1. 15.02.2022 · ZEW (msc/fbr/thc/sel)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment | Germany | Europe | Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Business cycle research
    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased and stands at 54.3 points.

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in the current February 2022 survey, climbing 2.6 points to a new reading of 54.3 points. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany also improved in the current survey. The corresponding indicator rose 2.1 points to a level of minus 8.1 points.

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  2. 10.02.2022 · ZEW (ibe/sel)
    Research
    Internet | Public Interest | Social Media | Germany
    Photo of a young woman learning with headphones.

    Internet users in Germany have become increasingly indifferent and ignorant about politics over a period of 15 years. In the beginning, the diffusion of the internet contributed to people being better informed politically, but this development has been reversed in later years. In the meantime, internet usage is on the rise – as is the users’ disinterest in politics. This is shown by a recent study by ZEW Mannheim.

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  3. 07.02.2022 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Homeoffice | Processing industries | Coronavirus
    Diagrams illustrating hybrid work models of the information economy and manufacturing.

    Many firms in Germany are planning to offer hybrid working arrangements after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus enabling employees to have a part-home, part-office schedule. A business survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim in December 2021 and January 2022 now provides further insights into firms’ expectations about the allocation of working hours in the long run. In both the information economy and the manufacturing industry, firms are mainly planning to offer hybrid models in which employees work from home 1-3 days per week. The share of employees who will work from home several times a week post COVID-19 is significantly higher than before the pandemic, according to the firms’ estimates.

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  4. 03.02.2022 · ZEW (sru)
    Comment
    Climate policy | Europe | CO2 | Natural gas
    Photo of ZEW economist Sebastian Rausch.

    The EU Commission has adopted the planned EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. This is to define which financial investments are sustainable and which are not. Investments in nuclear power and natural gas are also classified as sustainable in the regulation under certain conditions. Professor Sebastian Rausch, head of the Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  5. 01.02.2022 · ZEW (tko/dhr/ybr)
    Dates and News
    ZEW Sponsors' Association for Science and Practice | Committees | Board of directors
    Composit Picture of Dr. Müller and Dr. Rheinholdt

    The ZEW – Sponsors’ Association for Science and Practice at ZEW Mannheim has a new chairman: Dr. Ralph Rheinboldt, board member at Fuchs Petrolub SE, succeeds CEO of MVV Energie AG, Dr. Georg Müller, on 1 February 2022. After more than five successful years, Dr. Müller will retire from his position at the ZEW Sponsors’ Association for health reasons. Rheinboldt has already been a board member at the ZEW Sponsors’ Association since 2017.

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  6. 01.02.2022 · ZEW (cra/deg)
    Research
    Innovation Survey | Innovation | Innovation activity | Innovation spendings | Germany | Coronavirus
    Diagram of innovation expenditures recorded.

    German companies reduced their innovation spending by 3.6 per cent to 170.5 billion euros in the first year of the COVID-19 crisis. Twelve per cent of companies did not undertake any innovation activities at all due to the pandemic. At the same time, eleven per cent of the companies invested in additional product innovations in response to the pandemic situation and twelve per cent pushed ahead with additional process innovations. These are key findings of the Innovation Survey 2021, which ZEW Mannheim conducted among German companies on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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  7. 31.01.2022 · ZEW (jax/tni/sel)
    Research
    Energy efficiency | Energy savings | Digitisation | Digital Economy | Enterprise
    Photo of a man holding a tablet in his hands

    The need to make economic processes sustainable and the use of digital technologies have increased significantly in recent years. In addition, it is generally assumed that digital technologies can lead to energy efficiency improvements and thus significantly reduce CO2 emissions, especially in the energy-intensive manufacturing sector. In fact, digital technologies do reduce energy intensity in manufacturing, but to a much lesser extent than previously expected. The increased use of digital technologies in companies is therefore not necessarily accompanied by a significantly improved energy intensity. These are the key findings of a study by ZEW Mannheim.

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  8. 18.01.2022 · ZEW (msc/fbr/thc/sel)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment | Germany | Europe | Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Business cycle research
    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in January 2022 to 51.7 points.

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased significantly in the current January 2022 survey, climbing 21.8 points to a new reading of 51.7 points. However, the assessment of the economic situation in Germany has worsened again in the current survey. The corresponding indicator dropped 2.8 points to a level of minus 10.2 points.

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  9. 17.01.2022 · ZEW (tbk/mcz/deg)
    Research
    Coronavirus | Welfare state | Households | Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs | state subsidies | Welfare recipients | Welfare payments
    The bar chart shows the use of assistance broken down by type of financial loss

    One fourth of all private households in Germany suffered income losses at the height of the second pandemic wave. Taking into account the loss of assets, roughly 34 per cent of households faced financial setbacks. Less than a quarter of them claimed state support.

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  10. 14.01.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    GDP | Germany | Economic Growth | Coronavirus
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann sitting on a chair.

    The Federal Statistical Office today published the first calculations on gross domestic product (GDP) and general government net lending/borrowing for 2021. According to the results, GDP increased by 2.7 per cent and the general government deficit amounted to 4.3 per cent of GDP in the second year of the pandemic. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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