1. 30.01.2020 · ZEW (awh)
    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 14.11.2019 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann on GDP growth for the third quarter

    The Federal Statistical Office has released its initial calculation for growth in German gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter. Compared to the previous quarter, price-adjusted GDP in Germany has grown by 0.1 per cent. The risk of recession has thus been averted for the time being. After GDP had dropped by 0.1 per cent in the previous quarter, a continuation of the negative growth rate in the third quarter would have fit the technical definition of recession. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on the Federal Statistical Office’s calculation.

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  8. 05.11.2019 · ZEW (mkn)
    Comment
    United States | International Agreements and Observance
    ZEW economist Martin Kesternich comments on the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

    In an official letter to the United Nations, the US government has rescinded its part in the Paris climate agreement. Professor Martin Kesternich, deputy head of the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at ZEW Mannheim and professor of economics with a special focus on environmental and resource economics at the University of Kassel, comments on this matter.

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  9. 30.10.2019 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Public Budget | Tax revenue estimation
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann on tax revenue estimates

    The German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates has published its forecasts for federal, state and municipal tax revenues in Germany. Despite the economic slowdown, the working party expects tax revenues to continue to rise significantly in the coming years, from 796.4 billion euros in 2019 to 935 billion euros in 2024. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  10. 21.10.2019 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    European Integration and EU Policy | Europe | Public Budget
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann demands a restructuring of the EU budget.

    In view of the many new challenges, the EU should restructure its budget in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) after 2020. A fundamental reorientation of the European budget towards policy fields with a verifiable European added value is overdue. The current expenditure structure favours above all policy areas such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and cohesion policy, the European benefits of which are questionable. Instead, the EU budget should rather focus on financing policies that demonstrably create European added value. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim made this position clear today at an expert hearing on the next MFF in the Bundestag’s EU Committee in Berlin.

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