2019 in review

09 January 2020

China’s BRI, our CESEE forecasts, refugee integration, and the productivity puzzle all figured prominently last year.

by Richard Grieveson
image: iStock.com/ipopba

2019 was a busy year on the wiiw website, with our publications and project work receiving record numbers of visitors. Our most popular article concerned China’s Belt and Road Initiative while visitors were also interested in our forecasts for Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE), the fallout from the exchange of sanctions between Russia and the EU, Serbian politics and the question of whether trade balances affect economic growth. On the media side, our CESEE forecasts got the most attention, along with our work on refugee integration in Austria.

Our most downloaded publication concerned the role of multinational companies in international business integration, while there was also interest in our research on import demand elasticities, non-performing loans in CESEE, interactions between financial and macroeconomic imbalances, and wages developments in the EU-CEE. In terms of project work, visitors to our website were particularly interested in our update of the EUKLEMS database, which provided a contribution to the debate about productivity growth in the developed world since the crisis. Our work on intra-EU trade and labour markets in Southeast Europe also proved popular.

Below we list the five most popular articles, publications, projects and press releases on our website in 2019.

News Articles & Opinions

  1. China’s Belt and Road Initiative: opportunity or threat?
  2. CESEE in 2019-21: Moving into the slow lane
  3. EU-Russia sanctions exchange has had important economic and political consequences
  4. Vučić could be running out of time
  5. Do trade imbalances affect economic growth?

more News Articles & Opinions

Publication downloads

  1. The Role of Multinational Companies in International Business Integration
  2. Import Demand Elasticities Revisited
  3. Non-Performing Loans in Central and Southeast Europe
  4. Dynamic Interactions Between Financial and Macroeconomic Imbalances: A Panel VAR Analysis
  5. Die Lohnentwicklung in den mittel- und osteuropäischen Mitgliedsländern der EU

more Publications


  1. Industry level growth and productivity data with special focus on intangible assets (EUKLEMS update)
  2. The evolving composition of intra-EU trade over time
  3. SEE Jobs Gateway
  4. Integration of recent refugees and third country nationals into the Austrian labour market
  5. Productivity, Non-Tariff Measures and Openness (PRONTO)

more Projects

Press Releases

  1. wiiw Spring Forecast 2019: Moving into the slow lane
  2. 'Integration works'
  3. Eastern Europe standing firm in face of global headwinds
  4. Ten things to watch in CESEE this year. The region is set for a more difficult 2019, thanks to rising economic and political headwinds
  5. New Managing Director at wiiw

more Press Releases