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December 2013

12.12.2013 – ZEW (gla/kbo)

ZEW-PwC Indicator of Economic Sentiment China - Favourable Prospects for Trading Activities of German Businesses in China

Favourable prospects for German businesses active in China: Trading activities and German exports to China will develop positively until mid-2014. This development is closely connected to the expected rise in Chinese domestic demand. Furthermore, Germany is a very popular destination for Chinese investors. In the coming six months, Chinese businesses are very likely to invest to a greater extent in German businesses and projects. These are the findings of a quarterly survey among executives from German industrial enterprises in China, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the German Chamber of Commerce in China. read more

September 2013

11.09.2013 – ZEW (ggr/alo)

2013 KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer - Low Prices for CO2 Certificates Still a Weak Incentive to Reduce Emissions

The low price for CO2 in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is still hardly an incentive for companies to reduce CO2 emissions. Companies regulated under the Emissions Trading System, however, do feel the impact of the weak economic situation in the eurozone. Their total CO2 emissions in Europe went down by two per cent in 2012. In Germany, by contrast, emissions of the regulated companies increased by 0.5 per cent compared with the previous year also due to the country’s on-going strong economic development. These are the findings of the 2013 KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer. This annual survey has been jointly conducted since 2009 by KfW bank and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) within a co-operation project that examines the impact of the EU ETS regime on the regulated companies. read more

November 2012

07.11.2012 – ZEW (joh/eje/ggr)

Information Economy: The Internet Becomes More and More the Driving Force Behind Business Success

Today, the Internet is already essential for the success of half of the companies in the German information economy. Most companies in the sector assume that until the end of 2014, the significance of the World Wide Web will increase further. The surveyed companies expect that in the coming years, the Internet will especially contribute to improving the efficiency of client relationship management as well as knowledge and information management. Many companies also believe that the Internet has further potential for improving business processes and transactions, for opening new markets and accessing new costumer groups, as well as for developing innovative products and services. This is the result of a current survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim among some 1,000 companies of the German information economy (see bottom of the press release) with a minimum of five employees. read more

October 2012

01.10.2012 – ZEW (fsc/kbo)

Why Rapidly Growing Patent Thickets Threaten Business Innovation

Nowadays, thousands of patents are protecting innovative products like the smartphone. Such growing patent thickets increasingly hinder the innovation process of national economies. For many firms, the patent legislation represents an almost incalculable risk. Patent litigations between major technology corporations such as Apple, Google, or Motorola have recently highlighted this phenomenon. Meanwhile, many companies hesitate to market an innovative product due to this development. Smaller companies refrain from investing in innovative products or processes, especially if various owners of patents are involved. In such cases, it is difficult and expensive for them to secure the rights necessary to introduce innovative products. Bigger companies, on the other hand, are deterred by legal uncertainties resulting from patent thickets. These are the findings of an empirical study on the impact of patent thickets, i.e. of webs of overlapping patents, on companies’ innovation performance, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

August 2012

22.08.2012 – ZEW/KfW (alo/blu/ggr)

KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer 2012: EU Emissions Trading System in Severe Crisis

The most recent KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer shows that the costs resulting from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) play a lesser role for the surveyed companies’ location decision than widely assumed. German companies subjected to the emissions trading regime do increasingly invest outside of Europe, but their motivation is to establish businesses close to local markets. read more

December 2011

19.12.2011 – ZEW (tty/ggr/eje)

VC Investors Increase Growth, Productivity, as Well as Investment and Innovation Performance

VC investors in Europe positively affect firms’ growth, productivity, investment and innovations. VC investors also helped their portfolio firms to outperform during the financial crisis. These findings come from the VICO project carried out on behalf of the EU by the ZEW and nine further European universities and research institutes. The VICO project devoted considerable attention to disentangling the "selection" and "treatment" effects of VC investors on the investee firm. The treatment effect refers to the improvement in the performance of the portfolio firm caused by the VC investment, while selection refers to the VC investors being able to choose high quality firms with su­perior future prospects. The findings generally supported the view that VC investors had a considerable positive treatment effect on firms’ growth, productivity, as well as invest­ment and innovation performance. VC investors helped their portfolio firms to outper­form firms not backed by venture capital even during the financial crisis in 2008–2009. read more

