1. 13.12.2012 · ZEW (jgl)
    Research
    Real estate market | Financing | Real estate

    During the fourth quarter of 2012, the market participants' expectations regarding financing conditions on the German real estate market have hardly changed compared to the previous quarter. The German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) increased slightly by 0.2 points and now ranges at minus 25.6 points. It is thus close to its historical low of minus 26.7 points from the third quarter of 2012.

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  2. 13.12.2012 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Financial crisis | Monetary union | ECB

    "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it." The efforts on the part of some governments in the eurozone to set up a functional European banking union by the beginning of 2013 might certainly remind us of Polonius’s quip from Shakespeare’s drama "Hamlet". The "madness" lies in the impossibility of implementing this plan in only a few weeks. For the hurdles are numerous, ranging from its difficult legal underpinnings to the political complexity of creating an institution of this kind, which, after all, is intended to effectively oversee several thousand banks. The "method" is obvious, since only by creating a banking union will it be possible – in keeping with the 29 June 2012 resolutions of the Euro Group – to recapitalize banks that are in difficult through the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). It is apparent that a few governments simply cannot run fast enough in their efforts to obtain access to these funds, preferably in combination with a Europe-wide deposit guarantee.

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  3. 13.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Renewable Energies | price of electricity

    Next year, German consumers will have to dig much deeper into their pockets to support green electricity. A surcharge on electricity consumption used to finance subsidies, the so-called EEG levy, will jump from its current rate of about 3.6 cents to 5.3 cents. In light of the costs to consumers, ZEW environmental economist Andreas Löschel argues for moderation in expanding renewable energy.

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  4. 04.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Bulgaria

    A delegation of VUZF University from Bulgaria visited the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim on December 4, 2012. VUZF is the first Bulgarian university to specialise in finance, insurance, social insurance, management, and marketing. VUZF President Professor Grigorii Vazov, Vice President Detelina Smilova, Executive Director Radostin Vazov, as well as Ivo Stoicov were welcomed by ZEW's Director of Business and Administration, Thomas Kohl. Afterwards, the visitors exchanged ideas with Stephan Reichert, head of the Strategic Planning Unit at ZEW, on common research areas as well as on possible fields of cooperation.

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  5. 29.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    SEEK
    Knowledge | SEEK | Innovation

    Within the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), the state of Baden-Württemberg is funding international cooperation projects between researchers of all economic disciplines. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) now welcomes the submission of project proposals. The deadline for project proposals is January 31, 2013. Projects must be carried out in close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international project partners. For each project, the budget requested may be up to 200,000 euros for a duration of 12 to 18 months.

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  6. 29.11.2012 (ybr)
    Research
    Economic policy | EU Commission

    WWWforEurope (Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe) started in April 2012 as a four-year research project within the 7th Framework Programme funded by the European Commission. The project aims at contributing to a change of the actual economic policy towards a socio-ecological transition. To achieve this end and make an impact, WWWforEurope engages in an on-going dialogue with policy makers, stakeholders, and representatives of civil society. As one of the leading research partners, ZEW is engaged in four of five major research areas of this project which focuses on the European Welfare State, the environmental and biophysical dimension, innovation, industrial and innovation policy, and governance and institutions at the European level.

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  7. 28.11.2012 · ZEW/SEEK (ybr)
    SEEK
    SEEK

    How can the European Patent system be designed more efficiently? How is patent litigation dealt with currently across Europe, and where will the on-going harmonisation process take us? These are some of the questions that were discussed by European intellectual property (IP) economists, lawyers, legal scholars and representatives of the European Commission at the SEEK Workshop "Patent Litigation in Europe - A Story of War and Settlement" in Brussels.

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  8. 27.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Start-up dynamism | Information and communication

    In the urban centres Munich, Berlin, the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, Hamburg, and Cologne/Düsseldorf, the number of newly founded ICT companies is especially high. The start-up intensity, i.e. the number of start-ups per 10,000 persons between 18 and 64 years, is the largest within the ICT sector in these regions. This is one of the central findings of the study “Gründungsdynamik im ITK-Sektor” (Start-Up Dynamics in the ICT Sector), which was conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) with the support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and Deutsche Telekom.

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  9. 22.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Reform | Public Finance

    Demographic change, climate change, and the current state of public finances inevitably call for further reforms in Germany. But is there acceptance for such reforms at the moment? In a study on behalf of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Business), the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) examined the readiness of the Germans for changes, and how the population could be won over for reforms within the framework of a possible "Agenda 2030".

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  10. 21.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Public Events
    ZEW | Award | Personalia

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz received the "Merkur", the top award of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Stuttgart Region (IHK Region Stuttgart). IHK honours personalities who rendered outstanding services to the economy in the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Europe with the Merkur award. The award is named after the god Mercury, patron saint of merchants and tradesmen. Dr. Herbert Müller, president of IHK Region Stuttgart, presented the award to Franz on November 20, 2012, in Stuttgart.

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