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. 01-33 // 2001

    The Use of Flexible Working Contracts in West Germany: Evidence from an Establishment Panel

    This paper investigates under which conditions firms use fixed-term contracts, subcontracted and freelance work. Using a probit model which accounts for unobserved heterogeneity, we find that positive changes in…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-31 // 2001

    Product Innovation and Product Innovation Marketing: Theory and Microeconometric Evidence

    This paper derives a three stage Cournot–oligopoly game for product innovation, expenditure on introducing the product and competition on the product market. Product innovation is assumed to increase consumer…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-26 // 2001

    Effektive Steuerbelastungen bei Vorliegen ökonomischer Renten

    The measurement of the effective tax burden on profitable investments encounters many methodological problems. Some of them can be overcome by using an approach presented by Devereux and Griffith. Based on their…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-24 // 2001

    Corporate monitoring by blockholders in Europe: Empirical evidence of managerial disciplining in Belgium, France, Germany and the UK

    This study examines managerial disciplining in poorly performing firms using large panels for Belgian, French, German and UK firms. We consider the monitoring role of large blockholders, the market for share…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-23 // 2001

    Evaluating the Impact of Public Start-up Assistance - Results from an Econometric Approach

    This paper analyzes the medium-term growth performance of firms that exclusively received start-up assistance from programs administered by the Deutsche Ausgleichsbank (DtA), a state owned bank, within two years…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-21 // 2001

    Energy Taxes and Employment: A Do-it-yourself Simulation Model

    Our paper deals with the welfare and employment effects of green tax reforms. In the first part we develop a flexible, interactive simulation model which is accessible under http://brw.zew.de. Users can specify…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-16 // 2001

    Public Deficits and Borrowing Costs: The Missing Half of Market Discipline

    EMU driven interest rate convergence has led to a significant reduction of borrowing costs for some European governments in the second half of the nineties. The paper deals with the possible consequences for…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-14 // 2001

    Cooperation in International Environmental Negotiations due to a Preference for Equity

    This paper demonstrates that cooperation in international environmental negotiations can be explained by preferences for equity. Within a N-country prisoner’s dilemma in which agents can either cooperate or…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 01-13 // 2001

    FIML Estimation of a Bivariate Probit Selection Rule - An Application on Firm Growth and Subsidisation

    This study applies a full information maximum likelihood (FIML) estimator of the sample selection model with bivariate selection rule for the investigation of the impact of subsidised firm foundation from…

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