IWH Medium-Term Projection

The IWH medium-term projection shows: If Germany wants to stick to both its current debt brake and its climate protection target, the tax burden on households will increase and private consumption will be curbed accordingly.

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Blathering managers harm their company

If a senior executive refuses to give information to professional investors, the company's stock market value drops afterwards. This is shown in an IWH study after evaluating 1.2 million answers from telephone conferences.

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Europe's top bankers: Risky business despite bonus cap

Ten years ago, the EU Parliament decided to limit the flexible remuneration of bank managers. But the cap on bonuses misses its target: Executive board members of systemically important European banks take high risks without changes. 

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Stricter rules for banks can relieve real estate markets

Exuberant price levels in the German real estate market could further exacerbate an economic crisis. Fiscal instruments exert too little influence to contain this danger.

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New database on Europe's real estate markets

Exclusively for non-commercial scientific purposes, the IWH European Real Estate Index (EREI) provides a comprehensive overview of residential property offers for sale and rent in 18 European countries.

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Communication instead of conflict – why are female CEOs so interesting for hedge funds

Female CEOs particularly benefit from the intervention of hedge fund activists due to their strong communication and cooperation skills. The value of female-led firms is enhanced more by the intervention of activist investors than that of firms with male CEOs.

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Solidarity with Israel

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany stands in solidarity with Israel.

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Solidarity with Ukraine

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany draws consequences for academia.

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27.02.2024 • 5/2024

Presseeinladung zur Konferenz: „Eine CO2-neutrale Zukunft: Wie kann das funktionieren?“ am 6. März 2024 am IWH


Kriege, Wirtschaftsflaute und gesellschaftliche Polarisierung setzen die grüne Transformation unter Druck. Wie sie dennoch gelingen kann, diskutiert eine Konferenz am Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) mit Gästen aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Industrie. Es sprechen unter anderem Julia Schlenz, Präsidentin von Dow Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz, sowie Sven Giegold, Staatssekretär im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium.

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21.02.2024 • 4/2024

Projektgruppe Gemeinschaftsdiagnose nimmt zur Jahresprojektion der Bundesregierung Stellung

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller

Gemäß ihrem gesetzlichen Auftrag hat die Projektgruppe Gemeinschaftsdiagnose heute als unabhängige Einrichtung ihre Einschätzung zur Jahresprojektion 2024 der Bundesregierung vorgestellt.

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08.02.2024 • 3/2024

IWH-Insolvenztrend: Zahl der Firmenpleiten weiterhin hoch – Corona-Hilfen für schwache Unternehmen sind ein Grund

Professor Dr Steffen Müller

Nach dem Rekordwert im Dezember bleibt die Zahl der Insolvenzen von Personen- und Kapitalgesellschaften im Januar auf unverändert hohem Niveau, zeigt die aktuelle Analyse des Leibniz-Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH). Erklären lässt sich die heutige Lage auch mit den Staatshilfen während der Corona-Pandemie.

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12.01.2024 • 2/2024

Green transition and the debt brake: Implications of additional investment for public finances and private consumption in Germany

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller

The German Climate Protection Act stipulates, among other things, that greenhouse gas emissions in Germany are to be reduced by 65% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The green investments required to achieve this target are likely to amount to around 2.5% of gross domestic product each year. According to the medium-term projection of the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), the associated additional government spending on public investment and support measures cannot be financed from projected tax revenues. It is therefore to be expected that the tax burden on households will increase and private consumption will be curbed accordingly, if both the current form of the debt brake and the greenhouse gas reduction targets are maintained.

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Eine CO2-neutrale Zukunft: Wie kann das funktionieren?

Sven Giegold, Professor Reint E. Gropp, Ph.D., Dr. Anika Noack, Juniorprofessorin Huyen Nguyen, Ph.D., Professor Dr. Mario Ragwitz, Julia S. Schlenz, Dr. Christoph Schult und Thomas Wünsch
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