ZEW and University of Mannheim Receive 1.7 Million Euros for Joint Tax Research

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Leibniz ScienceCampus Mannheim Taxation (MaTax)

Within the framework of MaTax, ZEW and the University of Mannheim regularly organise acclaimed conferences and workshops in Mannheim.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus “Mannheim Taxation” (MaTax), a joint science project of the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, and the University of Mannheim, will receive 1.1 million euros in research funding from the Leibniz Association over a period of four years. This research grant was approved by the Senate of the Leibniz Association at the beginning of April 2019. In addition, the State of Baden-Württemberg will support the ScienceCampus with 0.6 million euros. During the same period, the University of Mannheim and the ZEW will invest a further 2.4 million euros in tax research carried out within the framework of MaTax.

“Since its establishment in 2014, MaTax has managed to bring together the smartest minds in economics, law and political science from the region as well as from Germany and abroad to tackle prevalent social issues in the field of tax research,” says MaTax spokesperson Professor Christoph Spengel, ZEW Research Associate and Chair of Business Administration and Taxation II at the University of Mannheim. “MaTax is a success story. The research grant MaTax managed to secure in this competitive environment is a reward for the work conducted by the researchers of the ScienceCampus,” says ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach.

In the new funding phase, research at the ScienceCampus will focus on

  1. taxation, innovation, digitisation and growth,
  2. tax avoidance and evasion,
  3. tax incidence and (re)distribution, and
  4. European fiscal policy.

MaTax brings scientific community together in Mannheim

The research alliance MaTax regularly holds conferences and workshops in Mannheim, which offer distinguished researchers from nationally and internationally renowned universities the opportunity to network with young economists, and provide a platform for specialist lectures, debate and the mutual exchange of ideas. The next Annual MaTax Conference will take place on 12 and 13 September 2019.

MaTax is funded jointly by ZEW, the University of Mannheim, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Leibniz Association, of which ZEW has been a member since 2004. The ScienceCampus further collaborates with the Institute for Financial and Tax Law of Heidelberg University. MaTax currently involves 15 professors and 60 junior researchers.

Founded in 2012, the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) is another ScienceCampus, within the framework of which ZEW and the University of Mannheim organise scientific projects that focus on competition, regulation and innovation.