1. 22.02.2021 · ZEW (ibe/deg)
    Research
    Innovation | Innovation activity | Coronavirus
    EFI members stand around a screen showing Chancellor Merkel and Federal Research Minister Karliczek.

    The current annual report from the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) that was delivered virtually to Chancellor Merkel today, analyses the impact of the coronavirus crisis on research and innovation (R&I) activities of companies and comments on the current R&I policies implemented by the government.

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  2. 22.02.2021 · ZEW (clu)
    Comment
    Coronavirus
    According to Christopher Ludwig, the Coronavirus Taxt Assistance Act is not developed enough to mitigate the crisis.

    The third Coronavirus Tax Assistance Act is not ambitious enough to soften the impact of the coronavirus crisis, which is hitting the German economy even harder than the financial crisis. Given the extent of the crisis, measures have turned out to be too cautious and not innovative enough on the whole. Therefore, further measures are appropriate. Christopher Ludwig, researcher in the ZEW’s “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Department, made this position clear at an expert hearing on the third Coronavirus Tax Assistance Act at the German Bundestag Finance Committee in Berlin.

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  3. 22.02.2021 · ZEW (srf/sel)
    Questions & Answers
    Health economics | Health care | ZEWnews
    Questions & Answers by Dr. Simon Reif about broad-based care and limited resources.

    The health economy is not only of considerable economic importance to Germany. Health services are also an essential part of the provision of public services for its citizens. At the start of 2021, ZEW set up the Project Group “Health Care Markets and Health Policy”. ZEW economist Dr. Simon Reif explains in the following interview what exactly health economics is, where we encounter it in our day-to-day lives and what research questions the project group is pursuing.

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  4. 22.02.2021 · ZEW (csp/vdu/sel)
    Research
    EU Commission | Transnational Corporations
     Financial firms see weakness in CbCR.

    Country-by-country reporting (CbCR) is being implemented very heterogeneously by EU Member States and the reporting financial firms. Instead of providing more tax transparency, the reports lack comparability and there are problems with their interpretation. The reason for this are imprecise specifications regarding the calculation and presentation of CbCR data. This is the conclusion of a study by ZEW Mannheim and the University of Mannheim. According to the study’s conclusion, the European Commission should therefore initiate clear and uniform guidelines as well as definitions for compiling a CbCR report before extending the reporting obligation to all multinational companies.

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  5. 18.02.2021 · ZEW (srf/ssu/sel)
    Research
    Health economics | Coronavirus
    Dr. Simon Reif, head of the project group “Health Markets and Health Policy” at ZEW sees the solution in standardized rapid tests.

    The coronavirus pandemic has led to a decline in cancer screenings, in particular during the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020. This could have a negative impact on overall public health, as late diagnosis can reduce the chances of successful treatment. Fear of contracting COVID-19 seems to be a major reason why patients avoid screening appointments. This finding was confirmed by survey data as well as in a recent analysis of trending Google search terms conducted by economists at ZEW Mannheim.

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  6. 17.02.2021 · ZEW (srf/sel)
    Research
    Health economics | Health care

    The “Health Care Markets and Health Policy” Project Group, which took up its work at ZEW Mannheim on 1 January 2021, can chalk up a great success just a few weeks after it was set up. Its funding application for a major research project in the field of health economics was granted by the state of Baden-Württemberg. The ZEW project is one of 17 projects that will be funded as part of the “Forum Gesundheitsstandort Baden-Württemberg” this year and with a total of 51.9 million euros next year.

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  7. 16.02.2021 · ZEW (msc/fbr/jrr/sel)
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment
    Business survey | Short-term forecast | Cyclical indicator | Germany | Europe | ZEW Financial Market Survey
    ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany

    The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased again considerably in the current February 2021 survey, climbing 9.4 points to a new reading of 71.2 points compared to January. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany worsened slightly, and currently stands at minus 67.2 points, 0.8 points lower than in January. The assessment of the situation has thus remained practically unchanged at the same low level over the past six months. “The financial market experts are optimistic about the future. They are confident that the German economy will be back on the growth track within the next six months. Consumption and retail trade in particular are expected to recover significantly, accompanied by higher inflation expectations,” comments ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach.

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  8. 15.02.2021 · ZEW (vro/der/sel)
    Information Economy
    ICT | Information Services
    Dr Daniel Erdsiek and Vincent Rost from the research area "Digital Economy" on the corporate risk of cyber attacks.

    The risk of becoming a victim of a cyberattack has increased in the past year, according to many companies. Almost one in four companies in the information economy says that this risk has increased since the beginning of 2020. This is the result of a recent survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim among more than 900 companies in the information economy.

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  9. 12.02.2021 · ZEW (ggr)
    Awards
    Research funding
     The theme of this year's award is “Working world of the future”.

    With the research award “Future of the Working World”, the Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung and ZEW Mannheim honour outstanding dissertations and master’s theses in the field of economics. This year, the prize has been awarded for the eighth time following the decision of a seven-member jury. The award for the best dissertation went to Dr. Martin Lange. Ralf Landeck received the award for the best master’s thesis in economics.

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  10. 12.02.2021 · ZEW (awh/deg/cra)
    Research
    Innovation | Innovation activity | Germany
    Only a moderate cut in the innovation spendings.

    Innovation expenditure by German companies rose again in 2019, reaching an all-time high of 176.9 billion euros. More and more companies are showing perseverance when it comes to innovation. Compared to the previous year, the share of companies that are continuously active in research and development increased significantly by eight per cent in 2019. This shows that companies are investing in new technologies, products and processes for the long term. The target figures for 2020, which were submitted midyear, are still relatively stable in light of the pandemic. Despite COVID-19, companies in Germany estimate that there will only be a small decrease in innovation spending of 2.2 per cent in contrast to 2019. This is a moderate cut, considering that the decline in economic output in Germany is forecast to be more than five per cent.

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