1. 08.06.2022 · ZEW (der/deg/mne)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Processing industries | Digitisation | Enterprise | Germany
    Diagram showing the degree of digitization in the information economy.

    When it comes to digitalisation, many firms in Germany have made quite some progress in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2022, for example, 54 per cent of firms in the information economy rated the level of digitalisation of their own products and services as high or very high, while this figure was still 38 per cent in September 2020. Meanwhile, in the manufacturing industry, the share of firms with a high or very high level of digitalisation of products and services has risen from 18 per cent in September 2020 to 37 per cent in March 2022.

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  2. 01.06.2022 · ZEW (dos/deg)
    Research
    flood damages | Natural disaster insurance | Climate Change | Climate policy | Climate
    Bar chart on the acceptance of an insurance obligation

    More than two thirds of German households support the introduction of mandatory insurance against flood damages and other natural hazards. Support has risen slightly following the flood disaster in 2021. This is the result of a representative survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim among around 5,000 households in 2020 and 2022.

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  3. 30.05.2022 · ZEW (hsh/deg)
    Comment
    Energy transition | Ukraine | Social inequality | Income redistribution | Social Policy
    Image of Holger Stichnoth.

    Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, has presented his plans for a so-called climate income (‘Klimageld’), a social compensation mechanism to relieve the burden on people with low and medium incomes in the face of high food and energy prices. Professor Holger Stichnoth, deputy head of the Research Department “Inequality and Public Policy” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  4. 30.05.2022 · ZEW (yka/kvg/sel)
    Research
    Climate, Weather, and Air | Delinquency | Health | air pollution
     Photo of the expressway in Stuttgart including warning notice about the fine dust alarm.

    Increasing environmental pollution not only affects the health of the population, but also influences crime rates. If the particulate matter pollution rises by ten micrograms PM10 per cubic metre, the number of crimes increases by 4.6 per cent. This is the result of a recent study by ZEW Mannheim, which analyses this correlation for various regions in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate for the years 2015 to 2017.

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  5. 27.05.2022 · ZEW (cra/sel)
    Research
    Artificial intelligence | Enterprise | Germany | Digitisation
     Symbol photo with the inscription AI against networked background.

    The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in firms in the German economy is developing very dynamically. In 2021, around one in ten firms in Germany used AI technology, almost twice as many as in 2019. Almost all firms collaborate with third parties, although the nature of the collaboration varies greatly between them. As a rule, the higher a firm’s AI maturity level, the less it needs to rely on external competences in this area. These are the results of a study by ZEW Mannheim on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The study looks at the role of collaborations with third parties and the necessary internal prerequisites to be able to use AI more effectively in firms.

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  6. 25.05.2022 · ZEW (mws/mne)
    Personnel
    Environmental Economics | Energy | Behavioral Economics: Underlying Principles | Behavioral economics | Energy efficiency
     Scientist Madeline Werthschulte in front of blue background.

    ZEW economist Dr. Madeline Werthschulte received an award for her outstanding dissertation in environmental and resource economics. Every year, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) honours the three best doctoral theses in this field to promote academic innovation. The young researcher has been working at ZEW Mannheim since 2020. Using behavioural economics approaches, she makes an important contribution in the areas of energy and mobility.

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  7. 17.05.2022 · ZEW (mze/sel)
    Research
    German Democratic Republic | Democratization | Eastern Germany | Labour Market

    The democratisation of the GDR after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has had different effects on opponents and supporters of the GDR’s political regime. Former opponents – protesters for the Peaceful Revolution in 1989 and 1990 – are significantly happier with the new democratic system and the free-market economy after the fall of the Berlin Wall than they were before. Former supporters of the old system, however, report lower life satisfaction after the fall of the Wall. This is shown by a recent study by ZEW Mannheim.

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  8. 10.05.2022 · ZEW (msc/fbr/thc/deg)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment | Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Business cycle research | Short-term forecast | Germany | Europe | ZEW Financial Market Survey
    ZEW Index in May 2022 rises to -34.4 points

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany recorded an increase in the current May 2022 survey, rising 6.7 points to a new reading of minus 34.3 points. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany has worsened again in the current survey. The corresponding indicator dropped 5.7 points to a new level of minus 36.5 points. This is the third decrease of the indicator since the start of the war in Ukraine. The expectations and assessments of the economic situation continue to point to a deterioration of the German economy during the next six months.

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  9. 09.05.2022 · ZEW (tko/fhh/sel)
    Dates and News
    Research Award | The Future Working World | Research funding
    Picture of the award ceremony.

    The Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung and ZEW Mannheim have given the “Future of the Working World” research award 2021 to Dr. Jan Kinne. In his work, Kinne demonstrates that with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), company website contents can be evaluated online with high-frequency and in a fully automated manner. Currently, such searches are mainly done manually by specialised companies, i.e. by humans. He applies this method to analyse, for example, the innovation activity of companies and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.

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  10. 04.05.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Monetary policy decisions | Interest Rate | United States | Central bank
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann comments on the Fed's decision to leave its key interest rates unchanged.

    The US Federal Reserve continues its monetary policy change. The Fed raises its key interest rates by 0.5 percentage points, twice as much as the first rate hike in March, to a current range between 0.75 and 1.0 per cent. In addition, the central bank has announced that it will start reducing its balance sheet in June. 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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