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. 02-03 // 2002

    Public Sector Centralization and Productivity Growth: Reviewing the German Experience

    The paper examines the role of the vertical structure of the public sector for economic growth in Germany in a long–term perspective. A theoretical model shows that, due to spillover effects of public service…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-14 // 2002

    Die Ökologische Steuerreform in Deutschland - ein umweltpolitisches Feigenblatt

    We assess the design of the recent environmental tax reform in Germany. Based on fundamental welfare economics we argue that extensive tax reductions and rebates in favour of energy-intensive …

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-04 // 2002

    Do Innovation Subsidies Crowd Out Private Investment? Evidence from the German Service Sector

    This paper analyses the impact of public innovation subsidies on private innovation expenditure. In the empirical economic literature there is still no common support for the hypothesis of either a…

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

    The Impact of Venture Capital on Firm Growth: An Empirical Investigation

    The financial and non-financial involvement of venture capitalists is supposed to be positively correlated with firm performance. This paper deals with the evaluation of the impact of venture capitalists on…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-01 // 2002

    Immigration and Heterogeneous Labor in Western Germany

    This paper presents a methodology to identify net demand shocks as well as wage rigidities in heterogeneous labor markets on the basis of nonparametric regression. We show how this approach can be used to make…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-28 // 2001

    Agglomeration Tendencies in EU Regions: Where Does Capital Go?

    This paper focuses on two aspects being neglected in the analysis of agglomeration tendencies so far. First, it regards regional agglomeration patterns and secondly, the allocation of capital across industrial…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-29 // 2001

    The unification bonus (malus) in postwall Eastern Germany

    This paper presents estimates of the unification bonus for East Germans over the period 1991 to 1998. The unification bonus is defined as the discounted value of the difference between a person’s actual income…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-30 // 2001

    Determinants of acquisition and failure: Stylized facts and lessons for empirical studies

    This study provides new stylized facts on the determinants of corporate failure and acquisition in Germany. It also offers important lessons for the design of empirical studies. We show that firms experiencing…

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