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Research spending found to boost inequality in Germany

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Public funds primarily go to states and cities already doing well in R&D, report shows

The distribution of research funding across Germany is uneven, with a large part of expenditure concentrated in a few research-intensive regions, a report has found.

Skewed distribution means that governmental research funding contributes to the entrenchment of regional structural differences, according to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), a political foundation associated with the centre-left SPD party. The foundation analysed regional differences in R&D spending in its Disparities Report 2019, which investigated pre-pandemic spending levels and the location of beneficiaries.

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