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. 00-25 // 2000

    Research Cooperation and Research Expenditures

    This paper derives a three stage Cournot duopoly game for research collaboration, research expenditures and product market competition. The amount of knowledge firms can absorb from other firms is made…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-05 // 2000

    Cohort Effects and the Returns to Education in West Germany

    Using a Mincer-type wage function, we estimate cohort effects in the returns to education for West German workers born between 1925 and 1974. The main problem to be tackled in the specification is to separately…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-33 // 2000

    Collective Wage Agreements and Adjustments in German Services Firms

    There is a growing concern about collective wage agreement and employment dynamics in Germany. In this paper, evidence is provided on the way collective wage agreements affect the adjustment of working hours,…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-64 // 2000

    What Characterizes a Fast Growing Firm?

    This paper seeks to empirically identify factors that influence the probability of being a fast growing firm in Eastern and Western Germany.Descriptive analyses have shown that most firms experience only small…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-70 // 2000

    Imposing and Testing Curvature conditions on a Box-Cox Function

    Many empirical studies in applied production analysis are based on functional forms that have to satisfy some curvature conditions in order to be compatible with microeconomic theory. Curvature conditions means…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-69 // 2000

    How Much Does a Year off Cost? - Estimating the Wage Effects of Employment Breaks and Part-Time Periods

    Discontinuities in the employment profile are supposed to cause wage cuts since they imply an interruption in the accumulation of human capital as well as a depreciation of the human capital stock built up in…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-68 // 2000

    Management Control and Innovative Activity

    This paper discusses the different incentives of managers versus firm owners to invest in innovative activities. Economic theory proposes different incentives in owner-led firms and manager-controlled firms. In…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-67 // 2000

    Control Transfers in Corporate Germany: Their Frequency, Causes and Consequences

    For a sample of almost 1000 German companies through the years 1987-1994 this study shows that there is a significant market for large share blocks. The vast majo-rity of block transfers leads to changes in…

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