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Consequences of the Corona Pandemic for Structural Change and Economic Policy against the Background of European and Global Interdependencies

At the end of the last decade, the German economy was already facing a phase of intensified structural change. Now, the Corona crisis marks a deep rupture on a global scale, drastically calling previous structures and orders into question and massively accelerating structural change. So far, Germany has managed to cope with this crisis comparatively well, not least because of the frank use of the fiscal room for maneuver preserved in the past years of economic upswing. The long-term consequences of the crisis and the economic policy measures taken to mitigate it are nevertheless uncertain. Moreover, the German economy, which is internationally highly interconnected, will not be able to decouple from any global consequences, especially not from the European lines of development.

The working group is to:

  • devise medium- and long-term policy guidelines for labor market and social policy, industrial, competition and innovation policy, financial and European policy, and climate and energy poli-cy;
  • identify which adjustments to existing regulations and guidelines may be conducive to the re-covery and structural development of the economy;
  • develop evidence-based courses of action for the future design of economically relevant poli-cy areas.


  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Spokesperson of the Working Group

  • Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, PhD, ML, Vizepräsidentin der Leopoldina und Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Statistik und empirische Wirtschaftsforschung an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt ML, Präsident des RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Essen

Members of the Working Group

    • Prof. Dr. Dietmar Harhoff ML, Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München
    • Prof. Dr. Eckhard Janeba,  Professur für Finanz­wissenschaft und Wirtschafts­politik, Universität Mannheim
    • Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler, Abteilung Marktverhalten am Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung WZB, Berlin
    • Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels, Ökonomisches Design, Empirische und theoretische Verhaltensforschung, Industrieökonomik Staatswissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität zu Köln
    • Prof. Dr. Nadine Riedel, Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik und Regionalökonomik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    • Prof. Dr. Moritz Schularick, Institut für Makroökonomie und Ökonometrie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    • Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin
    • Prof. Dr. Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, Chair of Macroeconomics and Development , Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
    • Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann ML, ifo Zentrum für Bildungsökonomik, München

    ML = Member of the Leopoldina



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    Johannes Mengel

    Scientific Officer, Department Science - Policy - Society

    Phone 0345 47 239 - 835
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    E-Mail politikberatung(at)leopoldina.org