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. 22-036 // 2022

    The End of Work is Near, Isn’t It? Survey Evidence on Automation Angst

    We study the extent of automation angst and its role for policy preferences, labor market choices and real donation decisions using a customized survey in Germany and the US. We first document that a majority…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-035 // 2022

    International Trade and the Transmission of Temperature Shocks

    We examine how the adverse impacts of weather shocks are distributed through the trade network. Exploiting a rich, theoretically derived, fixed effects structure, we find significant negative short-run effects…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-034 // 2022

    How Patent Rights Affect University Science

    How do intellectual property rights influence academic science? We investigate the consequences of the introduction of software patents in the U.S. on the publications of university researchers in the field of…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-033 // 2022

    Patent Collateral and Access to Debt

    We investigate how intangible capital in form of intellectual property, such as patents, might mitigate financing constraints. While scholars have already argued that patents might have a signalling value…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-032 // 2022

    Democracy and the Quality of Economic Institutions: Theory and Evidence

    We present a simple model, illustrating how democracy may improve the quality of the economic institutions. The model further suggests that institutional quality varies more across autocracies than across…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-031 // 2022

    Adjustments of Local Labour Markets to the COVID-19 Crisis: the Role of Digitalisation and Working-from-Home

    Employment responses to the COVID-19 crisis differed widely across German local labour markets at the beginning of the pandemic, with differences in short-time work rates of up to 20 percentage points. We show…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-030 // 2022

    Targeted Bidders in Government Tenders

    A set-aside restricts participation in procurement contests to targeted firms. Despite being widely used, its effects on actual competition and contract outcomes are ambiguous. We pool a decade of US federal…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-029 // 2022

    College Openings and Local Economic Development

    We study how the presence of a college affects the local economy using administrative data. Our analysis exploits the opening of new institutions of tertiary education across Germany in the 1980s and 1990s. The…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-028 // 2022

    Better Us Later Than Me Now – Regulatee-Size and Time-Inconsistency as Determinants of Demand for Environmental Policies

    To adequately design and implement effective environmental policies, it is paramount for policymakers to understand preferences for regulatory instruments as well as their individual level determinants. In this…

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