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November 2014

20.11.2014 – ZEW (zil/ggr/jpr)

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

In November 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) improve. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has gained 5.5 points and reaches a level of 12.5 points. Among the individual countries the largest improvement is observed for the Slovakia indicator, which has increased by 24.1 points this month. read more

19.11.2014 – ZEW (lja/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Rebound in Economic Sentiment

The November survey shows a strong rebound in analysts' sentiment, with an increase of the ZEW-CS Indicator from minus 30.7 points in October to minus 7.6 points in November 2014. read more

18.11.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jrr/dre)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - First Increase in 2014

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany gains 15.1 points in November 2014. Now standing at 11.5 points (long-term average: 24.4 points), the index has returned to positive territory after the previous month's slip into negative territory. read more

13.11.2014 – PWC/ZEW (ole/ggr/jpr)

ZEW PwC China Economic Barometer - German Managers Continue to Feel Welcome in China

China continues to be an attractive investment location for German companies. According to a special question raised in the light of recent events, just under three quarters of senior executives (74 per cent) say that there has been no change in the quality of their company's business relations in China since the previous year. Eleven per cent report improved conditions while 16 per cent of decision-makers feel less welcome in the country compared with the previous year. These are the central findings of the ZEW PwC China Economic Barometer survey in the fourth quarter of 2014. read more

10.11.2014 – ZEW (bpe/ggr/jpr)

Impressive Employment Balance for Innovators even in Downturn Periods

Service and product innovations are considered to be the most important engines for economic and employment growth. Against this backdrop, we often forget that innovations can also be a source of jobs destruction. The overall employment balance of innovative firms, however, is clearly positive. read more

08.11.2014 – ZEW (ape/fkr/jpr)

Equal Opportunities in Germany - The West Is Lagging Behind the East

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the intra-German border made politicians talk about the prospect of "blossoming landscapes" in the new federal states in eastern Germany. What has become of that promising economic perspective? A current study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) suggests that equal opportunities in Germany have grown since German unification. What is remarkable: The chances to obtain a higher income through personal effort are significantly higher in eastern Germany than in the west. read more

07.11.2014 – ZEW (ape/fkr/jpr)

ZEW Study on Stabilising and Transfer Effects in the Euro Area - European Unemployment Insurance Faces Dilemma

More substantial fiscal integration in Europe by way of a common unemployment insurance scheme for eurozone member states? This question is currently a subject of intense discussion. Would an automatic stabiliser like this necessarily turn Europe into a transfer union? A current study by ZEW shows that a European Unemployment Insurance would have cushioned the impact of the recent crisis in the most embattled euro area member states. Germany would have been a net contributor in the period between 2000 and 2013 despite the rather weak economic situation at the turn of the millennium. In future crises, however, burden-sharing might take a different turn. read more

05.11.2014 – ZEW (ole/ggr/jpr)

China Economic Panel (CEP) by ZEW and Fudan University (Shanghai) - Further Decline in Economic Outlook for China

The economic outlook for China continues to be rather bleak. The CEP indicator, which reflects expectations of international financial experts regarding China's economic development over the next twelve months, stands at exactly 0.0 points in the current survey period (October 14 until October 28, 2014). The current value is the lowest level of the CEP indicator since the survey began in mid-2013. read more

October 2014

27.10.2014 – ZEW (der/ggr/jpr)

German Information Economy - Optimism Prevails Despite Slight Downturn

In the third quarter of 2014, the economic sentiment among companies in the information economy remains positive. Even though the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy has recorded a quarter-on-quarter drop by 1.6 points, the high level of 63.1 points signals an ongoing positive development of the sector. read more

23.10.2014 – ZEW (she/fkr/jpr)

The Aftermath of Fukushima - German Nuclear Phase-out Leads to Electricity Price Increases

The Fukushima nuclear disaster cost Germany and its neighbours dear. A study conducted by ZEW shows that Germany's nuclear phase-out led to an increase in electricity costs on the European Energy Exchange by an average of seven per cent in the two years after the accident. read more

21.10.2014 – ZEW (ibe/joh/fkr/jpr)

Digital Agenda - Companies Need Fast and Secure Networks

The companies in the information economy are calling for a nationwide broadband infrastructure with a download speed of at least 50 Mbit/s as well as secure digital services. A fast and reliable broadband infrastructure should also be centre stage in the federal government's Digital Agenda, according to the companies in this economic sector. This is the result of a current study by ZEW. read more

16.10.2014 – ZEW (mbo/ggr/jpr)

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

In October 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) improve slightly. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has gained 3.7 points and reaches a level of 7.0 points. Among the individual countries, the largest improvement can be noted for the Poland indicator which has increased by 19.7 points on October. read more


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