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How Mittelstand can emerge strengthened from the crisis

Research, Business and Policy discussed current and necessary support measures for the future.

"Even if the acute problems of the Mittelstand currently predominate and an end to the pandemic is not yet in view, Mittelstand policy also keep the post-Corona period in mind. We should rather already be…


Different levels of pandemic impact in Mittelstand Enterprises

The economic consequences for companies should be considered comprehensively

For more than a year, the Corona pandemic has posed a major challenge to Mittelstand businesses in Germany. However, companies are affected differently by the consequences of the pandemic: The majority of firms can operate…


Family-internal takeovers harbour fewer risks

IfM Bonn for the first time investigated business closures in the run-up to planned takeovers in Germany

Business, where it is already planned at the beginning of the succession process that a family member will take over the business, are significantly less likely to be shut down than companies…


Corona did not frighten female founders in 2020

Around 49,400 women founded businesses as their main occupation and 106,500 as sideline occupation.

In the pandemic year 2020, commercial start-ups of individual enterprises fell by around 15%. The decline was somewhat smaller among women than among male entrepreneurs. As a result, the share of…


Providing perspectives for the Mittelstand

In the opinion of the IfM Bonn, regionally differing opening strategies could be considered – especially if the incidence of infection can be traced back to specific clusters. Due to Drittes Gesetz zum Schutz der Bevölkerung bei einer epidemischen Lage von nationaler Tragweite of November 2020,…


Less business start-ups in the construction industry, more in the health and social services sector

Support measures at federal and state level lead to a decline in business start-ups

The Corona pandemic and its consequences for the economy and society have had different effects on business start-up activity in the various sectors of the economy: In the construction sector, for example, the…


NUI regional ranking: Landkreis Munich remains top performer

In 2019, the propensity to start a business increased slightly in most Bundesländer

The district of Munich was again the most attractive place to register a (new) business in 2019, followed by the district Miesbach and the cities of Rosenheim and Leverkusen. This is the result of the current NUI…


An obligation for self-employed people to make provisions for old age is not necessary

IfM Bonn recommends instead better integration of existing pension insurance systems

Approx. six out of ten self-employed persons generate a profit income of less than 10,000 euros per year. Their profits thus remain below the basic tax-free allowance and are not sufficient to build up an adequate…


Corona stimulates the propensity to found new businesses in academia

IfM Bonn examined the entrepreneurial willingness of academics in German universities and schools of applied science

In spring 2020, the first wave of Covid 19 pandemic did not show negative influence on the willingness of academics at German universities to set up their own businesses. On the…


German start-up dynamics in times of Covid 19

IfM Bonn examined the effects of the coronavirus-pandemic on the creation and closure of businesses

According to studies conducted by the IfM Bonn, three aspects had a major impact on start-up dynamics in the commercial business sector during the first half of 2020: The national border closures at…