The Ifo Investment Database

22 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013

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Thomas Strobel

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Stefan Sauer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Klaus Wohlrabe

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: March 20, 2013

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: E010, E220, C610, L160

Suggested Citation

Strobel, Thomas and Sauer, Stefan and Wohlrabe, Klaus, The Ifo Investment Database (March 20, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4154. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2236069

Thomas Strobel

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Stefan Sauer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Klaus Wohlrabe (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

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