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Direct Investment: International Labor Division in a Globalized World

Cars, machines, computers - hardly any product is manufactured in just one country. Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a crucial role in this. Companies use FDI to set up production sites, sales companies or invest in local companies in other countries. This creates increasingly complex value chains that link companies and countries. We analyze the effects of these developments on Germany and Europe.

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Digitalization: The Global Data Economy

The global market no longer consists solely of the exchange of goods and services. International data traffic is growing with the increasing relevance of digital business models. But how is this changing the global economy? Is Germany prepared for digital globalization? And what rules does the global data economy need to meet consumer and business interests?

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Globalization: Understanding and Shaping Economic Globalization

The ever closer integration of countries increases the material prosperity of the participating economies. Within the individual countries, however, there are also persons and regions for which the advancing globalization has negative income effects. We want to contribute to a better understanding of the growth and distribution effects of economic globalization and to distribute the benefits of globalization in such a way that all members of society benefit from globalization.

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Trade Governance: Rules for International Trade

Every market needs clear rules to function. This applies in particular to international trade in goods and services. Without rules that are binding on everyone, the world trade order would be shaped by the law of the strongest. But how can common rules be found and enforced in an international community of states driven by country-specific interests and perspectives? And what should such rules look like?

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Report: DG Azevêdo Receives Experts’ Report on Future of Global Trade Governance

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met on 17 July with representatives of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s High-Level Board of Experts to receive their report on the Future of Global Trade Governance. The report outlines four complementary avenues that can be pursued to revitalize the WTO as a forum for trade cooperation and conflict resolution.

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SDG-Index: Poor Implementation: Rich countries risk achievement of the global goals

Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, the global community already risks to fall short on achieving the global goals. Though many countries are progressing, it is especially the rich countries of the G20, which need to strengthen their efforts, as a lack of national implementation mechanisms and negative spillover effects threaten the global achievement.

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German businesses in China are socially engaged: Award Ceremony "More Than A Market 2018"

The German and Chinese economies are now interconnected in ways that go far beyond production processes, supply chains and sales structures – something demonstrated by the growing number of social projects at this year’s More than a Market Awards. 

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Working Paper: Quality Criteria for Algorithms - Lessons from Existing Compendia

What operations should algorithms be allowed to perform? What standards of quality should they be held to? For what purposes may they be used? Although they are deeply relevant for society, we have yet to reach a social consensus on these issues. A number of international organizations seek to answer these questions by formulating quality criteria that ensure the use and development of algorithmic processes are held to high ethical standards. In our working paper “Quality Criteria for Algorithmic Processes,” we take a closer look at three existing proposals and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.  

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Award: 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize awarded to Joachim Gauck

On June 7 the 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize on the topic "Living Diversity – Shaping Society" was awarded to former German President Joachim Gauck at Gütersloh Theater. In bestowing the award, we honored Gauck for his role as a bridgebuilder in a culturally diverse society.

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study: Germany's cities and cultural diversity: from inexperienced to dynamic

Highly qualified bankers from the EU, "guest workers" from Turkey, refugees from Syria – Germany's cities are experiencing cultural diversity in a variety of ways, and their responses are equally distinct. The communities range from mostly homogenous small and midsized cities to mega-diverse metropolises that benefit from the numerous cultures present there.

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