IHS Resources Regarding COVID-19

The coronavirus not only influences the working situation at IHS, but also has an impact on the scientific work of the institute. What are the effects of the currently effective health policy measures, how will the crisis affect the economy and what evidence is available on individual measures such as short-time work?

These are but a few of the pressing questions, currently on the minds of all in Austria and in Europe. Researchers at IHS have taken on the quest to find timely and accurate answers. On this page we collect data, sources and media reports related to COVID-19, manifesting the work by our researchers.

Economic Consequences | Health Economic Aspects | Social Aspects | Selected Press Clippings


The Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Current economic prognoses on the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak are highly volatile and marked by a high uncertainty.

  • In a paper for the De Gruyter journal Perpektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik Thomas Czypionka, Martin Kocher and Alexander Schnabl deal with the measures against the COVID-19 pandemic and their effects on the economy in Austria.
  • In regular Policy Briefs, IHS estimated the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking into account the most recent developments regarding, among other things, social distancing measures, public aid funds or labor market developments. In the latest update (based on data available by May 12), we estimate a GDP-loss of EUR 35,7 billion for Austria in 2020.
  • In a policy brief Jan Kluge shows that the countryside is at least as badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis as cities.
  • Times of great change and high uncertainty require experiments. Since behavioural economics has a lot of evidence-based knowledge to contribute for ways out of the crisis, especially in the current situation, the VBEN (Vienna Behavioral Economics Network) will be continued digitally for the time being. Martin Kocher and behavioural economist Gerhard Fehr (CEO FehrAdvice & Partners AG, Zurich) discuss ways out of the crisis in a regular, digitally held, dialogue event. All episode can be rewatched on the VBEN-YouTube channel.
  • The Joint Economic Forecast, published by the leading German economics research institutes, was published on April 8 and predicts a 4,2 percent GDP-drop. IHS participates in the biannual forecast as a partner of RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic research.
  • In a policy brief, researchers from the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), and IHS have created different scenarios of the effects of economic measures to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in Austria using a macroeconomic model developed at IIASA. The team’s results show that it could take up to three years for the Austrian economy to recover from the shock caused by the restrictions and return to its original, pre-COVID-19 trend.
  • Behavioural economics can make an important contribution to coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the Insight Austria-Blog employees of the competence centre give practical examples in regular articles. Martin Kocher gives a behavioural economics perspective on the corona crisis and Anna Walter deals with the question how behavioural economics can promote hand hygiene.

Health Economic Aspects of COVID-19

Besides contributing to the policy brief update, the IHS research group Health Economics and Health Policy constantly evaluates measures taken against the current coronavirus outbreak.

  • An article in the international Journal for Infectious Diseases deals with mitigating lockdown challenges in response to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In an article for the IHS-Blog Thomas Czypionka and Miriam Reiss give insights on how the numbers of currently infected persons are to be contextualized and what an estimation of actually infected persons could look like.
  • In their policy brief, Thomas Czypionka, Gerald Röhrling and Miriam Reiss contrast the public demand for more SARS-CoV-2 testing against the possibilities and limitations of current testing methods. They conclude that the goal of testing is correct, however, there are different objectives in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that all require different testing strategies.
  • In the IHS Blog, Thomas Czypionka and Thomas König write about one of the most remarkable (and striking) behavioral changes in our everyday lives - the use of masks.
  • A short assessment for the city of Vienna Thomas Czypionka, Miriam Reiss and Gerald Röhrling analyze possible influences on the hospitalization and mortality rate of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the resulting implications for Vienna.

Social Aspects of COVID-19

The current exceptional situation and in particular the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic also have a profound impact on our society. Whether in the educational system or in the relationship between technology and society - the crisis is having an impact.

  • In a WWTF-funded research project, IHS is surveying teachers about teaching and learning performance of students as well as the support provided by the home environment during the COVID-19 crisis. The preliminary results show that there is great concern about a decline in competence during school closures, especially with regard to already disadvantaged pupils.
  • In their blog post After the pandemic, Robert Braun and Dagmar Rychnovská, address the question of the consequences of the current crisis situation.
  • Mario Steiner takes a look at the potential consequences of home schooling.
  • In a journal article Anna Durnová deals with COVID-19 and the role and change of policy sciences.
  • In a blog piece for the University of Vienna, Beate Littig argues that now is the time to start thinking about the future of a sustainable working society.
  • The Critical Automobility Studies (CAS) lab at IHS is currently collecting stories and pictures to reflect on (auto)mobility life in coronatimes. A selection of contributions can be viewed online in the CAS-Blog.  
  • Thomas König collects current social science research on the coronavirus pandemic.
  • From 24-26 April, the European Commission organised a virtual hackathon to help in connecting civil society, researchers and investors in order to find solutions to the challenges posed by COVID-19. On behalf of IHS, a team from the research group Technology, Science and Societal Transformation took part in the event.
  • In an IHS-Blog article Katrin Auel analyzes the challenges that COVID-19 poses to our democratic institutions, and parliaments in particular.