The Special Topics unit primarily conducts economic policy-oriented research on economic structures, including regional structural analyses and analyses of structural problems in the EU. One focus is on analyses of the North German economy, which are conducted under the umbrella of the Institute's "Nordwärts-Initiative" for which the unit is responsible. In addition, the unit produces the Kiel Subsidy Report, in which the scope and structure of German subsidies are regularly recorded and evaluated. From their empirical work, the members of the unit derive economic policy recommendations on current issues that are addressed to policy makers as well as to the broader public. Team members and temporary project staff members publish the results of their research in economic policy-oriented publication series as well as in relevant journals. The unit is also in charge of the Kiel Institute’s two economic publication series, "Kiel Policy Briefs" and "Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik".