Research Institute and Thinktank

Our expertise is applied economic research. Using scientific methods and models that are constantly being refined, we assist our clients in making the right decisions on the complex economic and political issues they face.

Analysis and Monitoring

Labor market

What information do the stakeholders need in order to make future-oriented decisions for the labor market? Our models support politicians, trade unions, associations and companies in their decision-making.


Health care for society


How healthy is a society? The topic of health is of great importance both socially and economically. According to WHO, health is an asset and a source of social and economic stability. Our research examines the social relevance of health, its influencing factors and the economic importance of the health economy from different perspectives.


Economy, ecology, social – a look at the overall concept


How can dialogues with stakeholders in the sustainability debate be conducted based on solid data? Through our calculations, we make the effects of different scenarios and proposed solutions verifiable and thus contribute to corporate CSR strategies and environmental policy decisions. Our analyses consider sustainability as an overall concept regarding the economy, ecology and social impact. The focus is on the supply and value chain analyses of companies, industries and the economies.


Analyses in the interplay of politics, society, economy and technology

Social policy

How do reforms affect social policies? WifOR examines the interaction of politics, society, economy and technology. We evaluate specific reforms using traditional evaluation methods such as cost-benefit analysis or conduct microsimulations.


Measure and analyse


How does value creation work in companies and industries? How can this be compared? Our value creation analyses measure not only the economic but also the ecological and social dimensions of systems.


Economic and social effects


What is the best way for industries and companies to deal with the impact of digitalisation? We analyze data on business processes, including e-health business models. Our analyses and studies allow us to show consequences in the labour market, education, health and the healthcare industry.


Making meaning measurable

Innovation, Research & Development

What is the significance of research and development and innovation on the economy as a whole? Our analyses quantify the economic effects of research and development as well as medical innovations. Especially for research-intensive companies, WifOR has developed a model analogous to the official calculation method of gross domestic product that assesses research and development not as a cost but as an economic value for the national economy.


Data analysis


How can clubs, leagues and associations use national and international data to create a competitive advantage in the sports industry? Whether increasing the number of spectators, public positioning or strengthening the fan base – our analyses in the sports sector support athletes and clubs on and off the pitch.

Lifelong learning


What kind of system in education do we need today? Education, health and work are interrelated. WifOR investigates social inequalities and challenges in these fields.


In­sights into our re­sea­rch

WifOR sees research as a source of inspiration and a decision-making aid for customers and project partners from companies, organisations, associations and science. These examples give an insight into the range of our methods and topics.

Health investments create value for public health and the economy

#ICare campaign: For a (gender) just society

How to measure sustainability – best practice at SAP

Facts and figures


Countries where WifOR is active


Projects so far


Published studies


Current dissertations

Partner in science

Pu­bli­ca­ti­ons from ap­p­lied re­sea­rch and sci­ence