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Press Release: ECB Bond Purchase Programme Increasingly Focused on High-Debt Countries

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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The European Central Bank has increasingly been purchasing bonds from countries with high levels of public debt. This is confirmed by a comparison between the purchases made in 2015, the first year the Public Sector Purchasing Programme was introduced, and the purchases in 2017. This comparison was conducted as part of a recent analysis by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim.



First-Hand Information on Economic Policy on 20 February 2018: Talk by Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

First-Hand Information on Economic Policy on 20 February 2018
Title: Talk by Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG
Location: ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim

Detailed information will follow soon.




ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 18-002: Estimating the Benefits of R&D Subsidies for Germany

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:48:19 +0100

In Germany, R&D subsidies are an important tool to support innovation in the private sector. This paper studies the welfare effects of R&D subsidies distributed through the German federal government’s thematic R&D programs between 1994 and 2011. The analysis is based on a structural model of the R&D subsidy process which allows to estimate the benefits of R&D subsides to the German economy. The model takes into account heterogeneous application costs of firms and identifies the effect of the subsidy on the federal government’s utility as well as on firm profits.Assuming a welfare-maximizing federal government, the estimated average social rate of return is 34% for Germany in the period...



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 18-001: Public Procurement as Policy Instrument for Innovation

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:43:10 +0100

The use of public procurement to promote private innovation activities has attracted increasing attention recently. Germany implemented a legal change in its procurement framework in 2009, which allowed government agencies to specify innovative aspects of procured products as selection criteria in tender calls. We analyze a representative sample of German firms to investigate whether this reform stimulated innovation in the business sector. Across a wide set of specifications—OLS, nearest-neighbor matching, IV regressions anddifference-in-differences—we find a robust and significant effect of innovationdirected public procurement on turnover from new products and services. However, our...



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 17-075: Mobile Applications and Access to Private Data: The Supply Side of the Android Ecosystem

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:38:15 +0100

We analyze the data collection strategies of 65,000 developers in the marketfor mobile applications and track 300,000 applications over four years. Many appsbelong to developers with multiple apps. This fact generates variation in the privacybehaviors of the same developer for our analysis. We uncover three stylized facts:First, developers “learn” to use increasingly intrusive data strategies as they becomemore experienced. Second, intrusive data collection is most likely in apps that targetthe 13+, and 16+ age category, which raises concerns for the protection of youngapp consumers. Third, even within developers, critical and atypical permissionspredict problematic usage of private user...



Aktuell: Seventh Mannheim Energy Conference (14–15 May 2018)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

The Centre for European Economic Research and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation are pleased to announce the seventh Mannheim Energy Conference on 14 and 15 May 2018. International scholars and practitioners in the field of energy economics are invited to discuss latest insights, new opportunities and future challenges. Advanced theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Interested researchers are invited to submit preferably an academic paper or an extended abstract , and interested professionals may submit a single-page abstract in PDF format to energy2018@zew.de no later than 11 February 2018.



Aktuell: Wolfgang Sofka Visiting Researcher at ZEW

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Professor Wolfgang Sofka was a visiting researcher in ZEW’s Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics” from 15 to 17 January 2018. He is Professor in Strategic and International Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. His research interests focus on innovation, knowledge search and knowledge protection. During his stay, he investigated the effects of delegating responsibilities to members of staff in startups on their innovation success.



Aktuell: Striving Towards a Redistribution of Competences Within the EU

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

The European Commission is picking up the pace in the negotiations surrounding the next Multiannual Financial Framework . In May 2018, they will present their medium-term budget plan and the Member States must come to an agreement before the European elections in 2019. As a result of Brexit, the Union will also be losing its highest net contributor, a fact that is creating a shift in political priorities and in the EU’s available funds for the upcoming budget plans. At the same time, there is a multitude of EU policy areas in need of a joint solution as well as the allocation of resources. The potential redistribution of competences between EU institutions and the Member States is the...






Press Release: Economic Outlook for China Set to Remain Largely Stable

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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In the most recent survey conducted in January , expectations for the Chinese economy have improved again, rising to minus 1.1 points. In December, the indicator was still as low as minus 10.7 points. Nevertheless, the CEP Indicator, which reflects the expectations of international financial market experts regarding China’s macroeconomic development over the coming twelve months, is still below the long-term average of 5.0 points. The survey does, however, not reveal a downward trend in expectations. Instead, since around 2014, expectations have been seen to fluctuate around a relatively constant average value.



Aktuell: Smart Textiles Have Great Growth Potential in Germany

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

According to current estimates, the market for so-called smart textiles amounts to a value of approximately 1.3 billion euros. By 2022, global market volume could reach a value of almost five billion euros, with German markets accounting for around 700 million euros. Furthermore, for 2030 a potential market volume of 4.2 billion euros is predicted for Germany alone. These are the findings of a short report published by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The report was conducted within the framework of the monitoring process of the German cultural and creative industries, and presented in the run-up to...



Press Release: ZEW President Achim Wambach on the CDU/CSU and SPD’s Coalition Paper

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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In their recent coalition paper released following exploratory talks about forming a “Grand Coalition”, the CDU/CSU and SPD reached key compromises on EU policy, digitalisation and Germany’s planned energy transition. Professor Achim Wambach, president of the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, offers his view on the paper.



Aktuell: ZEW President Achim Wambach to Debate with Leading Economists at the Leibniz Economic Summit “Digitalisation and the Labour Market”

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

On 17 January 2018, Professor Achim Wambach, president of the Centre for European Economic Research , will be attending the annual Leibniz Economic Summit in Berlin, where he will debate the effects of digitalisation on the economy and the labour market with the heads of other German economic research institutions also belonging to the Leibniz Association.



