30.01.2019 · ZEW (dhr)
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How Does the Economy Work? High School Students from Memmingen Visit ZEW
A group of 15 high school students from Bernhard Strigel Gymnasium in Memmingen visited ZEW on 30 January 2019. During the visit, the student group gained both an overview of the structure and objectives of the economic research institute as well as practical insights into the daily work.
28.01.2019 · ZEW (thp/ybr)
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FRAME Final Policy Conference on the Interaction Between Macroeconomics and Innovation Policy
How do macroeconomics and innovation policy interact? This question will be at the heart of the discussion between academics and policymakers at the FRAME Final Policy Conference in London on 18 and 19 February 2019. The conference will conclude the EU Horizon 2020 project FRAME (Framework for the Analysis of Research and Adoption Activities and their Macroeconomic Effects) and opens participation to a limited number of interested guests.
25.01.2019 · ZEW (cgd/cgi/ybr)
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ZEW at UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice
The question of how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was a primary concern at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. It was also the focus of two side events organised by a team of researchers from the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, the Washington-based World Resources Institute, the ifo Institute in Munich, and the University of Kassel, on 4 and 8 December 2018 at COP24.
09.01.2019 · ZEW (sbl/ybr)
Workshop by ZEW and SFB 884 Focussing on Public Opinion Formation
On 17 and 18 December 2018, ZEW and the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 “Political Economy of Reforms” jointly organised the workshop “Understanding Policy Preferences Using Experimental Methods”. The event brought together some 40 international scholars from different fields of empirical social sciences to discuss experimental methods for investigating how political preferences and opinions are formed.
08.01.2019 · ZEW (dhr)
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ZEW Represented at 2019 ASSA Annual Meeting
The attendance of the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research at the Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) in Atlanta proved a great success. The world’s most important conference in economics offered plenty of opportunities for ZEW researchers to engage in scientific discussions and to present their research findings, while also providing new impulses for future research projects.
07.01.2019 · ZEW (fhe/fkr)
Germany’s Country Index for Family Businesses Falls Significantly in Cross-Country Comparison
Germany moved down four places in the ranking of the most attractive locations for family businesses, landing in the bottom third of the ranking. Germany currently ranks 16th out of 21 OECD countries considered in the country index of the Foundation for Family Businesses in Germany and Europe, compiled by the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research. This puts the German economy in its worst position since the index was introduced. Switzerland comes top in the ranking, followed by the UK and the US. With Portugal ranking in the top 15, this marks the first time that a country formerly affected by the euro crisis achieves a better ranking than Germany.
21.12.2018 · ZEW (cra/fkr)
Innovation Indicator 2018 – No Progress for Germany
Compared against the 35 most innovative economies around the world, Germany currently ranks fourth, as in the previous year, behind the leading countries Singapore, Switzerland and Belgium. The good position of the German innovation system is based on a well-balanced performance in all five main pillars of innovation, although Germany has been unable to reach a top position in either of them, coming in 9th in industry, 10th in science, 10th in education, 8th in government, and 12th in society. A lack of openness has been identified as a weakness of the German innovation system, with a separate indicator on openness ranking the country as only 21st.
07.01.2019 · ZEW (mkn/fkr)
ZEW Economist Martin Kesternich Takes up Professorship at the University of Kassel
Professor Martin Kesternich, deputy head of the Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, accepted a joint appointment by the University of Kassel and ZEW. On 1 January 2019, he took up a professorship in economics, with a special focus on environmental and resource economics, at the University of Kassel.
03.01.2019 · ZEW (tbk/ggr)
Bucher-Koenen Joins ZEW as Head of Financial Research Department
Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen is the new head of the Research Department “International Finance and Financial Management” at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim. Her research focuses particularly on pension schemes, social policy and financial literacy. Tabea Bucher-Koenen looks forward to commencing her work at ZEW: “I am excited about the new challenges at ZEW, and especially about the opportunity to contribute to the institute’s policy advising activities with my research findings.”
29.01.2019 · ZEW (msc/fkr)
China Economic Panel
Economic Expectations for China Increase Slightly, But Economic Outlook Still Weak
In the most recent survey for January (9–24 January 2019), expectations regarding the Chinese economy have risen by 2.2 points, to a new reading of minus 18.3 points (December 2018: minus 20.5 points). Despite the renewed increase, the indicator is still clearly in negative territory and remains well below the long-term average of 2.7 points. This sees the CEP Indicator, which reflects the expectations of international financial market experts regarding China’s macroeconomic development over the coming twelve months, pointing to a prolonged period of economic weakness.
28.01.2019 · ZEW (csp/clu/fkr)
Service Platforms Like Airbnb Should Be Subject to a More Stringent Tax Regime
The German government can count on millions of euros in tax revenue from services provided on digital marketplaces like Airbnb, the leading platform for connecting individuals offering or looking for accommodation. However, it remains to be seen whether the existing income and value-added tax regulations for service providers with digital businesses models are still adequate. In order to prevent future shortcomings, reforms for a competition-oriented taxation of service platforms could be implemented without much additional effort, thereby making taxation much more efficient.
