Doctoral Opportunities at ZEW

University graduates who begin their academic career at ZEW can attain their doctoral degree by taking one of several pathways. Regardless of the path chosen, clear milestones help to insure progress along a swift and secure path. Doctoral students have ample opportunities to enrol in doctoral courses at universities or in ZEW’s in-house courses. Within the framework of the standards of ZEW’s structured qualification, doctoral students receive a ZEW certificate for meeting these qualification standards. In addition to ensuring a high level of qualification for young researchers, these ZEW standards promote a well-grounded education in applied economic research and allow candidates to obtain a degree that is consistent with international PhD standards. Apart from attending qualification courses and conducting research for their dissertation, doctoral students are involved in specific projects aimed at providing scientifically-grounded economic policy advising. On average, the doctorate at ZEW takes about four and a half years to complete, which corresponds to the duration of the PhD phase in universities.

Doctoral students can complete their degree at ZEW by taking one of two pathways:

Staff member in a ZEW research unit and obtaining the doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim

The ZEW cooperates at the University of Manneheim with the Center for Docotral Studies in Economics (CDSE) in the economics doctoral program and with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) in the business doctoral program. By participating in these graduate programmes, doctoral students fulfil the requirements of the ZEW qualification standards.

The first year mainly consists of compulsory courses at CDSE or CDSB at the University of Mannheim. During this time, doctoral students are supported by a scholarship. At the same time, students are expected to attend research seminars at ZEW and be involved in the activities of the ZEW research unit in which they wish to continue their studies after the compulsory course phase. From the second year onwards, postgraduate students will be fully integrated in one of ZEW’s research units and, in addition to their doctorate, have the opportunity to gain expertise in economic policy advising. In this phase, they are required to attend elective courses offered in the form of ZEW summer courses and elective courses at the University of Mannheim.

How to apply:

More Specialists Needed for Artificial Intelligence

ZEW Business Survey in the Information Economy

More Specialists Needed for Artificial Intelligence

ZEW study provides an overview of the use of AI in companies in Germany.

Almost six per cent of all companies in Germany used artificial intelligence (AI) in 2019. These companies spent around 4.8 billion euros in the field of AI and employed 139,000 people who either fully or partially carried out AI activities. However, there is a lack of qualified personnel: almost one in two vacant AI positions could only be filled inadequately or not at all last year.

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How Will We Work in the Digitised World of the Future?

Questions & Answers

How Will We Work in the Digitised World of the Future?

ZEW expert Melanie Arntz on the Future of Work

The digitisation of work has become one of the watchwords of the 21st century. As companies and markets keep up with rapid advances in the digital economy to stay competitive, sceptics fear that the automatization of labour will lead to massive job cuts. The ZEW labour market economist Melanie Arntz discusses what this means for workers and businesses in German and in Europe in general.

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A New Office Bringing Little Added Value to Europe

Research

A New Office Bringing Little Added Value to Europe

Creating the office of “Euro Minister of Economy and Finance” will not be able to solve the main problems facing fiscal coordination in Europe. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by a European team in the EconPol Europe research network and coordinated by ZEW Mannheim.

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The Perspective of CEE Countries on the Euro

ZEW study

The Perspective of CEE Countries on the Euro

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European Integration

European Integration

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Outlook Remains Cautious

China Economic Panel

Outlook Remains Cautious

In the current July survey (7–13 July 2020), the CEP indicator increased slightly by 1.2 points, reaching a new value of 31.7 points. The CEP indicator, based on the China Economic Panel (CEP) in cooperation with Fudan University, Shanghai, reflects the economic expectations of international financial market experts for China on a 12-month basis.

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Slight Downturn in Expectations

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

Slight Downturn in Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased slightly in July 2020. Expectations are now at 59.3 points, 4.1 points lower than in the previous month. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany has improved slightly for the second time since January 2020. The corresponding indicator currently stands at minus 80.9 points, an increase of 2.2 points compared to June.

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ICT Sector Faces Economic Downturn

Information Economy

ICT Sector Faces Economic Downturn

The economic sentiment in the information and communication technology sector (ICT) in Germany fell to a historic low in the first quarter of 2020. The ZEW sentiment indicator for the companies in the ICT sector plunged to a reading of 51.1 points as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, falling by more than 17 points compared to the previous quarter. This is the worst assessment of the economic climate and the sharpest drop recorded since the survey was started in 2011.

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The EU Recovery Fund Should Be a Solidarity Instrument First and Foremost

Statement

The EU Recovery Fund Should Be a Solidarity Instrument First and Foremost

Throughout Europe, the coronavirus crisis has had severe economic consequences, although they differ in type and scope between countries and regions. The EU Commission has responded to the crisis with an array of policy instruments. As the contours of a general strategy have begun to take shape, the Commission is in the process of planning an EU-wide recovery fund.

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Tax Losses Act as Automatic Stimulus Package

Comment

Tax Losses Act as Automatic Stimulus Package

Against the backdrop of the severe coronavirus-induced recession, the German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates has now published its new forecasts. According to the estimates, this year alone, tax revenues at federal, state and municipal level will be 98.6 billion euros lower than previously expected. For the years 2020 to 2023, the expected revenues have been revised downwards by a total of 315.9 billion euros. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments.

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Economic Development of the Eurozone Improved

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

Economic Development of the Eurozone Improved

Financial market experts’ sentiment concerning the economic development of the eurozone has improved for the fourth consecutive time, with the corresponding indicator climbing 1.0 points to a current level of 59.6 points compared to the previous month. The indicator for the current economic situation in the eurozone climbed 0.9 points to a level of minus 88.7 points.

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In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

Interview

In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

The German state is still a shareholder of Commerzbank, which it bailed out during the global financial crisis. COVID-19 has added to the lender's troubles. German economist Achim Wambach elaborates on the issue.

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Socially Responsible Behaviour Can Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Research

Socially Responsible Behaviour Can Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Regions with a high level of social responsibility are seeing a slower spread of COVID-19 than regions with lower levels of social capital. This relationship between socially responsible behaviour and the spread of the virus was not only observed in Germany, but also in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden. These are the results of a recent study conducted by a team of ZEW economists and researchers from the universities of Mannheim and Bonn.

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Working from Home During the Pandemic Impacts the Household Division of Labour

Research

Working from Home During the Pandemic Impacts the Household Division of Labour

The lockdown measures to contain COVID-19 could reinforce traditional gender roles in families. While working from home allows mothers to increase their working hours, they also have to assume more household and child-caring responsibilities, especially if fathers are unable to work from home. In about 30 per cent of households with children, the father has a more flexible working arrangement than the mother and therefore has more time for childcare and household responsibilities. In most families, however, the bulk of these tasks are carried out by women.

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Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

Questions & Answers

Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

The coronavirus has hit the world economy hard, with the lockdown having paralysed public life for weeks in many countries. But even with the lockdown easing up, hygiene and distance regulations still make it difficult to work together, shop, and use business services.

