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China Economic Panel

China Economic Panel (CEP) of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Fudan University (Shanghai) - Growth Trend of the Chinese Economy Slows Down

The CEP Indicator, which reflects analysts' assessments of the macroeconomic outlook for China for the next twelve months, has clearly receded in April 2015. For the current survey period (13th - 25th April, 2015), the indicator has a value of 2.6 points and is thus 11.8 points lower than in March. The increases, which had been achieved over the two previous months, have therefore been re-reduced by half. The values from April considerably undercut the indicator's long-term average of 11.0 points, demonstrating that the indicator’s mid- to long-term downward trend, which has prevailed since autumn 2013, is continuing. One possible reason for the expected slowdown of the Chinese economy is the slightly lower growth in Chinese exports than was forecast. Looking at the different regions, the economic downturn is expected to have a particularly large impact on Shanghai. read more

Financial Market Survey Central and Eastern Europe

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

In April 2015 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) remain roughly unchanged. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has increased by 2.0 points to a level of 48.2 points. The largest increase is displayed by the indicators for Hungary (increase by 21.8 points) and for the Czech Republic (increase by 18.0 points). The largest decrease is displayed by the indicator for Turkey (decrease by 14.9 points). read more


ZEW Economist Irene Bertschek Appointed to the Advisory Board "Arbeiten 4.0"

Nobody knows what the world of work will look like in the future. What is sure, however, is that increasing digitalisation and the crosslinking of business processes and communication channels are already changing the way we work. That is why the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has established, in the course of dialogues, the advisory board "Arbeiten 4.0" (Labour 4.0). Prof. Dr Irene Bertschek, Head of the ZEW Research Department "Information and Communication Technologies", has been appointed to the committee's panel of experts. Until the end of 2016, she will work hand in hand with further representatives from the fields of science and practice, as well as with BMAS to identify where action is needed and to find solutions that will shape the digital and interconnected working world of the future. The advisory board started its work on 22nd April, 2015. read more

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ZEW scientists discuss competition and regulation in Boston

Scientists from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) are taking part in the "International Industrial Organization Conference"(IIOC) in Boston, USA. The conference will take place from 24th to 26th April 2015 and is one of the most important events in the field of economics. The ZEW researchers will participate in sessions, give lectures, and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world about competition, regulation, and market developments. read more

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ZEW Contributes to the Energy Debate at the BMBF-Forum for Climate Economics in Berlin

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) co-organised the second forum for climate economics, which took place on April 13, 2015 in Berlin. The event represents the funding priority "Economics of Climate Change" which is part of the programme Research for Sustainable Development (FONA), launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Under the slogan "Energy, Economics and Climate in competition?", scientists and practitioners discussed the energy and climate policies of the EU and Germany and the impacts of these on German competitiveness. Around 70 participants from the fields of research, politics, business, and civil society attended the event. read more

Information Economy

German Information Economy - Positive Expectations in the Information Economy

The economic sentiment among businesses in the information economy currently remains favourable. The ZEW Sentiment Indicator, which considers the current business situation as well as the companies' business expectations, has reached 63.4 points. Compared to the first quarter of 2015, expectations regarding economic development have shown improvement in the second quarter of 2015. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in March 2015 in the information economy (further information regarding the survey is available at the bottom of this press release). read more

Call for Papers

Seventh ReCapNet Conference on "Real Estate, Financial Stability, and the Macroeconomy" (November 6-7, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the seventh conference of the Leibniz Network on Real Estate Markets and Capital Markets (ReCapNet) in Mannheim on November 6 and 7, 2015. The main theme of this year's conference focuses on the nexus between real estate, financial stability and the macroeconomy. The keynote is delivered by Kevin J. Lansing, PhD, from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. We look forward to receiving submissions on topics such as the identification of real estate bubbles or macroprudential regulation of real estate financing. Submissions Proposals on other aspects related to the interactions between real estate markets and capital markets are welcome. Further potential topics are included in the Call for Papers. Please submit your paper as a PDF file to conference@recapnet.org no later than July 15, 2015. read more

Call for Papers

Second Annual MaTax Conference (October 1-2, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) hosts the second international annual MaTax conference on taxation research on October 1 and 2, 2015. The conference is organised by the Leibniz ScienceCampus MannheimTaxation (MaTax), a joint initiative of the University of Mannheim and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). We invite submissions on all topics broadly related to tax research, including papers from economics, law, political science, and other disciplines as well as interdisciplinary contributions. The conference focuses particularly on applied and empirical papers. Please send your paper or extended abstract to (matax@zew.de) no later than May 31, 2015. read more


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