The DIW’s core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy. It has nine research departments, two of which (Energy, Transportation, Environment and Climate Policy) look into the economics and politics of climate change and energy. Studies and comment on the German energy transition and electricity market design can be obtained from the department of Energy, Transportation, Environment.
The head of department, Professor Dr. Claudia Kemfert is a well-known expert on the German energy transition and an advocate of feed-in tariffs to support renewable development.
The DIW receives two thirds of its budget from the state of Berlin and the German federal government. Other funding is sourced from project grants and contracts with third parties, as well as donations.