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The Department Demographic Change and Regional Development (DCRD) focuses on research into the main effects and interaction effects of population ageing from a (macro)economic point of view. The department concentrates on the following main areas:

Labour market: From a business and economic point of view, the ageing of society raises questions such as how employees can be kept longer in working life and how the attractiveness of business locations can be improved or maintained.

Consumption: With increasing age, individual consumption habits change, as do the demands on state services. Against this background, the question arises: which goods and services are to be produced in the future and which qualifications and framework conditions are necessary?

Overall economy: The ageing of the population or the decline in the share of the working population is seen as a potential threat to economic growth. What economic policy measures can be taken to counteract this development and what growth potential exists in “ageing” regions?