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ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels – Appropriate frame conditions for public spending in Research & Development

Will the public authority be able to give new impetus by capital expenditures in Research and Development (R&D) when the economy of a country stagnates? What is the use of public R&D expenditures in times of crisis and fiscal consolidation? This was the focus of the ZEW Lunch Debate on 5 March 2015 at the State Representation of Baden-Württemberg of the EU in Brussels. Dr Georg Licht, Head of the department "Industrial Economics and International Management" at the Centre for European Research (ZEW), made clear in his presentation at the very beginning of the debate that high rates of external public debt in Europe in the long term will have an extremely negative impact on public R&D budgets - if there is no counteraction. read more

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China Economic Panel (CEP) of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Fudan University (Shanghai) - Economic Outlook for China Slightly Brightens

The economic outlook for China has slightly improved in February 2015. The CEP Indicator, which reflects the expectations of international financial experts regarding China's macroeconomic development over the next twelve months, increased by 7.6 points to a new level of 0.0 points in the current survey period (February 9-26, 2015). In the previous month, the CEP Indicator was negative for the first time since the start of the survey in mid-2013. read more

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Fifth "Country Index for Family Enterprises" - Financing Conditions and Education in Germany Have Improved

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has conducted the "Country Index for Family Enterprises", an international comparison of investment locations from the perspective of family enterprises. The study on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses ("Stiftung Familienunternehmen") is ZEW's fifth assessment of local investment conditions for family-run enterprises. read more

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ZEW Study on Corporate Taxation in Europe - IP Box Regimes – A Double-Edged Sword for the Treasury

In several European countries, income from patents, trademarks or copyrights is taxed at a considerably lower rate than other income. Waiving taxes on intangible assets, governments aim to create incentives for companies to invest in research and development (R&D), and to pay taxes on the resulting profits in their countries. This concept is known as Intellectual Property (IP) Box regimes. This special tax treatment, however, has turned out to be a double-edged sword. A recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with the University of Mannheim found that most European IP Box regimes enable multinationals to save taxes on income from intangible assets (IP income) without actually investing in R&D. read more

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2015 Competition and Innovation Summer School (CISS) (Turunç/Marmaris, Turkey, May 25-30, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the 2015 Competition and Innovation Summer School from May 25 to 30, 2015. This workshop, located in Turunç/Marmaris, Turkey, offers young researchers within the fields of innovation and competition economics the opportunity to discuss their dissertation projects within a peer group of experienced and renowned scholars as well as other PhD students and postdoc researchers in an inspiring environment. Applications are welcome from advanced PhD students and postdoc researchers. Please submit an extended abstract of the paper you intend to present, a letter of reference from your PhD supervisor, and your CV to registration@euro-ciss.eu. The deadline for submission is March 14, 2015. read more

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Workshop on Behavioural Responses to Income Taxation (August 17-18, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim, in cooperation with the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS, Uppsala University) are pleased to announce a workshop on behavioural responses to income taxation on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Mannheim. The aim of the conference is to stimulate discussion between international researchers on the elasticity of taxable income (ETI) as a central concept in empirical public finance. Professor Wojciech Kopczuk from Columbia University will be giving a keynote lecture. We welcome submissions dealing with the ETI or broadly related to behavioural responses to income taxation. Interested researchers are invited to submit a paper or an extended abstract in PDF format to eti2015@zew.de no later than March 15, 2015. read more

German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI Report)

ZEW-JLL DIFI Report Published: DIFI keeps strong momentum

The German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) keeps its strong momentum in the first quarter of 2015. With a strong increase to a new level of 39.1 points (plus 10.2 points compared to the previous quarter), the index beats its former record level of December 2014. The increase is driven by respective gains in the current commercial real estate financing conditions (plus 8.6 points to 59.4 points) as well as the expectations for the development of financing conditions over the next six months (plus 11.7 points to 18.7 points). read more


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