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. 22-019 // 2022

    Regional Structural Change and the Effects of Job Loss

    Routine-intensive occupations have been declining in many countries, but how does this affect individual workers’ careers if this decline is particularly severe in their local labor market? This paper uses…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-018 // 2022

    The Interplay between Product Innovation, Publishing, Patenting and Developing Standards

    Firms use a variety of practices to disclose the knowledge generated by their R&D activities, including, but not limited to, publishing findings in scientific journals, patenting new technologies, and…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-017 // 2022

    Preferred Field of Study and Academic Performance

    This paper investigates the impact of studying the first-choice university subject on dropout and switching field of study for a cohort of students in Germany. Using detailed survey data, and employing an…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-016 // 2022

    Entry in First-price Auctions with Signaling

    We study the optimal entry fee in a symmetric private value first-price auction with signaling, in which the participation decisions and the auction outcome are used by an outside observer to infer the bidders’…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-015 // 2022

    Effects of Information-Based Regulation on Financial Outcomes: Evidence From the European Union’s Public Emission Registry

    Information-based policies play an important role in environmental protection efforts around the world. These policies use information provision and/or disclosure to shape behavior in order to meet the policy…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-014 // 2022

    Computers as Stepping Stones? Technological Change and Equality of Labor Market Opportunities

    This paper analyzes whether technological change improves equality of labor market opportunities by decreasing returns to parental background. We find that in Germany during the 1990s, computerization improved…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-013 // 2022

    Gone with the Wind: The Effect of Air Pollution on Crime - Evidence from Germany

    Recent evidence suggests a positive impact of air pollution on crime in large cities. We provide first evidence on the potential effect of air pollution on criminal activity using a broader set of geographical…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-012 // 2022

    Are the Supporters of Socialism the Losers of Capitalism? Conformism in East Germany and Transition Success

    The empirical literature is inconclusive about whether a country’s democratization has a long-lasting impact on former supporters or opponents of the bygone regime. With newly available individual-level data of…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-011 // 2022

    The Rise of Process Claims: Evidence From a Century of U.S. Patents

    We document the occurrence of process claims in granted U.S. patents over the last century. Using novel data on the type of independent patent claims, we show an increase in the annual share of process claims of…

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