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August 2014

14.08.2014 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

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

In August 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) decrease. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 16.1 points and now stands at a level of 11.2 points. Economic sentiment for almost all individual CEE countries except Poland has decreased. The largest deterioration of economic expectations in this month’s survey is displayed by the indicator for Turkey. It drops by 25.7 points. The decrease of expectations for the country might reflect financial market experts’ assessment of increased political uncertainty. read more

13.08.2014 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Almost Unchanged

The economic expectations for Switzerland improve slightly by 2.4 points in August. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a level of 2.5 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 Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), Zurich. read more

12.08.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Decline Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declines significantly in August 2014. The respective indicator has lost 18.5 points and now stands at 8.6 points (long-term average: 24.6 points). Decreasing for the eighth consecutive time, the indicator has reached its lowest level since December 2012. The current decline is the strongest since June 2012. read more

06.08.2014 – ZEW (ole/kbo)

China Economic Panel (CEP) by ZEW and Fudan University (Shanghai) - China’s Growth Prospects Stabilize Further

The overall macroeconomic outlook for China remains almost unchanged according to the new results of the China Economic Panel (CEP). The CEP Indicator slightly decreased by 2.3 points in the current survey period (July 16 to July 31, 2014). Standing at a level of 19.1 points, the indicator continues to reflect moderate optimism among financial experts regarding the economic development in the world’s second-largest economy over the course of the next twelve months. read more

July 2014

29.07.2014 – ZEW (she/kbo)

ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A Index - Fresh Impetus for Worldwide M&A Activities

Following first signs of recovery in worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in autumn 2013, the positive trend has now become a considerable upswing. This is the result of calculations by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) based on the database of Bureau van Dijk (BvD). read more

22.07.2014 – ZEW (der/jpr)

German Information Economy - Optimistic Outlook in all Three Sub-Sectors

Optimism has continued among companies in the information economy in the second quarter of 2014. Reflecting this positive trend, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy has stabilised at an impressive total of 64.7 points. In the second quarter of 2014, the sub-indicators for the business situation and business expectations in the information economy have converged again. read more

18.07.2014 – ZEW (cfu/fhe/csc/jpr)

VIPS – Proposal for a Viable Insolvency Procedure for Sovereign States in the Eurozone

The government debt crisis unleashed a wave of reforms in 2010 – some of which were implemented in an overly hasty manner – to stabilise the euro and the heavily indebted European countries. Even though the eurozone's institutional framework and its capacity to respond to crises have been improved significantly, the architecture of the euro area remains vulnerable in one respect: the absence of a credible and well-defined debt restructuring mechanism in the event of a nation's insolvency, i.e. its loss of creditworthiness on the capital market. A recent study conducted by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) addresses this problem. The study conceives and depicts a Viable Insolvency Procedure for Sovereigns (VIPS) in the eurozone. read more

17.07.2014 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

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

In July 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have partly reversed last month’s increase. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 9.8 points and now stands at a level of 27.3 points. read more

16.07.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Reach Balanced Level

In July 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland have declined slightly by 4.7 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a nearly balanced level of 0.1 points. read more

15.07.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward Trend Continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased once more in July 2014. The indicator has lost 2.7 points and now stands at 27.1 points (long-term average: 24.7 points). The indicator has declined for the seventh consecutive time. read more

10.07.2014 – ZEW (jpr)

ZEW Among the Top Five Climate Policy Think Tanks in the World

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim ranks fourth among the approximately 200 institutes evaluated for the recently published "2013 Climate Think Tank Ranking" by the renowned International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). It is thus among the world's most cutting-edge scientific institutions that work in the field of climate change economics and policy. Compared to 2012, the research institute has moved up two spots in the ICCG ranking, where all the activity outputs of a think tank were standardised by the number of its researchers. read more

09.07.2014 – ZEW (jpr)

ZEW Presents 2014 Heinz König Young Scholar Award to US Researcher

Olga Malkova from the University of Michigan, US, received the 2014 Heinz König Young Scholar Award of the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The jury recognised Malkova's excellent research on the effects of parental leave benefits on birth rates. Her work is an important contribution to the debate on the effectiveness of family policy measures. The Heinz König Young Scholar Award comes with an endowment of EUR 5,000 and includes the opportunity to spend an extended research visit at ZEW. This year’s award was sponsored by Freudenberg SE, a member of the ZEW Sponsors’ Association for Science and Practice. read more


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