The RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research is a leading center for scientific research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany and member of the Leibniz Association
The economy matters for everybody. At RWI scientists analyze what happens in the economy, why it happens, and which consequences changes in economic conditions and policies have for the individual and the society as a whole. With this research, the institute supports politics, provides important bases for their decisions and evaluates political measures. For this purpose, the RWI conducts research in all areas – from the individual to the global economy – along four “competence areas”: “Labor Markets, Education, Population”, “Health Economics”, “Environment and Resources” and “Macroeconomics and Public Finance”. The Ruhr-Data Center (FDZ Ruhr) at the RWI, provides scientists with current figures. In addition, the RWI, as a publicly funded research institute, wants to convey the economic context to the public in an understandable way – so that everybody understands economics.
Its research is independent and predicated on excellence, making RWI an established contributor to the advancement of economic research. The Institute sees itself as a provider of objective and non-partisan analysis to decision-makers in the public and private sectors (more about this in the Mission Statement). Working from the premise that the economy is of relevance to everyone, it aims to educate the public on basic economic principles in order to foster an informed debate on economic policy questions