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...

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...

Policy brief on the first joint workshop of the Horizon 2020 projects Globalinto and Microprod

On Thursday 29th of October, Horizon 2020 projects MICROPROD and GLOBALINTO have held their very first joint workshop, on the subject of the role of intangible assets for productivity growth and the implications of Covid-19. To be read on GLOBALINTO's website: "Both...

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...

IWH Robot Research Agenda

The rise of robots has been attracted a lot of attention in recent years because of robots’ capacity to boost productivity and to replace and relocate labor, both aspects being at the heart of MICROPROD’s research agenda. So far, studies mostly had to rely on rather...

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A 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.”

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A fruitful 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.

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, and do not forget to register and save your seat!

Coming up next: 6th October 2020, 3rd November 2020 and 1st December 2020.

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.

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