Digital Transformation

Digitalisation is a major driver of change in the economy and society. It harbours both opportunities and risks. The thematic platform "Digital Transformation" bundles the research work of all WIFO Research Groups on this topic.

WIFO works on the topic of "Digital Transformation" from different perspectives, for example with regard to macroeconomic implications, changes in the labour market, operational innovations, regional upheavals or environmental impacts. The thematic platform "Digital Transformation" continuously bundles WIFO's work on this topic and thus promotes the exchange of ideas. By integrating the economic, spatial, competitive, social and ecological significance of digitalisation into the economic analysis, the effects and interactions of digital progress in the direction of the market, state and society are highlighted and made comprehensible. Central research topics are broadband infrastructure, digitalisation in the Austrian agricultural sector, the use of digital platforms in the corporate sector and the interplay of digitalisation, demographics and green transformation.

For example, a representative business survey conducted by WIFO for Austria shows that the majority of domestic companies already use digital platforms, particularly frequently in the areas of communication, information and advertising as well as human resources. The central motives for using them are saving time and money, improving the visibility and accessibility of target groups and strengthening competitiveness.

Key publications on "Digital Transformation"
WIFO Working Papers
12.05.2023
Firm-level Evidence from Austrian Microdata
Finalization: May 2023
Project partner Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Statistics Netherlands, Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, Lunaria Associazione di Promozione Sociale e Impresa Sociale, United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Scuola superiore Sant'Anna, Statistics Austria, University College London, University of Ljubljana, University of Tartu, Catholic University of Leuven, Centre for European Economic Research, University of Bielefeld
Contractor project: European Commission, Framework Programme
Specialist publication: WIFO Working Papers
Study
09.12.2022
Report on the Results
  • Karin Heinschink
  • Heidelinde Grüneis
  • Josef Hambrusch
  • Christoph Tribl (Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Rural and Mountain Research)
  • Michael Haslinger (Österreichische Hagelversicherung)
  • Franz Sinabell
  • Thomas Url (WIFO)
  • Markus Scharner (BOKU)
  • Manfred Steinkellner (Landwirtschaftskammer NÖ)
Finalization: October 2020
Project partner Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Chamber of Agriculture Upper Austria
Contractor project: Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism
WIFO Research Briefs
06.10.2022
Evidence from Micro Data
Finalization: October 2022
Project partner Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Statistics Netherlands, Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, Lunaria Associazione di Promozione Sociale e Impresa Sociale, United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Scuola superiore Sant'Anna, Statistics Austria, University College London, University of Ljubljana, University of Tartu, Catholic University of Leuven, Centre for European Economic Research, University of Bielefeld
Contractor project: European Commission, Framework Programme
Specialist publication: WIFO Research Briefs
Project
Closed: 30.06.2021
Contractor project: Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
Project partner: Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste GmbH
Project
Closed: 21.02.2020
Contractor project: Austrian Economic Chamber
Ageing
European Integration and Global Governance
Green Transformation and Energy Systems
Business Cycles and Forecasting
Supply Chains
Distribution
Competitiveness