16.06.2020 • 9/2020
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. The decline in production in Eastern Germany is likely to be less pronounced compared to Germany as a whole and estimated at 3.2% in 2020.
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Why are some Chinese Firms Failing in the US Capital Markets? A Machine Learning Approach
Pacific-Basin Finance Journal,
We study the market performance of Chinese companies listed in the U.S. stock exchanges using machine learning methods. Predicting the market performance of U.S. listed Chinese firms is a challenging task due to the scarcity of data and the large set of unknown predictors involved in the process. We examine the market performance from three different angles: the underpricing (or short-term market phenomena), the post-issuance stock underperformance (or long-term market phenomena), and the regulatory delistings (IPO failure risk). Using machine learning techniques that can better handle various data problems, we improve on the predictive power of traditional estimations, such as OLS and logit. Our predictive model highlights some novel findings: failed Chinese companies have chosen unreliable U.S. intermediaries when going public, and they tend to suffer from more severe owners-related agency problems.
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12.03.2020 • 4/2020
Global economy under the spell of the coronavirus epidemic
The epidemic is obstructing the economic recovery in Germany. Foreign demand is falling, private households forgo domestic consumption if it comes with infection risk, and investments are postponed. Assuming that the spread of the disease can be contained in short time, GDP growth in 2020 is expected to be 0.6% according to IWH spring economic forecast. Growth in East Germany is expected to be 0.9% and thus higher than in West Germany. If the number of new infections cannot be decreased in short time, we expect a recession in Germany.
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Konjunktur aktuell: Weltwirtschaft wieder etwas kräftiger – aber Deutschland zunächst weiter im Abschwung
Im Jahr 2020 zieht die Weltwirtschaft wieder etwas an, weil der Gegenwind von den Handelskonflikten nachlässt. Die jüngsten Produktionsdaten deuten allerdings noch nicht auf eine durchgreifende Besserung der internationalen Konjunktur hin. Auch wegen der niedrigen Preisdynamik ist die Geldpolitik im Lauf des Jahres vielerorts noch einmal expansiver geworden. Wenn weitere Zollerhebungen im Wesentlichen ausbleiben, dürfte der Abschwung im Verarbeitenden Gewerbe um die Jahreswende 2019/2020 zu Ende gehen. Allerdings bleibt die Zukunft der politischen Rahmenbedingungen für den internationalen Handel unsicher. Das ist ein wichtiger Grund, warum mit einem kräftigen weltwirtschaftlichen Aufschwung für den Prognosezeitraum nicht zu rechnen ist. Zudem dürfte die Expansion der Nachfrage aus China weiter nachlassen.
Die deutsche Wirtschaft befindet sich weiter im Abschwung. Ursache ist im Wesentlichen die schwache Auslandsnachfrage nach Produkten des Verarbeitenden Gewerbes, bedingt durch die von den USA ausgehenden protektionistischen Tendenzen und den bevorstehenden Brexit. Als weiterer Faktor kommen die Probleme im Automobilbau hinzu, denn die Branche steht mit am Beginn eines drastischen Strukturwandels. Im Jahr 2020 dürfte eine leichte Belebung der internationalen Konjunktur den deutschen Export wieder anziehen lassen. Der Anstieg wird aber nicht allzu hoch ausfallen, nicht zuletzt, weil die Lohnstückkosten seit einiger Zeit deutlich zugenommen haben. Auf der anderen Seite stabilisieren die recht deutlichen Lohnzuwächse die binnenwirtschaftliche Nachfrage. Zudem wirkt die Finanzpolitik expansiv, und die günstigen Finanzierungsbedingungen werden zusammen mit der Wohnungsknappheit in Ballungsräumen den Bauboom am Leben halten. Das Bruttoinlandsprodukt wird im Jahr 2020 wohl um 1,1% zunehmen, auch dank einer hohen Zahl an Arbeitstagen. Der Produktionszuwachs in Ostdeutschland dürfte mit 1,3% höher ausfallen als in Gesamtdeutschland. Die Verbraucherpreisinflation bleibt moderat, die Beschäftigung nimmt nur noch wenig zu.
12.12.2019 • 24/2019
Global economy slowly gains momentum – but Germany still stuck in a downturn
In 2020, the global economy is likely to benefit from the recent thaw in trade disputes. Germany’s manufacturing sector, however, will recover only slowly. “In 2020, the German economy will probably grow at a rate of 1.1%, and adjusted for the unusually high number of working days the growth rate will only be 0.7%”, says Oliver Holtemöller, head of the Department Macroeconomics and vice president at Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). With an estimated growth rate of 1.3%, production in East Germany will outpace total German production growth.
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Fehlende Fachkräfte in Deutschland – Unterschiede in den Betrieben und mögliche Erklärungsfaktoren: Ergebnisse aus dem IAB-Betriebspanel 2018
In the years after the economic crisis, the economic situation of establishments in West and East Germany has improved steadily. At the same time, increased labor market dynamics and a positive trend in total employment can be observed. Also the demand for skilled employees reached a new high of 2.7 million in 2018. Only about 60 percent of the demand could be covered, which is also reflected in a further increase of the so-called non-occupancy quota. With regard to the distribution of this indicator for skilled labor shortages, we observe clear sector- and size-specific differences as well as regional heterogeneity. The quota is particularly high in the construction industry and in agriculture and forestry, with more than half the positions left vacant. A positive correlation between shortages of skilled labor and the use of temporary work, flexible working hours and investments in vocational training and further education is assessed in a multivariate analysis. The structure of formal occupational skill requirements did not change very much over recent years. However, a clear trend towards more flexible work organization can be observed. For example, about one quarter of the establishments offer teleworking. The share of part-time employment is also increasing nationwide, especially in sectors with a higher proportion of women, such as the service industries or the public sector. The share of marginal employment is particularly high in sectors that are characterized by cyclical and/or seasonal demand fluctuations or comparatively unspecific skill requirements – and above-average shortages of skilled labor. In 2018, the proportion of establishments authorized to provide in-house vocational training rose for the first time since 2010 – to 54 percent in Germany. In Eastern Germany, the share is significantly lower at 49 percent. The proportion of authorized establishments that actually train apprentices has been relatively stable at around 50 percent for several years. Both successfully occupied and vacant apprenticeships are distributed very heterogeneously across sectors. The recruitment rate of successful graduates is about three quarters. In establishments with skilled labor shortages, both the training rate and the graduate hiring rate are higher, suggesting that vocational training is already used here as an alternative strategy for recruiting skilled employees. The share of establishments supporting further education of their employees remains stable at about fifty percent for several years, and the proportion of employees participating in training is still about one third. A comparatively higher rate of further education among unskilled employees in establishments with skilled labor shortages indicates that internal resources are being increasingly used here to meet the demand for skilled employees.
05.09.2019 • 18/2019
Downturn in Germany continues
Trade disputes are causing international trade in goods to decline this year. The manufacturing industry in Germany is particularly affected by this. However, a robust labour market is supporting the economy. According to IWH autumn economic forecast, German gross domestic product (GDP) will increase by 0.5% in 2019. At 1%, output growth in East Germany is likely to be significantly higher than in West Germany.
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13.06.2019 • 12/2019
Weak foreign demand – economic downturn in Germany
In the summer of 2019, uncertainty due to ongoing trade disputes weighs on the global economy. The export-oriented German economy is particularly affected. According to IWH summer economic forecast, gross domestic product is expected to increase by only 0.5% in 2019; the forecast for East Germany is 0.8%. The German labour market remains largely robust despite the economic downturn.
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