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Companies Can Benefit from Mobile and Flexible Work Arrangements

Research

Companies Can Benefit from Mobile and Flexible Work Arrangements

In light of the current coronavirus crisis, many businesses have no choice but to offer far more flexible work arrangements for their employees than they did before. Working from home is currently crucial to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace and on the way to work. In many cases, allowing employees to flexibly adapt their working hours also became inevitable due to the closure of schools and childcare facilities. In this context, a study by ZEW Mannheim shows that companies can benefit from flexible work arrangements if they provide adequate digital infrastructure for their employees. Service providers that adopt flexible working models and make mobile devices like laptops or smartphones available to their employees tend to be more productive than others.

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The Coronavirus Crisis Poses Economic and Social Risks for the Unemployed

Research

The Coronavirus Crisis Poses Economic and Social Risks for the Unemployed

German unemployment only saw a moderate rise since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, an unprecedented number of workers remain in short-time work schemes. As the Covid-19 pandemic progresses, however, unemployment rates are likely to rise. For those affected, unemployment imposes not only economic, but also social costs, which has been illustrated in a recent ZEW expert brief. “Policymakers should therefore give utmost priority to preventing unemployment in order to mitigate the severe social consequences,” says Dr. Laura Pohlan, a researcher in the “Labour Markets and Human Resources” Department at ZEW and co-author of the study.

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Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

Interview

Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

The coronavirus has hit the world economy hard, with the lockdown having paralysed public life for weeks in many countries. But even with the lockdown easing up, hygiene and distance regulations still make it difficult to work together, shop, and use business services. Irene Bertschek explains what role the digitalisation of companies plays in their resilience to the crisis, and how different industries can react to the markedly changed conditions.

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The EU’s Financial Boon Could Prolong the Reform Backlog

Comment

The EU’s Financial Boon Could Prolong the Reform Backlog

After days of negotiations, the European Council agreed on the EU Recovery Fund package and the next EU multiannual financial framework. The “Next Generation EU” package, which is intended to speed up the recovery from coronavirus-induced recession, remains at 750 billion euros. However, the 500 billion euros in grants provided for in the Commission proposal have been reduced to 390 billion euros, with the rest being made available to Member States as loans. The whole package is financed by EU borrowing, which is to be repaid by 2058.

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Further information on the research results of our research area Digitalisation and International Labour Division (Leibniz-Program for Female Professors)

High Level of Digitalisation Can Help Overcome the Crisis

Research

High Level of Digitalisation Can Help Overcome the Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on the economy, with solo self-employed workers being particularly hard hit by the crisis. In a ZEW expert brief based on a survey among more than 16,000 full time self-employed individuals without employees, researchers analysed how these workers are affected by the coronavirus pandemic and in which ways digitalisation can help overcome the crisis.

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In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

Interview

In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

The German state is still a shareholder of Commerzbank, which it bailed out during the global financial crisis. COVID-19 has added to the lender's troubles. German economist Achim Wambach elaborates on the issue.

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Simulating the distributive effects of the Macron-Merkel Recovery Fund

Policy Brief

Simulating the distributive effects of the Macron-Merkel Recovery Fund

“Concentrating on GDP loss, the fund will imply redistribution from poorer EU Member States to richer ones”, writes ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann in a SUERF policy brief on the European Recovery Fund.

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ZEW Economist Adriano De Leverano on Joint Procurement in Healthcare Over Coronavirus

Comment

ZEW Economist Adriano De Leverano on Joint Procurement in Healthcare Over Coronavirus

Whereas the Italian government recently issued a nationwide lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus ordering people to leave their homes only for work or health reasons, the rest of Europe is also threatened by the effects of the pandemic. In the light of the EU’s health ministers still trying to find consensus on launching a joint procurement process for the purchase of medical supplies, the need for such processes to come into effect is all the more urgent. Dr. Adriano De Leverano, economist in the Junior Research Group “Economics of Public Procurement” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: We Are Facing a European Task

First-Hand Information on Economic Policy

Coronavirus Pandemic: We Are Facing a European Task

The world is in a state of emergency. The spread of the coronavirus presents us with a situation we have never faced before. Our daily routines have radically changed; economies are struggling as supply and demand are collapsing at the same time. With a recession looming, policymakers are already discussing about how to reboot the economy. The crisis, which poses a crucial test for Germany and Europe, was the focus of #ZEWlive, an event hosted exclusively online for the first time as part of the ZEW event series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.

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ZEW Economist Friedrich Heinemann on the ECB Coronavirus Package

Comment

ZEW Economist Friedrich Heinemann on the ECB Coronavirus Package

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a new comprehensive asset purchase programme to stabilize the eurozone in the coronavirus crisis. An initial sum of 750 billion euros will be used to purchase government, corporate and bank bonds until the end of the year. In contrast to the previous government bond-buying programme, the ECB capital key now serves only as a benchmark for the purchases. The ECB explicitly reserves the right to deviate from this key temporarily. In addition, requirements regarding the minimum credit quality of the bonds will be suspended, with the result that, unlike in the previous programme, Greek government bonds can now also be purchased.

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Coronavirus Pandemic – Financial Market Experts Expect Sharp Drop in Global Growth

Research

Coronavirus Pandemic – Financial Market Experts Expect Sharp Drop in Global Growth

The coronavirus hits the world economy: financial market experts expect the pandemic to put a major strain on the global real gross domestic product (GDP). This is likely to have a particularly severe impact on the German economy. The forecasts vary, however, with regard to the individual sectors. This is the result of a special question featured in the most recent ZEW Financial Market Survey conducted with 170 financial market experts. The survey was carried out by ZEW from 9 to 16 March 2020.

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Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus Crisis

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Hotels Get Worse Rankings When Listed Cheaper on Other Websites

Research

Hotels Get Worse Rankings When Listed Cheaper on Other Websites

If a hotel charges a lower price on another website, this results in a worse ranking of the hotel

A hotel’s ranking on an online travel agent is often decisive for which hotels are booked online – and which are not. However, not every position and recommendation on platforms like Booking.com and Expedia is necessarily in the interest of the users. For example, hotels get worse positions in the recommended search results, if they offer lower prices on other platforms or on the hotels’ own website.

Further information on online travel agents in ZEW Discussion Paper No. 18-059 

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Digitalisation

Net Operating Balances

No indicator for European added value

Net Operating Balances

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ZEW Lunch Debates

Events in Brussels

ZEW Lunch Debates

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Scientific Programme

Scientific Programme

The programme of the summer school features lectures that provide students with a detailed understanding of current topics of innovation, the economics of science and intellectual property rights, empirical competition analysis, and contemporary issues surrounding theories of industrial organisation. Students’ presentations as well as workshops on research methodologies will take place in the afternoon.

Apps in Less Competitive Markets Collect More User Data

Research

Apps in Less Competitive Markets Collect More User Data

Data play a crucial role in digital markets, including the market for mobile applications. At present, however, app markets are dominated by a few, highly successful and mostly free apps. Apps with high market shares operating in a weak competitive environment are more likely to collect large amounts of privacy-sensitive user data and share them with third parties.

