Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP)

Research profile of the Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy

The Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at the TU Berlin deals in its research (as well as in its teaching) first of all with the scientific analysis of concrete (infrastructure) political and regulatory as well as partly also entrepreneurial questions in infrastructure sectors and secondly with fundamental methodological questions concerning economic analyses of infrastructure sectors.

In the analysis of concrete issues in infrastructure sectors, concrete recommendations for efficient resource allocation in infrastructure sectors and in the environmental sector are made on the basis of quantitative modeling on the one hand, and on the other hand, statements regarding the suitability of coordination mechanisms for resource allocation and decision coordination as well as governance models in infrastructure sectors are derived on the basis of (institutional) economic findings.

Not least, we also deal with fundamental methodological issues regarding economic analyses of infrastructure sectors. Questions of economic policy and sector regulation that extend beyond the infrastructure sector are also examined.

Many research activities are carried out with reference to the (infrastructure) sectors of transport, energy, ICT / telematics, water, as well as waste management.

The analyses regularly require extensive consideration of technical-systemic and legal frameworks, which is why the research activities of the WIP are characterized by frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with partners from engineering and planning sciences as well as law. In particular, research on specific issues of infrastructure policy and regulation is often carried out within the framework of externally funded projects (see page "Information on ongoing and completed (externally funded) research projects"). In particular, (grant) projects funded by ministries and other public organizations as well as foundations are worked on with terms of regularly two to four years, which enable the scientific staff involved to write a doctoral thesis in connection with the project work. Occasionally, research-related consulting assignments are also processed.

Prof. von Hirschhausen's research activities take place in a network with national and international research partners. A particularly close collaboration takes place with DIW Berlin.