Independent Economic Research Institute

About us

Data is our passion – and has been since the founding of the institute in 2009. We provide companies, associations, government organizations, and NGOs with accurate, insightful, and objective data analytics and outcomes research on digitalization, education, health, innovation and R&D, labor markets, social policy, sports science, sustainability, and global value chains.

Our history began as a spin-off from Prof. Bert Rürup’s Department of Finance and Economic Policy at the TU Darmstadt in Germany. One of the founders, Prof. Dr. Dennis A. Ostwald, works in a dual role as Chief Executive Officer and Head of Research for Health Economics. In addition, he is a Professor of Economic Research and Management at Steinbeis University Berlin. WifOR’s leadership team also includes Hans-Jürgen Raab, who has been a Managing Director since the Institute’s founding. A scientific advisory board consisting of renowned experts reinforces the quality of our research.

With locations in Germany, Ireland, Greece, and the USA, our team of more than 50 economists, analysts and consultants draw from the experience of approximately 300 projects in over 20 countries worldwide.

Our research projects span the globe: Africa (Kenya, South Africa), Americas (Mexico, USA), Asia (China, India, Japan, Malaysia) and Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland, UK).

Scientific cooperations

The Scientific Advisory Board ensures the highest standard of research. Members include Prof. Dr. Dr. h. C. Bert Rürup, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dirk Henke and Prof. Dr. Werner Sesselmeier.

Scientific collaboration exists with the following scientists:

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