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19.09.2019 • 19/2019
Long-term effects of privatisation in eastern Germany: award-winning US economist begins large-scale research project at the IWH
It is one of the most prestigious awards in the German scientific community: the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2019 endowed with €1.5 million goes to Ufuk Akcigit, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. At the Halle Institute for Economic Research (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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1st IWH-FIN-FIRE Workshop on Challenges to Financial Stability
Wirtschaft im Wandel,
Im Rahmen des Workshops tauschten sich internationale Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer über aktuelle Forschungspapiere rund um das Thema „Challenges to Financial Stability“ aus. Im Wesentlichen diente der Workshop als Plattform, um Änderungen in den regulatorischen Rahmenbedingungen des Finanzsektors und die daraus resultierenden Einflüsse auf die Finanzstabilität bzw. die Konsequenzen für die Realwirtschaft zu diskutieren.
Estimation Uncertainty in Credit Risk Assessment: Comparison of Credit Risk Using Bootstrapping and an Asymptotic Approach
IWH Discussion Papers,
For credit risk assessment, probability of default and correlation have to be estimated simultaneously. However, these estimates are uncertain. To assess this uncertainty the literature has discussed the use of asymptotic confidence regions. This kind of region though needs a long credit history for exact assessment. An alternative method to generate a confidence region for a short credit history is bootstrapping. Hence, it could be more appropriate to assess estimation uncertainty with bootstrapping than with asymptotic methods if only a short credit history is available. Based on a simulation study, it is analyzed how many periods should be available for assessing credit risk – taking account of estimation uncertainty – if bootstrapping and a Wald confidence region shall achieve similar results. This article shows that more than 100 cycles have to be available for similar results.