B|Orders in Motion
The Chair of Macroeconomics takes part in the B|Orders-in-Motion-tender with an application for the funding line 1. With regards to the contents it is an interdisciplinary project on the research of real estate sectors in Europe and their influence on the economies. The application is supported by the professors Dreger, Keiber and Lowitzsch. For your information and for a higher transperency of the procedure the application can be downloaded as PDF document. I wish you a pleasant reading.
In preparation for a workshop in the Ruhr region city Essen Prof. Dr. Stadtmann made an excursion to the former pit of the coal-mine Zollverein. The shut down coal-mine was a central location of the European capital of culture and now houses several museums, restaurants and seminar rooms. Further information about the UNESCO world heritage site can be found at www.zollverein.de. In September 2013 a workshop on real estate economics that is organized together with University Essen and the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg shall take place on this site.
In the framework of the project "Research cooperations with Baltic See states" a third event took place. After a successful start in Sønderborg at the University of Southern Denmark and a further event at the Viadrina, now Oskar Kowalewski took the lead and organized a colloquium at the Kozminski University in the field of International Economics & International Banking.
That borders are in motion also in China Professor Georg Stadtmann could witness first hand on the occasion of a conference participation in Shanghai. If you are standing at the waterside promenade of Pudong, there is the old building of the former British district behind you. The old clock in the toll building gives a stroke of the bell every quarter of an hour that is not inferior to Big Ben. According to a legend this stroke of the bell protects the city from the fires: The superstitious Chinese believe that the fire god spares the city because he mistakes the constant tinkling for fire alarm and thus preserves the city from further disaster.
The CEO of the Frankfurter branch of Conergy AG came to European-University Viadrina and lectured in the framework of Prof. Stadtmann’s course Angewandte Wirtschaftstheorie on the situation in the photovoltaic industry. He gave insights into the tremendous cost pressure within the industry which was triggered by a considerable price decline: „If prices for completed modules decline by more than 40 % in 2011 it cannot be made up for by raising productivity. Then there must be a consolidation in a wider context“, explains he the competitive situation in the industry and the consequences for his company. But what is in turn the reason for the enormous price decline? Starke makes considerable overcapacities on the market responsible for this development: If the supply is greater than the demand the price decreases!
Where can the permeability of borders be better explained than in the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin? Directly at the first exhibit - a rebuilded VW Beetle - you begin to sense what hardships the people have gone through in order to overcome the Wall. At the right of the picture: Morten Skak (University of Southern Denmark) explains the Five Finger Development Plan in the region around Copenhagen: The fingers can be covered by buildings, between the fingers green spaces for recreation shall remain.
What is the importance of the crossborder trade on the German-Danish border and which influence does it have on the economy structure on both sides of the border?