The “Digital Economy” Research Department is renowned for its expertise in measuring digitalisation and analysing its economic impact. It develops design options for the optimal exploitation of the potential of digitalisation. The Research Department examines the effects of digitalisation on production, innovation and the world of work, investigates how digital markets and platforms function and what significance underlying digital infrastructures have. Methodologically, the Research Department follows an empirical-quantitative approach. Data from in-house company surveys, Internet platforms and macroeconomic databases are evaluated using statistical and econometric methods.