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 No. 02-63 // 2002

    The Empirical Assessment of Technology Differences: Comparing the Comparable

    This paper compares technologies across space and time on the basis of factual and counterfactual substitution elasticities and argues that differences in estimated substitution elasticities should be decomposed…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-60 // 2002

    The Rationale for Wage Rigidity: Survey Evidence from German and US Firms

    The study provides evidence for the rationale of wage rigidity in Germany compared to the United States. Based on a survey of 801 firms, we extend the study of Campbell and Kanlani (1997, this journal) by using…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-57 // 2002

    The Prospects of Capital Markets in Central and Eastern Europe

    The picture of the securities exchanges and financial sectors in CEE countries is still relatively unfavorable. The CEE securities exchanges – with the only exception of the Warsaw Stock Exchange – are, in…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-56 // 2002

    Forecasting Economic Activity in Germany - How Useful are Sentiment Indicators?

    We analyze four economic sentiment indicators for the German economy regarding their ability to forecast economic activity. Using cross correlations and Granger causality tests we find that the ifo business…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-55 // 2002

    What Determines Relative Sectoral Investment Patterns in EU Regions?

    This study analyses relative sectoral investment patterns in EU regions. In an exploratory spatial data analysis, spatial clusters of high relative investments can be identified for some sectors. In the…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-45 // 2002

    Wage Penalties for Career Interruptions. An Empirical Analysis for West Germany

    This paper examines the wage effects of different types of career interruptions. We consider the timing and duration of non-employment spells by exploiting an administrative data set of German social security…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-30 // 2002

    In Search of a Rationale for Differentiated Environmental Taxes

    Environmental tax schemes in OECD countries often involve tax rates differentiated across industrial, commercial and household sectors. In this paper, we investigate four potentially important arguments for…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-08 // 2002

    Environmental Tax Differentiation Between Industries and Households - Implications for Efficiency and Employment

    This paper investigates the economic impacts of environmental tax reforms designed to reach given emission reduction targets for the German economy. Our focus is on the efficiency and employment implications of…

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