Demographics, Private Households and Consumption
Projects in this Research Area discuss questions as to how and in which way demographic change affects the economy. Private households are at the heart of these analyses. The single factors that are analysed range from changes in the income distribution and the structure of consumption to the estimation of quantity and structural effects of demographic change on the economy. Moreover, the consequences of aging for long-term care (see also Health and Long-term Care), the structure of the labour supply (see alsoLabour Market) and regional disparities (cf.Regional Issues) are examined.
Since 2005, GWS has been part of the research project “Reporting on socioeconomic development in Germany” (soeb.de), that aims to describe and understand the profound transformation taking place in German society.
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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…