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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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Figure It Out!

The median age of Germany's population has increased:


The median age in Eastern Germany has risen from 37.9 to 46.3 years between 1990 and 2017.

Source: IWH calculations
The median age in Western Germany has increased from 39.6 to 44.1 years.
Source: IWH calculations

Press Releases

09.07.2019 • 17/2019

IWH rated "very good" and recommended for further funding


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

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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27.06.2019 • 15/2019

Presseeinladung zum Workshop: Gemeinsame Pressekonferenz von Creditreform und dem Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle am 2. Juli 2019 in Halle (Saale)


Die konjunkturelle Entwicklung hat sich in den letzten Monaten deutlich abgekühlt. Bislang sind vor allem Industrie und Exportwirtschaft betroffen. Bleibt der Mittelstand der Stabilitätsanker der Konjunktur in Sachsen-Anhalt? Wie schätzen die Unternehmen die Geschäftslage ein? Haben sich die Rahmenbedingungen in puncto Fachkräfteangebot und Breitbandinternet zuletzt verbessert?

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26.06.2019 • 14/2019

Study: How financial crises lower life satisfaction and how to prevent this

Professor Lena Tonzer, PhD

Financial crises not only result in severe disruptions to the economic system, they also affect people’s life satisfaction. A new study by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) shows that weaker members of society are more affected by increased uncertainty during crisis times, even if they may not be speculating on the stock market themselves. This could potentially also lower their propensity to consume, thereby intensifying the impact of a financial crisis. The study was recently published in “The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy”.

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5th IWH-FIN-FIRE Workshop on "Challenges to Financial Stability"

Keynote speakers: Anat R. Admati (Stanford University Graduate School of Business), Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
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