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Financial Market Survey Central and Eastern Europe

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

In April 2014 the economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have improved by 24.0 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region now stands at a level of 32.1 points. read more


ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A Index Germany - Positive Signals for Mergers and Acquisitions

After a long dry spell, the German M&A market is showing a moderate upward trend again. Ranging at a level of 50 points in August 2013 – the lowest level since October 2011 –, the ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A Index Germany exceeded the 100-points mark in January 2014 (103 points) for the first time since January 2010. Against the backdrop of rumours about upcoming mergers and acquisitions, signs are that dynamics on the German M&A market will be further increasing. These are the findings of calculations by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) based on the database of Bureau van Dijk (BvD). read more


New Leibniz ScienceCampus "MaTax" in Mannheim - New European Centre of Excellence in Tax Research Launched by ZEW and Mannheim University Strengthens the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region as a Leading-Edge Scientific Location

The Leibniz ScienceCampus "Mannheim Taxation" (MaTax) begins operating on April 1, 2014. MaTax is a joint project of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim. The ScienceCampus is jointly funded by the two participating institutions as well as the Leibniz Association, of which ZEW is a member, and the State of Baden-Württemberg. This scientific centre of excellence in tax research is the first of its kind in Germany and Europe. "The close cooperation between the University of Mannheim and ZEW plays a key role in enhancing the profile of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and in particular the city of Mannheim as a research location and as a centre of excellent scientifically grounded tax policy advice", says Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Theresia Bauer. MaTax is already the second Leibniz ScienceCampus that was successfully established in Mannheim. read more


Increasing Mobile Market Concentration in the EU and Germany

Market concentration in the mobile phone sector in the European Union (EU) has been increasing since the beginning of the 21st century. In the mid-1990s, mobile phone markets were already expanding largely following EU-wide liberalisation. A consolidation process is currently taking place, which is reflected in the rising number of mergers and acquisitions. Between 2003 and 2013, both the number of transactions and transaction volumes have increased. read more

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Damped Optimism

Economic Expectations for Germany have slightly declined in April 2014. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has decreased by 3.4 points and now stands at a still considerable level of 43.2 points (historical average: 24.6 points). read more

Dates and News

ZEW President Fuest Appointed to “High-Level Group” on EU Financing Reform

On a proposal of the European Council, the President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Prof. Clemens Fuest, has been appointed to the newly created EU's "High-Level Group on Own Resources". The group’s objective is to develop proposals for the future financing of the European Union and to identify ways to make the present EU own-resources system more accountable, fair, and transparent. The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament had agreed on establishing such a group during the negotiations over the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014–2020. The Commission, the Council and the Parliament each appoint three members to the working group. Former EU Commissioner and Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti chairs the group. read more


Statement of the Independent Expert Commission on the Monitoring Report Issued by the Federal Government - Evaluation of the Progress in Implementing the Energy Transition: Interim Results Are Mixed

In the statement on the federal government’s 2012 monitoring report, the Expert Commission on the monitoring process "Energy of the Future" reports mixed interim results for Germany’s "Energiewende", i.e. the transition of the energy system towards renewable sources and more energy efficiency. While the expansion of renewable energies is making good progress, efforts need to be intensified in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the improvement of energy efficiency. The German government has announced clear priorities in this regard, which now have to be implemented. read more

Financial Market Survey Switzerland

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Economic Expectations Decline - Assessment of the Current Economic Situation Improves

In April 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland have decreased by 12.0 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a level of 7.0 points, which still signals stable economic expectations. 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) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

China Economic Panel

China Economic Panel (CEP) by ZEW and Fudan University (Shanghai)- Economic Expectations for China Decline for the Fourth Consecutive Month

In the current survey (March 12, 2014 to March 28, 2014) the CEP-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for China worsened by 3.2 points reaching a value of 7.7 points. read more

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: 2014 MaCCI Law and Economics Conference (November 6-7, 2014)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce the 2014 MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on November 6 and 7. The objective of the conference is to assess the role of financial regulation in the competition between financial services providers in the aftermath of the financial crisis. We welcome submissions with a legal and/or economic perspective on financial regulation and competition. Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted. Please submit papers to the organising committee's e-mail address financialregulationmacci@gmail.com as doc or pdf file no later than July 4, 2014. We particularly invite young researchers to submit proposals. read more


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