1. 15.02.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Qualified workers | Skills shortage

    Germany is often criticised for producing too few university graduates compared with other countries. Most recently, the OECD warned that too few young people are pursuing university education in this country. Yet Friedhelm Pfeiffer, an educational economist at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), considers this focus to be too narrow.

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  2. 13.02.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    ZEW Sponsors' Association for Science and Practice | Environmental protection
    Group picture

    The Sponsors Association for Science and Practice at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) promotes a closer connection and cooperation between the areas of economy and research. On January 23, 2012, ZEW President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz and Director of Business and Administration Thomas Kohl welcomed approx. 30 representatives from member companies of the ZEW Sponsors Association to the first Sponsors Association Breakfast. The objective of the event was to foster the dialogue between science and economy on recent developments in the German energy and climate policy in a pleasant and constructive atmosphere.

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  3. 09.02.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    The qualification of its staff is very important to ZEW. Last year, several dissertations were completed at ZEW. We would like to thank all supervisors, especially the first advisors.

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  4. 08.02.2012 (ybr)
    Conferences

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) are jointly organising a conference on "New Directions in the Voluntary Provision of International Public Goods", scheduled for April 17-18, 2012, in Mannheim, Germany. International and global public goods are increasingly attracting attention on the political agenda, thereby reinforcing interest in the theory of the voluntary provision of public goods. This conference brings together renowned researchers in order to present their theoretical, experimental, and empirical work. Furthermore, it aims to thoroughly discuss and advance new directions in the research on the voluntary provision of international public goods. We invite interested participants (non-presenters) to register no later than March 19, 2012, via our registration site. Please note that only a limited number of non-presenters will be able to attend. The conference fee is EUR 110, covering conference materials, coffee breaks, and first conference day's lunch.

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  5. 25.01.2012 (ybr)
    Research

    From January 30 to August 1, 2012, Prof. Dr. Hongxia Duan from the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University is visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management". The focus of her research is on environmental economics and its application in environmental planning and management. During her stay at ZEW, she will deal with the development of emission trading systems as well as the willingness in China to pay for climate protection. For the time of her stay she receives a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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  6. 23.01.2012 (ybr)
    Research

    From January 30 to April 30, 2012, Olga Slivko is visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management". She is researcher and PhD student at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. The focus of her research is on economics of innovation, contract theory, and applied econometrics. During her stay at ZEW, she will deal with patent activities in the field of key technologies. In addition, she will continue her work on the effect of spillovers and competitive pressure on R&D strategies of companies.

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  7. 16.01.2012 (ybr)
    Personnel

    The study "International Diversification Benefits with Foreign Exchange Investment Styles" developed at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has received the BlackRock Research Award 2011 awarded by the Institute of Global Finance (IGF) at the University of New South Wales. The authors of the paper, Tim-Alexander Kroencke, Prof. Dr. Felix Schindler and Dr. Andreas Schrimpf, received the award during the 24th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference in Sydney. Their awarded paper critically deals with the diversification options presented to investors by adding currency strategies in an international mixed-asset portfolio. The research findings show that especially the application of carry trade strategies, but also of momentum and value strategies holds great diversification potentials for currencies that are statistically as well as economically highly significant. Taking investment restrictions and transaction costs as well as out-of-sample analyses into account, the findings proof to be solid.

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  8. 13.01.2012 (ybr)
    Personnel

    From January 16 to March 15, 2012, Enrica De Cian, PhD, is visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management". She works as researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Venice. She received her PhD from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where she lectures, too. Her main research interests include energy-climate modelling, technical change, climate change adaptation, and climate coalition formation. During her stay at ZEW she will be mainly involved in the SEEK project "Diffusion of Climate-Friendly Technologies – The Role of Intellectual Property Rights, Human Capital and Environmental Policy".

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  9. 13.01.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    ZEW | Award | Labour Market

    Dr. Jens Mohrenweiser was honoured by the Erich Gutenberg Society in Cologne with the young researcher award for his doctoral thesis "The Causes and Consequences of Apprenticeship Training - An Economic and Econometric Analysis". The prize was awarded by Chairman Prof. Dr. Ralf Gössinger during the annual meeting of the Erich Gutenberg Society in Cologne on November 27, 2011. In his thesis, Dr. Mohrenweiser investigates the motivation of companies to train apprentices and the consequences on interventions in the areas of human resources and labour market policy. After obtaining his doctoral degree (doctoral advisor: Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, he joined the ZEW Research Department "Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy".

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  10. 19.12.2011 (ybr)
    Guests at ZEW
    Visiting Researcher

    From December 12-15, 2011, a group of researchers from Sophia University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Tokyo, Japan) were visiting the ZEW research department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management". Toshi H. Arimura (Sophia University), Shiro Takeda (Kantogakuen University/Sophia University), Hakaru Iguchi (Sophia University) and Masato Yamazaki (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are experienced researchers in the fields of CGE modelling, the economic analysis of carbon markets, and other environmental policies. On December 13, 2011, together with ZEW researchers, they presented their current work at the in-house "Sophia ZEW Workshop on Energy and Climate Policy". Therefore the workshop offered a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss about energy policy modelling and the empirical study of environmental regulation from different international perspectives.

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