Institute for Applied Economic Research

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The Institute for Applied Economic Research e. V. ( IAW ) is an independent, non-university research institute. The seat is in Tübingen .

The institute was headed from 2005 to 2013 by Claudia-Maria Buch . Since September 2013, Wilhelm Kohler and Bernhard Boockmann have been joint scientific directors of the institute after Claudia Buch moved to the Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH) as president .

The institute employs about twenty scientists, most of whom are economists. The institute is a member of the working group of German economic research institutes e. V. (ARGE).

The institute applies economic and social science research results to questions of the private and public economy and offers scientifically sound bases for economic policy decisions. The institute deals with problems and processes in empirical economic research. New theoretical approaches are implemented in empirical research concepts.

The institute has traditionally been closely associated with the state of Baden-Württemberg since it was founded. The analysis of regional economic developments in Baden-Württemberg therefore represents an overarching research interest in all of the institute's main research areas.

Since 2008, the institute has been awarding the Norbert Kloten Prize for Applied Economic Research together with the Deutsche Bundesbank , Stuttgart headquarters .

legal form

The legal form of the institute is a registered non-profit association for the promotion of science and research (IAW e.V.) based in Tübingen. The chairman is Wilhelm Rall .

Research priorities

The activity is divided into three main research areas

  • International integration and regional development
  • Labor markets and social security
  • Corporate dynamics and structural change

Alongside the three main research areas, the institute has a competence center for microdata-based policy advice .


The former Federal President Horst Köhler was a research associate at the institute in the early 1970s and wrote his doctoral thesis.

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