RWI – Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research
RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (formerly Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung) is a leading centre for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany. Through its research work, RWI provides information on economic developments and their underlying catalysts, assists economic policy decision-making and fosters economic literacy among the wider public.
The research work of RWI – based on latest theoretical concepts and advanced empirical methods – ranges from the individual to the world economy and is structured along four “competence areas”: “Labor Markets, Education, Population”, “Health Economics”, “Environment and Resources” and “Macroeconomics and Public Finance”.
The Institute’s claim “research with impact” illustrates its high scientific demand and is to be understood in a threefold sense: virtually all projects at RWI are of practical relevance and, thus, possess a high degree of potential policy impact. Second, the applied research at RWI fulfills highest academic standards and results are regularly published in renowned academic journals (i.e. with a high “impact factor”). Third, “impact evaluation” is a trans-divisional core competency of RWI and, therefore, often the central challenge in a large number of studies, evaluations and policy projects.
The Institute was founded in 1926. Since 1943 it is an independent research institute. RWI is a registered, non-profit institution and is committed to serving the common good.
RWI is supported by the Federal Government and by the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia.