Cologne Institute for Economic Research

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Cologne Institute for Economic Research
founded in the year 1951
acronym IW
City Köln
Country Germany
Legal form e.V.
address Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 21, 50668 Köln
founder Arndt Günter Kirchhoff
number of employees 350
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Austerity politics
Last revision 29.05.2017
Output of Cologne Institute for Economic Research 2023
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Books, Peer reviewed pubs., Studies, Articles, Policy papers, Op-eds, Newspaper articles, Blogs, Periodicals, Podcasts (audio), Podcasts (video), Conferences, Seminars/workshops, Lecturers/talks, Briefings, Others, </pbars>

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Organizational Structure and Funding

The Organizational Structure is build upon 5 building blocks:

Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) and its Research Units: Knowledge generating unit (conducting research, processing data)

IW Akademie: "collaboration between the IW, the University of Cologne, the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and the Bonn Rhine-Sieg University. It offers both executive education seminars on solving the conflict between capital and conscience and a parttime course for graduates of all faculties leading to a master’s degree in Behavioural Ethics, Economics and Psychology."

IW Consult: "service provider for commissioned research and consultancy. Working at the interface between research and practice, our consultants develop strategic solutions for companies, regions, business associations, government ministries and nonprofit organisations."

IW JUNIOR: "is our specialist for addressing a younger target group. School projects impart knowledge of business and economics to a new generation and offer them first-hand experience of running a business. IW Medien offers communication and PR services. Our journalists, PR consultants, designers and internet specialists develop innovative solutions for partners and clients from business and business associations."


Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 21, 50668 Köln


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)

  • Utz Tillmann, Hauptgeschäftsführer Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.
  • Horst Gabriel, Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter Ernst Ludwig Emde GmbH
  • Oliver Zander, Hauptgeschäftsführer Gesamtmetall - Die Arbeitgeberverbände der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie
  • Nico Fickinger, Hauptgeschäftsführer NORDMETALL - Verband der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie e.V.
  • Justus Haucap, Professor for Economics at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Founder od Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
  • Kunnibert Lennerts, Mitglied des Vorstands Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Institut für Technologie und Management im Baubetrieb Fachbereich Facility Managemen
  • Peer-Michael Dick, Hauptgeschäftsführer SÜDWESTMETALL Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e.V.
  • Volker Fasbender, Hauptgeschäftsführer HESSEN METALL Verband der Metall- und Elektro-Unternehmen Hessen e.V.
  • Luitwin Mallmann, Hauptgeschäftsführer METALL NRW Verband der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.
  • Stefan Genth, Hauptgeschäftsführer HDE Handelsverband Deutschland
  • Ingolf Prüfer, Global Human Resources Direktor Region 2 Deere & Company European Office
  • Bertram Brossardt, Hauptgeschäftsführer VBM - Verband der Bayerischen Metall- und Elektro-Industrie e. V
  • Karl-Heinz Paqué, Professor for Economics at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and FDP Politician
  • Rainer Wobbe, Mitglied der Geschäftsführung Evonik Performance Materials GmbH
  • Günther G. Goth, Vorsitzender des Vorstandes Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V.


Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.

  • Reinhard Göhner, Member of the Presidium and CEO Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände e.V.
  • Jasmina Kirchhoff, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Judith Niehues, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Susanna Kochskämpfer, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Tobias Hentze, Expert Public Finance, Public Debt, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Markus Kerber, Member of the Presidium and CEO Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Martin Beznoska, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Jochen Pipmpertz, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Randolf Rodenstock, Vicepresident of the Committee and executive partner Optische Werke G. Rodenstock GmbH & Co. KG
  • Tansu Sihlaroglu, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Wilfried Porth, Vizepresident of the Committee and Member of the Advisory Board at Daimler AG
  • Markus Beumer, Vicepresident of the Committee and Member of the Commerzbank AG Advisory Board
  • Matthias Wissmann, Vicepresident of the Committee and President Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.
  • Tobias Hentze, Research Unit Public Finance, Social Security Systems, Income and Wealth Distribution
  • Günter Von Au, Vicepresident of the Committee and Vicepresident of Clariant SE
  • Michael Hüther, Member of the Presidium and Director of Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V.

Working mode, goals

Mission Statement: "The Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) is the private economic research institute in Germany. The Institute and its subsidiaries combine research, consultancy and communication services to provide convincing solutions. We believe in Germany’s socially responsible free market economy. We are advocates of a liberal economic and social order. We work to improve understanding of how business and society function and interact and by doing so contribute to sustainable growth and long-term prosperity".

Working Mode: "Our studies, projects and policy recommendations are methodically and empirically sound, socially relevant and state-of-the-art. Our consultancy and communication services are client-oriented, creative and customised to their target group. We combine our scientific expertise, consulting and media skills to create innovative one-stop solutions for our members and clients. Our work is addressed to policy-makers, the general public, business and the scientific community."


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Labour Market
  • Education
  • Financial Policy
  • International Trade/Globalization
  • Public Finances
  • Public Debt
  • Public Services, Education, Basic Rights, Economy
  • Energy and environment
  • Wage Policy
  • Enterprise and Industry
  • Industrial Policy
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Demography
  • Social Policy
  • Income
  • Wealth
  • Private Enterprise