1. 05.12.2018 · ZEW (tko/sel)
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    ZEW Sponsors' Association for Science and Practice
    Dr. Dominik Rehse, Dr. Jörg Ohnemus, Dr. Thomas Niebel, Claudia Diem, Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek, Dr. Christian Rammer (f.l.)

    The Sponsors’ Association for Science and Practice of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, has granted two new science prizes. Dr. Dominik Rehse, senior researcher at ZEW, was awarded for the best scientific performance. The prize for the best economic policy advising project went to the ZEW researchers Professor Irene Bertschek, Dr. Jörg Ohnemus, Dr. Thomas Niebel and Dr. Christian Rammer. Both prizes are endowed with 5,000 euros each. The prizes were handed over by Claudia Diem, board member of BW-Bank and member of the ZEW Sponsors’ Association.

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  2. 14.10.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    ZEW President | Social market economy | Book publishing

    The digital revolution is currently in full swing, transforming both our economy and our society. The full force of this development is evident from the wide variety of apps on our smart phones to the digitalisation of our workplaces. The rise of a new generation of intelligent machines has already begun. Modern algorithms record many of the things we do, analysing our behaviour and using the data to develop advertising and new products. Cars will soon be able to drive themselves. Tiny bracelets monitor our day-to-day health. Blockchain technology and a world without cash are just around the corner. Business models are changing at break-neck speeds to keep up with these complex markets.

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  3. 01.10.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    Student competition | Award
    The student team of the Fritz-Erler-Schule from Pforzheim who won the 2018 YES! final.

    “High Five”, the project developed by the Fritz-Erler-Schule from Pforzheim impressed the audience at the final of the high school competition YES! – Young Economic Summit in Hamburg and won the vote for the best solution at this year’s competition. The student team was assisted by Holger Stichnoth, deputy head of the Research Department “Social Policy and Redistribution”at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. As in the previous year, a team mentored by ZEW distinguished itself from all student teams in the Germany-wide competition.

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  4. 24.09.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    Sharing Economy | ZEW President | Social market economy | Business model | Retail Trade | Digital Economy

    Sharing rather than owning is one of the central principles of the digital market economy. Today, so-called “sharing models” are used for all sorts of things, from bicycles and cars to baby clothes and apartments. The sharing economy has a huge amount of potential and the number of users is continuing to rise. This is just one example of how new digital business models are transforming traditional markets at a rapid rate. Digitalisation is breathing new life into existing sectors of the economy and requiring them to make far-reaching structural changes. In many markets, we are seeing a battle of digital versus analogue. The taxi industry is having to fight for survival in the face of car-sharing platforms like Uber, while in the telecommunications sector text messaging has long since given way to the online messaging service Whatsapp.

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  5. 20.09.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    ZEW President | Digital Economy
    ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach (r.) and Minister Peter Altmaier at the book launch in Berlin.

    Professor Achim Wambach, President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, presented his new book, published by Campus Verlag, “Digitaler Wohlstand für alle. Ein Update der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft ist möglich” at an event held today at Urania Berlin. This was followed by a discussion with Peter Altmaier, Member of the German Bundestag and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. “Achim Wambach and Hans Christian Müller show us what form regulatory policy might take in the digital age,” Minister Altmaier said.

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  6. 17.09.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    ZEW President | Labour Market | Digital Economy

    The shocks created by digital change are likely to affect the labour markets. However, new technologies do not pose a threat to individual industries, jobs or social prosperity, and should rather be seen as an opportunity. There is, however, a trend towards polarisation: qualification and professional expertise are expected to increase in significance as a result of digitalisation, whereas the gap between wages is set to grow and forms of work are likely to undergo a considerable change, offering workers less social security in the future. These challenges can only be met through the combination of a forward-looking education and social policy, and an increased support of research and development activities in companies.

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  7. 10.09.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    ZEW President | Competition law | Appointment

    Professor Achim Wambach, president of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, has been appointed chairman of the commission on “Competition Law 4.0” by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The commission, headed by three chairpersons, is expected to draw up proposals to modernise competition law by autumn 2019. To this end, the members of the commission deal with competition policy issues arising from the rapid development of the data economy, the expansion of platform markets as well as the effects of industry 4.0. The aim of the federal government is to make German and European competition law fit for the challenges of digital change. For this purpose, the commission will draw up concrete policy recommendations on European competition law.

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  8. 07.09.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    Data economy | ZEW President | Book publishing | Social market economy | data economy

    From searching for information on Google to connecting with friends on Facebook, consumers are able to access many services in the digital economy for free. The typical pricing mechanism that plays such a central role in the social market economy is no longer relevant in this new branch of the economy. However, while at first glance all these services might seem free, the internet has its own currency: our personal data. In exchange for online services, users provide companies with information that is of interest to them – particularly for the purposes of advertising.

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  9. 31.08.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    ZEW President | Advisory board

    According to media reports published in late August 2018, Professor Achim Wambach, president of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, will no longer be a member of the scientific advisory board of the German Federal Insurance Office. Although this information is correct, this could give the impression that the Federal Minister of Health chose to no longer appoint Professor Wambach as member of the advisory board. This interpretation is, however, incorrect, since Achim Wambach was only a temporary member of the scientific advisory board of the German Federal Insurance Office anyway.

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  10. 15.08.2018 · ZEW (sel)
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    ZEW and Fudan University have agreed to continue their monthly monitoring of China’s economic development.

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Fudan University have agreed to continue their monthly monitoring of China’s economic development and have expanded their cooperation in the area of fiscal policy issues. After five years of successful collaborative partnership, the two institutions now signed an agreement in Mannheim and Shanghai, setting the course for a fruitful cooperation for a further five years.

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