Spotlight on current issues in economics

With the "Spotlight on current issues in economics" we invite you to get insights into the latest findings in economic research through lists of references and online research papers held and archived by the ZBW.

In times of a shortage of skilled workers, an ageing workforce and increased globalisation and digitalisation, it is important to meet these challenges with Diversity management.

Rising energy prices are hitting the German economy and the private sector because of dependence on Russian gas and oil imports.

The Russian war in Ukraine is having a strong impact on the Ukrainian economy and the global economy. Inflation rates, energy prices and the cost of living are rising significantly.

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize of Economic Sciences goes jointly to Ben S. Bernanke, Douglas W. Diamond and Philip Dybvig for their contributions on the role of banks in the economy and financial crises.

Big Data offers new opportunities for scientific research on economic and social topics. At the current annual conference of the Verein für Socialpolitik, topics relating to research and application of the methods of Big Data will be discussed.

Teleworking in Times of Covid-19 changed the world of labour worldwide. How will this continue with less infections and normalization after pandemic times?

With COVID-19 and the war in the Ukraine leading to supply chain problems, price jumps in energy, higher inflation rates and deglobalisation tendencies what is next for the global economy?

Small and medium-sized enterprises - especially craft enterprises - are particularly affected by the shortage of skilled workers. With our Spotlight we are turning to the question of how companies can plan their staffing needs and recruit and retain employees.

Labour shortage is a widely known problem of ageing societies worldwide. Take a look at some aspects with our spotlight.

After the Bundestag elections, the three coalition parties will define the future path towards sustainable policies. The climate turnaround means a mobility turnaround, because transport is a major cause of CO2 pollution.

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize of Economic Sciences goes to David Card for his empirical contributions to labour economics and jointly to Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.

In order to mitigate the consequences of climate change, adaptation strategies are needed that also take into account economic and social factors.

In times of Covid-19 the shortage of skilled workers remains or could even worsen. It is therefore important for employers to build an employer brand and to design a successful onboarding for new employees.

When the pandemic broke out a year ago, the rising numbers of infections across the globe soon made it obvious that nearly all countries would be hit hard economically and socially.

The pandemic has brought the increased national debt of many countries into Focus. How should the debt be paid? Various possible solutions are being discussed.

Wirtschaftsdienst journal and the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), which focuses on the adjustment processes after reunification, host a joint conference addressing the questions of productivity gaps, convergence of economic and social conditions and much more.

This year's Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson. They invented new formats for auctioning off many interrelated objects.

This year's annual conference of the Verein für Socialpolitik is entitled Gender Economics - Gender Studies in Economic Sciences.

The corona crisis is affecting labour markets worldwide. It is also changing the way companies and employees work.

The coronavirus and the development of infection data influence political, societal and business life. Infection rates are unpredictible and there is a high uncertainty about planning and decision making. Scenario planning is one instrument to assist managers in the task of preparing for different probable developments.

The lockdowns in many countries are forcing companies to think on their feet: many are adapting production lines to medical products or switch to new services.

The coronavirus increasingly affects the global economy. Supply chains are interrupted and lead to production stops, supply bottlenecks or problems with procurement in China.

The global debt level is growing every year. Government and corporate debts, as well as the debts of private households, are higher than before the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2007.

What does digitalisation mean for working people and how do they prepare for changes in skills and labour market conditions? These and other diverse questions are themes of the joint conference of Wirtschaftsdienst and Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) in Berlin, Germany on 2nd December 2019.

This year's Nobel Prize in Economics* was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. They developed new methods for poverty research. Our List of references contains diverse Research Papers.

What does it take to successfully lead large corporations to the top of the world and how do successful people deal with setbacks and failures?

Following the financial crisis, interest rates have reached (long-term) historical lows. For middle-class households in Germany, which are traditionally risk-averse and rely on savings, it is increasingly difficult to accumulate wealth in preparation for old age.

Shadow economy in Germany
14 February 2019

Illegal employment is declining in Germany which may be due to continuous economic development and concomitant low unemployment rates.