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. 99-12 // 1999

    Berufliche Weiterbildung und Existenzgründung

    This study investigates the determinants of self-employment and the effects of con-tinuous vocational training among new self-employed and job movers. The analysis is based on a cross section of individual…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-08 // 1999

    What's on their Mind: Do Exchange RateForecasters Stick to Theoretical Models ?

    Do financial market analysts use structural economic models whenforecasting exchange rates? This is the leading question analysedin this paper. In contrast to other studies we use expectations datainstead of…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-02 // 1999

    Existenzgründerpotentiale unter Arbeitsuchenden: Empirische Evidenz auf der Basis des Mikrozensus

    In April 1995, 5.3 million people in Germany were on the lookout for a new job opportunity. 177,000 or nearly 3% of those were searching for an opportunity to get self-employed. In this study the determinants of…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-18 // 1999

    Der Einfluß der Grenznähe auf die Standwahl von Unternehmen: Eine theoretische Analyse und empirische Befunde für Ostdeutschland

    This paper analyses the effects of the creation or removal ofborders on firms' profits and their optimal location in an autarkicregion. A firm chooses a position close to a border if a crucialdegree of openness…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-63 // 1999

    Product Market Competition, Corporate Governance and Firm Performance: An Empirical Analysis for Germany

    Productivity growth has been slow in many continental European countries overthe last few decades, especially in comparison with the United States. It has been argued thatlack of product market competition and…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-61 // 1999

    Modeling German Unification in a Disequilibrium Framework

    Unification fundamentally changed the terms of quantitative macroeconomic analysis for Germany. Two main areas concerned are data availability for the eastern part of Germany and structural changes within the…

  7. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-60 // 1999

    New Evidence on Ownership Structures in Germany

    Ownership structures are an important element of the theory explaining corporate governance. This study presents detailed descriptive evidence on the ownership structures of German manufacturing firms. It…

  8. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-59 // 1999

    Technological Innovations and the Expected Demand for Skilled Labour at the Firm Level

    AbstractThis paper analyses the link between technological product and processes innovations and expectations about future employment for different types of labour in manufacturing. The empirical model allows…

  9. ZEW Discussion Paper No. 99-57 // 1999

    Der Flächentarifvertrag: Eine kritische Würdigung aus ökonomischer Sicht

    This paper examines critically the system of industry-level wage bargaining in Germany. More specifically, it shows that the importance of industry-level wage bargaining declines in Germany and that one major…

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