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. 18-01 // 2018

    Elections in Italy: Ten Facts and Ten Conclusions on Italy’s Debt Situation

    With the exception of Greece, Italy is the Eurozone country with the highest debt-to-GDP ratio (132 per cent). In absolute terms, the country accounts for almost one quarter of all government debt in the…

  2. ZEW policy brief No. 17-05 // 2017

    Business Angels: Crucial Elements of the European Financial Ecosystem

    Europe faces a conundrum. Despite high levels of research investment and leading the market in many industries, disruptive and radical innovation typically does not come from European startups. One of the…

  3. ZEW policy brief No. 17-04 // 2017

    Dezentrale Kitaplatzvergabe ohne Warteschlange: Ein Leitfaden

    In many German cities and towns, the allocation of available nursery school places is largely uncoordinated. This leads to great uncertainty for working parents and considerable administrative work on the part…

  4. ZEW policy brief No. 17-03 // 2017

    Making the Most of the European Fiscal Board

    Following numerous reforms of fiscal governance in the eurozone since 2011, the year 2016 saw another important innovation: the founding of the European Fiscal Board (EFB) with the selection and appointment of…

  5. ZEW policy brief No. 17-02 // 2017

    Republican Tax Plan Would Destabilize Global Trade and Taxation

    Over the coming months President Trump will decide on whether to adopt the tax reform proposed by House Republicans. This decision could have a historic impact on international corporate taxation, with…

  6. ZEW policy brief No. 17-01 // 2017

    The European Commission's CC(C)TB Re-Launch

    With its Action Plan for a Fairer and Efficient Corporate Tax System (COM (2015) 302) published on 17 June 2015, the European Commission relaunched the idea of a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base…

  7. ZEW policy brief No. 16-08 // 2016

    Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung für die Zukunft der Arbeitswelt

    Technological change is increasingly turning the value chain into an automated and digitalised process. The digitalisation and automation of manufacturing processes is characterised by the use of increasingly…

  8. ZEW policy brief No. 16-07 // 2016

    Chances and Risks of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme

    The Eurozone debt crisis has revived the debate about deeper fiscal integration in the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Some observers argue that fiscal risk sharing is necessary to make the Eurozone…

  9. ZEW policy brief No. 16-06 // 2016

    Einhaltung der Schuldenbremse und Bewertung von Länderfusionen – Ergebnisse einer Umfrage in allen 16 Landesparlamenten

    Whereas this year has already seen the full effectiveness of the constitutional debt cap on a national level, the debt brake won't be binding for the federal states until 2020. In contrast to the debt cap on…