Dr Axel Lindner

Dr Axel Lindner
Current Position

since 1/13

Head of the Research Group Macroeconomic Analyses and Forecasts

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 1/10

Deputy Head of the Department of Macroeconomics

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 1/01

Economist in the Department of Macroeconomics

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Research Interests

  • monetary economics
  • European macroeconomics

Axel Lindner joined in 2001 and became Deputy Head of the Department of Macroeconomics in 2010. His research focuses on the European business cycle and on information economics applied to macroeconomic forecasting. As ombudsperson, Axel Lindner is responsible for ensuring good scientific practice at the institute.

Axel Lindner earned a diploma and doctoral degree from LMU Munich. He was visiting professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and visiting scholar at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Prior to joining IWH, he was teaching at Goethe University Frankfurt.

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Publications

Recent Publications

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IWH-Flash-Indikator IV. Quartal 2020 und I. Quartal 2021

Katja Heinisch Oliver Holtemöller Axel Lindner Birgit Schultz

in: IWH Flash Indicator, No. 4, 2020

Abstract

Weil weitreichende Eindämmungsmaßnahmen gelockert wurden, war die deutsche Wirtschaft im Sommer 2020 auf Erholungskurs. Dazu hat auch die Wirtschaftspolitik entscheidend beigetragen. Nach dem pandemiebedingten Einbruch um 9,8% im zweiten Quartal stieg das Bruttoinlandsprodukt (BIP) im dritten Quartal um 8,2%. Im Vergleich zum vierten Quartal 2019 – dem letzten Quartal ohne Einfluss der Pandemie – beträgt der Rückgang noch 4%. Allerdings sind die Covid-19-Neuinfektionen im Herbst wieder stark gestiegen, und für den November wurden insbesondere für den privaten Bereich erneut erhebliche Einschränkungen erlassen. Für weite Teile der gewerblichen Wirtschaft gelten diese Einschränkungen aber nicht. Die Wirtschaftsleistung dürfte daher im vierten Quartal 2020 nicht so stark einbrechen wie in der ersten Jahreshälfte. Der IWH-Flash-Indikator für das Bruttoinlandsprodukt deutet auf einen Rückgang um 2,1% hin, gefolgt von einer Expansion um 5,0% im ersten Quartal 2021 (vgl. Abbildung 1)

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IWH-Flash-Indikator III. Quartal und IV. Quartal 2020

Katja Heinisch Oliver Holtemöller Axel Lindner Birgit Schultz

in: IWH Flash Indicator, No. 3, 2020

Abstract

Die Corona-Pandemie hat die deutsche Wirtschaft im Frühjahr 2020 in eine tiefe Rezession gerissen. Das Bruttoinlandsprodukt sank im zwei­ten Quartal 2020 um 10,1%, nach einem Rückgang von 2,0% im Quartal zuvor. Dieser massive Wirtschaftseinbruch war insbesondere den Lockdown-Maßnahmen geschuldet, die das öffentliche und wirtschaft­liche Leben zeitweise auf ein Minimum reduzierten. Seit Anfang Mai wurden die Restriktionen zur Eindämmung der Pandemie gelockert, und die wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten haben wieder deutlich zugenom­men. Der Tiefpunkt der Rezession ist also durchschritten, allerdings dürfte die Rückkehr zum Vorkrisenniveau auch aufgrund der wieder höheren Fallzahlen und der damit verbundenen Unsicherheit noch länger auf sich warten lassen. Die Wirtschaft dürfte im dritten Quartal 2020 um 4,6% und im vierten Quartal dann um 4,0% expandieren. (vgl. Abbildung).

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IWH-Flash-Indikator II. Quartal und III. Quartal 2020

Katja Heinisch Oliver Holtemöller Axel Lindner Birgit Schultz

in: IWH Flash Indicator, No. 2, 2020

Abstract

Die Corona-Pandemie hat dazu geführt, dass das deutsche Bruttoinlandsprodukt im ersten Quartal 2020 um 2,2% im Vergleich zum Vorquartal gesunken ist. Dieser starke Rückgang ist vor allem auf die im Laufe des Monats März in Deutschland und in anderen Ländern eingeführten Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Virus zurückzuführen. Bereits aus anderen Gründen war das Bruttoinlandsprodukt schon im vierten Quartal 2019 leicht zurückgegangen. Die Rezession wird sich im laufenden Quartal noch weiter vertiefen und das Bruttoinlandsprodukt um 7,2% zurückgehen, weil bis Mitte Mai die Restriktionen zur Eindämmung der Pandemie noch gravierend waren, aber auch weil private Haushalte und Unternehmen eine Vielzahl von wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten individuell eingeschränkt haben. Im dritten Quartal 2020 dürfte die Produktion dann wieder zulegen, sofern die Eindämmungsmaßnahmen weiter gelockert werden können (vgl. Abbildung 1).