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Topics of Interest

Topics of Interest

Software and Internet industries · Telecommunication and new media · Internet services · Electronic commerce · Digital markets and platforms ·Cloud computing · Big data · Social media · ICT and innovation · ICT, productivity and growth · ICT and the labour market · Digital divide · Intellectual property rights · Standards · Competition policy and regulation of ICT · Economics of privacy

Submission Deadline

Submission Deadline

8 March 2019

Acceptance of Application: 18 March 2019

Please submit an extended abstract of the paper you wish to present, a letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor and your CV to: registration@euro-ciss.eu

For more information please visit our website: www.euro-ciss.eu

Registration Fee

Registration Fee

The registration fee is 500 euros and covers accommodation (single or double room), lunch and dinner expenses, access to lectures and workshops, and materials distributed to participants. Travel and other expenses are not included. Complimentary transportation from/to the airport to/from the venue will be provided on arrival (Sunday, 26 May) and departure (Saturday, 1 June) days.

CISS will take place at Velika Plaža (Long Beach) in Ulcinj, Montenegro. This sandy beach is 12 kilometres long, making it the longest beach in Montenegro and one of the longest in Europe. Lectures will take place at Otrant Hotel – Beach Resort; students are accommodated directly next to the venue (Panorama Hotel). The venue can be reached via Podgorica or Tivat airport.

Further information on the workshop location Ulcinj

EU Research Programme SEEK

ZEW project

EU Research Programme SEEK

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Good Long-Term Growth Prospects for AI Technologies

Good Long-Term Growth Prospects for AI Technologies

Views of French, German and Italian Parliamentarians on EU and EMU Reforms

Research

Views of French, German and Italian Parliamentarians on EU and EMU Reforms

French, Italian and German MPs are open to granting the EU more competencies in the fields of defense and immigration policy. There is also broad agreement on giving legislative initiative to the European Parliament and on increasing national investment expenditure to boost economic growth. There is, however, considerable disagreement over certain reform proposals for the eurozone: French and Italian MPs support the implementation of new European Monetary Union (EMU) institutions such as a euro area budget and Eurobonds, while the Germans oppose them.

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New EU Competence Catalogue

Research

New EU Competence Catalogue

The German government should start pushing for the EU to redistribute responsibilities between Brussels and the Member States. For example, responsibilities such as safeguarding farmers’ income should return to the remit of the individual countries. On the other hand, EU institutions should be assuming far greater responsibility for development aid, defence, and asylum policy.

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Growth Welfare Innovation and Productivity

ZEW project

Growth Welfare Innovation and Productivity

Well before the Great Recession, the strikingly successful socio-economic regime of growth of the three decades after WWII came to an end as the smooth matching among technological innovation, productivity growth, income distribution and aggregate demand increasingly broke down. However, a new virtuous regime is hardly emerging and growth of income and productivity remains sluggish especially in Europe. Our project GROWINPRO has the goal of delivering a set of policy solutions aimed at restoring sustained and inclusive growth

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New Perspectives in European Innovation Policy

Research

New Perspectives in European Innovation Policy

Innovation is essential for economic growth and governments must encourage firms to increase their investments in innovation. Europe is losing ground to its main Asian competitors when it comes to R&D investment and is barely keeping pace with the U.S. Moreover, the rate of return on innovation has become significantly weaker in Europe. This has been caused by its relative lack of innovative SMEs, the slow diffusion of innovation, and the increasingly competitive innovation marketplace. In this light, scholars and policy makers are arguing for a new approach to European innovation policy that puts more weight on the development of disruptive innovation and on the diffusion of new technologies throughout the market.

Read more in our ZEW policy brief 18-07

The Rule of Law in Europe Holds Potential for Conflict

First-Hand Information on Economic Policy

The Rule of Law in Europe Holds Potential for Conflict

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) strives to safeguard the rule of law within the European Union, all while harmonising its own jurisdiction with that of the EU Member States – a complex task that is not without obstacles. This issue was described by Professor Juliane Kokott, Advocate General at the ECJ, during the lecture series First-Hand Information on Economic policy, which took place at ZEW Mannheim on Thursday, 17 October 2019.

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Further information on the topic:

The ZEW project The Case Law of the European Court of Justice in the Area of Direct Taxation – an Interdisciplinary Analysis creates a broader understanding of various dimensions of the ECJ case law. Furthermore, this project aims to give an overview of Member States’ reactions to selected ‘landmark’ decisions of the ECJ in the area of direct taxation.

Technological Transformation Causes Divide in German Labour Market

Technological Transformation Causes Divide in German Labour Market

Although digitalisation and automation will lead to moderate employment growth in Germany until 2021, they are also likely to increase income inequality among employees. Contrary to widespread public perception, technological change creates more jobs than it destroys. What is of central importance, however, is not so much the number of jobs affected as the structural change in the labour market, which is taking place as digitalisation and automation progresses.

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Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Jobs at Risk?

Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Jobs at Risk?

Our latest Lunch Debate focused on the way digitalisation affects labour markets as well.

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Additional Information

Additional Information

Participation is by invitation only. For further information, please contactevent@zew.de.

Country-By-Country Reporting Makes Both Tax Havens and High-Tax Countries Less Attractive

Research

Country-By-Country Reporting Makes Both Tax Havens and High-Tax Countries Less Attractive

Country-by-Country Reporting (CbCR) appears to effectively curb aggressive tax avoidance of multinational corporations and leads to a significant decrease in tax haven operations. The main beneficiaries of this development, however, are European low-tax countries, to which Germany does not belong. It is mainly these low-tax countries that attract real investment from multinationals following the CbCR mandate.

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International Tax Researchers Gather in Mannheim

Sixth Annual MannheimTaxation Conference at ZEW

International Tax Researchers Gather in Mannheim

The Leibniz ScienceCampus “MannheimTaxation”, a joint initiative by ZEW and the University of Mannheim, examines how a sustainable tax system must be designed in order to meet new economic and social challenges. In September 2019, the sixth annual MannheimTaxation conference took place in Mannheim, where almost 80 participants from all over the world discussed current work in the field of tax research.

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Financial Market Experts: Digital Currencies Without Strict Supervision Dangerous

Research

Financial Market Experts: Digital Currencies Without Strict Supervision Dangerous

Introducing and issuing digital currencies such as Libra, as planned by Facebook, or Bitcoin without strict legal requirements is viewed critically by most financial market experts: around 88 per cent believe that the use of digital currencies without close regulatory supervision poses a threat to financial stability. This is the result of a special question featured in the most recent ZEW Financial Market Survey conducted with 193 financial market experts.

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We Need to Better Understand the Impact of Algorithmic Decision-Making

Questions & Answers

We Need to Better Understand the Impact of Algorithmic Decision-Making

Dr. Dominik Rehse, head of the Junior Research Group “Digital Market Design”

Search engines, social networks, comparison and rating portals, and other digital platforms are increasingly transforming our lives. They make intensive use of algorithmic decision-making, especially of machine learning. Those markets in which digital platforms occur as intermediaries or market participants are also increasingly influenced by algorithms and machine learning applications. Dr. Dominik Rehse, head of the Junior Research Group “Digital Market Design” explains the implications of this transformation.

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Service Platforms Like Airbnb Should Be Subject to a More Stringent Tax Regime

Research

Service Platforms Like Airbnb Should Be Subject to a More Stringent Tax Regime

Digital marketplaces need  reforms for a competition-oriented taxation

The German government can count on millions of euros in tax revenue from services provided on digital marketplaces like Airbnb, the leading platform for connecting individuals offering or looking for accommodation. However, it remains to be seen whether the existing income and value-added tax regulations for service providers with digital businesses models are still adequate. In order to prevent future shortcomings, reforms for a competition-oriented taxation of service platforms could be implemented without much additional effort, thereby making taxation much more efficient.

