1. 02.02.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research
    ZEW

    Ten years of ZEW – a success story written by the staff and researchers at ZEW. This is the conclusion drawn by the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Erwin Teufel, in view of the research completed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); an opinion he was able to voice at the gala held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of ZEW. Teufel is particularly impressed by the fact that ZEW has managed, in a relatively short period of time, to achieve a unique position amongst leading research institutes on both a national and international scale. The Minister President accorded particular recognition to those responsible for the direction of ZEW. Through their particular engagement, the founding directors of ZEW, Dr Heinz König (Scientific Director) and Ernst-O. Schulze (Director of Business and Administration), as well as ZEW President, Dr Wolfgang Franz, who took on his position from König in 1997, have made a considerable contribution to the development of the institute and its current size and significance.

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  2. 29.01.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research

    Parental leaves from full-time employment lead to significant wage losses in the long-run. Especially women are affected by this problem as they still assume the bigger part in child care, which requires them to suspend their professional work at least for a determined period of time.

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  3. 24.01.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Business survey

    The somewhat surprising decision of the US Central Bank to reduce the base interest rate from 6.5 to 6 per cent on 3 January this year shall have further impacts until the end of the year. German financial analysts expect that the US interest rate will fall to a level of 5.25 per cent by the end of 2001.

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  4. 16.01.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Short-term forecast

    Economic expectations for Germany have continued its downfall and currently stand at -4.4 points, according to the ZEW Financial Market Survey. Compared to the previous month, the indicator has declined by 4.3 per cent. Now, the number of pessimists in the panel clearly outmatches the number of optimists.

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  5. 11.01.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Business survey | Business related service providers | Increase in turnover

    In the fourth and final quarter of 2000, the morale amongst business-related service providers has worsened slightly. The seasonally-adjusted rate of growth in turnover has fallen from 4.4 per cent in the previous quarter to 4.3 per cent. When it comes to development of returns, the businesses in this sector have a more positive outlook than they did in the third quarter of 2000.

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  6. 11.01.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Variations in demand | Business related service providers

    Business-related service providers make overwhelming use of overtime and short-time work as a solution for cyclical and seasonal changes in demand. Working lifetime accounts and part-time work play a fairly insignificant role.

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  7. 03.01.2001 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Exchange | DAX

    The sales figures of German stock market news magazines depend on the state of the stock market. If the market shows an upward trend, sales figures rise, while a downward trend prompts a drop in sales.

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  8. 21.12.2000 · ZEW ()
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    Corporate taxation | Tax reform | European Tax Analyzer

    At the turn of the year, the first measures implemented as part of the 2000 tax reform have come into effect in Germany and France. Both France and Germany hope that these reforms will improve the investment conditions in their respective countries and thus increase their international competitiveness. The impacts of reforms have been examined by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and the University of Mannheim using their computer simulation programme, "European Tax Analyzer". This enabled analysis of the tax burden faced by a representative medium-sized corporation in the manufacturing industry and by its shareholders.

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  9. 18.12.2000 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Public Research | Knowledge transfer | Technology transfer

    The internet services available in Germany to transfer technology and skills from public research to the private economy are insufficient. There is a considerable need for politicians to address this issue. Above all, policy should ensure that small companies have online access to research findings and that they are able to contact competent individuals from the field of research.

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  10. 13.12.2000 · ZEW ()
    Research
    Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Business survey

    Economic expectations have fallen to -0.1 points in December, according to the ZEW Financial Market Survey. The barometer has thus fallen into negative figures for the first time in almost two years.

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