Questions & Answers
Questions & Answers | Enterprise | Competition Policy | Competition | Merger control | Europe

Minority shareholdings were long seen as fairly harmless to industry competition because it does not give these shareholders any formal control of the company. Recently, however, economists have increasingly begun to question this view. ZEW competition economist Sven Heim answers questions on the consequences of minority shareholdings for competition and how the issue should be handled by authorities.

Public Events
Digitisation | First-Hand Information on Economic Policy | World of work | Big event | The Future Working World
Google chief economist Professor Hal Varian during his lecture at ZEW on the effects of automation on labour markets.

“Over the past 200 years working conditions have changed dramatically and machines have made the daily grind more bearable,” said Professor Hal Varian, chief economist at internet giant Google and professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. In a speech entitled “The Data Economy: Threats and Opportunities” given at the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on 23 June 2017 as part of the lecture series First-Hand Information on Economic Policy, Varian explained how labour markets should deal with increasing automation now and in years to come.

Events
YES! - Young Economic Summit | Pupils | Germany | ZEW | Student competition
Regional YES! Qualification at ZEW

Your Economy, Your Governance, Your Society, Your Environment – these were the topics up for discussion at the Southwest regional qualification round of the Young Economic Summit (YES!), a nationwide competition for high school students. The event, which took place on 23 June 2017, was hosted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The students presented their ideas for how to solve the most pressing global economic issues and had the opportunity to discuss them with experts in the field of economics.

Conferences
Taxes | Public Finance | Public Procurement | Wealth distribution | Conference
Professor Dina Pomeranz discussed public procurement in Chile.

On 8 and 9 June 2017, the CEPR Public Economics Annual Symposium was held at ZEW in Mannheim. The symposium is one of the most important European conferences in the field of public finance. The event was attended by around 30 international researchers who came to discuss their latest research findings on topics such as public procurement, taxation and wealth distribution.

Dates and News
Research collaboration | International scientific cooperation | Network | Europe
The newly founded research network EconPol Europe deals with pressing economic and fiscal policy issues in the European Union.

The Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has become one of the nine founding institutions of the European Network for Economic and Fiscal Policy Research (EconPol for short). As an international and independent network bringing together several hundred researchers, EconPol Europe is establishing a new voice for research in the discussion surrounding the future of economic and fiscal policy in the European Union. Headed by the Munich-based ifo Institute, the founding charter for EconPol Europe was signed on 22 June 2017.

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