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Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer


Overview

Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics

Supporter

Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe

Academic Group

Sustainability and Competitiveness

Chairholder

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer

Team Assistant

Birgit Simmank

Assistant Professor

Dr. Oliver Hossfeld

Research Associates

Erik Hille
Georg Siegert

Research Areas

Trade and the environment

Environmental policy and global environmental problems

Environmental policy, international trade and competitiveness

Regional competitiveness

Macroeconomics and financial markets

Courses (Selection)

Competitiveness

Environmental Economics

International Trade

Macroeconomics

Multivariate Statistics

Time Series Analysis

Network

Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network of Michael Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim
Bielefeld University 
Verein für Socialpolitik, Environmental and Resource Economics Committee

Profile

Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles and methods of economic reasoning and modeling in the field of macroeconomics, international finance and economic policy.

Over the past decades, globalization and deregulation lead to tremendous opportunities and threats for small, national, and international enterprises. This development is likely to persist for the future. Although increased international competition and information technology steadily alter the way business is conducted, many models and tools to understand business contain their value. In our courses we provide students with the nuts and bolts -and some more- to structure and analyze current and future economic conditions.

As a testimony to HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management’s dedication to a sustainable and responsible way of doing business the Chair of Macroeconomics engages in teaching and research on environmental and regional competitiveness. All but the smallest companies cannot take their business environment as a given, but change it through their activity. Our classes allow students to see the broader picture when deciding on issues of strategic importance.

Courses

The Chair offers a variety of courses on the introductory, graduate and advanced level in the fields of macroeconomics, competitiveness, trade and research methods.

Course List

  • Competitiveness
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Panel Data Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Time Series Analysis

Research

Research at the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Macroeconomics is conducted in the fields of environmental economics, regional economics, and macroeconomics.  A unifying theme can be seen in competitiveness, which is important in all fields.

In environmental economics we analyze the international dimension of environmental policy. On the one hand, this concerns the interaction between trade policy and environmental policy and the impact of environmental policy on sustainability and competitiveness. On the other hand, this concerns global environmental problems and their solutions.

In regional economics we focus on the role of clusters on regional development and competitiveness and on the common responsibility of governments and firms to create sustainable and competitive structures.

In macroeconomics we analyze the role of financial markets, e.g. banks or financial institutions, for the macroeconomic development as well as the long-run determinants of exchange rates and price competitiveness.

CliPoN - Climate Policy and the Growth Pattern of Nations (Research Project)

Some politicians fear that a strict climate policy harms a country’s competitiveness and not necessarily reduces greenhouse gas emissions, because it gives energy intense industries an incentive to relocate to other countries.

For this reason, the Chair of Macroeconomics develops an internationally comparable sector-specific measure of climate policy stringency, to then test whether certain sectors are subject to this so-called carbon leakage. This analysis includes not only developed countries, but also emerging as well as developing economies and is intended to support policy makers.

The Chair’s research is part of the joint project CliPoN, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, and the University of Bielefeld the relationship between climate policy and the regional pattern of economic growth is enhanced from a theoretical, empirical, and numerical perspective.

Thereby, the research project addresses the inclusion of the climate change challenge in the broader context of international trade, development, and the environment. It highlights the importance of research on the technical progress, innovation, and industrial structural change and of assessments of the risks and opportunities of growth and development in a decarbonizing world.

Assessing the Role of Chinese Firm Activities in Closing Sub-Saharan Africa’s Resource Gap (Master Thesis Project)

Chinese investments into Sub-Saharan African countries are differently perceived. Some see the problem that China tries to secure its growing hunger for resources with negative consequences for host countries and on world market prices in the near future. Others see the chance for poorly developed countries to close the gap to the advanced world. The master thesis took the view of the host countries: It analysed the effect of Chinese activities on the economic, social, and environmental development. To achieve this aim, it used a unique data set from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative US based think tank, on Chinese direct investments and large engineering and construction contracts.

Three groups of countries were distinguished: Those that experienced FDI inflows only into the resource sector and had project contracts for infrastructure investments, those that had any Chinese activity, and those that had no Chinese activity. The sample in all groups was large enough for a statistical analysis. Despite the fact that the time series are short, the results were surprising: Countries with Chinese company engagement grew faster and had a more rapid development in manufacturing.

Moreover, countries in which Chinese companies were involved in infrastructure development grew faster than the other groups. Concerning human development and environmental development, which are measured by several indexes, countries with Chinese firms’ activities lag behind the reference group.

20 Years of Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen

Guarantee banks are a part of the funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Germany. They were founded to provide debt and investment guarantees in order tosolve the problem of insufficient loan securities from these companies. Therefore they support investment and company growth.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen (Surety Bank of Saxony), Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer, Dr. Oliver Hoßfeld and and Georg Siegert prepared a report in which they provide an overview of the activities of Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen(BBS) up to the present, put these activities in a national context, assess the effects on the Saxon economy and outline future challenges for the BBS.

Since it was established, the BBS Trade issued more than 11,000 guarantees. Most of them were given to companies from handicraft and manufacturing. The data showed that about one third of all the supported businesses were start-ups. The BBS is in the top group in relation to the granted volume in the national comparison. Surveys among companies show that the guarantees support start-ups, facilitate transfers of business, increase the competitiveness of the individual businesses and strengthen the innovative power of the companies.

According to the authors‘ calculations, the BBS has granted an average  of EUR 60 million per year between2006 and 2010, triggering investments of more than EUR 130 million per year, increasing the Saxon GDP by almost EUR 200 million per year and creating almost 800 new jobs each year.“The objective in the future must be to further strengthen the Saxon economy and to increase the number of start-ups which is still relatively low compared to the Old Federal States,” explains Prof. Dr. Althammer. Due to the demographic change, the topic of transfer of business will come more and more to the fore.

The authors therefore conclude: “The BBS plays a significant role in both areas and can do even more in the future. With the investment subsidy being discontinued soon and the limitation of other funding, the importance of investment guarantees will grow in the future.”

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Team

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Althammer
Chairholder | Academic Director Doctoral Program
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wilhelm.althammer(at)hhl.de
Dr. Oliver Hossfeld
Assistant Professor
T +49 341 9851-852
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oliver.hossfeld(at)hhl.de
Birgit Simmank
Team Assistant
T +49 341 9851-852
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birgit.simmank(at)hhl.de
Erik Hille
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-854
F +49 341 9851-853
erik.hille(at)hhl.de
Dipl.-Kfm. Georg Siegert, M.Sc.
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-855
F +49 341 9851-853
georg.siegert(at)hhl.de
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