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ZEW President Fuest on ECB Decision

The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided on the volume of its bond-buying programme: The ECB will buy eurozone government bonds and other assets worth EUR 60 billion per month until September 2016. The President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Professor Clemens Fuest, comments: "I consider the ECB’s decision to be an acceptable compromise that is consistent with the ECB's mandate. read more

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After the Elections: Centre for European Economic Research Calls for a Greece Stress Test

After the election victory of Syriza, Europe should prepare for a Greek payment default. The eurozone must send signals for the coming negotiations that it is not susceptible to blackmail should Greece threaten with a payment stop. This is the result of an analysis concerning the changed post-election situation in Greece by Clemens Fuest, President of the Centre for European Economic Research, and Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Public Finance Department at ZEW. read more

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Upward Trend Continues Despite Capital Markets Turmoil

Gaining 13.5 points in January 2015, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany now stands at 48.4 points (long-term average: 24.5 points). The index has increased for the third consecutive time reaching the highest reading since February 2014. read more

Financial Market Survey Switzerland

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - SNB Decision Causes Market Disruptions

The economic outlook for Switzerland further tarnished in January. Analysts' projections went into a tailspin in the wake of the Swiss National Bank's decision on 15 January 2015 to scrap the EUR/CHF exchange-rate floor, resulting in an overall decrease by 5.9 points. The ZEW-CS economic expectations indicator now stands at a reading of minus 10.8 points. 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 Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), Zurich. read more

Financial Market Survey Central and Eastern Europe

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

In January 2015 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) slightly decrease. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has dropped by 5.4 points following a double-digit increase of 18.0 points in December 2014. The indicator currently stands at a level of 25.1 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects the financial market experts' expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

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Volksbank Weinheim Foundation and ZEW Grant Research Award for the Second Time

The Volksbank Weinheim Foundation and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) granted the research award "Zukunft der Arbeitswelt" ("The Future of the Working World") for the second time. At the New Year's reception of Volksbank Weinheim eG, Dr. Michael Kummer received the award for the best doctoral thesis. Jonas Voßemer was honoured for the best master's thesis. read more

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 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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Fourth Mannheim Energy Conference (May 7-8, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce the fourth Mannheim Energy Conference on May 7 and 8, 2015. International researchers and professionals from various disciplines will discuss the lessons learned from almost 20 years of power market liberalisation in Europe, new opportunities, and future challenges. Advanced theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Interested researchers are invited to submit a paper or an extended abstract (at least three pages), interested professionals a single page abstract, as PDF file to energy2015@zew.de no later than February 23, 2015. read more


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