IWH Treuhand Privatisation Micro Database

The IWH Treuhand Micro Database is a new data set that illustrates the privatisation of East German companies in the first half of the 1990s by the Treuhandanstalt (THA). The data set is based on matching data from the official company directory of the THA with company information from the Hoppenstedt company directories 1992–1994. It consists of 3,282 manufacturing companies and contains general information, employment and turnover data for the years 1990–1994 and additional information on company status. Detailed information on building and structure of the data set is provided in the IWH Technical Report 01/2018.

DOI: 10.18717/iwh.tha1

Data and Methods


The Privatisation Activities of the Treuhandanstalt and the Transformation of the East German Corporate Landscape: A New Dataset for First Explorations

Alexander Giebler Michael Wyrwich

in: IWH Technical Reports, No. 1, 2018


Even nearly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the privatisation and transformation of East Germany's business landscape is controversially discussed in the media and politics. The privatisation process led to enormous structural changes, which were associated with massive job losses. In particular, the stagnating regional development of East Germany is often blamed on the “long shadow” of the privatisation activities of the Treuhandanstalt (THA). From a scientific perspective, however, there are hardly any contributions dealing with the effects of privatisation activities. The IWH-Treuhand Privatisation Micro Database introduced in this technical report is novel as such that it provides comprehensive information on employment and turnover figures for formerly state-owned enterprises for the early 1990s.

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