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Modern state-owned firms and their role in the transformation to a sustainable economy


The research group, based at DIW Berlin, empirically assesses public firms’ ability to manage recent socio-economic challenges, such as demographic changes and the transition to a low-carbon energy economy, implying infrastructure investments and innovative solutions.

Our research has been supported by the Leibniz Association during the research project Kommunale Infrastrukturunternehmen zwischen Energiewende und demografischem Wandel (2013-2016) and by the German Science Foundation during the research project Modern State-Owned Firms: An Empirical Analysis of Productivity, Market Power, and Innovation (2019 - 2022).

We draw on a large, unique dataset on German utilities in the energy and water sector, enriched with data on German municipalities, the German economy, weather and environmental data, as well as with regulatory data.

The webpage gives you more information on the research questions, the data sets used, our research findings, and publications.

All codes provided are open source. All codes are licenced under the MIT License expanded by the Commons Clause. All data sets are licenced under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.