Center for Economic Policy Studies (CWS)

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Stephan L. Thomsen

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Stephan L. Thomsen

The Center for Economic Policy Studies (CWS) of the Institute of Economic Policy at Leibniz University Hannover conducts mainly externally funded project research on current issues in economics and economic policy. It thus takes over tasks from the former Lower Saxony Institute of Economic Research (NIW), which ceased operations at the end of 2016. The CWS cooperates closely with other research and consulting institutes (such as DIW Berlin, ZEW Mannheim, DZHW Hannover, SOFI Göttingen, Fraunhofer ISI Karlsruhe, ifo Munich, idea Brussels) to complement its own profile in a task-specific manner. Regional issues as well as those of supra-regional and international importance are analysed. The basis of the CWS’s economic policy advice are scientifically grounded concepts and empirical work using modern quantitative methods.

The CWS has regionally, nationally and internationally recognised expertise in the development of indicator systems in innovation and structural research, in the preparation of sector studies, especially for cross-sectional sectors that are not available in official statistics (e.g. environmental and climate protection industry, information and media industry, key technologies: key enabling technologies) as well as in regional economic impact research combining primary data and input-output analyses. Through the optimal use of official statistics and close cooperation with statistical offices and other data-producing institutions (e.g. UN, OECD, EU, federal and state research data centres, Federal Employment Agency, science statistics in the Stifterverband in Germany, etc.), CWS staff have acquired extensive data knowledge for their predominantly empirically oriented analyses. If necessary, additional primary data is collected via written and online surveys as well as by conducting case studies and expert interviews in order to generate deeper qualitative insights in the research context.

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