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WIFO Working Papers, 2020, (618), 21 Seiten
Online seit: 12.11.2020 0:00
This paper studies the effect of population ageing on the inter- and intra-generational redistribution of income from a longitudinal perspective, comparing lifetime measures of income and transfers by generation, gender, education and family characteristics. For this end, we incorporate new disaggregated National Transfer Account (NTA) data and concepts of generational accounting into the dynamic microsimulation model microWELT. This bottom-up modelling strategy makes it possible to project, for each generation and socio-demographic group, the net present value of expected transfers. microWELT delivers detailed sociodemographic projections consistent with Eurostat population projections but additionally providing the required detail concerning the changes in the population composition by education and family characteristics. Also, the model allows incorporating mechanisms to balance budgets over time in response to population ageing. Our study compares the results for Spain and Austria. We find significant differences in the role of private and public transfers related to parenthood. While in both countries parents privately transfer substantially more money to others, the Austrian welfare state fully compensates for these differences through public transfers to parents. Such compensation is not observed in Spain.
WIFO Working Papers, 2020, (617), 51 Seiten
Online seit: 03.11.2020 0:00
This analysis attempts to offer a counter strategy to the idea of anti-globalization and de-growth that had flared up again since the COVID-19 crisis. All international forecasts expect for the year 2020 the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Countries which can afford it, run a super-Keynesian fiscal policy to fight the crisis, accompanied by an extremely expansionary monetary policy in the USA (Fed) and in the euro area (ECB). As a third policy instrument besides fiscal and monetary policy, an aggressive pro-globalization trade policy could relieve and strengthen the crisis macro policy. To demonstrate which options are available we analyze nine mega free trade agreements, some of them are already in effect, others will be enacted soon. Overall, not the big players in world trade, the EU and the USA win by a simultaneous implementation of the nine FTAs. Japan would be the winner because it participates in four combinations (overlaps) of FTAs: EU–Japan, USA–Japan, CPTPP and RCEP. The USA hardly gain from further globalization. Similarly, the EU 27 cannot profit much from further globalization.
COVID-19 bremst Konjunkturerholung. Ergebnisse des WIFO-Konjunkturtests vom November 2020 (COVID-19 Slows Down Economic Recovery. Results of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (Business Cycle Survey) of November 2020)
WIFO-Konjunkturtest, 2020, (11), 13 Seiten
Mit finanzieller Unterstützung von: Europäische Kommission, GD Wirtschaft und Finanzen
Studie von: Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Online seit: 27.11.2020 14:00
Die Konjunktureinschätzungen der österreichischen Unternehmen trübten sich im November im Zuge der zweiten Welle der COVID-19-Pandemie und der damit verbundenen Einschränkungsmaßnahmen ein. Der WIFO-Konjunkturklimaindex sank um 5,2 Punkte und lag mit –14,7 Punkten wieder deutlicher im negativen Bereich. Die Unternehmen beurteilten die aktuelle Lage schlechter, die Erwartungen für die nächsten Monate fielen skeptischer aus. Besonders ungünstig wurde die Konjunkturlage im Tourismus, in der Transportwirtschaft und in den Konsumgüterbranchen eingeschätzt.
Umsatzentwicklung, Investitionsverhalten und Erwartungen bezüglich der Normalisierung. Ergebnisse der vierten Sonderbefragung zur COVID-19-Krise im Rahmen des WIFO-Konjunkturtests vom Oktober 2020 (Revenue Developments, Investment Behaviour and Expectations for Normalisation. Results of the Fourth Special Survey on the COVID-19 Crisis as Part of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest of October 2020)
WIFO-Konjunkturtest Sonderausgabe, 2020, (4), 14 Seiten
Mit finanzieller Unterstützung von: Europäische Kommission, GD Wirtschaft und Finanzen
Studie von: Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Online seit: 16.11.2020 0:00
Im WIFO-Konjunkturtest vom Oktober wurden zum vierten Mal Sonderfragen zu den Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Krise gestellt. Die Unternehmen rechnen für 2020 aufgrund der COVID-19-Krise durchschnittlich mit einem Umsatzrückgang von 12%. Für 2021 sind die meisten Unternehmen unsicher und skeptisch und erwarten geringe Zuwächse (Durchschnitt +1,8%). Allerdings sind die Meldungen heterogen. Rund 24% der Unternehmen befürchten für 2021 weitere Umsatzeinbußen, 30% eine Steigerung. Das Investitionsverhalten wurde durch die COVID-19-Krise stark beeinflusst: Rund 60% der Unternehmen mit geplanten Investitionen im Jahr 2020 geben an, Investitionsprojekte verschoben oder gestrichen zu haben. 57% aller befragten Unternehmen nutzen die Investitionsprämie, die zusätzliche Investitionen und Vorzieheffekte auslöst. Die Unternehmen sind aber skeptisch in Bezug auf eine rasche Normalisierung ihrer Geschäftslage: Die Mehrheit erwartet eine Normalisierung in frühestens sechs Monaten.