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Digitalisation Creates Jobs but Needs Targeted Support

Research

Digitalisation Creates Jobs but Needs Targeted Support

The diffusion of digital technologies is helping to create employment

Digital transformation is creating more jobs than it is destroying, but still poses many challenges for establishments and workers alike. To ensure that the German economy remains competitive in this arena, the government needs to take action. This is the main finding of a project focusing on the German labour market entitled “Digitalisation and the Future of Work”, which was carried out by ZEW and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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A Voyage into the Future of Work: MS Wissenschaft Goes on Tour with ZEW Exhibit on Board

Dates and News

A Voyage into the Future of Work: MS Wissenschaft Goes on Tour with ZEW Exhibit on Board

Fit for the job market of the future on Board of MS Wissenschaft 2018

Are robots going to take our jobs? Do machines make better employees? How can I make myself fit for the job market of the future? These are some of the issues addressed by the interactive exhibit created by the ZEW Research Department “Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy”, which will be on board the floating exhibition MS Wissenschaft as part of “Science Year 2018 – Working Life of the Future”. The interactive screen shows visitors at the exhibition which labour tasks have the potential to be automated, i.e. taken over by machines, and which do not.

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DIGITAL Economy Monitoring Report

ZEW publication

DIGITAL Economy Monitoring Report

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Digitalisation and the Future of Work

ZEW publication

Digitalisation and the Future of Work

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An Update of the Social Market Economy Is Possible

ZEW publication

An Update of the Social Market Economy Is Possible

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Topics

Topics

The following gives a non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Competition and Regulation of Energy Markets
  • Infrastructure Provision and Management
  • Sustainable EnergyTransition
  • Energy Demand and Efficiency
  • Energy Innovation and Investment

Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

  • Isabel Busom (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES)
  • Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, DE, and University of Southern Denmark, Odense, DK)
  • Dirk Czarnitzki (KU Leuven, BE, and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Alberto Galasso (University of Toronto Mississauga, CA)
  • Bernhard Ganglmair (ZEW, MaCCI and University of Mannheim, DE)
  • Stuart Graham (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US)
  • Christoph Grimpe (Copenhagen Business School, DK)
  • Deepak Hedge (New York University Stern School of Business, US)
  • Can Huang (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, CN)
  • Jordi Jaumandreu (Boston University, US)
  • Ulrich Kaiser (University of Zurich, CH, and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Kornelius Kraft (University of Dortmund and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Xibao Li (Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN)
  • Georg Licht (ZEW and MaCCI, Mannheim, DE)
  • Hans Lööf (KTH Stockholm, SE)
  • Megan Macgarvie (Boston University and NBER, US)
  • Pierre Mohnen (University of Maastricht and UNU-MERIT, NL)
  • Fabio Montobbio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, IT)
  • Elisabeth Müller (German Graduate School of Management and Law, Heilbronn, DE)
  • Bettina Peters (ZEW and MaCCI, Mannheim, DE, and University of Luxembourg, LU)
  • Gaétan de Rassenfosse (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, CH)
  • Henry Sauermann (ESMT, Berlin, DE)
  • Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv University, IL)
  • Konrad Stahl (University of Mannheim, MaCCI and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Otto Toivanen (Aalto University, FI, and KU Leuven, BE)
  • Van Anh Vuong (University of Maastricht, NL)

Submission

Submission

Interested researchers are invited to submit preferably an academic paper, or an extended abstract of at least three pages. Interested practitioners should submit a one-page abstract. Submissions should be sent in PDF format to energy2019@zew.de no later than 11 February 2019.

Topics

Topics

Big Data and Innovation Indicators

  • Web-based innovation indicators
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Text as data

Drivers of Innovation

  • Digitization and innovation
  • Corporate governance and innovation
  • Migration and innovation

Innovation and Performance

  1. Returns to innovation and growth
  2. Innovation and employment
  3. Innovation and international trade

R&D and Innovation Policy

  • Tax incentives and subsidies for R&D
  • Patent box regimes
  • Public procurement and innovation

Intellectual Property Rights

  • IPR strategies (patents, trademarks, copyrights)
  • Standards, patent pools and innovation
  • Reforms of the international patent system

Financing Innovation

  • Banking system and innovation financing
  • Venture capital and crowdfunding
  • Impact of changes in financial market regulation

Knowledge Production

  • Research collaborations
  • Knowledge and R&D spillovers
  • Internationalization of R&D and innovation

Technology Transfer

  • Industry-science linkages
  • Markets for technology
  • Scientist/inventor mobility and productivity

Registration

Registration

Advanced doctoral students and postdocs who have completed their thesis within the last three years are invited to submit a paper. The ZEW Summer Workshop is open to a maximum of 15 participants. There is no participation fee. However, travel and accommodation expenses must be covered by the participants. Researchers interested in participating should submit a full version of their paper (preliminary versions are welcome) and a CV no later than 15 April 2019.

Deadlines

Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: 11 February 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 11 March 2019
  • Registration: 8 April 2019

Submission

Submission

Interestedresearchersareinvitedtosubmita paper or an extended abstract (min. 3 pages) in PDF format to innopat2019@zew.de

Heinz König Young Scholar Award

Heinz König Young Scholar Award

As part of the summer workshop, the best paper will be awarded the Heinz König Young Scholar Award in a ceremony at the end of the workshop. The award is named after ZEW’s late founding director and is sponsored by Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. The prize includes an endowment of €5,000 as well as a three-month research visit at ZEW.

Deadlines

Deadlines

Submission deadline: 15 February 2019

Notifications of acceptance by 8 March 2019.

Participants presenting a paper are asked to submit a full text version no later than 15 April 2019.

Registration deadline: 30 April 2019

Further Information

Further Information

Presenters are asked to discuss a paper. Authors shall send their papers to the discussant at least two weeks before the start of the conference.

Registration

Registration

The conference fee is €235 (PhD students pay a reduced fee of €195), and covers lunches, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, the conference dinner, and the conference package. A selected number of travel grants will be available (preferably for PhD students and young researchers). On your request, the organizing committee will gladly provide you with further details. Presenters may be kindly asked to discuss another paper.

Registration for Presenters

Registration for Non-Presenters

External Link to the Paper

External Link to the Paper

Paper

Digitisation Challenges Far Fewer Jobs in the OECD Than Expected

Research

Digitisation Challenges Far Fewer Jobs in the OECD Than Expected

In the next two decades, nine per cent of current jobs in the OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) will be technically automatable by progressing digitisation – significantly less than has been feared. This is the result of a new study carried out by ZEW, which for the first time analysed the automation risk of jobs in 21 OECD countries based on a task-based approach. Despite far fewer jobs being automatable, the study shows that low-qualified employees are under stronger pressure to adapt. A great demand for advanced training and retraining emerges.

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More information on the challenges of the digitalisation for the future of work in ZEW policy brief No. 16-08.

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Registration

Registration is free of charge; however, participants need to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

Register your interest as early as possibe. Spaces are limited and subject to final confirmation from the organisers.

