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Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn

The Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn was established in 1957 as foundation of private law at the initiative of Ludwig Erhard, then Minister of Economic Affairs (and later German Chancellor). Founders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The institute’s task is to analyse the status-quo, development and problems of Mittelstand (SME) enterprises, to develop recommendations for SME policies and to disseminate its research results to the general public.

IfM Bonn adopts an applied research approach. The institute provides comprehensive statistical information on small and medium-sized enterprises (Mittelstand) in Germany, based on official and semi-official data as well as on own, survey-based data. Furthermore, the institute investigates SME-related research topics by applying state-of-the art (empirical) research methods and provides expertise on current policy issues relevant to small and medium-sized enterprises.

The institute applies the „Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice“ of the DFG.

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City Bonn
Country Germany