Allow us to introduce ourselves officially: We are the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Consult. While that’s definitely a mouthful, we were founded under this name in Cologne in 1998.

Today, we’re more widely known under the name IW Consult – and for being specialists in contract research and services that bridge the gap between theory and practice. We provide you with facts relevant to your growth and development, facilitate sustainable communications, and act as your sounding board for selected operations-related topics.

We work for businesses, local governments, associations, government ministries, foundations and public institutions. With our empirical, research-based methodology, we give executives and decision-makers the support they need to act. We identify options and provide a foundation for your strategic reasoning.

Our clients benefit from our experience and our close integration with the powerful IW association. In our projects, we follow the guidelines of the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft: Our research work is independent, solution-oriented and societally relevant, methodologically open, and interdisciplinary.


Facts and figures

Figures are our specialty. Accordingly, we’ve collected a few facts
about ourselves for you:

Year of foundation:    1998
Number of employees:    35
IW association locations:    Cologne / Berlin / Brussels
Directors:    Dr. Karl Lichtblau (Speaker), Hanno Kempermann

Our services

You can trust in our years of experience conducting empirical economic research. We’re specialists in creating custom surveys and in evaluating large datasets. We always guarantee the highest level of data quality and are uncompromising with regard to issues of data protection and privacy.


We’re your unbiased and independent partner. We carry out benchmark comparisons tailored to individual clients, reliably allowing all participants to determine their position in the competitive landscape.

From our Future Panels and company panels to our customized client surveys, our research expertise, our own research panels, and our relationships with key partners allow us to offer our clients quick and expert services.