DIW DC (2006-2012) was established and operated from Washington, D.C. as an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt scientific and educational research institute.

  • Executive Director: Amelie Constant
  • President and Chairman of the Board: Klaus F. Zimmermann
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As so operated, its fundamental purposes were to engage in educational and research activities and to serve as a catalyst between academic scholarship and policymaking in the field of economics. A particular goal of the Institute was to provide the opportunity to similarly-focused German scientific and educational research institutions and NGOs to forge close links with research institutions and other economic and policy-oriented think tanks in the United States. Another important objective was to facilitate and promote the exchange and training of scientists and graduate students across the countries.

In 2012, DIW DC was pleased to report that it had achieved its goals and purposes in their entirety. Thus, the Institute had been instrumental in developing and fostering relationships with and among important US institutions and universities, and in facilitating memoranda of agreements between and among such organizations, so as to solidify opportunities for ongoing individual relationships at such institutions. By operating its unique academic, visitor and networking program, DIW DC had been able to set new standards for excellence in Washington, particularly as to its activities in relation to the doctoral program of DIW Berlin, a similarly-named, but independent, organization in Germany that from the formation of DIW DC shared its philosophical approach and engaged with DIW DC through 2011. At that point, due to its new scientific management, DIW Berlin terminated its internationalization strategy, and withdrew from any DIW DC related activities in Washington.

From the left: Lazear, Scharioth, Constant, Zimmermann.

Edward Lazear served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 2006 to 2009. He was the chief economist of George W. Bush, and KFZ met him a few few times in the White House; the last at the weekend before the Lehman Brothers collapsed. Lazear has been called the founder of personnel economics. He was also an IZA Fellow, and IZA prize winner. 
Klaus Scharioth, the Ambassador of Germany to the United States
Amelie Constant, Director of DIW DC
Klaus F. Zimmermann, President of DIW Berlin and Director of IZA

DIW DC (2006-2012) war eine unabhängige, gemeinnützige wissenschaftliche Einrichtung amerikanischen Rechts. Ihre Aufgabe war, deutschen wissenschaftlichen Institutionen eine enge Vernetzung mit Forschungseinrichtungen und wirtschaftspolitisch orientierten Institutionen im Washington DC zu ermöglichen und den Austausch und die Weiterbildung von Wissenschaftlern und Doktoranden zu fördern. Sie hatte darüber hinaus einen eigenständigen Forschungsauftrag.


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