Welcome to WifOR

WifOR is an official spin-out of the Chair of Public Economics and Economic Policy at the Darmstadt Technical University of Darmstadt (Technische Universität Darmstadt). WifOR - the German word Wirtschaftsforschung - means Economic Research on:

  • Health Economics and Healthcare Management
  • Labor market research
  • Value-Added Analysis
  • Civil and Public Security, ICT and Energy Supply

The Economic Footprint of Selected Pharmaceutical Companies in Europe

The research study, commissioned by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), investigates the direct economic impact of seven selected companies of the pharmaceutical industry in Europe as well as their contribution to the entire European economy from 2010 to 2014. In addition to direct gross value added (GVA) and employment effects, the Economic Footprint also accounts for indirect and induced economic effects (so-called spillover effects) along the companies’ supply chains. Thus, for every direct employee the companies supported almost five additional jobs within the European economy. The seven investigated companies – Abbvie, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ipsen, Janssen (J&J), Novartis and Sanofi – together accounted for €34.6 billion of direct GVA and generated additional €43.3 billion as spillover effects along their supply chains in Europe. In addition, they already surpassed the European Union’s 2020 strategy’s target R&D intensity rate of 3% by a factor of almost six, showing their importance for innovation in Europe.

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The Social Impact of medical innovations

With the study ‘The Social Impact of medical innovations’ WifOR identifies - using the example of the pharmaceutical Entresto® - social and economic outcomes that result from the life-prolonging effect of the medicine. The impact study shows that there exist important dimensions of medical progress that go beyond the early benefit assessment (as in the AMNOG process). The study was commissioned by Novartis Pharma GmbH.

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Workshop „Education, Health and Labor Market Outcomes"

The WifOR-Workshop took place in Darmstadt from October 8.-9. Keynote Lectures were given by Hans-Martin von Gaudecker (Bonn) and Patrick Puhani (Hannover). About 30 interdisciplinary researchers from the fields of education, health and labor economics as well as (economic) sociology and psychology discussed on the interactions of education, health and labor market outcome. Further members of the academic committee were Thomas Rigotti (Mainz), Christiane Gross (Hannover) and Andrea Mühlenweg (WifOR).

[ Workshop Program for download ]

New job offer at WifOR

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Recent publications

  • WifOR und BIHK e.V. stellen Zuwanderungsstudie vor.

  • Neue Studie zur volkswirtschaftlichen Bedeutung der pharmazeutischen Industrie: The Economic Footprint of the Pharmaceutical Industry – Download von Studie und Key Findings.

  • Weiterentwicklung des deutschen Gesundheitssatellitenkontos zu einer Gesundheitswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnung: Abschlussbericht. 

  • Vom Gesundheitssatellitenkonto zur Gesundheitswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnung. Ergebnisse des Forschungsprojekts im Auftrag des BMWi.

WifOR in the media

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