The lung disease Covid-19 has been spreading rapidly from China since the end of 2019. Millions of people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus. In addition to the health consequences, the pandemic is causing great damage to our economy. On our theme page you will find relevant ZEW findings on the coronavirus crisis. Our researchers are analysing the threat the coronavirus pandemic poses to companies, and the increased use of remote work, among other things. In addition, we investigate economic and growth effects for Germany, Europe, China and the global economy, and evaluate the measures of the European Central Bank (ECB) in the fight against the virus.

Prof. Achim Wambach, PhD

ZEW President

The coronavirus pandemic is an information problem. If everyone who became infected was immediately aware of this and instantly identifiable as such, preventing the spread of the virus would not be a problem.

Research

COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: Profound and Lasting Negative Effects on Education

The pandemic has struck sub-Saharan Africa with particular intensity. In 2020 – the first year of the pandemic – GDP per capita in the region fell an unprecedented 4.5 per cent. But while agriculture, industry and trade are slowly recovering, lost teaching days will exert an acute impact over the long term.

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Coronavirus Crisis: Where Do We Stand?

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Prof. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen

Prof. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen

Head

Pensions and Sustainable Financial Markets

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Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann

Head

Corporate Taxation and Public Finance

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Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek

Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek

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Digital Economy

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Dr. Michael Schröder

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Economic Development

In addition to the major health risks, the extent of the economic consequences of the coronavirus for the German, European and global economy cannot yet be fully predicted. It is clear from today’s perspective that the pandemic has the potential to cause a serious negative economic shock. The economic risks are so great because this pandemic simultaneously disrupts supply and demand. As a result, there will be a dramatic decline in all face-to-face services in the affected regions. It remains to be seen to what extent the ECB’s monetary policy measures will be able to stabilise the eurozone.

Research

Excessive Adherence to Crisis Policies Fosters Zombification of the Economy

A new study by ZEW Mannheim for the European Parliament has examined which Member States have pursued insufficiently targeted policy measures to cushion the pandemic crisis over the past two years and have remained in crisis mode for too long despite economic recovery.

Research

COVID-19 Crisis Negatively Impacts M&A Activities

Working World and Businesses in Germany

How does the coronavirus pandemic affect the way we work? Are German companies at risk? And where do we find unused potential? Our ZEW researchers show that the coronavirus crisis is changing our working world. Working from home arrangements, for example, are experiencing an unexpected boost. Furthermore, our research results show that the corona pandemic threatens the existence of companies. Many, especially smaller companies, have too low a credit rating to be able to cope with longer closures.

Events on the Topic Coronavirus Crisis

  • 05.10.
    Workshop // 05. - 06.10.2022
    Keynote Speakers: Christina Gathmann (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg), Diego Puga (Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI), Madrid, Spanien)