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 // 2021

    Cost Dynamics of Clean Energy Technologies

    The pace of the global decarbonization process is widely believed to hinge on the rate of cost improvements for clean energy technologies, in particular renewable power and energy storage. This paper adopts…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Energy Conversion and Storage: The Value of Reversible Power-to-Gas Systems

    In the transition to decarbonized energy systems, Power-to-Gas (PtG) processes have the potential to connect the existing markets for electricity and hydrogen. Specifically, reversible PtG systems can convert…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Corporate Carbon Reduction Pledges: An Effective Tool to Mitigate Climate Change?

    In the intensifying public debate about limiting the harmful effects of climate change, many global corporations have recently articulated so-called “net-zero” goals for reducing and ultimately eliminating their…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Working From Home During COVID-19 and Beyond: Survey Evidence From Employers

    Based on survey responses from more than 1,700 managers in Germany, this study elicits employers’ perceptions of working from home during COVID-19 and their long-term expectations for the time after the…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Dispelling the Shadow of Fiscal Dominance? Fiscal and Monetary Announcement Effects for Euro Area Sovereign Spreads in the Corona Pandemic

    We use event study regressions to compare the impact of EU monetary versus fiscal policy announcements on government bond spreads of ten euro member countries. Our motivation is to evaluate which of the two…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    The Strength of Weak and Strong Ties in Bridging Geographic and Cognitive Distances

    The proximity framework has attracted considerable attention in a scholarly discourse on the driving forces of knowledge exchange tie formation. It has been discussed that too much proximity is negatively…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    The Impact of Carbon Prices on Renewable Energy Support

    This paper examines how optimal renewable energy (RE) support (RES) policies need to be adjusted to account for carbon prices. We show theoretically and empirically that changing carbon prices requires…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Tax Strategy Disclosure: A Greenwashing Mandate

    Firms constantly face new and more stringent tax disclosure requirements and, increasingly, paying a fair share of tax is seen as part of corporate social responsibility. In this paper, we investigate whether…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Intergenerational Transmission of Lockdown Consequences: Prognosis of the Longer-Run Persistence of COVID-19 in Latin America

    The shock on human capital caused by COVID-19 is likely to have long lasting consequences, especially for children of low-educated families. Applying a counterfactual exercise we project the effects of school…

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