1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 13.01.2000 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Internationalization | Technology

    At yesterday evening's press conference, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and the London Business School (LBS) presented the findings of their study on the rapid internationalisation of start-ups in Germany and the UK.

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  8. 21.12.1999 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Renewable Energies | Network operators | Electricity Feeding Act

    The draft bill of the government parties for a German Renewable Energy Act addresses many criticisms of renewable energy associations and power supply companies concerning the current Electricity Feed Act ("Stromeinspeisegesetz"). Both from a regulatory standpoint as well as in the context of European law and constitutional concerns, however, the current draft can only be a temporary solution in case of its implementation.

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  9. 21.12.1999 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    European Tax Analyzer | Tax reform | Federal Government

    On December 21st, 1999, the German government tabled the key proposals for their "Tax Reform Package 2000". Accordingly, the aim is to create additional incentives for investors and thus to shore Germany's international competitive position. At the heart of the package is a proposal to cut corporate taxes on retained profits from 40 per cent and on distributed profits from 30 per cent to the uniform rate of 25 per cent with effect from January 1st, 2001. The dividend imputation system will be abolished and replaced by a so-called half-income assessment method, according to which only 50 per cent of the dividend will be deemed taxable income in order to reduce the effect of double taxation from income and corporate income tax. The reciprocal financing measures include a reduction of degressive depreciation rates for movable assets (e.g. machines) from 30 to 20 per cent and for immovables from four to three per cent.

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  10. 25.11.1999 · ZEW (sel)
    Research
    Monetary Developments | Monetary policy decisions | ECB | Capital Market

    Dissatisfaction prevails among many players on the capital market due to the lack of transparency in ECB decision-making. For the first time, this dissatisfaction was captured empirically by a survey conveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The survey polled 330 financial market experts from banks, insurances and companies based in Germany. When asked about the transparency in ECB decision-making regarding monetary policy, 53.3 per cent of financial experts held that the ECB Governing Council does not yet provide a sufficient level of transparency in this regard. By contrast, 46.7 per cent deem the decision-making process to be sufficiently predictable.

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