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. 22-044 // 2022

    Policy Uncertainty and Inventor Mobility

    We follow the migration patterns of European inventors and find evidence of a novel emigration determinant: policy uncertainty. We find that policy uncertainty raises the rate of inventor emigration by a notable…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-043 // 2022

    Mandatory Financial Information Disclosure and Credit Ratings

    When firms are forced to publicly disclose financial information, credit rating agencies are supposed to improve their risk assessments. Theory predicts such an information quality effect but also an adverse…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-042 // 2022

    Lessons From the EU Effort Sharing Decision for Supranational Climate Cooperation: A Firm-Level Analysis

    As an example of supranational climate policy coordination for sectors not covered by carbon trading, the European Effort Sharing Decision set national targets for emission reductions for the time period…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-041 // 2022

    Job Loss and Household Labor Supply Adjustments in Developing Countries: Evidence From Argentina

    Using longitudinal data for Argentina, we estimate the labor supply reaction of spouses and children to their husband’s or father’s job loss. Our findings show that job loss by the household head has a positive…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-040 // 2022

    Motivate the Crowd or Crowd-Them Out? The Impact of Local Government Spending on the Voluntary Provision of a Green Public Good

    Cities are increasingly hold accountable for climate action. By demonstrating their pro-environmentality through own climate-related activities, they not at least aspire to encourage individual climate…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-039 // 2022

    Trade Secret Protection and R&D Investment of Family Firms

    Family firms are known for their reluctance to invest in research and development. We show that strengthened trade secret protection is associated with higher R&D investment by family firms. More specifically,…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-038 // 2022

    Do Manufacturing Plants Respond to Exogenous Changes in Electricity Prices? Evidence From Administrative Micro-Data

    Climate policy often implies increasing energy prices. Due to incomplete regulation across the globe, concerns about their competitiveness and employment effects play an important role in the policy debate.…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 22-037 // 2022

    Disparities in Financial Literacy, Pension Planning, and Saving Behavior

    Financial literacy affects wealth accumulation, and pension planning plays a key role in this relationship. In a large field experiment, we employ a digital pension aggregation tool to confront a treatment group…

  9. 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…

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