September 2011

07.09.2011 – ZEW/KfW (alo/ggr)

KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer: German Companies Inadequately Prepared for Changes in EU Emissions Trading From 2013

German companies are inadequately prepared for the third trading period of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), which will start in 2013. This is the finding of the third KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer. Up till now, too few companies in Germany have taken measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Only 40 per cent of the companies surveyed have so far evaluated the expected costs. read more

July 2011

28.07.2011 – ZEW (tzw/kbo)

Companies Waste Money on Training of Older Employees

Older employees assess the return of their training measures lower than younger employees in German companies. Although companies spend approximately the same amount of money per participant on the training of older employees as on the training of younger employees, they do not adequately take into consideration the specific interests and preferences of older employees. Therefore, the investments in training do not pay off as much as they could. These are the findings of a current study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

May 2011

16.05.2011 – ZEW (emu/kbo)

Welfare Losses due to too Few Start-Ups by Immigrants in Key Economic Sectors

Immigrants in Germany found considerably fewer firms in key economic sectors, such as engineering, chemical industry or software development, than Germans. Thus, with regard to the so-called knowledge-intensive start-ups, the present growth potential in Germany is not fully exploited, resulting in welfare losses for the society as a whole. These are the findings of a current study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

April 2011

14.04.2011 – ZEW (vni/kbo)

Upturn For Mergers And Acquisitions in Germany

The German economy is developing well in 2011, causing an upturn of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The negative trend observed in Germany during the last two years appears to be overcome. This is the result of a forecast by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim. read more

March 2011

31.03.2011 – ZEW (bpe/kbo)

Research and Development Abroad Increase Firm Profitability

German firms carrying out research both in Germany and abroad realise considerably higher profits. They experience a return on sales ratio that is almost two per centage points higher than in firms without own research and development (R&D) activities, and still one per centage point higher than in firms with only domestic research. These are the findings of a current study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

July 2010

01.07.2010 – ZEW/KfW (alo/kbo)

KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer - German Companies Not Fit for EU Emissions Trading

The second KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer indicates that German firms’ occupation with the opportunities and risks of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is insufficient. Two thirds of them have not yet analysed the potential costs they will face as of 2013. Emission certificates will then not be distributed cost-free, but will be put up for auction. read more

April 2010

15.04.2010 – ZEW (mbo/ggr)

Number of Mergers and Acquisitions in Greece Considerably Declines

The number and the volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Greece are declining considerably. In 2008, there were 153 M&A transactions with a value of seven billion euros. In 2009, however, the number of transaction has declined to 102 and the volume has decreased to four billion euros. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The survey is based on the Zephyr database by Bureau van Dijk (BvD), which includes detailed information on mergers and acquisitions worldwide. read more

July 2009

22.07.2009 – ZEW (msc/kbo)

Credit Crunch in Germany Cannot be Confirmed

There is yet no proof of a shortage of bank credits for German firms. On the contrary, the credit volume in Germany, without credits for the German government and among banks, has increased slightly but continually since the beginning of 2008. This is the case despite recession and modest demand for credits. These are the findings of an empiric analysis conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

May 2008

08.05.2008 – ZEW (joh/kbo)

IT Outsourcing Increases Efficiency of Production Processes in Firms

Firms outsourcing services for information technologies (IT) to external providers produce more efficiently than firms which render IT services themselves. Moreover, employees who predominantly work at a computer are more productive in firms outsourcing IT services. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

August 2006

14.08.2006 – ZEW/Uni MA (csp/cel/kvs)

2008 Corporate Tax Reform – Federal Government's Plans on the Brink of Failure

The federal government's plans for the 2008 corporate tax reform cannot meet their own requirements. The tax reform is neither expected to significantly improve the fiscal attractiveness of German locations nor the conditions for investment and growth. read more

April 2006

18.04.2006 – ZEW (fhe/kvs)

