ZEW Discussion Papers


Researchers at the ZEW participate in scientific debates by publishing their papers. The papers are predominantly in English (marked). For the German papers an English abstract is available. The contributions are intended for a final publication in special interest titles. The discussion papers can be downloaded as PDF or PostScript files starting from 1.1.1998. They aimed at national and international target groups.

  1. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Mapping Technologies to Business Models. An Application to Clean Technologies and Entrepreneurship

    Theory suggests that new market entrants play a special role for the creation of new technological pathways required for the development and di usion of more sustainable forms of production, consumption,…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    The Value of Decentralization Using the Blockchain

    Although blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity over the past years, there does not seem to be a consensus if they bring any value to economic interactions. In this paper, I argue…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    The Intention-Behavior Gap in Climate Change Adaptation

    Most empirical studies on private climate change adaptation rely on self-reported intentions which often fail to translate into real actions. Consequently, this strand of literature can only insufficiently…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Non-standard Choice in Matching Markets

    We explore the possibility of designing matching mechanisms that can accommodate non-standard choice behavior. We pin down the necessary and sufficient conditions on participants’ choice behavior for the…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Collective Minimum Contributions to Counteract the Ratchet Effect in the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods

    We experimentally test a theoretically promising amendment to the ratchet-up mechanism of the Paris Agreement. The ratchet-up mechanism prescribes that parties’ commitments to the global response to climate…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Executive Compensation Tied to ESG Performance: International Evidence

    This paper examines the reliance on ESG metrics in executive compensation contracts. In our sample of international publicly traded firms, a rapidly growing fraction incorporate ESG metrics in the compensation…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Corporate Carbon Emission Statements

    Current corporate disclosures regarding carbon emissions lack commonly accepted accounting rules. The accrual accounting system for carbon emissions described here is grounded in the rules of historical cost…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Willingness to Volunteer Among Remote Workers Is Insensitive to the Team Size

    Volunteering is a widespread allocation mechanism in the workplace. It emerges naturally in software development or the generation of online knowledge platforms. Using a field experiment with more than 2000…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2022

    Political Consequences of Consumer Debt Relief

    We study consumer debt relief as a tool of distributive politics and ask if debt relief can influence elections. We utilize quasi-experimental variation generated by a very large debt relief program enacted in…

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