COVID19 research: Krisehåndtering i danske virksomheder

Niels Bohr Professor Morten Bennedsen has received a grant from The Independent Research Foundation Denmark and a grant from The Danish Industry Foundation (GenstartNU) to investigate the consequences of the corona crisis on Danish firms. 

The project objectives

Beyond being a major health crisis, the corona crisis is the largest negative shock we have seen to business the last 100 years. We map the consequence through a 2 part survey send out to all active firms in Denmark with 3+ employees. We map impact on employment, estimates of business survival depending on the length of the crisis, business liquidity, financial challenges, and the use and effect of government programs aimed at supporting business during the crisis.

Our first contribution is to map these consequences and provide a platform to which we can understand how severe the situation is and what business can do to minimize the cost.

Read the research paper 'Preserving job matches during the COVID-19 pandemic: firm-level evidence on the role of government aid'.

The first results from the survey was published in June 2020 and covered by among other The Economist, Børsen, BerlingskeFagbladet 3F, RITZAU, TV2 and DR.

Our second contribution is to combine the survey with register data to investigate what characterize resilient firms: How firm organization, firm type, management practice and leadership style interact with business performance during crisis.

Our third contribution is to evaluate the use and effectiveness of government programs to help business during crisis. Beyond being a major health crisis, the corona crisis is the largest negative shock we have seen to business the last 100 years.

Read more about the projects aim to help danish businesses during and after the COVID-19 crisis

Research team

  • Morten Bennedsen, Niels Bohr Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

  • Frederik Plum Hauschultz, Postdoc , Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

  • Daniela Scur, Assistant Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University

  • Birthe Larsen, Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School

  • Ian M. Schmutte, Assistant Professor, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia