1. 28.04.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    ZEW Research Seminar | EU countries | ECB
    ZEW Economist Friedrich Heinemann.

    The right way to deal with the high sovereign debt levels of many eurozone countries in the post-Covid era is the focus of a discussion today at an English-language seminar organized by ZEW Mannheim and EconPol Europe in cooperation with the Brigitte Strube Foundation. The panelists are Dr. Cinzia Alcidi, Director of Research, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels; Prof. Volker Wieland, Ph.D., Professor of Monetary Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt and member of the German Council of Economic Experts; and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann, Head of Research and expert on Public Finance at ZEW. Commenting on the possible handling of government debt in the eurozone, Heinemann says:

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  2. 26.04.2021 · ZEW (bga/akn/its/sel)
    Consumers | Consumer Price Index
    Symbol image of a filled shopping cart.

    German consumers are more strongly affected by rising markups in trade, real estate and housing, healthcare and social services, and other services than the economy as a whole. And this trend is steadily increasing. In particular, households with low incomes, such as retired households, are negatively affected by such markups, according to a study by ZEW Mannheim commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Reasons for this include the increasing market power of companies and corporate concentration.

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  3. 26.04.2021 · ZEW (kki/deg)
    old age provision | Real estate
    Houses in a typical sub-urb.

    Around 420,000 German households over the age of 65 worry about their income, even though they have no outstanding debt on their homes. In contrast to other retirement planning schemes, the market for reverse mortgages is not well developed. According to ZEW researchers, the reasons for this lie with both consumers and providers. As their study suggests, the market potential of reverse mortgages could grow significantly in the future.

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  4. 21.04.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    Coronavirus | European Integration and EU Policy | Public Budget | Public Debt
    Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann on the european reconstruction funds.

    The Federal Constitutional Court has cleared the way for the EU’s 750 billion euro recovery fund in Germany. The actual constitutional suit has, however, not yet been decided. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, research department head and public finance expert at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  5. 20.04.2021 · ZEW (msc/sel)
    Greater China | Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator
    Economic outlook for China remains very positive.

    In the April 2021 survey (6–14 April 2021), the CEP indicator climbed 3.5 points to a new value of 46.3 points. The CEP indicator, based on the China Economic Panel (CEP) and conducted by ZEW Mannheim 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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  6. 16.04.2021 · ZEW (dos/deg)
    The decreasing willingness to take risk is related to financial losses.

    Individuals who have experienced severe financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic are significantly less willing to take risks. This particularly appears to be the case for households with a low income. On the contrary, other personality traits, such as patience and locus of control, remain unchanged following financial losses. These are the findings of a recent study by RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and ZEW Mannheim.

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  7. 13.04.2021 · ZEW (msc/jrr/fbr/deg)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    Business survey | Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Germany | Europe | ZEW Financial Market Survey
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment decreased to 70.7 points.

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased in the current April 2021 survey, falling 5.9 points to a new reading of 70.7 points. This is the first time that the indicator has experienced a drop since November 2020. Expectations are still at a very high level. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany improved by 12.2 points compared to the previous month. The corresponding indicator currently stands at minus 48.8 points, reaching roughly the same level as in March 2020.

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  8. 08.04.2021 · ZEW (jno/fhe/deg)
    ECB | Coronavirus
    Sun shines through a huge Euro-symbol.

    The fact that the government bond markets within the eurozone have remained stable throughout the coronavirus pandemic is especially owed to the ECB and its PEPP securities purchase programme. By contrast, the EU coronavirus financial aid packages have not made any measurable contribution to narrowing interest rate differentials. This is confirmed by a study conducted by ZEW Mannheim with the support of the Brigitte Strube Stiftung.

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  9. 06.04.2021 · ZEW (bpe/mpl/deg)
    Innovation leaders such as Germany, Sweden or Finland increase their public R&D expenditures counter-cyclically in recessions.

    OECD countries react differently to changes in the business cycle regarding their expenditure on research and development (R&D). Countries tend to noticeably increase their budgets for R&D when there is an economic upturn, while public R&D spending remains almost constant on average across all countries when there is a downturn in economic growth.

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  10. 31.03.2021 · ZEW (sbl/sel)
     EconPol Study on Public Procurement with the Cooperation of ZEW Mannheim.

    It is crucial for buyers in public procurement in Germany and Finland to avoid allocating public contracts to bidders with a bad reputation. However, the possibility of being able to avoid such bidders is limited in practice. According to a current ‘EconPol’ study in cooperation with ZEW Mannheim, public buyers either shun procurements which exceed expected costs or they reject these if they do not meet quality expectations.

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