Aktuell: Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung and ZEW Award Research Prize to Two Post-Doctoral Researchers

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

The Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung and the Centre for European Economic Research awarded the “Future World of Work” research prize, now in its fifth year, to two outstanding dissertations. The winners, Dr. Katja Dlouhy from the University of Mannheim and Dr. André Nolte , a researcher at ZEW, were presented with their awards at a reception hosted by Volksbank Weinheim in January 2018. Both researchers completed their doctorates the previous year and were awarded the highest possible grade of summa cum laude.



Aktuell: ZEW Researcher Attends High-Profile Conference on the Next EU Financial Framework in Brussels

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

This week, Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, was invited by the European Commission to take part in a conference in Brussels to discuss the next Multiannual Financial Framework . Also in attendance at the two-day conference were a number of high-level policy-makers including the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther H. Oettinger and German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel.



Press Release: Tax Credits in the US - Self-Employed Workers More Likely to Adjust Their Income if Government Incentives Are Strong

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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Self-employed workers in the US adjust their income if government welfare and aid programmes provide the incentive to do so. Though some make this adjustment legally by working more or fewer hours, other self-employed workers choose to illegally misreport their income. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, in cooperation with the ifo Institute, Munich, and the Institute of Labor Economics , Bonn.



ZEW-Gutachten: Measuring Competitiveness

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:37:30 +0100




Aktuell: Study on the Private Banking Sector in Germany

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Within the framework of a recent report on behalf of the Association of German Banks, researchers from the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management have analysed the significance of private banks for the German economy.



ZEW-Gutachten: Analysis of US Corporate Tax Reform Proposals and their Effects for Europe and Germany

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:09:19 +0100

The project deals with the current US corporate tax reform proposal. Despite details being subject to change, a reduction in corporate tax rate and abolishment of the worldwide income system seems most likely. In case the reform gets implemented, the US will improve its global tax position substantially. Therefore, the aim of the project is to assess the impact of the proposed tax reform on European countries. The main focus of the project is on the change of incentives for cross-border investments. In addition, implications for the competitiveness of European countries and possible countermeasure strategies are discussed.



Press Release: ZEW and Bertelsmann Stiftung Present Suggestions for a New EU Competence Catalogue

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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In 2018 the new German government should start pushing for the EU to redistribute responsibilities between Brussels and the Member States. For example, responsibilities such as safeguarding farmers’ income should return to the remit of the individual countries. On the other hand, EU institutions should be assuming far greater responsibility for development aid, defence and asylum policy. These are the main findings of a study initiated by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and conducted in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim.



Press Release: Reconciliation Through Fiscal Autonomy

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

In the Catalan regional elections, pro-independence parties were once again able to secure a majority in the Catalan parliament. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, comments on the election results.



Press Release: Stocks Significantly More Attractive than Bonds and Real Estate in 2018

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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In 2018, stocks remain as attractive for investors as in 2017, whereas government and corporate bonds, as well as real estate, are considered to be significantly less profitable investment options than in the previous year. This is the result of a special question in the ZEW Financial Market Survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim.



Press Release: Global Mega Deals Experience Considerable Drop

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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Following two record years for mergers and acquisitions worldwide in 2015 and 2016, this trend appears to have reversed in 2017. In November 2017, the ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A Volume per Deal Index’s twelve-month moving average was at 113 points, its lowest level since April 2015. November was the eleventh month in a row that the twelve-month moving average continued to fall, a trend that was last seen during the later stages of the financial crisis in 2009. These are the findings of studies carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, on the basis of the Zephyr database of Bureau van Dijk.






Expert Seminar on 7 March 2018: Scientific Talks - Excellent Science Requires Excellent Presentation Skills

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:25:53 +0200

Expert Seminar on 7 March 2018
Title: Scientific Talks - Excellent Science Requires Excellent Presentation Skills
Location:

Giving a presentation puts you on public display. In many ways your research reputation will be enhanced or diminished. Thus, effective communication of scientific knowledge is an essential component of any career in science. Increasingly, the ability to present one’s research in English is becoming ever more important for scientists of all disciplines. This practical two-day course provides key elements for a successful presentation in an international setting. It will cover techniques that can be easily implemented, ranging from structuring a presentation’s content, knowing helpful phrases, creating slides, coping with stage fright to dealing with difficult situations. This training...




Expert Seminar on 18 April 2018: Scientific Talks - Excellent Science Requires Excellent Presentation Skills

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:25:53 +0200

Expert Seminar on 18 April 2018
Title: Scientific Talks - Excellent Science Requires Excellent Presentation Skills
Location: Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Giving a presentation puts you on public display. In many ways your research reputation will be enhanced or diminished. Thus, effective communication of scientific knowledge is an essential component of any career in science. Increasingly, the ability to present one’s research in English is becoming ever more important for scientists of all disciplines. This practical two-day course provides key elements for a successful presentation in an international setting. It will cover techniques that can be easily implemented, ranging from structuring a presentation’s content, knowing helpful phrases, creating slides, coping with stage fright to dealing with difficult situations. This training...




Job: Internship

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100




Job: 2 Researchers “Industrial Economics and International Management”

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200

2 Researchers


in its “Industrial Economics and International Management” Research Department at the earliest date possible.

The successful applicants will engage in scientific research projects and economic policy analysis in the research areas of "Innovation Economics" or "Firm Dynamics."

The research area "Firm Dynamics" covers analysis of business start-ups, growth and shrinking processes of young firms, as well as financing, innovation and internationalisation of young firms. The research area " Innovation  Economics" focuses on the development of the international patent system, the innovation behaviour of companies, and the interaction of public research institutions and companies.