Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
Current Position

since 3/14

Vice President

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 8/09

Head of the Department of Macroeconomics

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 8/09

Professor in Economics


Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Research Interests

  • quantitative macroeconomics and business cycles
  • applied econometrics and time series analysis
  • fiscal and monetary policy
  • economic forecasting and simulations
  • asset prices and macroeconomic dynamics

Oliver Holtemöller has studied economics, applied mathematics and practical computer science at the Justus-Liebig University in Gießen. He participated in the doctoral programme Applied Microeconomics at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 1998-2001 and obtained his doctoral degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2001.

From 2001 to 2003, he was a collaborator in the National Research Center Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes (SFB 373) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 2003 to 2009, he was an assistant professor in Economics at RWTH Aachen University. Since August 2009, Oliver Holtemöller is professor in economics at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and head of the Department of Macroeconomics at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). Since March 2014, he is also a member of the executive board of the IWH.

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Publications

Recent Publications

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Die mittelfristige wirtschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland für die Jahre 2016 bis 2021

Hans-Ulrich Brautzsch Katja Heinisch Oliver Holtemöller Brigitte Loose Matthias Wieschemeyer Götz Zeddies

in: Konjunktur aktuell , No. 4, 2016

Abstract

Nach der Mittelfristprojektion des IWH dürfte das Bruttoinlandsprodukt in Deutschland in den Jahren von 2016 bis 2021 um durchschnittlich 1½% wachsen; das nominale Bruttoinlandsprodukt wird wohl um durchschnittlich 3% zunehmen. Nach einer leichten Überauslastung der Kapazitäten in den Jahren 2016 und 2017 dürfte sich die Produktionslücke mittelfristig schließen. Aufgrund des mittelfristig kaum anziehenden Wachstums im Euroraum und des im Vergleich zum langfristigen Mittel schwachen Welthandels dürften vom Außenhandel in der mittleren Frist kaum Impulse ausgehen; die konjunkturelle Dynamik wird daher nach wie vor maßgeblich von der Inlands¬nachfrage bestimmt. Die Verbraucherpreise ziehen im Prognosezeitraum etwas an.

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Kommentar: Für mehr Ehrlichkeit in der Rentendebatte

Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher Oliver Holtemöller

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel , No. 6, 2016

Abstract

Durch die steigende Lebenserwartung und die geringen Geburtenraten wird in Zukunft eine abnehmende Zahl von Erwerbstätigen in Deutschland die Rentenleistungen für eine steigende Zahl von Rentnern finanzieren müssen. Während im Jahr 2016 auf 100 Beschäftigte 53 Rentner kommen, werden es im Jahr 2050 mehr als 80 Rentner sein. Diese Entwicklung führt zu einer zunehmenden Verunsicherung in der Bevölkerung hinsichtlich der zukünftigen Leistungsfähigkeit der umlagefinanzierten Altersversorgung. Auf diese Verunsicherung antwortete die Politik kürzlich wieder mit der Formulierung einer so genannten doppelten Haltelinie. Diese beinhaltet eine untere Grenze für das Sicherungsniveau und eine obere Grenze für den Beitragssatz.

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Aktuelle Trends: Fremdenfeindlichkeit als Standortnachteil im Osten? Besonders viele rechtsextremistisch motivierte Gewalttaten in den Neuen Ländern

Oliver Holtemöller Felix Pohle

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel , No. 5, 2016

Abstract

Ostdeutschland steht mit anderen Regionen im Wettbewerb um gut qualifizierte Arbeitskräfte. Insbesondere wissensintensive Bereiche <br />(z. B. Universitäten, Forschungseinrichtungen und technologieorientierte Unternehmen) profitieren stark von qualifizierten Fachkräften aus der ganzen Welt.