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Refereed Publications

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For How Long Do IMF Forecasts of World Economic Growth Stay Up-to-date?

Katja Heinisch Axel Lindner

in: Applied Economics Letters, No. 3, 2019

Abstract

This study analyses the performance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Economic Outlook output forecasts for the world and for both the advanced economies and the emerging and developing economies. With a focus on the forecast for the current year and the next year, we examine the durability of IMF forecasts, looking at how much time has to pass so that IMF forecasts can be improved by using leading indicators with monthly updates. Using a real-time data set for GDP and for indicators, we find that some simple single-indicator forecasts on the basis of data that are available at higher frequency can significantly outperform the IMF forecasts as soon as the publication of the IMF’s Outlook is only a few months old. In particular, there is an obvious gain using leading indicators from January to March for the forecast of the current year.

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On the Risk of a Sovereign Debt Crisis in Italy

Oliver Holtemöller Tobias Knedlik Axel Lindner

in: Intereconomics, No. 6, 2018

Abstract

The intention for the Italian government to stimulate business activity via large increases in government spending is not in line with the stabilisation of the public debt ratio. Instead, if such policy were implemented, the risk of a sovereign debt crisis would be high. In this article, we analyse the capacity of the Italian economy to shoulder sovereign debt under different scenarios. We conclude that focusing on growth enhancing structural reforms, would allow for moderate increases in public expenditure.

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On the Distribution of Refugees in the EU

Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher Oliver Holtemöller Axel Lindner Andreas Schmalzbauer Götz Zeddies

in: Intereconomics, No. 4, 2016

Abstract

The current situation regarding the migration of refugees can only be handled efficiently through closer international cooperation in the field of asylum policy. From an economic point of view, it would be reasonable to distribute incoming refugees among all EU countries according to a distribution key that reflects differences in the costs of integration in the individual countries. An efficient distribution would even out the marginal costs of integrating refugees. In order to reach a political agreement, the key for distributing refugees should be complemented by compensation payments that distribute the costs of integration among countries. The key for distributing refugees presented by the EU Commission takes account of appropriate factors in principle, but it is unclear in terms of detail. The compensation payments for countries that should take relatively high numbers of refugees for cost efficiency reasons should be financed by reallocating resources within the EU budget.

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Working Papers

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The Economic Development of Saxony-Anhalt since 1990

Oliver Holtemöller Axel Lindner

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 6, 2018

Abstract

This article describes the economic development of Saxony-Anhalt since 1990 in the context of the East German transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy. In the early 1990s the economy of Saxony-Anhalt caught up quickly with West Germany, mainly because the capital stock was modernized and expanded. Convergence, however, has almost come to a halt for some time now and gross domestic product per employed person is still about 20% below the West German level. The challenge for economic policy is to further the catching-up process by fostering research and innovation and improving the skills of the workforce.

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Outperforming IMF Forecasts by the Use of Leading Indicators

Katja Drechsel Sebastian Giesen Axel Lindner

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 4, 2014

Abstract

This study analyzes the performance of the IMF World Economic Outlook forecasts for world output and the aggregates of both the advanced economies and the emerging and developing economies. With a focus on the forecast for the current and the next year, we examine whether IMF forecasts can be improved by using leading indicators with monthly updates. Using a real-time dataset for GDP and for the indicators we find that some simple single-indicator forecasts on the basis of data that are available at higher frequency can significantly outperform the IMF forecasts if the publication of the Outlook is only a few months old.

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Evaluating communication strategies for public agencies: transparency, opacity, and secrecy

Axel Lindner

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 8, 2008

Abstract

This paper analyses in a simple global games framework welfare effects stemming from different communication strategies of public agencies if strategies of agents are complementary to each other: communication can either be fully transparent, or the agency opaquely publishes only its overall assessment of the economy, or it keeps information completely secret. It is shown that private agents put more weight to their private information in the transparent case than in case of opacity. Thus, in many cases, the appropriate measure against overreliance on public information is giving more details to the public instead of denying access to public information.

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