Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen, Germany
Phone: +49 201 8149-0
Fax: +49 201 8149-200

The Institute has the legal form of a registered association; Vereinsregister, Amtsgericht Essen VR 1784 VAT-ID: DE 119824083

Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt, Ph.D. (President)
Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer (Vice President)
Prof. Dr. Wim Kösters


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Head of Department: Joachim Schmidt
Phone: +49 201 8149-292
Fax: +49 201 8149-438


Benedict Zinke



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Privacy Statements Protecting the security of your personal data such as names, addresses, phone numbers or emails is something we consider to be of paramount importance. Therefore, all our web-related activities comply with data protection and data security laws. The policy outlined below describes what data we may collect and how we use that data.

Through our websites, we will not collect any personal data about you, unless you voluntarily choose to provide us with it (e.g. in connection with a subscription or as part of a comment). When you do provide us with personal data we usually use it to respond to your inquiry, process your order or to render accounts. Also, to support our customer relationship with you, we may store and process personal data, e.g. to inform you about our latest publications. Data that is not needed will be deleted immediately. We will, of course, respect any decision not to provide us with personal data. Furthermore, we do not sell or otherwise market your personal data to third parties.

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