25 Years IWH

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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Zur Stabilisierung von Rentenniveau und Rentenversicherungsbeitrag

Oliver Holtemöller Götz Zeddies

in: IWH Online , No. 2, 2017

Abstract

Ursprünglich galt die Sicherung des Lebensstandards nach dem Ausscheiden aus dem Erwerbsleben als zentrale Aufgabe der gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung. In der öffentlichen Diskussion gilt deshalb der Entwicklung des Rentenniveaus, welches das Verhältnis der Standardrente zum durchschnittlichen Arbeitsentgelt wiedergibt, besondere Aufmerksamkeit. Ein kontinuierlich sinkendes Rentenniveau wird häufig als nicht hinnehmbar angesehen, weil dadurch soziale Härten entstehen können. Aufgrund des demographischen Wandels, der sich in den kommenden Jahren beschleunigen wird, ginge eine Fixierung des Rentenniveaus jedoch mit einem deutlichen Anstieg des Beitragssatzes zur gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung und damit der Lohnnebenkosten einher. Mit dem Altersvermögens- und dem Altersvermögensergänzungsgesetz wurde deshalb ab dem Jahr 2001 ein Paradigmenwechsel in der gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung vollzogen. So wurde unter anderem ein Nachhaltigkeitsfaktor in die Rentenanpassungsformel aufgenommen, welcher die Rentenanpassung bei einer Alterung der Bevölkerung dämpft. Für das Rentenniveau wurde lediglich eine Untergrenze von 43% im Jahr 2030 festgelegt; der Beitragssatz soll bis dahin die Obergrenze von 22% nicht übersteigen.

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Konjunktur aktuell: Deutsche Wirtschaft legt kräftig zu

Hans-Ulrich Brautzsch João Carlos Claudio Andrej Drygalla Franziska Exß Katja Heinisch Oliver Holtemöller Martina Kämpfe Konstantin Kiesel Axel Lindner Jan-Christopher Scherer Birgit Schultz Matthias Wieschemeyer Götz Zeddies

in: Konjunktur aktuell , No. 4, 2017

Abstract

Im Sommer 2017 befindet sich die Weltwirtschaft im Aufschwung. Das deutsche Bruttoinlandsprodukt dürfte nach vorliegender Prognose im Jahr 2017 wie schon im Vorjahr mit 1,9% und im Jahr 2018 mit 2,0% expandieren. Die öffentlichen Haushalte erzielen dabei weiter zunehmende Überschüsse. Der Zuwachs der Produktion in Ostdeutschland dürfte im Prognosezeitraum (wie schon in den vergangenen drei Jahren) etwas über dem in Westdeutschland liegen.

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Aktuelle Trends: Sachsen-Anhalt kann beim Wirtschaftswachstum nicht mit Ostdeutschland mithalten

Oliver Holtemöller

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel , No. 2, 2017

Abstract

Die Daten zum Wirtschaftswachstum des Arbeitskreises Volkswirtschaftliche Gesamtrechnungen der Länder für das Jahr 2016 zeigen erneut, dass Sachsen-Anhalt von der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung im übrigen Ostdeutschland abgekoppelt ist. Während das Wirtschaftswachstum in Ostdeutschland im Jahr 2016 insgesamt 2,1% betrug, stellte Sachsen-Anhalt mit nur 1,0% wieder einmal das ostdeutsche Schlusslicht dar. Im gesamtdeutschen Vergleich schnitt lediglich das Saarland noch schlechter ab. Berlin und Sachsen waren mit jeweils 2,7% bundesweit die Spitzenreiter beim Wirtschaftswachstum, Thüringen lag mit 1,8% gleichauf mit Westdeutschland (vgl. Abbildung a).

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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. 

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On the Distribution of Refugees in the EU

Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher Oliver Holtemöller Axel Lindner Andreas Schmalzbauer Götz Zeddies

in: Intereconomics , No. 4, 2016

Abstract

The current situation regarding the migration of refugees can only be handled efficiently through closer international cooperation in the field of asylum policy. From an economic point of view, it would be reasonable to distribute incoming refugees among all EU countries according to a distribution key that reflects differences in the costs of integration in the individual countries. An efficient distribution would even out the marginal costs of integrating refugees. In order to reach a political agreement, the key for distributing refugees should be complemented by compensation payments that distribute the costs of integration among countries. The key for distributing refugees presented by the EU Commission takes account of appropriate factors in principle, but it is unclear in terms of detail. The compensation payments for countries that should take relatively high numbers of refugees for cost efficiency reasons should be financed by reallocating resources within the EU budget.

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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 (ΔRRA = 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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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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