Research at ZEW

ZEW conducts evidence-based economic policy research on a range of high-visibility topics, including the digital transformation, European integration, and the energy transition.

These are tackled by ZEW’s research units.

Current projects

  1. Project // 01.11.2022 – 28.02.2023

    The Economic Contribution of Family Firms

    The majority of businesses in Germany are family businesses. The economic significance of family businesses and their special features compared to other businesses have been examined in recent years in studies by…

  2. Project // 01.11.2022 – 31.10.2025

    Market and policy mechanisms for decarbonizing the power sector in the EU and China

    Countries representing more than 65% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and more than 70% of the world economy have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century. A critical aspect of achieving the goal…

  3. Project // 01.11. – 31.12.2022

    Concept for a monitoring system on knowledge and technology transfer in Switzerland

    This aim of this study is

    1. To identify and describe indicators to be included in a national monitoring of knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) in Switzerland, including the definition of the indicators as well…
  4. Project // 01.11. – 31.12.2022

    Study on Financing and Public Support for Green Start-ups

    The study analyses the potential for green start-ups in Germany as well as the specific financing needs and need for public support of this particular group of new firms. Based on the findings, some principles…

  5. Project // 01.10.2022 – 31.08.2023

    The Incidence of Tax Evasion: Experimental Evidence from Italy

    Economic theory predicts that the incidence of a commodity tax like the Value Added Tax (VAT) will be distributed between buyers and sellers depending on the relative elasticities of supply and demand. Standard…

  6. Project // 15.09.2022 – 31.01.2023

    Experience with the Administration of the German R&D Tax Credit in the Mechanical Engineering Industry

    The aim of the study is to conduct, together with the Association of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry (VDMA), a survey among VDMA member firms on the use of the newly introduced R&D tax credit in…