1. 25.05.2022 · ZEW (mws/mne)
    Environmental Economics | Energy | Behavioral Economics: Underlying Principles | Behavioral economics | Energy efficiency
     Scientist Madeline Werthschulte in front of blue background.

    ZEW economist Dr. Madeline Werthschulte received an award for her outstanding dissertation in environmental and resource economics. Every year, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) honours the three best doctoral theses in this field to promote academic innovation. The young researcher has been working at ZEW Mannheim since 2020. Using behavioural economics approaches, she makes an important contribution in the areas of energy and mobility.

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  2. 17.05.2022 · ZEW (mze/sel)
    German Democratic Republic | Democratization | Eastern Germany | Labour Market

    The democratisation of the GDR after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has had different effects on opponents and supporters of the GDR’s political regime. Former opponents – protesters for the Peaceful Revolution in 1989 and 1990 – are significantly happier with the new democratic system and the free-market economy after the fall of the Berlin Wall than they were before. Former supporters of the old system, however, report lower life satisfaction after the fall of the Wall. This is shown by a recent study by ZEW Mannheim.

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  3. 10.05.2022 · ZEW (msc/fbr/thc/deg)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment | Business survey | Cyclical indicator | Business cycle research | Short-term forecast | Germany | Europe | ZEW Financial Market Survey
    ZEW Index in May 2022 rises to -34.4 points

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany recorded an increase in the current May 2022 survey, rising 6.7 points to a new reading of minus 34.3 points. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany has worsened again in the current survey. The corresponding indicator dropped 5.7 points to a new level of minus 36.5 points. This is the third decrease of the indicator since the start of the war in Ukraine. The expectations and assessments of the economic situation continue to point to a deterioration of the German economy during the next six months.

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  4. 09.05.2022 · ZEW (tko/fhh/sel)
    Dates and News
    Research Award | The Future Working World | Research funding
    Picture of the award ceremony.

    The Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung and ZEW Mannheim have given the “Future of the Working World” research award 2021 to Dr. Jan Kinne. In his work, Kinne demonstrates that with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), company website contents can be evaluated online with high-frequency and in a fully automated manner. Currently, such searches are mainly done manually by specialised companies, i.e. by humans. He applies this method to analyse, for example, the innovation activity of companies and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.

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  5. 04.05.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Monetary policy decisions | Interest Rate | United States | Central bank
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann comments on the Fed's decision to leave its key interest rates unchanged.

    The US Federal Reserve continues its monetary policy change. The Fed raises its key interest rates by 0.5 percentage points, twice as much as the first rate hike in March, to a current range between 0.75 and 1.0 per cent. In addition, the central bank has announced that it will start reducing its balance sheet in June. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  6. 04.05.2022 · ZEW (kso/deg)

    The EU eastward enlargements represent the largest ever expansion of European labour markets, which have opened up to more than 102 million Eastern Europeans as a result of the EU’s fundamental right to free movement of workers. 18 years after the first enlargement, ZEW economist Dr. Katrin Sommerfeld takes stock in the latest episode of the #ZEWPodcast ‘Wirtschaft · Forschung · Debatten’/‘Economy · Research · Debates’. She also explains how Germany can continue to benefit from Eastern European workers in the future.

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  7. 03.05.2022 · ZEW (sel)
    Electoral law | Youth | Economic Policy | Germany | Voter turnout | Elections
    Picture of a ballot paper at the drop-off.

    Due to demographic change, Germany is increasingly developing into a so-called “gerontocracy”. A reform lowering the voting age to 16 is supposed to counteract this. A recent study by ZEW Mannheim examines the question of whether such a reform is ambitious enough to anchor future-oriented interests more strongly in current politics. The study suggests that lowering the voting age does little to change a central limitation of democracy: If voters care only about their narrow interests, then policies will tend to be strongly shaped by the present and, in this case, an ageing society. Intergenerational altruism among voters should be encouraged and more investments should be made to improve voters’ education about long-term policy challenges.

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  8. 29.04.2022 · ZEW (kso/kgt/sel)
    Eastern Europeans | Labour Market | Germany | Skills shortage
    ZEW Expert Brief on Current Labor Market Changes in Germany.

    Germany heavily depends on workers from other EU countries. As a result of the EU’s free movement of workers, the number of immigrant workers has more than quadrupled: in 2020, 1.3 million Eastern Europeans were working in Germany subject to social insurance contributions. Mainly, they worked in the postal and warehousing sectors, as drivers and in cleaning. Most of them pay into the German social security system, while employment as mini-jobbers and postings play an increasingly minor role among Eastern Europeans. In addition, Eastern Europeans work disproportionately often in occupational fields with a shortage of skilled workers, which is why they tend to contribute to relieving the tight German labour market. This is the result of a recent expert brief by ZEW Mannheim, which looks at the consequences of the free movement of workers from Central and Eastern Europe for the German labour market.

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  9. 28.04.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Inflation | Consumer Price Index | Statistical office
    Image of the ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann.

    The Federal Statistical Office published its preliminary results on the development of the German inflation rate in April 2022. According to the calculations, the inflation rate measured by the German consumer price index recorded a slight increase to 7.4 per cent. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  10. 21.04.2022 · ZEW (fbr/sel)
    ZEW Financial Market Survey | Russia | Ukraine | Germany | GDP | Short-term forecast | Business Cycle

    German economic growth has stalled – and is expected to proceed at a sluggish pace in the coming years. According to the financial market experts surveyed by ZEW, lower but stable annual growth rates of between 2.0 and 2.5 per cent are anticipated in 2022 to 2024. Several factors will act as a drag on German GDP, including high energy prices, raw material shortages, and supply chain disruptions – as well as the new geopolitical situation that has arisen with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The majority of experts have made downward revisions to their GDP growth forecasts for 2022, 2023 and beyond. With a view to the next five years, individual sectors of the German economy will be affected to varying degrees by geopolitical developments, with the greatest impacts being suffered by vehicle manufacturing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, steel and non-ferrous metals, and mechanical engineering.

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