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About FRAME/Funding

About FRAME/Funding

FRAME receives funding from the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the terms of Grant Agreement No. (CO-CREATION-08-2016/2017: Better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy making, Grant No. 727073). The project is coordinated by ZEW and run by a number of renowned international institutions, including Bocconi University in Milan, the London Business School, the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and Lund University. The project is also supported by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Additional Information

Additional Information

 Participation at this event is only possible by personal invitation.

Staff member in a ZEW research unit and obtaining the doctoral degree from one of the other partner universities

Doctoral students choosing this option will hold a full-time position as a ZEW researcher from the first year on, in which they will be involved in project work. With the help of the heads of the ZEW research units and experienced senior researchers, doctoral students will be able to draw inspiration for their doctoral thesis from the research projects they get to work on. Once the topic of the doctoral thesis has been decided upon, a supervisor will be found at either a German or foreign university. The ongoing development of the dissertation is based on the regulations for doctoral studies at the university in question, supported by the qualification standards at ZEW.

ZEW has contacts to German and foreign universities at which the completion of a doctorate is generally possible, including the universities of Heidelberg or Frankfurt. The list of foreign universities cooperating closely with ZEW includes KU Leuven, Maastricht University, the University of Luxembourg, and the University of Zürich.

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More Specialists Needed for Artificial Intelligence

ZEW Business Survey in the Information Economy

More Specialists Needed for Artificial Intelligence

ZEW study provides an overview of the use of AI in companies in Germany.

Almost six per cent of all companies in Germany used artificial intelligence (AI) in 2019. These companies spent around 4.8 billion euros in the field of AI and employed 139,000 people who either fully or partially carried out AI activities. However, there is a lack of qualified personnel: almost one in two vacant AI positions could only be filled inadequately or not at all last year.

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How Will We Work in the Digitised World of the Future?

Questions & Answers

How Will We Work in the Digitised World of the Future?

ZEW expert Melanie Arntz on the Future of Work

The digitisation of work has become one of the watchwords of the 21st century. As companies and markets keep up with rapid advances in the digital economy to stay competitive, sceptics fear that the automatization of labour will lead to massive job cuts. The ZEW labour market economist Melanie Arntz discusses what this means for workers and businesses in German and in Europe in general.

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A New Office Bringing Little Added Value to Europe

Research

A New Office Bringing Little Added Value to Europe

Creating the office of “Euro Minister of Economy and Finance” will not be able to solve the main problems facing fiscal coordination in Europe. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by a European team in the EconPol Europe research network and coordinated by ZEW Mannheim.

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The Perspective of CEE Countries on the Euro

ZEW study

The Perspective of CEE Countries on the Euro

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European Integration

European Integration

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Outlook Remains Cautious

China Economic Panel

Outlook Remains Cautious

In the current July survey (7–13 July 2020), the CEP indicator increased slightly by 1.2 points, reaching a new value of 31.7 points. The CEP indicator, based on the China Economic Panel (CEP) in cooperation with Fudan University, Shanghai, reflects the economic expectations of international financial market experts for China on a 12-month basis.

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Slight Downturn in Expectations

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

Slight Downturn in Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased slightly in July 2020. Expectations are now at 59.3 points, 4.1 points lower than in the previous month. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany has improved slightly for the second time since January 2020. The corresponding indicator currently stands at minus 80.9 points, an increase of 2.2 points compared to June.

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ICT Sector Faces Economic Downturn

Information Economy

ICT Sector Faces Economic Downturn

The economic sentiment in the information and communication technology sector (ICT) in Germany fell to a historic low in the first quarter of 2020. The ZEW sentiment indicator for the companies in the ICT sector plunged to a reading of 51.1 points as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, falling by more than 17 points compared to the previous quarter. This is the worst assessment of the economic climate and the sharpest drop recorded since the survey was started in 2011.

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The EU Recovery Fund Should Be a Solidarity Instrument First and Foremost

Statement

The EU Recovery Fund Should Be a Solidarity Instrument First and Foremost

Throughout Europe, the coronavirus crisis has had severe economic consequences, although they differ in type and scope between countries and regions. The EU Commission has responded to the crisis with an array of policy instruments. As the contours of a general strategy have begun to take shape, the Commission is in the process of planning an EU-wide recovery fund.

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Tax Losses Act as Automatic Stimulus Package

Comment

Tax Losses Act as Automatic Stimulus Package

Against the backdrop of the severe coronavirus-induced recession, the German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates has now published its new forecasts. According to the estimates, this year alone, tax revenues at federal, state and municipal level will be 98.6 billion euros lower than previously expected. For the years 2020 to 2023, the expected revenues have been revised downwards by a total of 315.9 billion euros. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments.

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Economic Development of the Eurozone Improved

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

Economic Development of the Eurozone Improved

Financial market experts’ sentiment concerning the economic development of the eurozone has improved for the fourth consecutive time, with the corresponding indicator climbing 1.0 points to a current level of 59.6 points compared to the previous month. The indicator for the current economic situation in the eurozone climbed 0.9 points to a level of minus 88.7 points.

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In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

Interview

In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

The German state is still a shareholder of Commerzbank, which it bailed out during the global financial crisis. COVID-19 has added to the lender's troubles. German economist Achim Wambach elaborates on the issue.

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Socially Responsible Behaviour Can Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Research

Socially Responsible Behaviour Can Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Regions with a high level of social responsibility are seeing a slower spread of COVID-19 than regions with lower levels of social capital. This relationship between socially responsible behaviour and the spread of the virus was not only observed in Germany, but also in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden. These are the results of a recent study conducted by a team of ZEW economists and researchers from the universities of Mannheim and Bonn.

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Working from Home During the Pandemic Impacts the Household Division of Labour

Research

Working from Home During the Pandemic Impacts the Household Division of Labour

The lockdown measures to contain COVID-19 could reinforce traditional gender roles in families. While working from home allows mothers to increase their working hours, they also have to assume more household and child-caring responsibilities, especially if fathers are unable to work from home. In about 30 per cent of households with children, the father has a more flexible working arrangement than the mother and therefore has more time for childcare and household responsibilities. In most families, however, the bulk of these tasks are carried out by women.

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Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

Questions & Answers

Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

The coronavirus has hit the world economy hard, with the lockdown having paralysed public life for weeks in many countries. But even with the lockdown easing up, hygiene and distance regulations still make it difficult to work together, shop, and use business services.

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Companies Can Benefit from Mobile and Flexible Work Arrangements

Research

Companies Can Benefit from Mobile and Flexible Work Arrangements

In light of the current coronavirus crisis, many businesses have no choice but to offer far more flexible work arrangements for their employees than they did before. Working from home is currently crucial to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace and on the way to work. In many cases, allowing employees to flexibly adapt their working hours also became inevitable due to the closure of schools and childcare facilities. In this context, a study by ZEW Mannheim shows that companies can benefit from flexible work arrangements if they provide adequate digital infrastructure for their employees. Service providers that adopt flexible working models and make mobile devices like laptops or smartphones available to their employees tend to be more productive than others.

