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The Ifo Investment Database

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  • Thomas Strobel
  • Stefan Sauer

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  • Klaus Wohlrabe

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In this paper we present the Ifo Investment Database, which provides annual investment data for 12 investment assets in 50 German industries from 1991 onward. The data is consistent with national accounts statistics provided by the German Federal Statistical Office and is based on investments in 88 different sub-assets. This disaggregated level of information allows allocating investments by asset type to each industry, using an investment flow matrix. The database enables researchers to analyze structural investment behavior on the industry level and to identify changes in the importance of in-vestment assets. It additionally collects leasing data from the Ifo Investment Survey Leasing, which enables the conversion of the investment data from the owner to the user concept. This unique feature allows the researcher to examine changes in financing of investments. We describe the structure and methodology of the database and illustrate its variety and strengths by looking at some descriptive examples. Finally, we outline how the data can be accessed.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 4154.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_4154

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Keywords: investment database; investment matrix; leasing; owner concept; user concept;

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  1. Christian Seiler, 2012. "The Data Sets of the LMU-ifo Economics & Business Data Center - A Guide for Researchers," Ifo Working Paper Series, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich Ifo Working Paper No. 138, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  2. Thomas Strobel & Stefan Sauer & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2012. "ifo Investorenrechnung - Dokumentation von Quellen, Verarbeitung und Methodik," ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 42, 8.
  3. Oliver Röhn & Theo Eicher & Thomas Strobel, 2007. "The Ifo Industry Growth Accounting Database," CESifo Working Paper Series, CESifo Group Munich 1915, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Wolfgang Nierhaus, 2004. "Wirtschaftswachstum in den VGR: Zur Einführung der Vorjahrespreisbasis in der deutschen Statistik," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 57(05), pages 28-34, 03.
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  1. Stefan Sauer, 2013. "ifo Investitionstest Großhandel: Investitionspläne weiter nach oben gerichtet," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(14), pages 41-43, 07.
  2. Thomas Strobel & Stefan Sauer & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2013. "Analysing the Structure of German Investments – The Ifo Investment Database," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 14(1), pages 64-68, 05.
  3. Stefan Sauer, 2013. "ifo Investitionstest Einzelhandel und Kfz-Handel: Lediglich große Unternehmen wollen Investitionen erhöhen," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(13), pages 65-69, 07.
  4. Thomas Strobel & Stefan Sauer & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2013. "Die ifo Investorenrechnung: Ein Werkzeug zur Analyse von Investitionsstrukturen in Deutschland," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(06), pages 29-33, 03.

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