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ZEW Supervisory Board Supports Appointment of Achim Wambach as New President

The Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Research Theresia Bauer, has been given the mandate to enter into talks with Professor Achim Wambach, PhD. The Supervisory Board speaks out for Professor Wambach as the new President of ZEW. In a meeting, the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim has likewise expressed its strong support for the candidate. read more

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ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE - Economic Expectations Brighten Up

Economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have brightened up in November 2015. In the current survey, the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has increased by 23.9 points from an almost balanced level of minus 0.1 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects financial market experts’ expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

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ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels - Familiar Obstacles and New Approaches in Global Climate Policy

How can the 21st Climate Change Conference in Paris become a much-needed success? From the end of November until mid-December 2015, representatives from 195 United Nations (UN) member states will attempt to reach a new global climate agreement in the French capital. Attempts to convert the 1997 Kyoto Protocol into a binding and effective agreement have hitherto failed, which underlines that the Paris delegates will be facing a tough challenge. What criteria have to be fulfilled in order to make the passing of a global climate deal possible? In what way can research findings support policy-makers in this situation? These were the issues addressed by the speakers during the ZEW Lunch Debate "The Road to Paris: Towards a Fair and Effective Climate Agreement?" at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU in Brussels on November 18, 2015. read more

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Outlook Improves

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased in November 2015. Gaining 8.5 points compared to the previous month, the index now stands at 10.4 points (long-term average: 24.8 points). The indicator has improved for the first time following seven consecutive declines. "The outlook for the German economy is brightening again towards the end of the year. Economic pessimism appears not to have increased after the terror attacks in Paris. The currently high level of consumption in Germany, the recent decline in the external value of the euro, and the ongoing recovery in the United States are likely to bolster the robust development of the German economy," comments ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. read more

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Seventh ReCapNet Conference at ZEW on Real Estate Markets and Macroeconomic Stability

What exactly were the reasons for the US mortgage and real estate crisis? Has the Federal Reserve Bank's (FED) unconventional monetary policy succeeded in restoring private investors' confidence in the US real estate market? This was one of many issues discussed by about 30 international participants at the seventh Annual Conference of the Leibniz Network "Real Estate Markets and Capital Markets" (ReCapNet). The conference took place at ZEW in Mannheim on November 6 and 7, 2015. read more

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ZEW Fosters Scientific Exchange With China

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has been named a member institute of the International Consortium of China Studies (ICCS) at Beijing University's National School of Development. Along with Zhejiang University, with which ZEW was organising a German-Chinese workshop, Beijing University is one of the most influential universities in the People's Republic of China. ZEW is thus further developing its network in China. read more


Dr. Ralf Krieger Appointed New Member of ZEW Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has a new member: Dr. Ralf Krieger (51), management board member at Freudenberg SE, has been appointed by Dr. Nils Schmid MdL, Minister of Finance and Economics of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. He is the successor of Dr. h.c. Eggert Voscherau, former chairman of the BASF SE Advisory Board, who had been member of the ZEW Supervisory Board since March 2007. read more

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ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Drop Back to Zero

In November 2015, the ZEW-CS-Indicator for the economic sentiment in Switzerland declined markedly. The indicator fell by 18.3 points reaching a reading of exactly zero points. This means that the financial analysts surveyed expect to see neither an improvement nor a deterioration in Swiss economic activity over the next six months. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim, in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), Zurich. read more

Call for Papers

Conference on Occupations, Skills, and the Labour Market (March 18-19,2016)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce a conference entitled "Occupations, Skills, and the Labour Market" in Mannheim on March 18 and 19, 2016. The conference focuses on occupations and skills in industrialised countries and on the ways these interact with employment, wages, and participation in the labour market as well as social inequality. We invite empirical and theoretical contributions on this topic from all areas of economics, personnel economics, and sociology. Interested researchers should submit full papers (preliminary versions are welcome) in PDF format to Arne Jonas Warnke via e-mail to dfg1764@zew.de no later than December 15, 2015. If possible, include up to four JEL Codes. read more

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Annual Conference of the Leibniz ScienceCampus - Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) (March 3-4, 2016)

The Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI), a joint initiative of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim, is pleased to announce its 2016 annual conference in Mannheim on March 3-4, 2016. The objective of the conference is to provide 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, regulatory law, or comparative competition/regulatory law. Please submit full papers as well as extended abstracts as PDF file to macciannual2016@zew.de no later than December 21, 2015. read more

Call for Papers

2016 ZEW Public Finance Conference - Fiscal Equalisation in Europe (April 25-26, 2016)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the 2016 Annual Public Finance Conference in Mannheim from April 25 to 26, 2016. While contributions in all areas of empirical and applied-theoretical public finance are welcome, the focus of this year's conference is on financial equalisation schemes in Europe. Submissions that relate to the topics specified in the call for papers are particularly welcome. Please submit your paper via our conference management website no later than January 24, 2016. No conference fee will be charged for presenters. read more


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