Welcome to IfM Bonn

The Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn was established in 1957 as a foundation of private law on 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 companies and small and medium-sized enterprises, to develop recommendations for SME policies and to disseminate its research results to the general public.



Germany's SMEs are larger than those in other EU Member States

10.09.2020 Germany has fewer micro-enterprises (maximum of 9 employees) but more small (maximum of 49 employees) and medium-sized enterprises (maximum of 249 employees) than other EU Member States. Overall, the average employment in Germany is 7.6 employees per small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) - the EU average is 3.9 employees.



IfM-researcher at the EBES conference

03.09.2020 Dr. Stefan Schneck has been accepted for the 33rd Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) Conference with his paper "Income cuts and living standards in entrepreneurial households".



Coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an extensive economic standstill in Germany.



Medium-sized companies face the challenge of mastering the "digital transformation".


Mittelstand and European Union

Since 1 January 1993, the European single market has guaranteed the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons.



IfM Comments

Economic recovery, crisis management and future package

02.07.2020 With the Economic Recovery and Crisis Management Package (June 2020), the immediate business relief measures of recent months are now being supplemented by measures to revive the economy and preserve jobs in the long term.The IfM Bonn has examined the SME-relevant measures with regard to their general suitability for revitalising SMEs.