The Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) was founded in 1951. It is Germany’s leading private economic research institute. Its members are employers’ and business associations as well as companies. The institute promotes a socially responsible free market economy and believes in competition and entrepreneurship.
IW Köln provides reliable information on economic policy, social policy and industrial relations issues. Research activities are performed by distinguished members of the academic community. They contribute to documentation and empirical surveys, and enrich public debate by the theoretical analyses of topics that are high on the political agenda, such as gender equality issues. IW Köln conducts contract research for a large number of business and employer associations, ministries, government agencies and international organisations. Logib-D, the “European Company Survey on Reconciliation of Work and Family Life” and “Gender Pay Gap – indicators, causes, consequences” (2008) – each commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth – reflect IW Köln’s acknowledged expertise and experience in projects in the field of gender equality at work. The organisation disseminates research results by its own publishing and media house, in books by other publishers, online and in academic journals.