24.01.2019 · ZEW (fhe)
ECB Can Prove Its Independence from Politics in 2019
As expected, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has not made any changes to its interest rate policy in its first policy meeting this year. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Research Department at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, offers his view on the ECB’s decision.
22.01.2019 · ZEW (msc/fbr/fei/ggr)
ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
Economic Expectations Are Increasing Slightly
The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany recorded an increase of 2.5 points in January 2019, and now stands at minus 15.0 points. Despite this increase, the indicator is still well below the long-term average of 22.4 points. The assessment of the current economic situation in Germany once again decreased considerably in January, with the corresponding indicator falling by 17.7 points to a level of 27.6 points. This has been the lowest reading since January 2015.
17.01.2019 · ZEW (cra/fkr)
Close Links Between the Manufacturing and Service Sectors Propel Digitalisation
A study by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI and the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research has shown that Baden-Württemberg does not only host a large, innovative manufacturing sector, but is also home to many, often highly innovative producer-oriented service firms. The interaction between both sectors helps to make better use of the opportunities provided by digitalisation, including digital hybrid services. The study also points out, however, that only some manufacturing companies benefit from offering services, while others have completely or partly withdrawn from providing services.
16.01.2019 · ZEW (fhe)
Brussels Will Now Have to Keep Damages to a Minimum for the EU-27
The vast majority of MPs in the UK Parliament has rejected the Brexit deal agreed between Theresa May and the European Union. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Research Department at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, offers his view on the Brexit vote.
15.01.2019 · ZEW (cra/fkr)
German Economy Struggles with Shortage of Qualified Workers
The situation with regard to qualified workers remains tense for German businesses. In 2017, approximately 200,000 positions in innovation-intensive sectors remained vacant, which corresponds to 18 per cent of all vacancies in Germany. A further 360,000 vacancies – 33 per cent of job openings – could either not be filled with a desired candidate or only after a longer time period. The shortage of skilled labour concerns not only academic but also professional qualifications. In contrast, German businesses were able to fill around 535,000 available positions as planned. In terms of innovation expenditure, the German economy managed to grow by 4.7 per cent compared to 2017, and the share of revenue generated through product innovations even rose by 14.5 per cent.
10.01.2019 · ZEW (fhe/fkr)
Development Aid Should Be Pooled in the EU Budget
In the post-2020 EU Multiannual Financial Framework, the Member States of the European Union should pool their development resources in the EU budget. Joint EU funding would help to overcome the fragmentation of European development aid, while ensuring that all Member States contribute to the EU development according to their gross national income. These are the recommendations of a study on EU development policy conducted by the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
02.01.2019 · ZEW (ggr)
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ZEW Operates Under New Name
From now on ZEW will bear the official name “ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH Mannheim” (ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research). The name change has been approved by ZEW’s shareholder and has become effective with its registration in the Commercial Register as of 1 January 2019. The new name will soon be integrated into all parts of the institute’s public image.
5.1. ZEW Discussion Papers
Discussion Paper 19-002
The Effects of Natural Disasters and Weather Variations on International Trade: A Review of the Empirical Literature
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Discussion Paper 19-001
Jan Kinne; David Lenz
Predicting Innovative Firms Using Web Mining and Deep Learning
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Discussion Paper 18-059
Matthias Hunold; Reinhold Kesler; Ulrich Laitenberger
Hotel Rankings of Online Travel Agents, Channel Pricing, and Consumer Protection
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5.2. Expertises/Research Reports
Marius Berger, Irene Bertschek, Wolfgang Briglauer, Verena Dutt, Birgit Gehrke, Friedrich Heinemann, Reinhold Kesler, Bastian Krieger, Moritz Lubczyk, Christian Rammer, Markus Trunschke, Simona Christine Murmann, and Insa Weilage
Structural Reform in Germany, 2013-2017
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Tobias Weber, Irene Bertschek, Michael Weinzierl, Anselm Speich, Jörg Ohnemus, Christian Rammer, and Thomas Niebel
DIGITAL Economy Monitoring Report 2018: Germany as an ICT Location and Its Position in an International Comparison, Short Version
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5.3. ZEW-Finanzmarktreport (ZEW Financial Market Report)
ZEW Financial Market Report February 2019
5.4. ZEW-Innovationserhebung (ZEW Innovation Survey)
Innovation in the German Economy – Indicator Report for the 2018 Innovation Survey
Innovation Activities of Businesses in Germany in 2017, with an Outlook for 2018 and 2019
5.5. Gutachten/Forschungsberichte (Expertises/Research Reports)
Rainer Bräutigam, Christopher Ludwig, and Christoph Spengel
Steuerlicher Reformbedarf bei Service-Plattformen (Need for Tax Reforms in the Context of Service Platforms)
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Andreas Koch, Christian Lerch, Christian Rammer, Günther Klee, and Niclas Meyer
Die Bedeutung der industrienahen Dienstleistungen in Baden-Württemberg unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Digitalisierung (The Importance of Producer-Oriented Services in Baden-Württemberg with a Special Focus on Digitalisation)
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Rainer Bräutigam, Theresa Bührle, Verena Dutt, Leonie Fischer, Friedrich Heinemann, and Margit Kraus
Länderindex Familienunternehmen (Country Index for Family Businesses)
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7.1. Scientific Events
7.2. Public Events
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