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Press Release: Economic Expectations for China Bright Despite Decline in CEP Indicator

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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According to the most recent survey for November , the economic outlook for China dropped by 9.7 points to a new value of 7.6 points . The CEP Indicator, which reflects the expectations of international financial market experts regarding China’s macroeconomic development over the coming twelve months, has once again come in well above the long-term average of 5.4 points and signals a comparatively positive outlook for Chinese economic growth.



Press Release: ZEW President Achim Wambach on German Coalition Talks - “An Opportunity to Structure the Energy Transition Has Been Squandered”

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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Professor Achim Wambach, president of the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, shares his disappointment in the collapse of the coalition talks between the CDU, Greens and FDP , especially with regard to new design options for Germany’s energy transition.



Aktuell: The Potential of Virtual Reality for SMEs – Tech Talk at ZEW

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

What is virtual reality, what challenges does it pose for society, and how can small and medium-sized enterprises make the most of this new technology? These are just some of the questions that were discussed by experts from the worlds of business and research in front of an audience of around 90 guests invited to ZEW in Mannheim on 15 November 2017. This was the second ever Tech Talk organised by the Volksbank Weinheim and mittelstand-rhein-neckar.de. The topic of this year’s event was “Virtual Reality – Trends and Practical Solutions for SMEs”.



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 17-052: Incumbents’ Responses to Innovative Entrants – A Multi-Country Dynamic Analysis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:27:58 +0100

The influence of innovative entrants on incumbents is considered important for technological change. We analyze this influence for the global transition towards alternative technology vehicles . Our results indicate that entrants’ ATV-related knowledge accumulation stimulates average incumbent’s ATV-related research. Regarding global entrants, incumbents with higher ATV patent stocks increased patenting stronger; supporting previous literature on competitive reactions to entry. Responding to domestic entrants, however, incumbents with low ATV patent stocks increased whereas incumbents with high stocks decreased patenting; suggesting that advanced incumbents outsource research or overtake...



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 17-051: Guilt by Association: How Scientific Misconduct Harms Prior Collaborators

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:25:17 +0100

Recent highly publicized cases of scientific misconduct have raised concerns about its consequences for academic careers. Previous and anecdotal evidence suggests that these reach far beyond the fraudulent scientist and her career, affecting coauthors and institutions. Here we show that the negative effects of scientific misconduct spill over to uninvolved prior collaborators: compared to a control group, prior collaborators of misconducting scientists, who have no link to the misconduct case, are cited 8 to 9% less afterwards. We suggest that the mechanism underlying this phenomenon is stigmatization by mere association. The result suggests that scientific misconduct generates large...



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 17-050: The Internet Effects on Sex Crime and Murder – Evidence from the Broadband Internet Expansion in Germany

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:22:32 +0100

This paper studies the effects of the introduction of a new mass medium on criminal activity in Germany. The paper asks the question of whether highspeed internet leads to higher/lower sex crime offences and murder. I use unique German data on criminal offences and broadband internet measured at the municipality level to shed light on the question. In order to address endogeneity in broadband internet availability, I follow Falck et al. and exploit technical peculiarities at the regional level that determine the roll-out of high-speed internet. In contrast to findings for Norway , this paper documents a substitution effect of internet and child sex abuse and no effect on rape incidences....



Aktuell: Seventh MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on Big Data at ZEW

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

On 6 and 7 November 2017, the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim hosted the seventh MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on Big Data. The roughly 65 participants from academia, governmental organizations, and private companies discussed recent developments relating to big data and other topics in the field of law and economics.









Press Release: To What Extent Can International Emissions Trading Curb Climate Change?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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The establishment of international markets for trading CO2 emission certificates is currently progressing at an extremely sluggish pace. This is the result, firstly, of countries that might participate in such markets having strong incentives to issue as many CO2 certificates as possible. Another reason is that governments can appoint individuals to ministerial positions – where they will be responsible for climate policy – who prioritise corporate profits over environmental protection as a means of signalling to other countries that they will have to shoulder more of the burden in terms of climate protection. The interplay of these two mechanisms results in countries pursuing less...



Press Release: Prospects Continue to Improve

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany in November 2017 has once again improved on the result from the previous month. The indicator currently stands at 18.7 points, which corresponds to an increase of 1.1 points compared with the October result. The indicator, however, still remains below the long-term average of 23.7 points. “The prospects for the German economy remain encouragingly positive. Overall high levels of growth across Europe in the third quarter are supporting further growth in Germany and boosting expectations for the coming six months. This favourable economic climate should be used to create a stronger and more robust basis for future growth,” comments ZEW...



Aktuell: Chinese Delegation from International Urban Cooperation Visits ZEW

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

On 13.11.2017, the Centre for European Economic Research received a visit from a Chinese delegation of high-ranking representatives from academia, politics and business. The group, made up of representatives from a number of different Chinese regions, is visiting Mannheim as part of the city-to-city cooperation set up by the EU Commission under the „International Urban Cooperation“ programme. Mannheim is currently the only German city participating in the International Urban Cooperation and has been paired with the Chinese city of Chongqing. During their visit at ZEW, the group gained insights into, among other things, innovative research in small and medium-sized enterprises and...



Press Release: Without an Insolvency Procedure for Sovereigns, Europe is on Course to Become a Transfer Union

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The next German government should not agree to any reform of the Eurozone that does not include the introduction of an insolvency system for Member States deep in government debt. To mark the founding conference of the „European Network for Economic and Fiscal Policy Research“ ), ZEW research department head Professor Friedrich Heinemann today in Brussels presented an outline of a potential Eurozone reform.



