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. 00-33 // 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-65 // 2000

    The Behaviour of Noise Traders - Empirical Evidence on Purchases of Business Magazines

    According to the prospect theory financial investors tend to sell winners too early and ride losers too long. Hence, financial investors are changing their positions more frequently in a bull market than in a…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 00-63 // 2000

    Consumption and Nutrition: Age-Intake Profiles for Czechoslovakia 1989-1992

    While health receives increasing attention from the economic profession, one can argue that the empirical analysis of household budgets has been motivated at the outset by an important aspect of the study of…

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