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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Downturn in Germany continues

The global economy has continued to cool down in the middle of 2019. However, a robust labour market is supporting the German economy. According to IWH autumn economic forecast, German gross domestic product will increase by 0.5% in 2019.

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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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The Origins of Italian non-performing loans

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of defaults in Italy's non-financial sector over 2008-16 were unavoidable, finds our keynote speaker Luigi Zingales in a working paper with Paolo Angelini and Marcello Bofondi. The authors argue that a combination of a weak corporate sector at the onset of the recession and poor selection of borrowers among banks explain the remaining half of defaults.

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19.09.2019 • 19/2019

Long-term effects of privatisation in eastern Germany: award-winning US economist begins large-scale research project at the IWH

Professor Reint E. Gropp, PhD
Abstract

It is one of the most prestigious awards in the German scientific community: the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2019 endowed with €1.5 million goes to Ufuk Akcigit, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. At the Halle Institute for Economic Research (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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05.09.2019 • 18/2019

Downturn in Germany continues

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
Abstract

Trade disputes are causing international trade in goods to decline this year. The manufacturing industry in Germany is particularly affected by this. However, a robust labour market is supporting the economy. According to IWH autumn economic forecast, German gross domestic product (GDP) will increase by 0.5% in 2019. At 1%, output growth in East Germany is likely to be significantly higher than in West Germany.

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09.07.2019 • 17/2019

IWH rated "very good" and recommended for further funding

Abstract

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association has been providing remarkable research and policy advice services for many years and should therefore continue to receive joint basic funding by Federal government and the Länder in future. This was the conclusion of today's meeting of the Senate of the Leibniz Association. At the end of the evaluation, the Institute was rated "very good" in all areas.

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02.07.2019 • 16/2019

Weiter gute Stimmung in Sachsen-Anhalts Mittelstand

Dr Axel Lindner
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Der Mittelstand in Sachsen-Anhalt verzeichnet bislang keine stärkere Konjunkturabschwächung. Das geht aus einer gemeinsamen Umfrage von Creditreform und Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) hervor, an der sich 465 vorrangig kleine und mittlere Unternehmen aus Sachsen-Anhalt beteiligt haben. Die überwiegende Mehrzahl der befragten Unternehmen (72,4%) schätzt die aktuelle Geschäftslage weiterhin mit „sehr gut“ bzw. „gut“ ein. In der Vorjahresumfrage gab es ähnlich viele positive Meldungen (75,2% der Befragten). Günstig für die Wirtschaftslage im Mittelstand sind weiterhin die kräftige Binnennachfrage, der private Konsum und die Bautätigkeit.

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