With the "Spotlight on current issues in economics" we invite you to get insights into the latests findings in economic research through lists of references and online research papers held and archived by the ZBW.

What does digitalisation mean for working people and how do they prepare for changes in skills and labour market conditions? These and other diverse questions are themes of the joint conference of Wirtschaftsdienst and Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) in Berlin, Germany on 2nd December 2019.

This year's Nobel Prize in Economics* was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. They developed new methods for poverty research. Our List of references contains diverse Research Papers.

What does it take to successfully lead large corporations to the top of the world and how do successful people deal with setbacks and failures?

Following the financial crisis, interest rates have reached (long-term) historical lows. For middle-class households in Germany, which are traditionally risk-averse and rely on savings, it is increasingly difficult to accumulate wealth in preparation for old age.

Shadow economy in Germany
14 February 2019

Illegal employment is declining in Germany which may be due to continuous economic development and concomitant low unemployment rates.

William D. Nordhaus and Paul M. Romer received the Nobel Prize in Economics for their work on climate change and growth. The following list contains research references on the macroeconomic consequences of global warming, in particular the DICE model.

In 1918, the “Stinnes Legien Agreement“ laid the foundation for collective bargaining autonomy in Germany: Trade unions and employers' associations agreed on wages and working conditions without interference from the state and could thus achieve industry-specific solutions.

Endogenous growth theory
15 November 2018

William D. Nordhaus and Paul M. Romer won the Nobel prize in economics for work on climate change and growth. We start our lists with Romer’s work about the importance of innovation for economic growth.


Life expectancy is increasing and everyone hopes for a long and healthy life. What individuals regard as a gift is proving to be a challenge for societies and pension systems.

The eighties saw a broad public debate about data protection being endangered by the German census which resulted in new laws. Now, 30 years later, we see millions of people worldwide sharing their personal data on digital networks like Facebook.

The German government plans a law which gives the right to return into fulltime jobs. There is a controversial discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of such regulation.


Scientists of different disciplines discuss key elements of Marx’ publications and their relevance in times of digitalization and globalization.

Economists have analyzed the effects of protectionism and beggar-thy-neighbour policy. Their findings show negative consequences for both sides.

What’s going on with Bitcoin price fluctuation and its huge volatility? Here you’ll find more information about the most famous crypto currency.