25 Years IWH


25 years IWH. Highlights and turning points.

A quarter of a century ago, our employees started to work for IWH. What has happened from then until now?

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TV and Entrepreneurship


after the German reunification the entrepreneurship propensity of former East Germans that could watch West German TV prior 1990 is

higher than that of those people who were not able to watch it.

Press Releases

14.12.2017 • 39/2017

Cyclical upswing in Germany and in the world

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller

At the turn of the year, the cyclical upswing in Germany continues. Gross domestic product is expected to increase by 2.2% in 2017, and because this year has seen significantly fewer working days than before, the rate of change amounts, adjusted for calendar effects, to even 2.5%. “The upswing is broad-based”, says Oliver Holtemöller, head of the Department Macroeconomics and IWH vice president. “For quite a long time now, significant increases in employment have been driving private incomes, consumption and housing construction. The latter was, in addition, stimulated by low interest rates.” Currently, German exports are benefiting from the vivid international economy. Not least since monetary policy in the euro area remains expansionary for the time being, we expect the upturn to continue in 2018 and production to increase again by 2.2%. Consumer price inflation is, with 1.7%, still moderate in both 2017 and 2018. Although domestic price pressures are on the rise, the effects of the energy price increase in 2017 expire in 2018, and the appreciation of the euro in the summer of 2017 will dampen price dynamics.

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01.11.2017 • 38/2017

IWH Policy Talk „Risk Sharing and Risk Reduction – The Challenges that Lie Ahead“


The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is pleased to inform about its next upcoming IWH Policy Talk „Risk Sharing and Risk Reduction – The Challenges that Lie Ahead“ with Andrea Enria, first Chairperson of the European Banking Authority (EBA). The talk will take place on Tuesday, No¬vember 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m., in the IWH conference room. You are hereby cordially invited to attend.

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05.10.2017 • 37/2017

Ostdeutsche Flächenländer in der Spitzenforschung insgesamt unterrepräsentiert

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller

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

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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2018 ASSA Annual Meeting

Presentations of IWH researchers at the ASSA annual conference 2018 in Philadelphia:

Paper Sessions:

Poster Sessions:


  • Michael Koetter: The Interest of Being Eligible (J.-S. Mésonnier, C. O'Donnell, O. Toutain)

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Dec 2017

14:15 - 15:45

IWH Research Seminar

Social Comparisons in Job Search: Experimental Evidence

Professor Richard Upward, PhD University of Nottingham
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