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The Coronavirus Crisis Poses Economic and Social Risks for the Unemployed

Research

The Coronavirus Crisis Poses Economic and Social Risks for the Unemployed

German unemployment only saw a moderate rise since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, an unprecedented number of workers remain in short-time work schemes. As the Covid-19 pandemic progresses, however, unemployment rates are likely to rise. For those affected, unemployment imposes not only economic, but also social costs, which has been illustrated in a recent ZEW expert brief. “Policymakers should therefore give utmost priority to preventing unemployment in order to mitigate the severe social consequences,” says Dr. Laura Pohlan, a researcher in the “Labour Markets and Human Resources” Department at ZEW and co-author of the study.

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Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

Interview

Using the Short-Term Push Towards Digitalisation for Long-Term Investments

The coronavirus has hit the world economy hard, with the lockdown having paralysed public life for weeks in many countries. But even with the lockdown easing up, hygiene and distance regulations still make it difficult to work together, shop, and use business services. Irene Bertschek explains what role the digitalisation of companies plays in their resilience to the crisis, and how different industries can react to the markedly changed conditions.

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The EU’s Financial Boon Could Prolong the Reform Backlog

Comment

The EU’s Financial Boon Could Prolong the Reform Backlog

After days of negotiations, the European Council agreed on the EU Recovery Fund package and the next EU multiannual financial framework. The “Next Generation EU” package, which is intended to speed up the recovery from coronavirus-induced recession, remains at 750 billion euros. However, the 500 billion euros in grants provided for in the Commission proposal have been reduced to 390 billion euros, with the rest being made available to Member States as loans. The whole package is financed by EU borrowing, which is to be repaid by 2058.

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Further information on the research results of our research area Digitalisation and International Labour Division (Leibniz-Program for Female Professors)

High Level of Digitalisation Can Help Overcome the Crisis

Research

High Level of Digitalisation Can Help Overcome the Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on the economy, with solo self-employed workers being particularly hard hit by the crisis. In a ZEW expert brief based on a survey among more than 16,000 full time self-employed individuals without employees, researchers analysed how these workers are affected by the coronavirus pandemic and in which ways digitalisation can help overcome the crisis.

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In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

Interview

In which sectors does state aid for companies make sense?

The German state is still a shareholder of Commerzbank, which it bailed out during the global financial crisis. COVID-19 has added to the lender's troubles. German economist Achim Wambach elaborates on the issue.

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Simulating the distributive effects of the Macron-Merkel Recovery Fund

Policy Brief

Simulating the distributive effects of the Macron-Merkel Recovery Fund

“Concentrating on GDP loss, the fund will imply redistribution from poorer EU Member States to richer ones”, writes ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann in a SUERF policy brief on the European Recovery Fund.

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ZEW Economist Adriano De Leverano on Joint Procurement in Healthcare Over Coronavirus

Comment

ZEW Economist Adriano De Leverano on Joint Procurement in Healthcare Over Coronavirus

Whereas the Italian government recently issued a nationwide lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus ordering people to leave their homes only for work or health reasons, the rest of Europe is also threatened by the effects of the pandemic. In the light of the EU’s health ministers still trying to find consensus on launching a joint procurement process for the purchase of medical supplies, the need for such processes to come into effect is all the more urgent. Dr. Adriano De Leverano, economist in the Junior Research Group “Economics of Public Procurement” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: We Are Facing a European Task

First-Hand Information on Economic Policy

Coronavirus Pandemic: We Are Facing a European Task

The world is in a state of emergency. The spread of the coronavirus presents us with a situation we have never faced before. Our daily routines have radically changed; economies are struggling as supply and demand are collapsing at the same time. With a recession looming, policymakers are already discussing about how to reboot the economy. The crisis, which poses a crucial test for Germany and Europe, was the focus of #ZEWlive, an event hosted exclusively online for the first time as part of the ZEW event series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.

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ZEW Economist Friedrich Heinemann on the ECB Coronavirus Package

Comment

ZEW Economist Friedrich Heinemann on the ECB Coronavirus Package

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a new comprehensive asset purchase programme to stabilize the eurozone in the coronavirus crisis. An initial sum of 750 billion euros will be used to purchase government, corporate and bank bonds until the end of the year. In contrast to the previous government bond-buying programme, the ECB capital key now serves only as a benchmark for the purchases. The ECB explicitly reserves the right to deviate from this key temporarily. In addition, requirements regarding the minimum credit quality of the bonds will be suspended, with the result that, unlike in the previous programme, Greek government bonds can now also be purchased.

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Coronavirus Pandemic – Financial Market Experts Expect Sharp Drop in Global Growth

Research

Coronavirus Pandemic – Financial Market Experts Expect Sharp Drop in Global Growth

The coronavirus hits the world economy: financial market experts expect the pandemic to put a major strain on the global real gross domestic product (GDP). This is likely to have a particularly severe impact on the German economy. The forecasts vary, however, with regard to the individual sectors. This is the result of a special question featured in the most recent ZEW Financial Market Survey conducted with 170 financial market experts. The survey was carried out by ZEW from 9 to 16 March 2020.

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Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus Crisis

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Hotels Get Worse Rankings When Listed Cheaper on Other Websites

Research

Hotels Get Worse Rankings When Listed Cheaper on Other Websites

If a hotel charges a lower price on another website, this results in a worse ranking of the hotel

A hotel’s ranking on an online travel agent is often decisive for which hotels are booked online – and which are not. However, not every position and recommendation on platforms like Booking.com and Expedia is necessarily in the interest of the users. For example, hotels get worse positions in the recommended search results, if they offer lower prices on other platforms or on the hotels’ own website.

Further information on online travel agents in ZEW Discussion Paper No. 18-059 

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Digitalisation

Net Operating Balances

No indicator for European added value

Net Operating Balances

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ZEW Lunch Debates

Events in Brussels

ZEW Lunch Debates

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Scientific Programme

Scientific Programme

The programme of the summer school features lectures that provide students with a detailed understanding of current topics of innovation, the economics of science and intellectual property rights, empirical competition analysis, and contemporary issues surrounding theories of industrial organisation. Students’ presentations as well as workshops on research methodologies will take place in the afternoon.

Apps in Less Competitive Markets Collect More User Data

Research

Apps in Less Competitive Markets Collect More User Data

Data play a crucial role in digital markets, including the market for mobile applications. At present, however, app markets are dominated by a few, highly successful and mostly free apps. Apps with high market shares operating in a weak competitive environment are more likely to collect large amounts of privacy-sensitive user data and share them with third parties.

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Topics of Interest

Topics of Interest

Software and Internet industries · Telecommunication and new media · Internet services · Electronic commerce · Digital markets and platforms ·Cloud computing · Big data · Social media · ICT and innovation · ICT, productivity and growth · ICT and the labour market · Digital divide · Intellectual property rights · Standards · Competition policy and regulation of ICT · Economics of privacy

Submission Deadline

Submission Deadline

8 March 2019

Acceptance of Application: 18 March 2019

Please submit an extended abstract of the paper you wish to present, a letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor and your CV to: registration@euro-ciss.eu

For more information please visit our website: www.euro-ciss.eu

Registration Fee

Registration Fee

The registration fee is 500 euros and covers accommodation (single or double room), lunch and dinner expenses, access to lectures and workshops, and materials distributed to participants. Travel and other expenses are not included. Complimentary transportation from/to the airport to/from the venue will be provided on arrival (Sunday, 26 May) and departure (Saturday, 1 June) days.

