IWH at 2020 ASSA Annual Meeting in San Diego

IWH researchers are going to present their research outputs from January 3 until January 5 on next year's 2020 ASSA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. It is organised by the American Economic Association (AEA) on an annual basis.

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IWH hosts award-winning US economist

The renowned Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2019 goes to Ufuk Akcigit, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. At the IWH, Akcigit aims to use innovative methods to investigate why the economy in eastern Germany is still lagging behind that in western Germany – and what role the privatisation process 30 years ago played in this.

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Joint Economic Forecast Autumn 2019: Economy Cools Further

Germany’s leading economics research institutes have revised their economic forecast for Germany significantly downward. They expect GDP growth to be only 0.5% in 2019. In spring, they still expected gross domestic product to grow by 0.8%. In 2020, GDP is expected to increase by 1.1%.

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IWH successfully evaluated

IWH has been successfully evaluated and was rated "very good" in all sub-sectors. The Senate of the Leibniz Association affirms the Institute's remarkable performance improvements in research, data service as well as policy advice and recommends further joint national and regional funding to IWH over the next seven years.

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A new department for IWH

The German Joint Science Conference (GWK) agreed on the expansion of IWH. From 2020 onwards, the institute will receive an additional amount of 1.3 million euros of institutional funds to establish a new department "Laws, Regulations and Factor Markets".

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United by Inequality

How is Germany’s economy faring 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? An IWH publication analyses how the country’s unification has progressed. The study presents many new findings, including on productivity differences between east and west, urban and rural development, as well as the availability of skilled labour.

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IWH leads large scale EU project on productivity

Is productivity growth slowing in industrialised countries? And if so, why? From the start of 2019, the IWH will be addressing these decisive questions as the leading coordinator of a new European research collaboration: MICROPROD is the largest EU project in the history of the institute.

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Phasing out lignite affects Lusatia badly


of the compensation of employees (wages, salaries, and social insurance contributions) in Lusatia originate from the lignite industry. An accelerated phase-out will have a greater impact on income and employment there than in other coal districts.

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01.11.2019 • 23/2019

Presseeinladung zur Verleihung des Max-Planck-Humboldt-Forschungspreises und der Max-Planck-Humboldt-Medaille 2019 in Berlin, Akademie der Künste, 5. November 2019 um 17:00 Uhr mit anschließendem Empfang


Zum zweiten Mal wird der neugestaltete Max-Planck-Humboldt-Forschungspreis von der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Berlin verliehen. Der diesjährige Träger des Preises ist Ufuk Akcigit von der Universität Chicago mit dem Thema: Warum besteht zwischen Ost- und Westdeutschland weiterhin eine wirtschaftliche Kluft?

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09.10.2019 • 22/2019

Presseeinladung zum Workshop: „Strukturwandel auf dem Arbeitsmarkt“ am 17. und 18. Oktober 2019 in Halle (Saale)


Digitaler, flexibler, internationaler: Der Arbeitsmarkt ist in vielerlei Hinsicht im Umbruch. Wie dieser Wandel sich auf Regionen, Branchen, Betriebe und Beschäftigte auswirkt, diskutiert eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung des Instituts für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) und des Leibniz-Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH).

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02.10.2019 • 21/2019

Thanks to robust domestic demand, the impact of the manufacturing sector on East Germany is less severe than in the west – Implications of the Autumn 2019 Joint Economic Forecast and official regional data for the eastern German economy

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller

In its autumn report, the Joint Economic Forecast Project Group states that the German economy has cooled further in the current year. The manufacturing sector is the main reason for the economic weakness. This affects the economy in East Germany as well.

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02.10.2019 • 20/2019

Joint Economic Forecast Autumn 2019: Economy Cools Further – Industry in Recession


Berlin, October 2, 2019 – Germany’s leading economics research institutes have revised their economic forecast for Germany significantly downward. Whereas in the spring they still expected gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by 0.8% in 2019, they now expect GDP growth to be only 0.5%. Reasons for the poor performance are the falling worldwide demand for capital goods – in the exporting of which the Germany economy is specialised – as well as political uncertainty and structural changes in the automotive industry. By contrast, monetary policy is shoring up macroeconomic expansion. For the coming year, the economic researchers have also reduced their forecast of GDP growth to 1.1%, having predicted 1.8% in the spring.

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1st Finance and Productivity Conference (FINPRO)

Keynotes lectures: Şebnem Kalemli-Özcan (University of Maryland) and Kalina Manova (University College London)
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