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About RWI Berlin Office

In 2007, RWI's Berlin Office was established to reinforce the Institute's economic policy advice and active participation in policy processes. The central goals and tasks of the RWI Berlin Office include the networking with scientific cooperation partners - especially local universities - and communicating the Institute's research findings to policymakers. The Berlin office serves as a permanent and direct point of contact in the German capital city for all actors - e.g. from the media and political process - seeking competent answers to economic questions. The RWI Berlin Office team includes researchers from the competence areas Labor Markets, Education, Population – Climate Change and Development – Macroeconomics and Public Finance – as well as the research group Sustainability and Governance.


Activities of the RWI Berlin Office


The RWI Office Berlin organizes the "RWI Berlin Network Seminar" since 2023, inviting researchers based in Berlin to the RWI Berlin Office for research talks. The seminar is open to RWI-externals with prior registration (please email

The Berlin office is actively involved - through co-organization - in research networks such as the "Berlin Network for Labor Market Research" (BeNA), the "Research Seminar on Environment, Resource and Climate Economics" (RSERC), the "Development Economics Network Berlin" (DENeB) and the "Berlin Interdisciplinary Education Research Network" (BIEN).

The Berlin office also organizes different conferences, workshops and policy dialogue formats.


Attention! New adress since April 1st, 2022:

RWI - Berlin Office
Zinnowitzer Str. 1
10115 Berlin

Phone.: (030) 2021598-11
Fax: (030) 2021598-19

RWI Berlin Network Seminar

Events 2023

Speaker: Soumya Balasubramanya (World Bank)

Location: Virtual with Zoom Link

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 pm

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Speaker: Toman Barsbai (University of Bristol)

Location: Hybrid in Berlin office or with Zoom Link

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 pm

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Speaker: Peter Haan (DIW Berlin & Freie Universität Berlin)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office and Teams Link

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Title: "Is Migration Reducing Labor Scarcity? Evidence From Long-Term Care"

Speaker: Sarah Deschênes (Northwestern University)

Location: Virtual with Zoom Link

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 pm

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Title: Expanding Access to Schooling in Nigeria: Impact on Marital Outcomes

Abstract: The paper uses the Universal Primary Education Program (UPE) implemented in Nigeria in 1976 to investigate the effect of wife and husband’s education on women’s empowerment. We combine regional disparities in baseline levels of enrollment with the timing of the pro- gram and the traditionally high age difference between partners to disentangle the impact of wife’s education from husband’s education. We find that the UPE had heterogeneous effects in the South compared to the North of Nigeria. In the South, women achieve more gender-equal marriages by delaying marriage by 1.23 years, and by reducing the age gap with their husband by 2 years. These women also maintain a stable education gap with their husband. In the North, unions’ characteristics remain unchanged except for the probability to marry a polygamous partner that increases when husbands are treated. In both regions, women are better off as the UPE decreases women’s tolerance of domestic violence and increases their say in decision-making (in the South only) but the mechanics of the effects differ: Northern women are made better off by the education of their husband’s whereas Southern women are better off thanks to the combined effects of their own education and their husband’s.

Speaker: Dr. Boryana Madzharova(FAU Nürnberg)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office and Teams Event

Title: "Poland's Special Economic Zones: Effects on Regional Economic Development"

Speaker: Jan Marcus (FU Berlin)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office and Teams Link

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Title: "What a difference a day makes: Mortality effects of the school starting age"

Speaker: Dr. Trine Engh Vattø (Statistics Norway)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office and Teams Event


Speaker: Dr. Claus Michelsen (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office and Teams Event

Title: "An Estimation and Decomposition of the Government Investment Multiplier"

Events 2022

Speaker: Marion Leroutier (Mistra Centre for Sustainable Markets & Stockholm School of Economics)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office and Teams-Event

Title: "The Cost of Air Pollution for Workers and Firms: Evidence from Sickness Leave Episodes"

Time: 10:15 - 11:45 Uhr

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Speaker: Julius Andersson (Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics)

Location: Hybrid – Berlin Office andTeams-Event

Title: "Decarbonisation and the Role of Nuclear Energy: Evidence from France"

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 Uhr

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Speaker: Alexandra Scacco (WZB)

Location: Hybrid in Berlin office or with Zoom Link

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 pm

Title:"Intergroup Avoidance: Observational and Experimental Evidence from Israel"

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Events 2017

Title: “What works? The effectiveness of youth employment programs”

Location: Berlin

Young people out of work are a population at risk in developed and developing economies alike: first, the average share of jobless youths is typically twice as high as the corresponding share among adults. Second, youth unemployment shows excess cyclical volatility, i.e. youths’ probability of job loss during recessions exceeds that of adult workers. “Scarring effects” exacerbate the consequences of youth unemployment, as time out-of-work early in the lifecycle negatively impacts long-term labor market outcomes. Fourth, in low- and middle income countries, youths struggle to enter a quality job, due to lack of skills, lack of access to education, or lack of information. Finally, all these patterns may lead to discouraging youths entirely, leaving them outside of employment, education, and training.

The Conference
The conference brings together policy makers and government officials, practitioners from NGOs, experts from international organizations, and researchers working on aspects of helping disadvantaged youths find quality employment. The focus of the conference is to learn about effective youth policies. We expect and will encourage a lively and open discussion among all conference attendees.

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