New Report on Development Perspectives of the Districts Helmstedt and Wolfenbüttel is published

(published on 03.03.2015)

The districts Wolfenbüttel and Helmstedt conducted exploratory discussions and briefings with the objective of assessing the options for closer cooperation and a possible merger of the two districts. In this context, the NIW was commissioned, at the beginning of January 2015, to work out an expertise on the joint development perspectives of the two districts. In March 2015, the report shall be incorporated into the policy-making process on further proceedings.

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New Studies on the German Innovation System have been released

(published on 25.02.2015)

The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) today has handed over its annual report to the Federal Government. The report is based on empirical studies which are relevant for innovation policy. Some of these studies have been worked out by the NIW Hannover, some on their own and some together with other research institutes.

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New Research Project funded by the DFG: Multinational Enterprises from China in Germany – Institutional Proximity, Local Integration and Knowledge Exchange

(published on 11.02.2015)

The increase of investments of multinational enterprises from developing and emerging countries in industrialized countries (emerging multinationals) has been described by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2006 as an important trend of global economic development. A new research project at the NIW, which is funded for two years by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has the aim to examine the activities of emerging enterprises from China in Germany with respect to their institutional proximity, public perception as well as local integration and knowledge exchange.

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New Publication: China is still not attractive to foreign direct investments in service functions

(published on 10.02.2015)

In a recently published article, Daniel Schiller, Martijn J. Burger und Bas Karreman have examined the current status of sectoral and functional specialisation between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. The location choices and investment characteristics of foreign multinational enterprises are used to explore the alleged competition over foreign direct investments in service functions.

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New Research Project on behalf of the BMAS: Risks of Atypical Employment

(published on 02.02.2015)

The NIW has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) to analyze the "risks of atypical employment for occupational development and income over the life course". The objective of the project is to analyze the effects of atypical employment on the development of qualifications and skills, the occupational mobility, life satisfaction and the development of income of adults. In particular, it is intended to answer the question whether atypical employment leads to a successful integration into the labor market ("stepping-stone hypothesis") or to a longer period of staying in atypical employment ("lock-in effect").

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niw info spezial 1/2015: Transport and Logistics in Lower Saxony

(published on 28.01.2015)

The discussion about transport infrastructure attracts currently a high attention in the German public. The year 2015 is the crucial phase in working out the new plan for federal traffic routes. This plan provides the basis for decisions about important infrastructure projects in the next years. In the newly published niw info spezial 1/2015 we present important facts, arguments and requirements for action with respect to the transport infrastructure and the logistics sectors in Lower Saxony.

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Press Releases

Preis für die beste wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Bachelorarbeit in Niedersachsen

Pressemitteilung Nr. 2/2015

(published on 01.04.2015)

Die beste wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Bachelorarbeit mit Praxisbezug in Niedersachsen des vergangenen Jahres ist erneut vom Niedersächsischen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) und von der Stiftung Niedersächsische Wirtschaftsforschung ausgezeichnet worden. Der Preis "Kluge Köpfe, starke Ideen" ging an Luisa Pinkernelle von der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg für ihre Untersuchung der Bedeutung von Kommunikation auf die Einstellungen zum organisationalen Wandel.

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Investitionen in die Verkehrsinfrastruktur in Niedersachsen sinken preisbereinigt

Pressemitteilung Nr. 1/2015

(published on 28.01.2015)

Im Rahmen der Diskussion über die Verkehrsinfrastruktur kommt das Niedersächsische Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (NIW) in einer aktuellen Studie zu dem Ergebnis, dass der Güterverkehr in Niedersachsen in den letzten Jahren schneller gewachsen ist als im Bundesdurchschnitt. Trotz dieses Anstiegs waren die letzten zwei Jahrzehnte preisbereinigt aber von einem deutlichen Rückgang der Investitionen in die Verkehrsinfrastruktur gekennzeichnet.

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