The Mannheim-based ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research is a leading German economic policy institute and a member of the Leibniz Association. The researchers at ZEW work in the field of applied empirical research.

ZEW conducts evidence-based economic policy research on a range of high-visibility topics, including the digital transformation, demographic change, European integration, and the energy transition. As an independent research institute that is home to a broad spectrum of expertise, ZEW advises key political decision-makers while actively contributing to important public debates.


The two main pillars of ZEW’s work are:

  • economic policy research
  • evidence-based policy advising

ZEW's applied research aims to study and help design well-performing markets and institutions in Europe. In particular, it seeks to understand how to create a market framework that will enable the sustainable and efficient development of European economies. ZEW also offers evidence-based policy advising. The size of ZEW and the broad spectrum of topics studied by our research units enable us to take on major commissioned projects in economic policy.