This is the place for anyone interested in economics and science
The ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim is a non-profit and independent institute with the legal form of a limited liability company (GmbH). ZEW is a member of the Leibniz Association. Founded in 1990 on the basis of a public-private initiative in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in co-operation with the University of Mannheim, ZEW is one of Germany's leading economic research institutes, and enjoys a strong reputation throughout Europe.
Politically relevant research and science-based policy advice – that is what ZEW stands for.
ZEW is one of Germany’s leading economic research institutes and enjoys a strong reputation throughout Europe. It is a member of the Leibniz Association. Our mission is to conduct research for the benefit of society. In our scientific work – e.g. on digitalisation and innovation, taxes and pensions, equal opportunities and climate protection – we therefore focus on practice-oriented issues. In doing so, our guiding mission is to study the optimal performance and the design of markets and institutions in Europe.
The two main pillars of ZEW’s work are:
- economic policy research
- evidence-based policy advising
Our research topics
The ZEW´s research guiding principle runs through all nine research units. These form the core of ZEW. Due to our broad spectrum of content, we are able to address central economic issues and enrich the economic policy debate.
In addition, ZEW’s scientific expertise manifests in three overarching focus topics:
How we do our research
Institutional funding by the federal and state government institutions is the financing basis for ZEW’s research work, accounting for around 60 per cent. Most of the remaining 40 percent of the Institute's financial resources are obtained from research projects for third parties, including the European Commission, ministries and institutions of the federal and state governments, as well as companies, associations, and local authorities.
ZEW's work is conceptually and financially supported by the ZEW Sponsors' Association for Science and Practice (Registered Society), which was founded in 1993. The firms belonging to this organisation facilitate a constant exchange between the domains of research and practice.
Best Academic Practice Guidelines at ZEW
In order to fulfil its responsibility in research, ZEW has committed itself to follow strict guidelines to ensure good scientific practice. The current guidelines are available upon request from the ombudspersons. Professor Irene Bertschek and Professor Christoph Böhringer have been appointed as ombudspersons.
Sustainability at ZEW
By signing Baden-Württemberg’s WIN Charta in 2017, ZEW officially committed itself to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The ZEW target concept (PDF file, not barrier-free, 692 KB, German), which was submitted to the state of Baden-Württemberg in March 2018, defines the goals and intended measures for increasing sustainability at the institute. The status of implementation as well as planned future measures are outlined in an annual sustainability report, documenting ZEW’s contribution to sustainability.
Our communication channels
In order to make the results of ZEW’s research and advisory work visible and to satisfy the needs of our target audience, we use a variety of communication channels: