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25 July 2001

Housing conditions of foreigners in Germany

DIW Berlin: Despite improvements there is still a large gap in housing conditions between German households and foreign households in Germany

Housing conditions for foreigners have clearly improved since the end of 1985 in West-Germany. At that time about 15% of foreign households had no bathroom. This number fell to 2% in 1998. In addition to that the number of households without central heating fell to 16% which is a cut by half. Each foreigner has about 31 square meters at his disposal, three square meters more than in 1985.

10 July 2001

Germany's economy extremely slowing down.
Economy is only growing at a rate of 1% this year.
DIW Berlin presents summer-baselines of 2001/2002

The German GDP will only grow by 1% this year. A noticeably economic recovery and an economic growth of 2,3% can not be expected until next year. This conclusion is reached by the DIW Berlin in its summer-baselines on the economic development 2001/2002. The eurozone, too, is expected to show a slower economic expansion this year; the GDP will only increase by 1,9%. An economic recovery is not expected before 2002. The aggregate output will then increase by 2,5%. In order to lastingly overcome the economic downturn the DIW Berlin suggests a four-point strategy which is focusing on monetary policy, wages policy and financial policy.

27 June 2001

European Economy lacks dynamics
DIW Berlin: Economic growth rate will continue to slow down

The economic downturn in the eurozone has continued in the first quarter of 2001. In its weekly report 26/2001 the DIW Berlin concludes that the seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product has only increased by 0,5 % in the first quarter of 2001; which boils down to an annual growth rate of 2%. The accelerated rise in prices, which was a bar to the spending power of private households and investments, led to an economic slow-down. Yet, the downward trend of the US economy is an additional drain on the European economy. Consumer confidence and growth indicators suggest that economic growth will even continue to decelerate.

7 June 2001

US-American Economy in a downturn
Economic policy takes active countermeasures. DIW Berlin judges the Fed's monetary policy as exemplary

The determined and expansionary measures taken by the US-American economic policy give rise to the assumption that the heavy slide in the economic activity will not result in a recession but will be overcome as early as this year. This conclusion was reached by the DIW Berlin in its latest weekly report 23/2001. It is above all the Fed's promotion of growth and employment that gives a positive impetus to the economy.

30 May 2001

Housing Market in Russia: A disappointing Résumé

Conditions on the Russian housing market have barely improved since the transformation of the country. Although the housing market grew by 13,8% to 2761 Mio m² in the 1990s there was also an increase in the number of households (homecoming soldiers, increasing divorce rates). Since flats in most regions are no longer distributed by the state there are hardly any reliable data on the number of persons seeking accommodation. A newly shaped housing market as well as extremely devious and partly shady methods determine the distribution of flats. The poor quality of the buildings and lacking maintenance are furthermore factors that contribute to the housing shortage. Although almost 90% of all residential buildings have been constructed during the last 40 years a great number of them has already fallen into disrepair

10 April 2001

World wide economic activity is slowing down

The global expansion has slowed down noticeably since the middle of the year 2000. At the same time, a phase of especially high dynamics came to an end. On the one hand, it was decisive that the increase in oil prices stemmed economic activity. On the other hand, monetary policy slowed down in order to reduce the high pace of the economy by the middle of the year and to decrease accelerated inflation. In this respect, smaller economic expansion was wanted.

14 March 2001

Rise in oil-prices depresses private consumption in the second half of 2001 in Germany

Despite tax reform: stimulation of economy put at risk in 2001

Germany faced a slow increase in consumption last year. Particularly in the second half of 2000 consumption slowed down. This was due to weaker income impulses which were caused by weaker income impulses and an enormous rise in oil prices leading to extra costs in private households. Therefore, the private consumption only increased by 1,6 % throughout 2001.

7 March 2001

DIW reckons that crude oil will cost
between 22 to 28 dollars per barrel

The OPEC will succeed in keeping the prices for crude oil between 22 and 28 dollars per barrel. This conclusion is reached by the DIW in its weekly report. The OPEC's announcement to clearly cut back crude oil production as well as low stocks, particularly in the USA, have stopped a further drop-off in prices.

28 February 2001

Effective Support of International R&D activities

International liaison-offices R&D co-operations give a new impetus to small and medium sized businesses.

In its weekly report the DIW Berlin took positive stock of the initiative International Liaison Offices Research-Co-operations, an initiative which was started by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 1995 and which was continued by the Federal Ministry of Economics in 1999.

28 February 2001

Long-term, full time employment: most frequent form of employment in Europe

DIW Berlin: Danish labour market could be an example to Germany

There is no erosion of the average contracts of employment in the German labour market states the DIW Berlin in its latest weekly report. The part time occupations and temporary jobs hold an increasing proportion in the labour market, though, not at the expense of full time jobs. More and more people work part-time, a tendency which can be observed throughout Europe.

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