CISS will take place at Velika Plaža (Long Beach) in Ulcinj, Montenegro. This sandy beach is 12 kilometres long, making it the longest beach in Montenegro and one of the longest in Europe. Lectures will take place at Otrant Hotel – Beach Resort; students are accommodated directly next to the venue (Panorama Hotel). The venue can be reached via Podgorica or Tivat airport.

Further information on the workshop location Ulcinj

EU Research Programme SEEK

ZEW project

EU Research Programme SEEK

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Good Long-Term Growth Prospects for AI Technologies

Good Long-Term Growth Prospects for AI Technologies

Views of French, German and Italian Parliamentarians on EU and EMU Reforms

Research

Views of French, German and Italian Parliamentarians on EU and EMU Reforms

French, Italian and German MPs are open to granting the EU more competencies in the fields of defense and immigration policy. There is also broad agreement on giving legislative initiative to the European Parliament and on increasing national investment expenditure to boost economic growth. There is, however, considerable disagreement over certain reform proposals for the eurozone: French and Italian MPs support the implementation of new European Monetary Union (EMU) institutions such as a euro area budget and Eurobonds, while the Germans oppose them.

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New EU Competence Catalogue

Research

New EU Competence Catalogue

The German government should start pushing for the EU to redistribute responsibilities between Brussels and the Member States. For example, responsibilities such as safeguarding farmers’ income should return to the remit of the individual countries. On the other hand, EU institutions should be assuming far greater responsibility for development aid, defence, and asylum policy.

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Growth Welfare Innovation and Productivity

ZEW project

Growth Welfare Innovation and Productivity

Well before the Great Recession, the strikingly successful socio-economic regime of growth of the three decades after WWII came to an end as the smooth matching among technological innovation, productivity growth, income distribution and aggregate demand increasingly broke down. However, a new virtuous regime is hardly emerging and growth of income and productivity remains sluggish especially in Europe. Our project GROWINPRO has the goal of delivering a set of policy solutions aimed at restoring sustained and inclusive growth

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New Perspectives in European Innovation Policy

Research

New Perspectives in European Innovation Policy

Innovation is essential for economic growth and governments must encourage firms to increase their investments in innovation. Europe is losing ground to its main Asian competitors when it comes to R&D investment and is barely keeping pace with the U.S. Moreover, the rate of return on innovation has become significantly weaker in Europe. This has been caused by its relative lack of innovative SMEs, the slow diffusion of innovation, and the increasingly competitive innovation marketplace. In this light, scholars and policy makers are arguing for a new approach to European innovation policy that puts more weight on the development of disruptive innovation and on the diffusion of new technologies throughout the market.

Read more in our ZEW policy brief 18-07

The Rule of Law in Europe Holds Potential for Conflict

First-Hand Information on Economic Policy

The Rule of Law in Europe Holds Potential for Conflict

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) strives to safeguard the rule of law within the European Union, all while harmonising its own jurisdiction with that of the EU Member States – a complex task that is not without obstacles. This issue was described by Professor Juliane Kokott, Advocate General at the ECJ, during the lecture series First-Hand Information on Economic policy, which took place at ZEW Mannheim on Thursday, 17 October 2019.

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Further information on the topic:

The ZEW project The Case Law of the European Court of Justice in the Area of Direct Taxation – an Interdisciplinary Analysis creates a broader understanding of various dimensions of the ECJ case law. Furthermore, this project aims to give an overview of Member States’ reactions to selected ‘landmark’ decisions of the ECJ in the area of direct taxation.

Technological Transformation Causes Divide in German Labour Market

Technological Transformation Causes Divide in German Labour Market

Although digitalisation and automation will lead to moderate employment growth in Germany until 2021, they are also likely to increase income inequality among employees. Contrary to widespread public perception, technological change creates more jobs than it destroys. What is of central importance, however, is not so much the number of jobs affected as the structural change in the labour market, which is taking place as digitalisation and automation progresses.

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Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Jobs at Risk?

Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Jobs at Risk?

Our latest Lunch Debate focused on the way digitalisation affects labour markets as well.

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Additional Information

Additional Information

Participation is by invitation only. For further information, please contactevent@zew.de.

Country-By-Country Reporting Makes Both Tax Havens and High-Tax Countries Less Attractive

Research

Country-By-Country Reporting Makes Both Tax Havens and High-Tax Countries Less Attractive

Country-by-Country Reporting (CbCR) appears to effectively curb aggressive tax avoidance of multinational corporations and leads to a significant decrease in tax haven operations. The main beneficiaries of this development, however, are European low-tax countries, to which Germany does not belong. It is mainly these low-tax countries that attract real investment from multinationals following the CbCR mandate.

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International Tax Researchers Gather in Mannheim

Sixth Annual MannheimTaxation Conference at ZEW

International Tax Researchers Gather in Mannheim

The Leibniz ScienceCampus “MannheimTaxation”, a joint initiative by ZEW and the University of Mannheim, examines how a sustainable tax system must be designed in order to meet new economic and social challenges. In September 2019, the sixth annual MannheimTaxation conference took place in Mannheim, where almost 80 participants from all over the world discussed current work in the field of tax research.

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Financial Market Experts: Digital Currencies Without Strict Supervision Dangerous

Research

Financial Market Experts: Digital Currencies Without Strict Supervision Dangerous

Introducing and issuing digital currencies such as Libra, as planned by Facebook, or Bitcoin without strict legal requirements is viewed critically by most financial market experts: around 88 per cent believe that the use of digital currencies without close regulatory supervision poses a threat to financial stability. This is the result of a special question featured in the most recent ZEW Financial Market Survey conducted with 193 financial market experts.

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We Need to Better Understand the Impact of Algorithmic Decision-Making

Questions & Answers

We Need to Better Understand the Impact of Algorithmic Decision-Making

Dr. Dominik Rehse, head of the Junior Research Group “Digital Market Design”

Search engines, social networks, comparison and rating portals, and other digital platforms are increasingly transforming our lives. They make intensive use of algorithmic decision-making, especially of machine learning. Those markets in which digital platforms occur as intermediaries or market participants are also increasingly influenced by algorithms and machine learning applications. Dr. Dominik Rehse, head of the Junior Research Group “Digital Market Design” explains the implications of this transformation.

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Service Platforms Like Airbnb Should Be Subject to a More Stringent Tax Regime

Research

Service Platforms Like Airbnb Should Be Subject to a More Stringent Tax Regime

Digital marketplaces need  reforms for a competition-oriented taxation

The German government can count on millions of euros in tax revenue from services provided on digital marketplaces like Airbnb, the leading platform for connecting individuals offering or looking for accommodation. However, it remains to be seen whether the existing income and value-added tax regulations for service providers with digital businesses models are still adequate. In order to prevent future shortcomings, reforms for a competition-oriented taxation of service platforms could be implemented without much additional effort, thereby making taxation much more efficient.

