den USA zeigt sich zudem ein klarer Rückstand. Ausschlaggebend hierfür sind insbesondere die Rahmenbedingungen des deutschen Wissenschaftssystems, die im Hinblick auf die Verlässlichkeit und Attraktivität von Wissenschaftskarrieren oder die Förderung von Spitzenforschung verbessert werden müssen.

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Niedersächsisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung wird An-Institut der Leibniz Universität Hannover

Pressemitteilung Nr. 6/2014

(published on 04.07.2014)

Das Präsidium der Leibniz Universität Hannover hat dem Niedersächsischen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) die Befugnis erteilt, sich als „Institut an der Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover“ zu bezeichnen. Dies unterstreicht die hohe wissenschaftliche Qualität der Arbeit des NIW sowie die enge und vertrauensvolle Kooperation zwischen dem NIW und der Universität.

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