Halle Institute for Economic Research Halle (Germany)

The IWH conducts economic research in its three Research Departments Financial Markets, Macroeconomics, and Structural Change and Productivity.

Akronym: IWH

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) was founded in 1992. IWH is a member of the Leibniz Association. At the end of 2018, the IWH employed 90 persons, including 60 scientific scholars. The IWH conducts economic research in its three Research Departments Financial Markets, Macroeconomics, and Structural Change and Productivity and provides evidence-based policy advice. IWH‟s roots lie in transition research and, hence, in the analysis of how East Germany and the Central and Eastern European countries have moved from a planned economy to a market economy. The associated institutional transition and the corresponding adjustment processes provide both a plentiful source of economic questions and the opportunity – viewed as a “natural experiment” – to apply modern econometric methods. Now, however, transition of the formal institutions is complete. The IWH, therefore, extended its research profile to focus on the analysis of economic growth processes more generally. Growth processes depend on the efficiency of the allocation of production factors and on productivity growth. The IWH investigates in particular how financial and labour markets facilitate capital (re)allocation, structural change, innovation, and changes in productivity and by doing so facilitate efficient and sustained economic growth. IWH maintains co-operations with numerous research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Heads of departments and board members working at the IWH are jointly appointed with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Leipzig University and Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) conducts its research projects in co-operation with external researchers and therefore established the IWH Research Network in Economics providing a framework for co-operations with e.g. guest researchers, research affiliates, research professors and IWH Alumni. IWH is part of the Joint Economic Forecast of German research institutes. At IWH young researchers participate in the IWH Doctoral Programme in Economics (IWH-DPE) which aims to provide them with a nurturing place to further develop and advance their competences and to make the most of their skills. Being open to young fellows of the partner universities, the IWH-DPE offers a platform for sharing the experience of a program that complies with international standards in post-graduate education and training in economics. An international scientific advisory board evaluates the institute‟s work regularly.


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D-06017 Halle (Saale)