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Up-and-Coming Economists from China Visit ZEW

What are the research areas of ZEW economists? How is a German research institute organised? What are the career opportunities for foreign researchers at ZEW, and is there a special programme for visiting researchers? These were some of the questions 15 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from China asked when they visited ZEW on August 28, 2014. The trip to ZEW and other research institutions was organised by the German Research Foundation. The members of the delegation from China, talented economists in the early stages of their careers, were given the opportunity to gather information on Germany as a research location. read more


German Family Policy Has a Positive Effect on Birth Rates

Without the existing government-funded support for families, the number of births in Germany would be notably smaller. This is the result of a recently published study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Forschungszentrum Familienbewusste Personalpolitik (FFP), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and researchers from the universities of Cologne and Duisburg-Essen. read more

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Decline Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declines significantly in August 2014. The respective indicator has lost 18.5 points and now stands at 8.6 points (long-term average: 24.6 points). Decreasing for the eighth consecutive time, the indicator has reached its lowest level since December 2012. The current decline is the strongest since June 2012. read more

Financial Market Survey Switzerland

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Almost Unchanged

The economic expectations for Switzerland improve slightly by 2.4 points in August. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a level of 2.5 points. 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

Financial Market Survey Central and Eastern Europe

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment - Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

In August 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) decrease. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 16.1 points and now stands at a level of 11.2 points. Economic sentiment for almost all individual CEE countries except Poland has decreased. The largest deterioration of economic expectations in this month’s survey is displayed by the indicator for Turkey. It drops by 25.7 points. The decrease of expectations for the country might reflect financial market experts’ assessment of increased political uncertainty. read more

Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies (MPS+)

Experts and Executive Staff from Vietnamese Institutions Visit ZEW

Experts and executive staff from Asia are participating in the qualification programme "Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies" (MPS+) in Mannheim for the sixth time. Organised and hosted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the programme features courses and trainings on a variety of topics related to economic policy. This year ZEW welcomes 20 participants from different Vietnamese government institutions, including the country's central bank and several ministries. In the next two months they will attend in-depth training and seminars on macroeconomic issues at ZEW. read more


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