1. 24.04.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Business survey

    In April, the Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany, determined on the basis of the ZEW Financial Market Survey, fell for the first time in 15 months. The Indicator now lies at a value of minus 4.5 points. This equals a fall of 5.9 points from the previous month's value. The previous upward trend in the value of the Indicator of Economic Sentiment has therefore ceased. It remains to be seen whether this development will further establish itself in the coming months.

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  2. 19.04.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Business related service providers

    With a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of growth in turnover of 4.4 per cent, business developments amongst business-related service providers have stabilised in the first quarter of 2001. The downturn that set in in 2000, therefore seems to have been brought to a halt. Although it is somewhat premature to talk of an upward trend, expectations for the second quarter of 2001 do indicate improvement.

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  3. 19.04.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Business related service providers | Further training

    Basic and advanced training are becoming increasingly important for business-related service providers. The proportion of businesses providing training in this sector has increased from around 55 per cent in 1997 to 75 per cent in the first quarter of 2001. The widespread use of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has also led to a growing need for further training to be provided in these businesses.

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  4. 30.03.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Biotechnology | Pharmaceutical Industry | Patent

    Until the mid-nineties Germany's pharmaceutical industry was unable to keep up with worldwide developments. This was the case in terms of patenting, as well as the approval of new medicines. The proportion of German pharmaceutical businesses distributing the 50 new active ingredients with the highest global turnover has fallen from 12 per cent at the end of 1980 to 3 per cent at the end of 1990. If Germany is to maintain its role in the international market, the German pharmaceutical industry must successfully undergo the transition from chemical to biotechnologies. This is the conclusion drawn in the report, "Germany's Technological Capacities", which was produced under the direction of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

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  5. 20.03.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Short-term forecast

    In March, the Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany, calculated as part of the ZEW Financial Market Survey, fell further. It currently lies at minus 10.4 points. Compared to the previous month, the indicator has declined by 4.3 percentage points. The proportion of those taking a pessimistic view of the German economy's further development has thus increased and now constitutes a quarter of those surveyed.

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  6. 16.03.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Innovation | Technology | Research and Development

    Thanks to the favourable global economic climate, innovation efforts in the German economy have developed positively over the last few years. The Research & Development activities undertaken by businesses have increased. The number of German patent registrations has also risen considerably. The economy in Baden-Württemberg is playing a significant role in this positive upward trend. In terms of patent registrations and R&D intensity, the region ranks in first place amongst all regions in Germany.

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  7. 06.03.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Business survey

    A study carried out by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has drawn on econometric methods to analyse the quality of prognoses provided by the two indicators - the Ifo Business Climate Index (ifo-Geschäftserwartungen) and the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment. Analysis has suggested that the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment provides reliable prognoses for one month longer than the Ifo indicator. The exceptionally good quality of early indicators provided by the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment, about which there has already been a great deal of speculation, has therefore been confirmed.

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  8. 20.02.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Business survey

    Economic expectations for Germany have continued their downfall in February and currently stand at -6.1 points, according to the ZEW Financial Market Survey. Compared to the previous month, that is a decrease of 1.7 percent. Therefore, a trend that has been going on for months is continuing in February.

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  9. 13.02.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    ICT Technologies

    Companies that invest heavily in new information and communication technologies (ICT) often overlook skilled workers who have completed vocational apprenticeships, preferring to employ individuals who have a university degree or a similar qualification from a university of applied sciences.

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  10. 02.02.2001 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    ZEW

    Ten years of ZEW – a success story written by the staff and researchers at ZEW. This is the conclusion drawn by the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Erwin Teufel, in view of the research completed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); an opinion he was able to voice at the gala held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of ZEW. Teufel is particularly impressed by the fact that ZEW has managed, in a relatively short period of time, to achieve a unique position amongst leading research institutes on both a national and international scale. The Minister President accorded particular recognition to those responsible for the direction of ZEW. Through their particular engagement, the founding directors of ZEW, Dr Heinz König (Scientific Director) and Ernst-O. Schulze (Director of Business and Administration), as well as ZEW President, Dr Wolfgang Franz, who took on his position from König in 1997, have made a considerable contribution to the development of the institute and its current size and significance.

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