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See our updated MICROPROD leaflet!
The updated MICROPROD leaflet is now available, and contains all policy conclusions drawn from MICROPROD over 3.5 years of research.
A bankruptcy update from IWH: “Ongoing Decline in Bankruptcy Statistics”
“After hitting an all-time low in July, the number of firms de-claring bankruptcy in Germany fell yet again in August. A new low was also registered in the number of impacted jobs.”, says Steffen Müller in the latest IWH Press Release.
The first MICROPROD Podcast is here!
We are happy to share the news that MICROPROD first podcast has now been released by our partner BRUEGEL, where MICROPROD research team is discussing restarting the economy in the EU in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, and whether or not governmental policies have been successful throughout the crisis.
Featuring BRUEGEL Deputy Director Maria Demertzis speaks with IWH Professor Dr Steffen Müller, Chairman of the Competitiveness Research Network Filippo di Mauro, and Bocconi University Professor Carlo Altomonte.
Originally published on BRUEGEL webpage.
“Results in Brief” – Project Coordinator Steffen Mueller outlines MICROPROD’s key findings
Steffen Mueller has collaborated with the EU CORDIS Editorial Team to outline MICROPROD’s key findings so far in a recently published article. From creating a cross-country data infrastructure with micro-level productivity indicators to studying how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted companies, sectors and the economies of European countries, find out how MICROPROD’s team of researchers is helping support a more productive future. read more…
MICROPROD’s 2nd Policy dialogue
MICROPROD’s 2nd policy dialogue has taken place and was livestreamed by Bruegel on March 18th, 2021. During this lunch event, MICROPROD results have been presented to a wide audience online and discussed by Maria Demertzis (Bruegel), Filippo di Mauro (IWH, CompNet), Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (EEP PSE), Carlo Altomonte (UB) and Steffen Mueller (IWH). read more…
A bankruptcy update from IWH: “Bankruptcies Tick Upward in December”
“In December 2020 the number of corporate bankruptcies in Germany experienced a noticeable uptick reaching pre-COVID levels. According to the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), which monitors corporate bankruptcies in Germany, similar bankruptcy figures can be expected for January and February of 2021.”, says Steffen Müller in the latest IWH Press Release.
MICROPROD cited as best practice example in newly released report on the integration of SSH in the H2020 programme
MICROPROD partners are delighted and honoured to be featured as a best practice example in the newly published edition of the report on the integration of social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the Horizon 2020 programme, which is considered as a “cross-cutting issue” within the programme, and one of its most important components.
Read the latest update on corporate bankruptcy from MICROPROD Partner IWH
“The number of German companies declaring bankruptcy trended somewhat higher in October, but total bankruptcy figures remain low. While the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) anticipates a further rise in bankruptcy statistics over the final two months of the year, we do not expect a wave of bankruptcies this year.”, says Steffen Müller in the latest IWH Press Release.
A new Bankruptcy Update from IWH
From the latest IWH Press Release: “Bankruptcies Stabilise at a Low Level; Number of Affected Jobs Remains High”
“The number of companies declaring bankruptcy in Germany was very low in September, and no significant increase is expected in the coming months. By contrast, the number of jobs impacted by corporate bankruptcies remained elevated in September; monthly layoff figures have increased significantly since the beginning of the year.”
A fruitful MICROPROD-led policy discussion
Last week, MICROPROD experts, led by Grégory Claeys and Maria Demertzis from BRUEGEL, discussed about the major interim outcomes and findings of the project in terms of policy recommendations. Were present at this discussion Steffen Mueller, Victor Slavtchev, Mirjia Haelbig and Dana Urban-Thielicke (IWH), Carlo Altomonte (UB), Eric Bartelsman (STICHTING VU), Márta Bisztray (MTA KRTK), Niclas Frederic Poitiers, Zsolt Darvas and Emanuela Dimonte (BRUEGEL), Markus Zimmermann and Wolfhard Kaus (DESTATIS), Camille Voirin (UCL).
Many thanks to all our experts for the valuable and interesting discussions.
New monthly CompNet ProdTalks
MICROPROD’s partner CompNet is launching a new series of virtual monthly events – CompNet ProdTalks. In a 1.5 hour virtual event every 1st Tuesday of the month, two selected papers will be presented and discussed. The topics will be general, such as: Productivity Research, Finance, Trade and Labour.
Kindly submit your papers to firstname.lastname@example.org, and do not forget to register and save your seat!
Coming up next: 6th October 2020, 3rd November 2020 and 1st December 2020.
More from Steffen Mueller on zombie firms
Steffen Mueller talks to LeMonde about zombie firms, as most European countries are dealing with emergency response to save jobs.
Find out more HERE (French readers only).
Steffen Mueller speaks about structural change in German car industry
Steffen Mueller speaks about structural change in German car industry in various German media.
See below to find out more (German readers only)
Steffen Mueller discusses the most recent IWH Bankruptcy update
“Bankruptcies hit new low”, says IWH’s latest press release.
To find out more about IWH’s research on the topics of corporate bankruptcy, firm exit, and the consequences for affected employees, follow the monthly updates of the Bankruptcy Research Unit.
Steffen Mueller comments on Corona crises and corporate bankruptcy
“A wave of bankruptcies is coming in Europe. And it will not be pretty.”, says The Economist.
Read the full article released on May 16th, 2020, HERE to find out more.
Steffen Mueller comments on worker co-determination
“Most of the world has yet to embrace co-determination”, The Economist comments on its February 1st 2020 edition.
Read the full article HERE to find out more.
Long-term effects of privatisation in eastern Germany: award-winning US economist begins large-scale research project at the IWH
The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), the coordinating institution for MICROPROD project, is hosting the winner of the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2019. Ufuk Akcigit, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, receives the award for his exceptional scientific achieve-ments and outstanding potential.
MICROPROD’s 1st Policy dialogue
MICROPROD’s 1st policy dialogue will take place in early December in Brussels, and will be hosted by Bruegel. During this lunch event, first MICROPROD results will be presented to the policy makers. The Consortium looks forward to discussing the advancement of the research and to receiving some valuable feedback from various stakeholders.
MICROPROD Kick-off meeting
The MICROPROD consortium held its kick-off meeting on 5th-6th February 2019. During this 2-day event the partners got the opportunity to get to know each other, to present the plan of work for their respective work-packages, to elect the governing bodies of the consortium and to agree to the overall internal organisation of the project.