Research & Socio-Economic Innovations

The global challenges demand a broad view of the economy and society. As a non-university economic research institution, we use various economic methods and theories: From quantitative economic research and modelling of complex systems to qualitative work in institutional economics and economic transformation research.

This approach enables us to answer current questions on prosperity and sustainability and to develop trend-setting impulses for a sustainable economic system.

Individual Offers

A large part of our research is financed through third-party funded projects in cooperation with German and international research institutions and practice partners. We are happy to use our expertise to provide you with new insights into your questions. We use the following methods in particular.

Complexity Economics

The economy is an adaptive and dynamic system. In complexity economics, the focus is on interactions rather than equilibrium.

Economic Modelling

Modelling helps in impact assessment and can reduce systems to their essential aspects. We use equilibrium models, system-dynamic and agent-based models.

Qualitative Methods

Using methods of qualitative social research and mixed-methods approaches, we help to understand economic and social interrelationships.

Ecological Economics

The economy is embedded in society and the environment. We develop concepts how the economy can function within ecological boundaries.