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Economic Policy in Germany

Research and commentary on economic policy issues in Germany such as taxation, subsidies, the welfare system, demographic change, and many more.

Selected Publications

Policy Article

Aligning fiscal policy with foresight

Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik

KBW 30: The authors note that, although public budgets showed significant surpluses before the Corona crisis, both revenues and expenditures had risen noticeably relative...

Policy Article

Kiel Subsidy Report 2020: Subsidies on the Rise

Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik

KBW 29: The new Kiel Subsidy Report analyses the financial aid provided by the federal government (including ancillary budgets) and the tax concessions granted as a whole...

Policy Article

Subsidy boost from Corona?


On 3 June 2020, the grand coalition put together a "stimulus package" and a "package for the future" worth 170 billion euros to combat the consequences of corona, secure...

Kiel Subsidy Reports

Since 1998, the Kiel Subsidy Report of the Kiel Institute documents the financial assistance provided by the Federal Government and the Länder as well as the overall tax benefits.

The number of subsidies recorded is significantly higher than in the official subsidy report of the Federal Government.

The subsidy report also includes sine 2017 a categorisation of the most important financial assistance from the federal government and the largest tax concessions with regard to their gradual harmfulness, according to a "red-yellow-green" traffic light scheme.

The report is only available in German and published by the area Special Topics.

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