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Refereed Publications

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Global Food Prices and Monetary Policy in an Emerging Market Economy: The Case of India

Oliver Holtemöller Sushanta Mallick

in: Journal of Asian Economics , 2016

Abstract

This paper investigates a perception in the political debates as to what extent poor countries are affected by price movements in the global commodity markets. To test this perception, we use the case of India to establish in a standard SVAR model that global food prices influence aggregate prices and food prices in India. To further analyze these empirical results, we specify a small open economy New-Keynesian model including oil and food prices and estimate it using observed data over the period 1996Q2 to 2013Q2 by applying Bayesian estimation techniques. The results suggest that a big part of the variation in inflation in India is due to cost-push shocks and, mainly during the years 2008 and 2010, also to global food price shocks, after having controlled for exogenous rainfall shocks. We conclude that the inflationary supply shocks (cost-push, oil price, domestic food price and global food price shocks) are important contributors to inflation in India. Since the monetary authority responds to these supply shocks with a higher interest rate which tends to slow growth, this raises concerns about how such output losses can be prevented by reducing exposure to commodity price shocks.&amp;nbsp;

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Impact of Personal Economic Environment and Personality Factors on Individual Financial Decision Making

S. Prinz G. Gründer R. D. Hilgers Oliver Holtemöller I. Vernaleken

in: Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience , No. 158, 2014

Abstract

This study on healthy young male students aimed to enlighten the associations between an individual’s financial decision making and surrogate makers for environmental factors covering long-term financial socialization, the current financial security/responsibility, and the personal affinity to financial affairs as represented by parental income, funding situation, and field of study. A group of 150 male young healthy students underwent two versions of the Holt and Laury (2002) lottery paradigm (matrix and random sequential version). Their financial decision was mainly driven by the factor “source of funding”: students with strict performance control (grants, scholarships) had much higher rates of relative risk aversion (RRA) than subjects with support from family (&#916;RRA = 0.22; p = 0.018). Personality scores only modestly affected the outcome. In an ANOVA, however, also the intelligence quotient significantly and relevantly contributed to the explanation of variance; the effects of parental income and the personality factors “agreeableness” and “openness” showed moderate to modest – but significant – effects. These findings suggest that environmental factors more than personality factors affect risk aversion.

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Explosive Preisentwicklung und spekulative Blasen auf Rohstoffmärkten

Oliver Holtemöller

in: ORDO , No. 64, 2013

Abstract

This paper analyzes whether price developments on commodity markets support the hypothesis that commodity prices are subject to speculative behavior in certain time periods. This is an important research question within the ongoing debate on the regulation of commodity trading. It can be shown that commodity prices occasionally exhibit explosive behavior. In particular, this is found for raw industrials, but also for foodstuff. An important implication is that the reasons and the effects on consumers and investors of bubbles on commodity markets have to be investigated in greater detail. Additionally, the distributional effects of these findings should be analyzed in future research.

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Working Papers

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Global Food Prices and Business Cycle Dynamics in an Emerging Market Economy

Oliver Holtemöller Sushanta Mallick

in: IWH Discussion Papers , No. 15, 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates a perception in the political debates as to what extent poor countries are affected by price movements in the global commodity markets. To test this perception, we use the case of India to establish in a standard SVAR model that global food prices influence aggregate prices and food prices in India. To further analyze these empirical results, we specify a small open economy New-Keynesian model including oil and food prices and estimate it using observed data over the period from 1996Q2 to 2013Q2 by applying Bayesian estimation techniques. The results suggest that big part of the variation in inflation in India is due to cost-push shocks and, mainly during the years 2008 and 2010, also to global food price shocks, after having controlled for exogenous rainfall shocks. We conclude that the inflationary supply shocks (cost-push, oil price, domestic food price and global food price shocks) are important contributors to inflation in India. Since the monetary authority responds to these supply shocks with a higher interest rate which tends to slow growth, this raises concerns about how such output losses can be prevented by reducing exposure to commodity price shocks and thereby achieve higher growth.

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Do We Need New Modelling Approaches in Macroeconomics?

Claudia M. Buch Oliver Holtemöller

in: IWH Discussion Papers , No. 8, 2014

Abstract

The economic and financial crisis that emerged in 2008 also initiated an intense discussion on macroeconomic research and the role of economists in society. The debate focuses on three main issues. Firstly, it is argued that economists failed to predict the crisis and to design early warning systems. Secondly, it is claimed that economists use models of the macroeconomy which fail to integrate financial markets and which are inadequate to model large economic crises. Thirdly, the issue has been raised that economists invoke unrealistic assumptions concerning human behaviour by assuming that all agents are self-centred, rationally optimizing individuals. In this paper, we focus on the first two issues. Overall, our thrust is that the above statements are a caricature of modern economic theory and empirics. A rich field of research developed already before the crisis and picked up shortcomings of previous models.

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