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31.07.2018 • 16/2018
Fairness pays off
When companies arbitrarily cut their wages, the motivation and productivity of the employees decrease – this is clear. Less obvious, however: employees also become less productive even if it is their colleagues who are treated unfairly and not them. This was confirmed by a research group led by Sabrina Jeworrek at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association.
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19.04.2018 • 7/2018
Joint Economic Forecast Spring 2018: Germany’s Economic Experts Raise Forecast Slightly
Berlin, 19 April – Germany’s leading economic experts raised their forecasts for 2018 and 2019 slightly in their Spring Joint Economic Forecast released on Thursday in Berlin. They now expect economic growth of 2.2 percent for this year and 2.0 percent for 2019, versus 2.0 percent and 1.8 percent respectively in their autumn forecast. “The German economy is still booming, but the air is getting thinner as unused capacities are shrinking“, notes Timo Wollmershaeuser, ifo Head of Economic Forecasting. Commenting on the new German government’s economic policy, he adds: “It is precisely when the government’s coffers are full that fiscal policy should reflect the implications of its actions for overall economic stability and the sustainability of public finances. The extension of statutory pension benefits outlined in the coalition agreement runs counter to the idea of sustainability.”
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14.12.2017 • 39/2017
Cyclical upswing in Germany and in the world
At the turn of the year, the cyclical upswing in Germany continues. Gross domestic product is expected to increase by 2.2% in 2017, and because this year has seen significantly fewer working days than before, the rate of change amounts, adjusted for calendar effects, to even 2.5%. “The upswing is broad-based”, says Oliver Holtemöller, head of the Department Macroeconomics and IWH vice president. “For quite a long time now, significant increases in employment have been driving private incomes, consumption and housing construction. The latter was, in addition, stimulated by low interest rates.” Currently, German exports are benefiting from the vivid international economy. Not least since monetary policy in the euro area remains expansionary for the time being, we expect the upturn to continue in 2018 and production to increase again by 2.2%. Consumer price inflation is, with 1.7%, still moderate in both 2017 and 2018. Although domestic price pressures are on the rise, the effects of the energy price increase in 2017 expire in 2018, and the appreciation of the euro in the summer of 2017 will dampen price dynamics.
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IWH-Bauumfrage im ersten Quartal 2017:
Lage anhaltend gut, Aussichten etwas gedämpft
Wirtschaft im Wandel,
Das Geschäftsklima im Baugewerbe Ostdeutschlands trübt sich laut Umfrage des IWH zu Beginn des Jahres 2017 geringfügig ein. Ausschlaggebend sind die Geschäftsaussichten, die sich über alle Sparten etwas weniger günstig darstellen als zuvor, freilich ausgehend von einem hohen Niveau. Damit scheint sich für die Zukunft eine Normalisierung der Stimmung am Bau anzudeuten. Die Auftragslage und die finanziellen Indikatoren wie Erträge, Preise und Liquidität sind zurzeit allerdings immer noch ausgezeichnet. Auch die Geschäftslage, die schon zum Jahresende 2016 den Höchststand seit Beginn der Umfrage im Jahr 1993 erreichte, wird zu Jahresbeginn nochmals besser als zuvor bewertet (vgl. Abbildung 1 und Tabelle).