Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Bernhard Ganglmair, Nadine Hahn, Michael Hellwig, Alexander Kann, Bettina Peters, Ilona Tsanko

Price Markups, Innovation, and Productivity: Evidence from Germany

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In the Corona crisis, there is a threat of an increase in market concentration in favour of a few large corporations. This threatens Germany as a location for innovation. We show: Competition is an important driver of corporate productivity and innovation.

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Cover Inclusive Productivity

The aim of the "Inclusive Productivity" project was to bring into the public debate an issue that is crucial for the social market economy and yet often underestimated: the increasing inequality in productivity development between companies and regions. During the project period from 2018 to early 2022, the aim was firstly to understand what the causes and consequences of this growing inequality are. On the other hand, options were developed as to what economic policy can do to increase productivity growth across the corporate landscape and thus also counteract social divisive tendencies.