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Digitalisation Creates Jobs but Needs Targeted Support

Research

Digitalisation Creates Jobs but Needs Targeted Support

The diffusion of digital technologies is helping to create employment

Digital transformation is creating more jobs than it is destroying, but still poses many challenges for establishments and workers alike. To ensure that the German economy remains competitive in this arena, the government needs to take action. This is the main finding of a project focusing on the German labour market entitled “Digitalisation and the Future of Work”, which was carried out by ZEW and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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A Voyage into the Future of Work: MS Wissenschaft Goes on Tour with ZEW Exhibit on Board

Dates and News

A Voyage into the Future of Work: MS Wissenschaft Goes on Tour with ZEW Exhibit on Board

Fit for the job market of the future on Board of MS Wissenschaft 2018

Are robots going to take our jobs? Do machines make better employees? How can I make myself fit for the job market of the future? These are some of the issues addressed by the interactive exhibit created by the ZEW Research Department “Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy”, which will be on board the floating exhibition MS Wissenschaft as part of “Science Year 2018 – Working Life of the Future”. The interactive screen shows visitors at the exhibition which labour tasks have the potential to be automated, i.e. taken over by machines, and which do not.

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DIGITAL Economy Monitoring Report

ZEW publication

DIGITAL Economy Monitoring Report

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Digitalisation and the Future of Work

ZEW publication

Digitalisation and the Future of Work

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An Update of the Social Market Economy Is Possible

ZEW publication

An Update of the Social Market Economy Is Possible

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Topics

Topics

The following gives a non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Competition and Regulation of Energy Markets
  • Infrastructure Provision and Management
  • Sustainable EnergyTransition
  • Energy Demand and Efficiency
  • Energy Innovation and Investment

Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

  • Isabel Busom (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES)
  • Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, DE, and University of Southern Denmark, Odense, DK)
  • Dirk Czarnitzki (KU Leuven, BE, and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Alberto Galasso (University of Toronto Mississauga, CA)
  • Bernhard Ganglmair (ZEW, MaCCI and University of Mannheim, DE)
  • Stuart Graham (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, US)
  • Christoph Grimpe (Copenhagen Business School, DK)
  • Deepak Hedge (New York University Stern School of Business, US)
  • Can Huang (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, CN)
  • Jordi Jaumandreu (Boston University, US)
  • Ulrich Kaiser (University of Zurich, CH, and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Kornelius Kraft (University of Dortmund and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Xibao Li (Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN)
  • Georg Licht (ZEW and MaCCI, Mannheim, DE)
  • Hans Lööf (KTH Stockholm, SE)
  • Megan Macgarvie (Boston University and NBER, US)
  • Pierre Mohnen (University of Maastricht and UNU-MERIT, NL)
  • Fabio Montobbio (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, IT)
  • Elisabeth Müller (German Graduate School of Management and Law, Heilbronn, DE)
  • Bettina Peters (ZEW and MaCCI, Mannheim, DE, and University of Luxembourg, LU)
  • Gaétan de Rassenfosse (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, CH)
  • Henry Sauermann (ESMT, Berlin, DE)
  • Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv University, IL)
  • Konrad Stahl (University of Mannheim, MaCCI and ZEW, Mannheim, DE)
  • Otto Toivanen (Aalto University, FI, and KU Leuven, BE)
  • Van Anh Vuong (University of Maastricht, NL)

Submission

Submission

Interested researchers are invited to submit preferably an academic paper, or an extended abstract of at least three pages. Interested practitioners should submit a one-page abstract. Submissions should be sent in PDF format to energy2019@zew.de no later than 11 February 2019.

Topics

Topics

Big Data and Innovation Indicators

  • Web-based innovation indicators
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Text as data

Drivers of Innovation

  • Digitization and innovation
  • Corporate governance and innovation
  • Migration and innovation

Innovation and Performance

  1. Returns to innovation and growth
  2. Innovation and employment
  3. Innovation and international trade

R&D and Innovation Policy

  • Tax incentives and subsidies for R&D
  • Patent box regimes
  • Public procurement and innovation

Intellectual Property Rights

  • IPR strategies (patents, trademarks, copyrights)
  • Standards, patent pools and innovation
  • Reforms of the international patent system

Financing Innovation

  • Banking system and innovation financing
  • Venture capital and crowdfunding
  • Impact of changes in financial market regulation

Knowledge Production

  • Research collaborations
  • Knowledge and R&D spillovers
  • Internationalization of R&D and innovation

Technology Transfer

  • Industry-science linkages
  • Markets for technology
  • Scientist/inventor mobility and productivity

Registration

Registration

Advanced doctoral students and postdocs who have completed their thesis within the last three years are invited to submit a paper. The ZEW Summer Workshop is open to a maximum of 15 participants. There is no participation fee. However, travel and accommodation expenses must be covered by the participants. Researchers interested in participating should submit a full version of their paper (preliminary versions are welcome) and a CV no later than 15 April 2019.

Deadlines

Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: 11 February 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 11 March 2019
  • Registration: 8 April 2019

Submission

Submission

Interestedresearchersareinvitedtosubmita paper or an extended abstract (min. 3 pages) in PDF format to innopat2019@zew.de

Heinz König Young Scholar Award

Heinz König Young Scholar Award

As part of the summer workshop, the best paper will be awarded the Heinz König Young Scholar Award in a ceremony at the end of the workshop. The award is named after ZEW’s late founding director and is sponsored by Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. The prize includes an endowment of €5,000 as well as a three-month research visit at ZEW.

Deadlines

Deadlines

Submission deadline: 15 February 2019

Notifications of acceptance by 8 March 2019.

Participants presenting a paper are asked to submit a full text version no later than 15 April 2019.

Registration deadline: 30 April 2019

Further Information

Further Information

Presenters are asked to discuss a paper. Authors shall send their papers to the discussant at least two weeks before the start of the conference.

Registration

Registration

The conference fee is €235 (PhD students pay a reduced fee of €195), and covers lunches, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, the conference dinner, and the conference package. A selected number of travel grants will be available (preferably for PhD students and young researchers). On your request, the organizing committee will gladly provide you with further details. Presenters may be kindly asked to discuss another paper.

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Digitisation Challenges Far Fewer Jobs in the OECD Than Expected

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Digitisation Challenges Far Fewer Jobs in the OECD Than Expected

In the next two decades, nine per cent of current jobs in the OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) will be technically automatable by progressing digitisation – significantly less than has been feared. This is the result of a new study carried out by ZEW, which for the first time analysed the automation risk of jobs in 21 OECD countries based on a task-based approach. Despite far fewer jobs being automatable, the study shows that low-qualified employees are under stronger pressure to adapt. A great demand for advanced training and retraining emerges.

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More information on the challenges of the digitalisation for the future of work in ZEW policy brief No. 16-08.

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About FRAME/Funding

About FRAME/Funding

FRAME receives funding from the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the terms of Grant Agreement No. (CO-CREATION-08-2016/2017: Better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy making, Grant No. 727073). The project is coordinated by ZEW and run by a number of renowned international institutions, including Bocconi University in Milan, the London Business School, the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and Lund University. The project is also supported by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

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The current PhD representative is Miriam Bömer. She has been a doctoral researcher in ZEW’s Research Group “Market Design” since December 2017. The current PhD representative can always be contacted via e-mail at phd-representative@zew.de.