Economics, Law and Social Sciences

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Innovation area overview: Economics, Legal and Social Studies

Future studies and innovation play an important role in the development of our society. In Berlin, in particular, these fields form an essential part of studies into economics and social sciences. In a diverse range of departments at universities, colleges and private business schools, students are taught modern and innovative marketing and management concepts. In turn, a number of projects and activities, such as the Laboratory for Entrepreneurship, help to support and promote the practical implementation of these cutting-edge business models.

The degree courses at private universities with a focus on economics are characterized by internationality and practical relevance. The ESMT European School of Management and Technology, which was founded by leading companies and associations in 2002, offers English-language degree courses in Berlin and Cologne as well as various advanced training programs in management. In 2013, the ESMT received the right to award doctorates. The international programs at the world’s oldest business school ESCP Europe are accessible cross-campus in Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid and Turin.

Research and Consulting

Yet another unique strength of Berlin’s science community in the field of economics and social studies are its non-university institutions. The Berlin-based German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) is the largest economic research center in the country. It performs applied economic research and also provides economic policy advice.

The Social Science Research Center (WZB) concentrates on basic, problem-oriented research. Here, historians, economists, political scientists, lawyers and sociologists investigate development trends, adjustment problems and innovation opportunities in modern societies while also providing consulting services to social and state institutions. 

Main research areas of the WZB:

  • Education, work and Life Chances
  • Markets and Choice
  • Society and Economic Dynamics
  • International Politics and Law
  • Dynamics of Political Systems
  • Migration and Diversity