1. 09.02.2021 · ZEW (mze/sel)
    Research
    Bus traffic | Coronavirus
     The study by ZEW and Humboldt University shows that up to 20,000 infections could have been prevented.

    The ‘Querdenken’ or ‘Lateral Thinkers’ protests in November 2020 led to a sharp increase in coronavirus infections in Germany. This is shown by a recent study by ZEW Mannheim and the Humboldt University of Berlin, which analyses the impact that the two large ‘Querdenken’ rallies that took place in November 2020 had on the seven-day incidence rate by the end of December.

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  2. 08.02.2021 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Homeoffice
    Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, researcher in “Digital Economy” Department at ZEW Mannheim, explains which sectors are suitable for work-from-home arrangements even after the pandemic.

    The shift from working in the office to working from home has been a key component in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Therefore, the federal and state governments took the decision on 19 January 2021 to lay out plans in which companies have to enable their employees to work from home “wherever possible”. However, the share of employees whose work activities are suitable for working from home remains uncertain. “From the employers’ perspective, there is a very high potential for a shift to working from home within the German information economy. About 45 per cent of companies in this sector expect that more than half of their employees have a job that is – in theory – suitable for working from home,” says Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, researcher in the Research Department “Digital Economy” at ZEW Mannheim.

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  3. 05.02.2021 · ZEW (gli)
    Comment
    History of financial markets | High-tech foundations | Exchange | Innovation
    ZEW economist Georg Licht on the Nasdaq

    The US Nasdaq, or Nasdaq OMX Group since 2008, will turn 50 on 8 February 2021. Based in New York City, it has since become the second largest stock exchange in the world. As the first electronic stock exchange, it has attracted especially innovative technology companies. That is why it is often referred to as the technology exchange to this day. Dr. Georg Licht, head of the Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics” at ZEW Mannheim, explains the importance of Nasdaq for high-tech companies:

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  4. 01.02.2021 · ZEW (awh/deg)
    Comment
    Pharmaceutical Industry | Competition | Vaccination
    Professor Achim Wambach on the vaccination summit in Berlin.

    Germany’s Vaccination Summit is taking place today in Berlin. Among the topics on the agenda is the vaccine shortage, which is currently the subject of much discussion. In an article in today’s edition of German business daily “Handelsblatt”, ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach and head of the “Market Design” Research Department, Professor Vitali Gretschko, argue for greater competition to speed up vaccine production:

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  5. 27.01.2021 · ZEW (sbl/sel)
    Comment
    Public Budget | ZEW survey
    [Translate to English:] Dr. Sebastian Blesse, Wissenschaftler im Forschungsbereichs „Unternehmensbesteuerung und Öffentliche Finanzwirtschaft“ am ZEW Mannheim.

    The COVID-19 crisis has sparked a new debate on the debt brake. Initial proposals from the political arena are aimed at changing the German Basic Law to allow higher borrowing by the public sector. Dr. Sebastian Blesse, researcher in the “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Department at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  6. 26.01.2021 · ZEW (msc)
    China Economic Panel
    The CEP indicator rose by 23.6 points in the January survey and currently stands at 54.9 points.

    In the January 2021 survey (11–20 January 2021), the CEP indicator increased by 23.6 points to a new reading of 54.9 points, thus returning to the very high level seen in November 2020. 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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  7. 20.01.2021 · ZEW (sru/deg)
    Comment
    United States
    Professor Dr. Sebastian Rausch on the new US President and the upcoming changes.

    Today, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the new President of the United States. On his first day in office, we will already see some groundbreaking decisions, especially regarding the future course of US climate policy. Professor Sebastian Rausch, head of the Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  8. 20.01.2021 · ZEW (dos/deg)
    Research
    flood damages
     Sandbags hold back flood water from a flooded street.

    For low-income households in Germany, the financial damage caused by floods is lower in absolute terms than for wealthier households. However, the former have to spend a larger amount relative to their income to repair the damage. This is the result of a recent study conducted by Dr. Daniel Osberghaus at ZEW Mannheim.

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  9. 19.01.2021 · ZEW (awh/sel)
    Research
    M&A activity | Merger | Competition
    Professor Dr. Achim Wambach sees mergers in the automotive sector as a trend for the future.

    With the European Commission authorising the merger of the automobile groups Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) from Italy and France’s Groupe PSA subject to conditions, the mega-merger has now materialised with Stellantis launching its IPO at the beginning of this week. The merged company is currently the sixth largest automotive group in the world. “This merger is not a singular occurrence, but part of a long-term trend of increasing mergers and acquisitions in the automotive industry,” says Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW Mannheim.

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  10. 19.01.2021 · ZEW (msc/fbr/jrr/sel)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    ZEW Financial Market Survey | Germany | Europe | Business survey | Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment increased in January 2021 to 61.8 points

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in the current January 2021 survey, climbing 6.8 points to a new reading of 61.8 points. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany increased somewhat, and currently stands at minus 66.4 points, 0.1 points higher than in December 2020. “Despite the uncertainty about the further course of the lockdown, the economic outlook for the German economy has improved slightly. The results of the ZEW Financial Market Survey in January show that export expectations in particular have risen significantly,” comments ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach on the current expectations.

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