EU Comparison Reveals Peak Load for Germany

Germany burdens its corporations' profits as highly as no other country in the European Union, except for Spain. The tax-specific disadvantage to Germany as a business location has increased in the past years: Whereas in Germany tax reduction is so far merely being debated, action has been taken in several other EU states such as Austria, Denmark or the Netherlands. read more

May 2005

02.05.2005 – ZEW (cra/kvs)

Innovation Growth Requires Stronger Demand and Higher Profits

Demand increases on sales markets and an improved earnings situation are necessary to expand innovation activities in the German economy. Only if these requirements are met innovation projects can be financed. read more

April 2005

27.04.2005 – ZEW (thh/kvs)

Internet Increasingly Dominates German Working Life

At the end of 2004, 48 per cent of Germany's working population had Internet access at work. That corresponds to an increase of six percentage points within two years and almost represents a doubling compared to the year 2000 when only 27 per cent of them could go online at work. read more

March 2005

07.03.2005 – ZEW (jha/ggr)

ZEW Survey among 4,440 Companies – German Businesses Rely on National Partners when Outsourcing IT Services

Approximately 87 per cent of German companies have outsourced their IT services such as system support, hardware maintenance, software programming, or user support to a greater or lesser degree to external providers. They rarely take advantage of the possibility to subcontract IT services to low-income countries (offshoring). read more

July 2004

01.07.2004 – ZEW (cra/ggr)

Ingenuity of Employees Guarantees the International Competitiveness of German Businesses

Three quarters of the innovative businesses in Germany make use of company suggestion schemes in order to stimulate innovation. After all, high levels of international competition mean that if the generous levels of pay and short working hours in Germany are to be maintained, new and improved products must be constantly released onto the market. read more

April 2004

19.04.2004 – ZEW (khu/kvs)

Decision to Export Results from by Greater Productivity in the Domestic Market

In view of increasing economic globalisation, it is important for national economies to have as many internationally competitive businesses as possible. However, not every company is able to successfully enter the export market. read more

March 2004

17.03.2004 – ZEW (thh/kvs)

Refurbishing the Corporate Image with E-Commerce

By introducing e-commerce, German companies pursue in particular two aims. On the one hand, they aim at contributing to a positive corporate image. On the other hand, they do not want to lack in comparison to other competitors providing e-commerce services. read more

October 2003

20.10.2003 – ZEW (jha/ggr)

Restrained Use of E-Commerce as a Sales Channel to Reach End Customers

Since the overwhelming success of the internet has seen its entry into private households, there has been much discussion regarding its potential as an online sales channel for products and services. Comparison of these optimistic expectations to the actual situation, however, is somewhat sobering. Private customers in fact play a very small role as buyers of goods and services made available over the internet (B2C). read more

December 2000

13.12.2000 – ZEW (cra/dcz/kvs)

Knowledge Transfer in Public Research Better than Believed

One in ten companies in Germany engaging in innovation uses scientific findings for the development of new products and processes. The knowledge and technology transfer between academia and businesses works far better than most people think. read more

August 2000

11.08.2000 – ZEW (jko/kvs)

Central and Eastern Europe: Greater Influence from External Capital Providers Boosts Corporate Labour Productivity

The productivity of businesses in Central and Eastern Europe has increased considerably over the past few years. According to a recent ZEW study, this development is related to the increased tendency of Central and Eastern European businesses to tap international capital markets to finance their investments. read more

March 1998

10.03.1998 – ZEW (ggr)

Business Taxes: Germany is Better than its Reputation

Germany as an investment location is unattractive for businesses. Especially the business taxation is far too high in international comparison. Over the past few years, statements such as these were heard over and over again. And in fact, a look at the current tax burden of companies located in Germany, France and Switzerland, respectively, points to a bleak situation. Particularly due to the high corporation tax plus solidarity surcharge – being about 11% higher than in France and about 26% higher than in Switzerland – Germany clearly appears to be the location with the highest tax burden. With a rate of 51.5 %, a similar French company is significantly less exposed to tax. And Switzerland proves to be particularly attractive with their tax burden of merely 32.8 %. read more


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