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Dialogue on Deck: "Cities Need Founders" – ZEW Hosts Discussion on Board the MS Wissenschaft

Why is start-up activity in Germany decreasing, and what are the characteristics of an attractive business location? These were the main topics discussed at the "Dialogue on Deck: Cities Need Founders" event staged by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on July 23. The event took place on board the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft (MS Science), which anchored in Mannheim from July 23-26, 2015. Dr. Peter Kurz, First Major of the City of Mannheim, Dr. Georg Licht, head of the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management", and Jacqueline Yildirim, founder of JACQ GmbH, discussed the overall start-up situation in Germany and, in particular, in Mannheim, as well as the factors that are decisive for the attractiveness of business locations for founders. read more


ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer: German Companies See Themselves as Ahead of Chinese Competitors

German companies are well positioned with respect to their Chinese competitors. This is the outcome of the latest ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer for the 3rd quarter of 2015, which surveyed executives from German companies working in China. Three quarters of those surveyed believe they are ahead of their Chinese competitors. Just eight per cent reported on Chinese companies that were ahead of them. The ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer is a quarterly survey by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with PwC. read more


ZEW Researchers Present Proposal for European Fiscal Union

The dispute over a solution to the Greek sovereign debt crisis has revealed the major shortcoming of eurozone crisis management: there is no effective strategy to enforce negotiated reforms and budget cuts if a member of the European Economic and Monetary Union is not playing by the rules. Researchers from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) stress that the institutional structure of the euro area is in need of reform. They also make a practical proposal on how to create a functional European Fiscal Union. read more

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ZEW Business Survey in the Information Economy - Companies in the German Information Economy Sector Are Optimistic

Six months into the year, economic sentiment among the companies in the information economy sector continues to be optimistic, as suggested by the current reading of the Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy. The indicator takes into account the companies' current business situation and business expectations. With a current value of 63.7 points, the sentiment indicator clearly exceeds the critical 50-point mark, signalling a positive economic climate in the information economy. This is the result of a survey in the information economy conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in June 2015. read more

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TAPES 2016 - ZEW/NBER Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar (June 13-15, 2016)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) jointly organise the next Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar (TAPES2016) on June 13-15, 2016. The seminar focuses on studies of social insurance programmes including unemployment insurance, disability insurance, social security, and health insurance. The event aims to foster the discussion of topics associated with the impacts and consequences of current and future potential programme changes. Please upload an abstracts of about 750 words or a complete paper on NBER's submission page no later than October 1, 2015. read more


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