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2014 Innovation Indicator - Germany Secures International Position

Germany is still in a good shape when it comes to innovation strength. In an international comparison of 35 industrial nations, Germany ranked sixth. The leading countries, Switzerland and Singapore, remain well ahead of Germany, while the countries on positions three to five, i.e. Sweden, Belgium and Finland, are almost within reach. This is one of the results of the 2014 Innovation Indicator. The study was conducted by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI), and the Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology at the University of Maastricht (MERIT). read more

ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Industry

German Information Economy - Optimism Prevails Despite Slight Downturn

In the third quarter of 2014, the economic sentiment among companies in the information economy remains positive. Even though the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy has recorded a quarter-on-quarter drop by 1.6 points, the high level of 63.1 points signals an ongoing positive development of the sector. read more


Digital Agenda - Companies Need Fast and Secure Networks

The companies in the information economy are calling for a nationwide broadband infrastructure with a download speed of at least 50 Mbit/s as well as secure digital services. A fast and reliable broadband infrastructure should also be centre stage in the federal government's Digital Agenda, according to the companies in this economic sector. This is the result of a current study by ZEW. read more


German Book Market Will Be Confronted with New Challenges

The German book trade has been facing competition from the rapidly growing sector of online booksellers since the mid-1990s. The increasing spread of e-books is also a widely discussed topic. But what changes have so far actually taken place on the supply side of the German book market? An analysis by ZEW shows that the market is going through a major transition. Traditional booksellers are currently confronted with the challenge of strengthening their position as service providers. read more


The Aftermath of Fukushima - German Nuclear Phase-out Leads to Electricity Price Increases

The Fukushima nuclear disaster cost Germany and its neighbours dear. A study conducted by ZEW shows that Germany's nuclear phase-out led to an increase in electricity costs on the European Energy Exchange by an average of seven per cent in the two years after the accident. read more


Sixth ReCapNet Conference at ZEW

China's housing boom, certification of green buildings, and the implications of increasing financial integration on national real estate cycles – these are some of the topics that 30 international scholars discussed at the sixth annual conference of the Leibniz research network "Real Estate Markets and Capital Markets" (ReCapNet). The conference took place at ZEW in Mannheim on October 24–25, 2014. In eleven talks on the two conference days, the participants presented and discussed hypotheses and research results concerning novel types of linkages between international real estate and capital markets, as well as their economic policy implications. read more

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Call for Papers: 2015 ZEW Public Finance Conference (April 27-28, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the 2015 Annual Public Finance Conference in Mannheim from April 27 to 28, 2015. While papers on all aspects of empirical and applied theoretical issues in public finance are welcome, the focus of this year’s conference will be on European tax policy. Submissions that relate to the topics specified in the call for papers are particularly welcome. Please submit your paper via our conference management website at http://zew.converia.de/?sub=13 no later than February 15, 2015. The conference fee will be waived for presenters. Furthermore, we will contribute to covering accommodation expenses for presenters of accepted papers. read more


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