IWH Bankruptcy Update: Bankruptcy Statistics Rise Again in March

Considerably faster than the official statistics, the IWH Bankruptcy Update provides a monthly update on corporate bankruptcy. The number of firms declaring bankruptcy increased once again in March. However, the number of jobs impacted by the bankruptcy of large firms remained constant.

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Relaxation of Corona containment measures: more economic mobility, but also more COVID-19 cases

Estimates suggest that the recent relaxation of Corona containment measures in Germany lead to an increase in economic mobility by more than ten percentage points and the number of new infections and deaths in Germany by 25%. Conclusion: We need better testing and quarantine strategies and quicker vaccinations.

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New Wave of Infections Suspends Economic Recovery in Germany

The lockdown is being eased only slightly in Germany in March 2021. As vaccination campaigns progress and restrictions are gradually eased, a normalisation of household consumption patterns will likely boost the economy later during the year. The IWH forecasts that gross domestic product will increase by 3.7% in 2021, following a decline of 4.9% in 2020.

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During Corona, households are saving more for lack of spending opportunities

During the Corona crisis, European households are saving more – not due to economic uncertainty but for lack of spending opportunities in the face of lockdown measures. This allows an optimistic forecast for post-Corona economic recovery as soon as the lockdown is lifted. 

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IWH issues warning of a new banking crisis

The coronavirus recession could mean the end for dozens of banks across Germany – even if Germany survives the economic crisis relatively unscathed. IWH President Reint Gropp warns of a potentially high additional burden for the already weakened real economy.

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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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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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Bankruptcies increased and nearly as high as in March 2020

870

firms in Germany filed for bankruptcy last month. This represents a

20
percent increase over February and was nearly as high as the figure from March 2020.

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08.04.2021 • 10/2021

IWH Bankruptcy Update: Bankruptcy Statistics Rise Again in March

Professor Dr Steffen Müller
Abstract

The number of firms declaring bankruptcy in Germany increased once again in March. However, the number of jobs impacted by the bankruptcy of large firms remained constant. The IWH Bankruptcy Report, published by the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), provides a monthly update on German bankruptcy statistics.

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18.03.2021 • 9/2021

Economic mobility likely to increase significantly after relaxation – but also number of COVID-19 cases

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
Abstract

The relaxation of Corona containment measures from the beginning of March 2021 lead to a significant increase in economic mobility and thus also in personal contacts in Germany. Estimates suggest that the recent relaxations increase economic mobility by more than ten percentage points and the number of new infections and deaths in Germany by 25%. Because both continued lockdowns and relaxations carry significant negative consequences, it is even more important to enable further relaxations through better testing and quarantine strategies and by increasing the pace of vaccination without putting people's health at risk.

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11.03.2021 • 8/2021

New wave of infections suspends economic recovery

Professor Dr Oliver Holtemöller
Abstract

The lockdown is being eased only slightly in Germany in March 2021, and gross domestic product (GDP) declines significantly in the first quarter of 2021. As vaccination campaigns progress and restrictions are gradually eased, a normalisation of household consumption patterns will likely boost the economy later during the year. The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) forecasts that GDP will increase by 3.7% in 2021, following a decline of 4.9% in 2020. In East Germany, both the contraction and the rebound are much less pronounced.

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04.03.2021 • 7/2021

IWH Bankruptcy Update: German Bankruptcy Rates Remain Low in February

Professor Dr Steffen Müller
Abstract

Bankruptcies statistics trended sideways at a low level in February 2021. Furthermore, the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) does not anticipate higher bankruptcy rates in the coming months, despite Germany’s prolonged lockdown. These are the key findings of the IWH Bankruptcy Update, which provides monthly statistics on corporate bankruptcies in Germany.

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