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Meaningless Work Threatens Employees’ Job Performance

Employees show a significant decline in exerted effort when they are informed about the futility of a task already done. As the results of an experiment show, meaningless work causes anger and disappointment, and can negatively affect employees' later motivation.

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Regions that are affected by demographic decline don´t necessarily need to be amongst the losers of the infrastructure development

64.4
percent
The predicted local capital stock (per inhabitant, core budget only) for the bottom 20% of rural districts and independent towns will be at most 64,4% of the national average. By taking the predicted population into account, the capital stock per predicted inhabitant in shrinking regions will be higher than dividing the same capital stock by the current population.
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, INKAR, 2014
138
percent
The predicted capital stock per inhabitant for the top 20% presumably lies between 138% and 236% of the national average.
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, INKAR, 2014

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05.10.2017 • 37/2017

Ostdeutsche Flächenländer in der Spitzenforschung insgesamt unterrepräsentiert

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
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Die Entscheidung, welche Universitäten im Rahmen der „Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder“ einen Exzellenzcluster und damit millionenschwere Förderung beantragen dürfen, ist gefallen. Drei ostdeutsche Bundesländer gehen leer aus. Das Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) sieht einen direkten Zusammenhang zwischen der unterrepräsentierten Forschung und Entwicklung in Ostdeutschland und dem stockenden wirtschaftlichen Aufholprozess.

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28.09.2017 • 36/2017

Aufschwung im Osten so stark wie in Deutschland insgesamt – Implikationen der Gemeinschaftsdiagnose Herbst 2017 für Ostdeutschland

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
Abstract

Für das Jahr 2017 prognostiziert das Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) einen Anstieg des ostdeutschen Bruttoinlandsprodukts mit Berlin um 1,9% (Gemeinschaftsdiagnose für Deutschland insgesamt ebenfalls 1,9%). Der gegenüber dem Jahr 2016 (2,1%) etwas schwächere Zuwachs der Produktion resultiert lediglich aus der geringeren Anzahl von Arbeitstagen. Auch im Jahr 2018 dürfte die ostdeutsche Wirtschaft mit 2,0% so kräftig wie in Deutschland insgesamt zulegen.

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28.09.2017 • 35/2017

Joint Economic Forecast—Autumn 2017: Upturn Remains Robust—Amid Mounting Tensions

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
Abstract

The German economic upturn has gained both in terms of strength and breadth. In addition to consumer spending, external trade and investments are now also contributing to economic expansion. These are the conclusions drawn by the economic research institutes in their autumn report for the German federal government. Whereas the very high economic momentum in the first half of the current year will slow slightly, expansion of economic output this year and next will exceed production capacity growth. As a result, overall capacity utilization will increase, with economic output exceeding potential output. Gross Domestic Product is likely to grow by 1.9 percent this year and by 2 percent in 2018 (calendar-adjusted: 2.2 and 2.1 percent, respectively).

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26.09.2017 • 34/2017

Meaningless Work Threatens Employees’ Job Performance

Professor Dr Sabrina Jeworrek
Abstract

Employees show a significant decline in exerted effort when they are informed about the futility of a task already done. As the results of an experiment conducted by Sabrina Jeworrek from the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) and co-authors show, meaningless work causes anger and disappointment, and can negatively affect employees' later motivation. However, employees seem to “forgive” their employer for cancelling a project if another and still valid purpose is credibly communicated.

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EEA-ESEM Conference 2017

IWH papers presented at the EEA-ESEM Conference from August 21 to August 25, 2017, in Lisboa

  • Daniel Fackler: Wage Losses after Job Displacement: Productivity Depreciations or Lost Firm Rents
  • Chris Jürschik, Lena Tonzer, Matias Ossandon Busch: Macroprudential Instruments and Intra-group Dynamics: The Effects of Reserve Requirements in Brazil

44th Annual Meeting of the European Finance Association

IWH papers presented at the EFA Annual Meeting from August 23 to August 26, 2017, in Mannheim

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Bad Times, Good Credit

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