Markus Overdiek
Project Manager,
Bertelsmann Stiftung


Markus Overdiek joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung as a project manager in the project “Megatrends” in 2019.

His interdisciplinary undergraduate studies at the University of Leipzig had a focus on business and economics (Thesis: Austerity – The Case of Ireland). Markus holds a master’s degree in “Public Policy” with a specialization in economics from the University of Münster. During his graduate studies, he visited the Aix-Marseille School of Economics to attend the track “Public Economics”. In his master thesis with the title “Smart Cities in Europe: Development of Two Composite Indicators and Econometric Analysis”, Markus focused on the construction of performance indices and their econometric evaluation.

Besides his university career, Markus gained professional experience as a student assistant for the HHL Graduate School of Management Chair of Macroeconomics in Leipzig and as a graduate assistant at the Center for Interdisciplinary Economics in Münster. Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Markus Overdiek also worked as an intern for SME politics at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and in the field of corporate development at the Deutsche Bahn AG, both in Berlin.

Published Posts byMarkus Overdiek
Das Schauspielhaus in Bochum bei Nacht, 19.02.2019. +++ Foto: Lutz Leitmann / Stadt Bochum Das Schauspielhaus in Bochum bei Nacht, 19.02.2019. +++ Foto: Lutz Leitmann / Stadt Bochum

Cities and Globalisation: Bochum

Bochum, located in Germany’s Ruhr Valley, faces not only global competition but also competition from the many larger cities in the area. The chances for success in such an environment can be improved by setting up a comprehensive and holistic strategic approach. With 2030 – Die Bochum Strategie Bochum has developed an excellent strategy which focusses on five key points: environment: science, modern city management, talent, quality of life, and culture. More ...

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CEPS Ideas Lab – Some Takeaways

The CEPS Ideas Lab, the annual flagship event by the Centre for European Policy Studies, took place on March 5th and 6th in Brussels this year with the opening plenary given by Charles Michel, President of the European Council. Here you’ll find a summary of some of the takeaways from three sessions: More ...

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A New European Industrial Strategy

For almost a year now, European politicians have struggled with how the future of European industry should look. On March 10, 2020, this question received its first answer with the publication of the European Commission’s “A New Industrial Strategy for Europe”. In this post, we take a look at this proposal, its implications, and main […] More ...


How Deflationary is Digitisation?

In his book ‘The Price of Tomorrow,’ Canadian technological entrepreneur Jeff Booth engages in the debate about the global effects of digitization on inflation. I talked with him about the central thesis of his book and discussed some of his personal views. More ...

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Cities’ Strategies to Cope with the Challenges of Globalisation: Eindhoven

Central to Eindhoven’s strategic approach for staying competitive and at the same time inclusive and liveable in a globalized world is winning the “war for talent.” A talk with Peter Kentie, managing director for “Eindhoven365” as Eindhoven’s unit for strategic city marketing is known, outlines why this is important. More ...

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Cities’ Strategies to Cope with the Challenges of Globalisation: Helsinki

Resilient and competitive cities are key to coping with the challenges arising from globalization. Helsinki’s “world most functional city” strategy was implemented at the end of 2017. Looking at their strategy and talking with their strategic manager Mr. Marko Karvinen offers some interesting insights and learnings. More ...

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Industrial Policy – Lessons from China

Industrial policy has been a reform instrument in China since the late 1980s, playing a decisive role in China’s development from an imperative planned economy to a “market economy with Chinese characteristics.” So, it is not surprising that industry has become one of the most important pillars of the Chinese economy over the years. Now, […] More ...

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Industrial Policy – Lessons from the USA

Several rankings indicate that the US is among the most innovative countries in the world. Often considered a country that takes a market-liberal approach to industrial policy, the state, in fact, plays quite an active role. More ...

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Are German and European Politics ready for Industrial Policy Reform?

  This is the second post in our series on globalization and innovation as drivers of new industrial policy in the EU and Germany. See the first post here.  Over the last few years, industrial policy has become an increasingly more relevant topic for German and European policymakers. This interest has been rather controversial, leading […] More ...

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Will Blockchain Disrupt Supply-Chains and Logistics ?

Why blockchain can help in supply-chains? The key characteristic of blockchain is that it offers security. Therefore, its application in the field of financial services is self-evident. But security is relevant in many business fields such as pharmaceuticals, energy, or logistics. In the case of logistics, security is linked to another feature, which is transparency. More ...

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Is Industrial Policy Now on the Front Line of Policy-Making?
The first in our series on Globalization and Innovation as Drivers of a New Industrial Policy in the EU and Germany

With our upcoming study “Can we learn from Trump and Xi? Globalization and Innovation as Drivers of a New Industrial Policy”, we will highlight potential learnings for Germany and the EU from the US and China. During the following weeks, we will disseminate the study in our blog – giving you a closer look at the industrial policy approaches of the US and China and possibilities for future industrial policy-making in the EU and Germany. More ...


11 Major Events that Could Change the Global Economy in 2020
The new decade starts with a lot of meaningful events. As we did for 2019, we chose 11 of them to which you should definitely pay attention to!

31st of January: Brexit In December 2019, the Conservatives’ with their idiosyncratic candidate Boris Johnson attained an absolute majority in the general elections. This is their best result since 1987 when Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister. This strongly boosts the chances of a Brexit at the end of January as Prime Minister Boris […] More ...

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Productivity Growth and the Internationality of Innovative Milieus
Can internationalization be one puzzle piece in somehow boosting low productivity rates?

The total factor productivity growth is generally low in Germany. However, the manufacturing sector shows comparatively high productivity growth rates. Within the manufacturing sector, more innovative milieus are more international. Lessons can be learned. Technological progress is a major component of substantial economic growth, apart from increases in labor participation and capital endowment. As a […] More ...