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 Bankruptcy Update: Much more jobs affected by corporate bankruptcy in Germany

Considerably faster than the official statistics, the IWH Bankruptcy Update provides a monthly update on corporate bankruptcy. Even though overall corporate bankruptcies remain constant, ever more employees are subject to employer bankruptcies in Germany.

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The Economy Adapts to the Pandemic

In the first half of 2020, the pandemic has exacted a heavy toll on the German economy, causing a slump in production that will not be fully recovered within the next year. According to IWH summer economic forecast, gross domestic product is expected to contract by 5.1% in 2020 and to increase by 3.2% in 2021.

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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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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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Number of corporate bankruptcies declines, but more jobs are affected

921

companies filed for bankruptcy in June 2020 in Germany. That is 10% less compared to the previous month.

13400
workers alone are employed at the 10% largest firms that filed for bankruptcy in June 2020, whereas in the first quarter of the year, employment in the top 10% bankrupt firms amounted to only 6,700 workers per month.

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14.07.2020 • 14/2020

Corona-Krise wirft Sachsen-Anhalts Mittelstand zurück

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Die kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen in Sachsen-Anhalt sehen sich dem größten Konjunktureinbruch seit der Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise 2009 gegenüber. Das geht aus einer gemeinsamen Umfrage von Creditreform und Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) hervor, an der sich rund 430 Unternehmen aus Sachsen-Anhalt beteiligt haben.

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06.07.2020 • 13/2020

IWH issues warning of a new banking crisis

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The coronavirus recession could mean the end for dozens of banks across Germany – even if Germany survives the economic crisis relatively unscathed. An analysis by the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) shows that many savings banks and cooperative banks are particularly at risk. Loans worth hundreds of billions of euros are on the balance sheets of the financial institutions concerned. IWH President Gropp warns of a potentially high additional burden for the already weakened real economy.

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03.07.2020 • 12/2020

IWH Bankruptcy Update: Much more jobs affected by corporate bankruptcy in Germany

Professor Dr Steffen Müller
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The number of corporate bankruptcies declines but, compared to the beginning of the year, the number of affected employees per month recently doubled. This is the latest insight from the IWH Bankruptcy Update provided monthly by the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).

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01.07.2020 • 11/2020

New Horizon 2020 project: The Challenge of the Social Impact of Energy Transitions

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Funded by the European Commission’s Framework Programme Horizon 2020, the ENTRANCES project recently closed its kick-off meeting with a high scientific and institutional participation, and taking on the challenge of modeling the social impact of the energy transition.

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6th IWH-FIN-FIRE Workshop on "Challenges to Financial Stability"

Keynote Speaker: Daniel Paravisini  London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
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