The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is an institution for economic research and economic policy advice located in Halle (Saale). Since 2015, the IWH and the Leopoldina have been jointly hosting events where representatives from science, politics, and civil society discuss current issues.
The range of topics spans from looking back on 25 years of German economic unity to dealing with populist currents and the resilience of the European Union's financial system to crises. Invited individuals should not only be distinguished in their respective fields of expertise but also participate in the public discourse with independent positions. Thus, the “Europe Debate” series launched in 2019 offers a forum for poignant statements and controversial debates of socio-political interest.
Founded in 1992, the IWH conducts evidence-based research by closely linking theoretical and empirical methods. The focus is on economic catch-up processes and the role of the financial system regarding the (re)allocation of production factors as well as the promotion of productivity and innovation.