Business Cycle, Economic Activities and International Trade
The main focus in this Research Area is on analysing economic activity levels. Taking a bottom-up approach, domestic economic growth is determined on the basis of sector-specific business cycle developments. One special focus lies on the international trade interdependencies of the German economy with regard to trading partners and the structure of goods.
QuBe data portal
The QuBe project group, which consists of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS) was formed 2006 to depict requirements for future qualification levels and professional fields. A unique modelling framework for balancing supply and demand on the job market on national level and for six regions was developed. The model is composed of two projection modules (IAB/INFORGE, BIBB/FIT) and based on a comprehensive data set on the characterization of the demand and supply site of the German labor market. The findings of the BIBB-IAB qualification- and occupation-projections (QuBe) are available online (https://www.bibb.de/de/qube_datenportal.php). Potential developments of labor supply and demand are obtainable. The results can be sorted by occupational fields, requirement levels and qualifications as well as by persons and working hours.
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Our figure of the month 05/2022: Strong increase in timber prices due to rising global demand, supply bottlenecks and trade embargoes
Forestry and sawmills benefit
After both raw wood prices and industrial producer prices for wood in Germany stagnated for years or declined from mid-2018 to the end of 2020, they have since…
New Paper published on macroeconomic impacts of climate change on the Blue Economy sectors of southern European islands
This paper presents a model-based assessment of the macroeconomic impacts of climate change on the Blue Economy of Southern European islands for different climate scenarios until the end of…
Our figure of the month 02/2022: The bicycle boom is catching on with commuters – 10% have taken up cycling or e-bikes since the pandemic
Shares of cars and public transport declining
In Germany, millions of working people commute between home and work every day. Despite the past two Covid years, the trend toward commuting is…