This paper examines return and onward migration of immigrants to Austria, taking into account immigration type, country of origin, and employment outcomes. The analysis is based on longitudinal administrative records of the Austrian Social Security Database of immigrants who entered Austria between 2009 and 2017. It is the first such study for Austria. We find that about 25 percent of immigrants leave Austria within less than a year of their arrival and 50 percent within 5.5 years. Return and onward migration is closely correlated with immigration type and origin. Refugees have a very low likelihood to leave Austria, whereas labour migrants have a substantially higher one. Women are more likely to stay than men and immigrants from Turkey have the lowest return probabilities among all origin groups. Emigration is also closely correlated with labour market success, the likelihood to stay depending on the speed of labour market integration. The consequence of these patterns is that the composition of the stock of immigrants living in Austria differs from the structure of new immigrants entering the country. We apply dynamic microsimulation to project the size and structure of the first-generation immigrant population in Austria as well as its labour market integration up to 2060. Our simulation results suggest that eventually, over 90 percent of the resident immigrant population attains at least some labour market experience and that the differences in return and onward migration across immigrant groups work to shift the structure of the immigrant population in the direction of third-country nationals.
In this paper, we present the results of a dynamic microsimulation analysis that examines how changes in the educational integration of first- and second-generation immigrants would affect the future size of the Austrian labour force. Due to population ageing and migration, the number and proportion of people with a migration background will increase significantly in the coming decades. Differences in educational careers, as well as differences in labour market participation between the second generation of migrants with EU or EFTA backgrounds and people without a migration background, would have only a minor impact on future labour force participation dynamics. In contrast, closing education and labour force participation gaps for the second generation of migrants with a third country background would lead to a significant increase in the size and qualification structure of the working population.
WIFO Working Papers, 2020, (614), 42 Seiten
Online seit: 27.10.2020 0:00
We propose a modelling approach involving a series of small-scale factor models. They are connected to each other within a cluster, whose linkages are derived from Granger-causality tests. GDP forecasts are established across the production, income and expenditure accounts within a disaggregated approach. This method merges the benefits of large-scale macroeconomic and small-scale factor models, rendering our Cluster of Dynamic Factor Models (CDFM) useful for model-consistent forecasting on a large scale. While the CDFM has a simple structure, its forecasts outperform those of a wide range of competing models and of professional forecasters. Moreover, the CDFM allows forecasters to introduce their own judgment and hence produce conditional forecasts.
WIFO Working Papers, 2020, (613), 39 Seiten
Online seit: 20.10.2020 0:00
As part of a larger research project, we survey existing data sets and research results on immigrants' integration success in Austria focusing on educational and labour market outcomes. We consider different registers as well as survey data available to researchers on a regular basis and compare to what extent these data contain relevant information on immigrants and their educational and employment careers and survey the research that has been conducted based on the different datasets. We also aim to identify research gaps and potential data gaps resulting from the fragmentation of relevant information over different data sets. While different data sources contain different aspects relevant for integration research, a "complete" picture of integration processes as well as the identification of supporting and hindering factors for successful integration typically requires a combination of different data sets that may also enrich longitudinal (register-based) individual data by more detailed characteristics from survey data.
WIFO Working Papers, 2020, (612), 19 Seiten
Online seit: 15.10.2020 0:00
This paper studies how changes in the population composition by education and family characteristics impact on indicators of the economic effects of population ageing based on National Transfer Accounts (NTAs). NTAs constitute cross-sectional per-capita age-profiles of the key variables of national accounts consumption, income, saving, and public transfers, incorporating an estimation of private transfers. A variety of indicators based on NTA data combined with population projections was developed in the literature, of which we have selected two for our analysis: the Support Ratio (SR) and the Impact Index (IMP). We complement existing projections by using new disaggregated NTA data by education and family type, contrasting the results to the same indicators based on NTAs by age. Our projection analysis is performed using the dynamic microsimulation model microWELT. The model provides the required detailed socio-demographic projections and incorporates the NTA accounting framework. Our results show that indicators based on disaggregated data can give a very distinct picture of the economic effects of population ageing, as the burden of ageing is alleviated by the education expansion. Our study compares results for Austria and Spain.
The aim of this paper is twofold: First, it provides an overview of the socio-demographic core modules of the dynamic microsimulation model microWELT. Second, it describes the essential socio-demographic characteristics of four European countries – Austria, Spain, Finland, and UK as representatives of four welfare state regimes (conservative, mediterranean, universalistic, and liberal) – and the processes that drive socio-demographic change which we aim at capturing with the model. MicroWELT is developed as a tool for the comparative study of the distributional effects of four welfare state regimes, represented by the four studied countries. Processes with potential links to welfare state types include 1. the intergenerational transmission of education, 2. childlessness and fertility by education, 3. partnership behaviours and lone parenthood, 4. age at leaving home, and 5. mortality differentials by sex and education. Through microWELT projections, we identify the impact of these processes on the future population composition by age, sex, education, and family characteristics of the studied countries. This paper is part of a series of related papers and other resources which together build comprehensive documentation and presentation of the research performed developing and using microWELT. All materials are available at the project website www.microWELT.eu.
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