| Data processing
| Transport Policy
| Transport flows
Recently, the Federal Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, announced a 350-million-euro subsidy for 2018, designed to lower track charges for freight transport and encourage shippers to move from roads to rails. The basic question in this context is: How fair is the competition between trains, buses, planes and the other main mode of transport, cars? In other words, is a euro of public funds better spent for maintaining streets or expanding rails or adding another runway? And will each infrastructure’s users contribute equally to its funding, or will there be competitive distortions between them?
The German government is literally rolling in money. Calculations carried out by the German Federal Ministry of Finance indicate that additional tax revenues are likely to amount to 46 billion euros between 2018 and 2021. This should be enough reason for policy-makers to implement comprehensive tax reforms after the federal election. What can and needs to be taken into consideration when implementing such reforms? And is it realistic to expect tax relief? ZEW family economist Holger Stichnoth provides some answers to questions regarding possible future tax policies in Germany.
Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS)
| Monetary Theory
| Economic conference
The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) contributed actively to the 2017 Annual Conference of the Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS, German Economic Association) held at the University of Vienna from 3 to 6 September, with ZEW researchers providing a total of 18 presentations. In addition to the presentations, ZEW also hosted an information stand at the conference site, which offered VfS participants the opportunity to catch up on research, publications, events, and career possibilities at ZEW. This year’s conference, which gathered around 800 participants, focused on the core topic “Alternative Structures for Money and Banking”.
Professor Hannes Rehm, former member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), died at the age of 74. ZEW will remember the former chair of Nord/LB and spokesperson for SoFFin (Special Financial Market Stabilisation Fund) as a highly merited member of the Scientific Advisory Council.
ZEW Seminar Programm
| Knowledge transfer
| Expert seminars
The new Seminar Programme of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has been released, featuring an extended range of seminars. The programme includes, for instance, a newly developed seminar on virtual presentations, which aims to provide participants with the latest and most important methods of communication in the virtual space. ZEW offers scientifically grounded qualification programmes for specialists and executive staff from all areas.