ZEW policy briefs


ZEW policy briefs are four-page documents, containing brief and lucid information on ZEW research results of practical significance for business, policy, and administration. At the moment, several ZEW policy briefs are being edited.

  1. ZEW policy brief No. 22-03 // 2022

    The Centralization of Natural Gas Procurement in the EU: An Economic Perspective

    In this policy brief, we review the main trade-offs associated with joint procurement, or procurement “centralization”, as identified by procurement scholars. We then focus on the specific case of natural …

  2. ZEW policy brief No. 21-07 // 2021

    Debt-Equity Bias Should Be Addressed on National Rather Than on EU Level

    The economic crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the debt levels of corporations and reduced the level of investments. From a tax perspective, interest payments on debt are generally deductible…

  3. ZEW policy brief No. 21-06 // 2021

    How the Withdrawal of Global Correspondent Banks Hurts Emerging Europe

    Correspondent banks allow local banks in emerging markets to access the international payments system. This helps local banks to make cross-border payments, clear currencies, and provide trade finance. The…

  4. ZEW policy brief No. 21-05 // 2021

    A Smart Design of New EU Emissions Trading Could Save 61 Per Cent of Mitigation Costs

    Carbon pricing is a key instrument for achieving Europe’s ambitious climate targets. It is therefore not surprising that reform of the EU carbon market is at the heart of the measures proposed by the European…