About RWI

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (formerly Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung) is a leading centre for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany. Through its research work, RWI provides information on economic developments and their underlying catalysts, assists economic policy decision-making and fosters economic literacy among the wider public.

The research work of RWI – based on latest theoretical concepts and advanced empirical methods – ranges from the individual to the world economy and is structured along four “competence areas”:  “Labor Markets, Education, Population”, “Health Economics”, “Environment and Resources” and “Macroeconomics and Public Finance”.

The Institute’s claim “research with impact” illustrates its high scientific demand and is to be understood in a threefold sense: virtually all projects at RWI are of practical relevance and, thus, possess a high degree of potential policy impact. Second, the applied research at RWI fulfills highest academic standards and results are regularly published in renowned academic journals (i.e. with a high “impact factor”). Third, “impact evaluation” is a trans-divisional core competency of RWI and, therefore, often the central challenge in a large number of studies, evaluations and policy projects.

The Institute was founded in 1926. Since 1943 it is an independent research institute. RWI is a registered, non-profit institution and is committed to serving the common good.

RWI is supported by the Federal Government and by the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia. This public contribution accounts for almost two thirds of the Institute's total revenues. In addition, there is income from research contracts, which also originates predominantly from public clients - in particular the federal and state ministries.

The Institute


For further information please contact Sabine Weiler (RWI spokeswoman)
Phone: +49 (201) 8149-213


RWI is member of the Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 95 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz Institutes collaborate intensively with universities – in the form of “WissenschaftsCampi” (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad. They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the institutes’ importance for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federation and the Länder, employing some 18,100 individuals, including 9,200 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately EUR 1.6 billion.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, von dem gesagt wird, er sei der vielleicht letzte Universalgelehrte gewesen, ist der Namenspatron der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

„audit berufundfamilie“

Am 25. Mai 2011 hat das RWI in Berlin sein Zertifikat zum „audit berufundfamilie“ erhalten. Als Zertifikatsträger bekennt sich das Institut dazu, seine bereits bestehenden familienfreundlichen Maßnahmen künftig noch transparenter und sichtbarer zu machen und die Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Beruf aktiv zu unterstützen.

Im Dezember 2013 und im März 2017 wurde das RWI erfolgreich re-auditiert. Mit der Re-Auditierung will das RWI die Förderung einer familienbewussten Institutskultur verstetigen unter anderem mit dem Ziel, die Mitarbeiterbindung zu erhöhen.