According to the German Science Council, the ZEW's success as a competent discussion partner in the scientific community and as a sought-after supplier of economic policy consulting services is due to the sound scientific competence upon which its high-quality work is based and the excellent qualifications of its around 187 staff of whom two thirds are engaged in research work. In order to maintain and extend this competitive advantage, the ZEW gives excellent young academics the opportunity to do scientifically demanding and applied research work. This work in conjunction with the offer ofsound professional training provides a good basis for a career in the academic and business world as well as in ministries and organisations. The ZEW is connected with various universities through the ZEW Doctoral Studies Network. Ph.D. students of the doctoral programmes of these universities have the possibility to work at the ZEW.
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