Germany is experiencing a strong economic upswing. This is a key finding of the Joint Economic Forecast released by Germany’s leading economic research institutes. ZEW is a contributor to the forecast, which is prepared on behalf of the German government. Dr. Marcus Kappler, who heads up ZEW's involvement in the Joint Economic Forecast, explains the forecast's findings.
Following his economics studies in Tübingen, Maryland (USA) and Berlin, Dr. Marcus Kappler obtained his doctorate in 2007 from Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2002, Kappler has been employed at ZEW as the deputy director of the research group Growth and Business Cycles. His research focuses in particular on the reliability of business cycle forecasts, structural unemployment, and factors that influence production potentials.