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. 23-036 // 2023

    Multinational Firms in Tax Havens – Corporate Motives, Regulatory Countermeasures, and Recent Statistics

    We investigate multinational firms' activities in tax havens and regulatory efforts to curb these activities in three steps. First, we discuss the evolution of information exchange and disclosure regimes among…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-035 // 2023

    Strategic Management in Public Procurement: The Role of Dynamic Capabilities in Equity and Efficiency

    A key issue in strategic management in the public sector is how government creates economic and social value through procurement. Unfortunately, most procurement studies are based on contract theories, which…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-034 // 2023

    Homeownership Rates, Housing Policies, and Co-residence Decisions

    Homeownership rates differ widely across European countries. We document that part of this variation is driven by differences in the fraction of adults co-residing with their parents. Comparing Germany and…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-033 // 2023

    Would You Like to Super-Size Your Car? The Effect Of Environmental Subsidies on Emissions

    I study the impact of subsidies for Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) on carbon emissions. I show that subsidizing innovations without considering consumer behavior can harm the environment. I provide descriptive…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-032 // 2023

    Not as Good as it Used to Be: Do Streaming Platforms Penalize Quality?

    We study the incentives of a streaming platform to bias consumption when products are vertically differentiated. The platform offers mixed bundles of content to monetize consumers’ interest in variety and pays…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-031 // 2023

    Skills Shortage and Innovation Openness

    Skills shortage has become a key policy issue in highly developed and innovation-oriented economies, with non-negligible consequences on firms’ innovation activities. We investigate the effect of skills shortage…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-030 // 2023

    Long-Run Consequences of Informal Elderly Care and Implications of Public Long-Term Care Insurance

    We estimate a dynamic structural model of labor supply, retirement, and informal care supply, incorporating labor market frictions and the German tax and benefit system. We find that in the absence of Germany’s…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-029 // 2023

    Full Surplus Extraction from Colluding Bidders

    I consider a repeated auction setting with colluding buyers and a seller who adjusts reserve prices over time without long-term commitment. To model the seller’s concern for collusion, I introduce a new…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 23-028 // 2023

    Too Much “Skin in the Game” Ruins the Game: Evidence From Managerial Capital Gains Taxes

    Co-investment, often seen as a remedy for agency problems, may incentivize managers to cater to own preferences. We provide evidence that mutual fund managers with considerable co-investment stakes alter…

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