1. 29.05.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    NEWEX | Exchange | New Europe Exchange

    ZEW conducted a survey on the expectations for the upcoming inauguration of the "New Europe Exchange" (NEWEX).

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  2. 02.05.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Trend of demand | Business related service providers

    The continuous upswing in the business-related services sector since mid-1999 weakened in the first quarter of 2000 as compared to the previous quarter. Correspondingly, the seasonally adjusted annual sales growth rate fell by 0.7 per cent compared to the final quarter in 1999 and now amounts to about 4.2 per cent. Sales growth declined particularly in East Germany. The economic situation of business-related service providers thus developed in line with the industry, where the increase in incoming orders also stagnated at the beginning of the year.

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  3. 03.04.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Growth industry | E-commerce | Turnover increase

    A current survey of 400 financial experts by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, shows that e-commerce opens considerable opportunities for growth in certain sectors. However, there are still some obstacles slowing this development.

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  4. 20.03.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Tax reform | Competitiveness

    The intended tax reform by the government falls short of the mark. The government in Berlin intends the reform to strengthen the competitiveness of German businesses as well as the attractiveness of Germany as a business location for national and international investors. According to calculations carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim, however, the tax relief, although it improves companies’ competitiveness, is too small. Capital-intensive and profit-distributing businesses in particular, hardly benefit from the tax relief. Furthermore, the planned reform causes new distortions and demarcation problems, making the German tax system even more complicated than it already is. Furthermore, the dependence on the legal form of the company taxation is criticised. It was intended to cushion the dependence but instead, it has reinforced it by the introduction of a corporate tax system applicable for Europe, namely the half-income method. The result creates new problems. All in all, we should ask if the tax reduction law in its current form can actually achieve its central goals.

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  5. 14.03.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Eastern Germany | Innovation activity | Production-related service providers

    The innovation activities of the East German services sector on the whole and specifically the production-related services sector continues to adapt to West German structures. According to a current study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, East German service providers continue to have problems with finding clients for their innovative services.

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  6. 28.02.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Skills shortage | Innovation activity

    Despite the persistently high level of unemployment in Germany, there is a great demand for well-qualified skilled workers. One out of every seven service providers has trouble to engage in innovation activities due to a shortage of suitably qualified personnel. As a result, the implementation of new products or production processes is delayed or impeded with negative effects on their competitiveness. The shortage of skilled workers has increased in importance by 50 % over the past two years: In 1997, such a shortage merely affected one out of ten businesses in terms of innovation activities.

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  7. 10.02.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Portfolio investment | Eastern Europe | Capital Market | Central Europe

    The equity markets of the former communist countries in Central and East Europe are approaching western standards, even though at different paces. According to western portfolio managers, Hungary, Poland, and Estonia have progressed most in the on-going reform process. By contrast, the Czech Republic and, even to a greater extent, Russia have still some catching up to do. These are the findings of a current study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim.

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  8. 24.01.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Eastern Europe | Capitalism

    East Europe is on the rise. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim among financial market experts.

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  9. 19.01.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Variations in demand | Business related service providers | Increase in turnover

    Finally, 1999 has finished positively for business-related service providers: with a seasonally adjusted annual sales growth rate of 4.9 per cent in the final quarter of 1999, economic figures for business-related service providers are again shifted towards the peaks of mid-1998. At that time, the seasonally adjusted annual sales growth rate was 5.4 per cent.

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  10. 14.01.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Early retirement | Tariff funds

    Report of the Centre for European Economic Research on employment effects of early retirement. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim analysed the costs and employment effects of a "pension at 60". The financial requirements for an aggregate tariff fund is about DM 60 billion. The employment effects, by contrast, are small. A total of merely 10,000 to 50,000 jobs would be made available over a period of ten years.

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