Aktuell: ZEW Researchers Discuss Energy Savings in Private Households at UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

How can we raise awareness among private households about saving energy at home? What is the key to running a successful energy saving campaign? And how can the impact of such a campaign on actual energy usage be scientifically assessed? These are some of the questions addressed by ZEW environmental economists in presenting their latest research findings at the side event “Energy Savings in Housing” held alongside the official negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.






Press Release: Germany Must Take Precautions for the Next Economic Crisis

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates has for the second time this year made an upward adjustment of its forecasts for federal, state and municipal tax revenues in Germany up until the year 2021. According to their estimates, government tax revenue is set to rise from 734.2 billion euros in 2017 to 889.6 billion euros in 2022, a greater increase than that previously predicted by the Working Party in May 2017. ZEW research department head Professor Friedrich Heinemann offers his view on the subject.



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 17-048: Rising Wage Inequality in Germany: Increasing Heterogeneity and Changing Selection into Full-Time Work

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:56:33 +0100

This study revisits the increase in wage inequality in Germany. Accounting for changes in various sets of observables, composition changes explain a large part of the increase in wage inequality among full-time workers. The composition effects are larger for females than for males, and increasingly heterogenous labor market histories play an important role. Furthermore, we find strong effects of education for males and strong effects of age and experience for females. Changes in industry and occupation explain fairly little. Extending the analysis to total employment confirms the basic findings, while revealing substantial negative selection into part-time work.



ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 17-047: Gender Wage Discrimination and Trade Openness. Prejudiced Employers in an Open Industry

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:38:54 +0100

I introduce taste-based discrimination in a trade model with imperfect competition and provide an explanation for the heterogeneous effects of international trade on the gender wage gap within sectors. Firms operate in an oligopoly where prejudiced employers can use their rents to pay men a premium in line with Becker’s theory. On one hand, import competition reduces local rents and with them the average gender wage gap in sectors that were sheltered from competition prior to trade liberalization. On the other hand, easier access to foreign markets can increase domestic firms’ profits and enable discriminatory firms to maintain wage gaps. Evidence from the Uruguayan trade liberalisation...



Aktuell: Minister for Economic Affairs Zypries Presents 2017 YES! Award to Student Team from Ludwigshafen

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

How can the founding of start-up businesses be made quick and effective? This was the question tackled by the winning student team from BBS Wirtschaft 1 Ludwisghafen over the course of the YES! – Young Economic Summit with the support of ZEW researchers. Their idea of a “company gateway” for start-ups secured them first place in a vote conducted among all the competing teams. At the official award ceremony held at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, Minister Brigitte Zypries presented the YES! Award to the team from Ludwigshafen for coming up with the most convincing idea in the competition. The team from Ludwigshafen beat off stiff competition from teams from...



First-Hand Information on Economic Policy on 28 November 2017: The German Council of Economic Experts Presents Its Annual Report 2017/18

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

First-Hand Information on Economic Policy on 28 November 2017
Title: The German Council of Economic Experts Presents Its Annual Report 2017/18
Location: ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim

Every November, the German Council of Economic Experts presents its hotly anticipated annual report. We are delighted to be welcoming the Chair of the Council, Professor Christoph M. Schmidt, to ZEW to give an exclusive talk on the report’s key statements as well as the Council’s recommendations for what political action needs to be taken. After his lecture, Professor Schmidt will answer audience questions.




Press Release: New ZEW Open Access Strategy Advocates Greater Transparency and Openness in Research

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

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The Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, has taken a clear stance for greater transparency and openness with its new Open Access strategy. Open Access involves making research publications freely available online. With its new strategy, ZEW joins the national and international efforts, specifically the Leibniz Association’s Open Access Guidelines, aimed at making scientific knowledge available to all without any technical, legal or financial barriers.



Aktuell: Digital Catch-Up – Also in the Public Sector

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

All the political parties pledged in their campaign manifestos to encourage the digitalisation of Germany’s economy and society. This is a good thing. Armed with buzzwords like “Industry 4.0” and “digital hubs” or calls for a faster expansion of the country’s broadband networks, politicians from all sides are demanding that the pace of digital transformation pick up rapidly in various economic sectors and private companies. But the government might want to get its own house in order first. The level of digitalisation in the German public sector is well behind that of many other countries.



Press Release: Economic Outlook Remains Positive in the German Information Economy

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

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Economic sentiment among companies in the German information economy sector has been largely positive in the third quarter of 2017, as suggested by the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy. The indicator takes into account the companies’ current business situation as well as their business expectations. In comparison to the previous quarter, the sentiment indicator has climbed 0.6 points to a current level of 68.3 points. This is the result of a survey conducted among firms in the German information economy by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, in September 2017.



Aktuell: International Conference on Demographics, Immigration, and the Labor Market

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

The Institute for Employment Research and the Centre for European Economic Research are jointly organizing the international conference on demographics, immigration and the labor market on 6 and 7 April 2018. The conference focuses on demographic change and immigration in industrialized countries and on the ways these phenomena interact with employment, wages, and participation in the labor market. Researchers are invited to submit empirical and theoretical contributions on this topic from all areas of economics and sociology. Please submit full papers as a PDF file to dfg1764@zew.de no later than 20 December 2017.



Aktuell: Sixth Annual Conference of the Leibniz ScienceCampus MaCCI (8-9 March 2018)

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200

The Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation , a joint initiative of the Centre for European Economic Research and the University of Mannheim, is pleased to announce its 2018 annual conference in Mannheim on March 8-9, 2018. The conference provides a platform for competition- and innovation-related research and discussion. We invite submissions from all fields of competition law and economics. Theoretical and empirical papers as well as case studies are welcome. We especially invite papers from lawyers with a focus on EU competition law and/or comparative competition law. Please submit full papers as well as extended abstracts in PDF format to macciannual2018@zew.de no later than...



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...




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...




Job: Internship

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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.