1. 07.06.2021 · ZEW (vme/deg)
    Comment
    Diversity management | Economics of Gender | Gender mainstreaming | Corporate co-determination
    ZEW economist Valentina Melentyeva on gender quota in supervisory boards.

    Exactly 70 years ago, the model of parity codetermination was introduced in Germany. On 7 June 1951, the Coal and Steel Codetermination Act came into force and ensured that female and male workers had a say in major company decisions on supervisory boards. For a long time, women were hardly represented on these boards. With the establishment of a fixed gender quota in 2015, their share in leadership positions in the companies covered by this law was increased to more than one third.

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  2. 18.05.2021 · ZEW (fhe/deg)
    Comment
    ECB | Public bond
    Friedrich Heinemann sits on a chair.

    The Federal Constitutional Court has rejected new challenges to the European Central Bank’s PSPP bond-buying programme. Referring to its ruling of May 2020, the court now considers its demand for an examination of the adequacy and proportionality of the PSPP to be fulfilled. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, research department head and public finance expert at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  3. 12.05.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Tax revenue estimation | Public Budget | Germany
    Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann in his recent comment.

    The German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates presented the results of its new analysis today. It is becoming apparent that the current tax revenues, although strongly affected by the pandemic, will recover more significantly in the next few years than previously expected. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, explains:

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  4. 28.04.2021 · ZEW (fhe/deg)
    Comment
    Federal Reserve Bank | Interest rate policy | Monetary Policy
    Professor Friedrich Heinemann

    Despite the upswing in the US labour market, the US Federal Reserve has decided to keep its benchmark rate unchanged in a range of 0.0 and 0.25 per cent and not to slow down its asset purchases. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the ZEW Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  5. 28.04.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    ZEW Research Seminar | EU countries | ECB
    ZEW Economist Friedrich Heinemann.

    The right way to deal with the high sovereign debt levels of many eurozone countries in the post-Covid era is the focus of a discussion today at an English-language seminar organized by ZEW Mannheim and EconPol Europe in cooperation with the Brigitte Strube Foundation. The panelists are Dr. Cinzia Alcidi, Director of Research, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels; Prof. Volker Wieland, Ph.D., Professor of Monetary Economics at Goethe University Frankfurt and member of the German Council of Economic Experts; and Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann, Head of Research and expert on Public Finance at ZEW. Commenting on the possible handling of government debt in the eurozone, Heinemann says:

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  6. 21.04.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Coronavirus | European Integration and EU Policy | Public Budget | Public Debt
    Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann on the european reconstruction funds.

    The Federal Constitutional Court has cleared the way for the EU’s 750 billion euro recovery fund in Germany. The actual constitutional suit has, however, not yet been decided. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, research department head and public finance expert at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  7. 25.03.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Coronavirus | Public Budget | Germany | Europe
    Friedrich Heinemann on the EU-Debt

    The Bundestag will make a final decision today on whether Germany will approve the EU’s own resources decision. This decision paves the way for joint EU borrowing of 750 billion euros to finance the European coronavirus recovery package. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, research department head and public finance expert at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter as follows:

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  8. 12.03.2021 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Europe | Public Budget | Coronavirus
    ZEW Economist Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann on the debt of the EU.

    The German Federal Audit Office has published a special report on the consequences of joint EU borrowing in the context of the European coronavirus recovery package. In this report, which is based on calculations conducted by ZEW Mannheim in October 2020 for an expert hearing at the German Bundestag, the Federal Audit Office has confirmed the figures and findings of the ZEW study. The new own resources decision will provide the EU with a guaranteed volume of at least four billion euros, which far exceeds the repayment obligations for the recovery plan. This creates incentives to expand joint European borrowing to finance other purposes, even if this borrowing is, for now, legally limited to the scope of financing the recovery plan. Under the new own resources decision, all EU states will be jointly liable for EU debt until 2058, which, according to the German Federal Audit Office, undermines the principle of national ownership. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, author of the ZEW study on the EU own resource decision and the liability implications for Germany’s federal budget, comments on this matter:

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  9. 09.03.2021 · ZEW (ssi/deg)
    Comment
    Professor Sebastian Siegloch in a commentary on the minimum wage increase.

    The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs have released a white paper which should lay the foundation for an increase in the minimum wage. Professor Sebastian Siegloch, head of ZEW’s Research Department “Social Policy and Redistribution”, comments on this matter.

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  10. 04.03.2021 · ZEW (awh/ggr/sel)
    Comment
    Competition law | ZEW President
    Prof. Achim Wambach discusses current antitrust law with other experts at the 20th International Antitrust Conference.

    At the invitation of the German Federal Cartel Office, leaders and competition experts from various countries are discussing current issues of cartel law at the 20th International Conference on Competition today alongside Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. One of the focal points of this year’s event will be a panel discussion with Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW Mannheim and member of the Monopolies Commission, on public welfare goals as a challenge for antitrust practice. Wambach comments on this matter:

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