1. 13.03.2020 · ZEW (adl)
    Comment
    Public Procurement | Europe | Coronavirus
    ZEW Researcher Adriano De Leverano comments on joint procurement health care during the corona pandemic.

    Whereas the Italian government recently issued a nationwide lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus ordering people to leave their homes only for work or health reasons, the rest of Europe is also threatened by the effects of the pandemic. In the light of the EU’s health ministers still trying to find consensus on launching a joint procurement process for the purchase of medical supplies, the need for such processes to come into effect is all the more urgent. Dr. Adriano De Leverano, economist in the Junior Research Group “Economics of Public Procurement” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  2. 04.03.2020 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    EU Commission | CO2 | Emissions trading
    ZEW Economist Martin Kesternich comments the new European Climate Law.

    Today, the European Commission presented the European Climate Law in Brussels. Martin Kesternich, deputy head of the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at ZEW Mannheim and professor of economics at the University of Kassel, shares his views on the goals and measures of the proposed law. 

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  3. 28.02.2020 · ZEW (fhe/sel)
    Comment
    Epidemic | Public Debt | Shock
    Friedrich Heinemann considers economic risks caused by the emerging corona pandemic.

    No one knows for certain yet what the economic consequences of the coronavirus will be for the German, European, and global economy, though everyone is aware of the potentially severe economic shock the epidemic could cause. The economic risks in this case are particularly high, as the epidemic creates disturbances on both the supply and the demand side, resulting in regions affected by the outbreak likely seeing a sharp drop in services offered by providers that rely on face-to-face interactions. Consequences will not only be felt in the gastronomy sector and the travel and tourism industry but the entire entertainment and cultural sector as well.

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  4. 28.02.2020 · ZEW (kso/sel)
    Comment
    ZEW Economist Kathrin Sommerfeld comments on the new Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act in Germany.

    On 1 March 2020, the new Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act will enter into force in Germany. This new legislation aims to facilitate migration for university graduates and vocationally trained individuals coming from non-EU countries. With this measure, the federal government hopes to reduce the skills shortage. Dr. Katrin Sommerfeld, head of the Junior Research Group “Integration of Migrants and Attitudes Towards the Welfare State (IMES)” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  5. 30.01.2020 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Brexit | Trade agreement | Europe
    Achim Wambach underlines the need for a trade agreement after the Brexit.

    Britain’s imminent withdrawal from the EU will mark a historic date for Europe. On this date, a Brexit transition period kicks in, which will last until the end of the year, allowing the UK and the rest of the EU to negotiate their future relations. President of ZEW Mannheim, Professor Achim Wambach, comments on this matter.

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  6. 24.01.2020 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Speed limit | Road transport policy

    The debate about the speed limit on German motorways has so far been guided mainly by emotional rather than objective arguments. What is missing is a careful examination of the causal effects of a speed limit. The German automobile association ADAC has now also spoken out in favour of determining the effects of a speed limit on the basis of reliable research results. Professor Martin Kesternich, deputy head of the Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at ZEW Mannheim, explains what an optimal study could look like using a randomised field experiment to identify the causal effects of a speed limit on road safety.

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  7. 23.01.2020 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Data protection | Data acquisition | Federal Government | Expert discussion
    Irene Bertschek of ZEW comments on the planned data strategy of the federal government.

    The federal government aims to develop a data strategy to significantly increase the availability and use of data in Germany. To this end, the government presented the key points of a data strategy in November 2019. With a view to today’s first hearing on the data strategy at the Federal Chancellery, Professor Irene Bertschek, head of the Research Department “Digital Economy” at ZEW Mannheim and one of the experts invited to the hearing, comments on this matter.

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  8. 30.11.2019 · ZEW (fkr)
    Comment
    EU Commission | EU Parliament | Public Budget | Europe
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann on responsibilities of the new EU Commission

    The five-year term of office of the new European Commission begins on 1 December 2019 under Ursula von der Leyen. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the ZEW Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance”, comments on this matter.

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  9. 29.11.2019 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Research funding | R&D | Research and Development | Federal Government
    ZEW economist Georg Licht comments on the government‘s new Research Allowance Act.

    Following the German Bundestag’s adoption at the beginning of November of the bill on tax incentives for research and development (R&D) proposed by the federal government, the Bundesrat now also approved the new Research Allowance Act. The law will come into effect on 1 January 2020. Dr. Georg Licht, head of the ZEW Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”, comments on this matter.

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  10. 29.11.2019 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Public Debt
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann comments on general debate on the national budget.

    Today the German Bundestag concludes its general debate on the national budget for the coming year. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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