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.


IfM Bonn accomplishes its tasks by adopting an application-oriented approach in its research activities. As a starting point, it provides comprehensive statistical information on small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany, based on official and semi-official data as well as on its 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.