1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 19.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Forecasting technique | Visiting Researcher

    Maiting Zhuang was visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Group "Growth and Business Cycles" from November 5-16, 2012. Maiting Zhuang is a eurozone analyst at the Bank of England in London and is currently part of the Americas & Asia team. She studied economics with a focus on development economics at the London School of Economics (LSE). During her stay she exchanged ideas with ZEW researchers on forecasting methods and problems of the euro crisis.

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  6. 19.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel | Corporate Finance

    In November 2012, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the KfW Bankengruppe jointly presented the current report on the KfW/ZEW Start-Up Panel. Under the title "Start with Strategy – Labour Turnover and Financing Behaviour of Young Companies" (Start mit Strategie – Beschäftigungfluktuation und Finanzierungsverhalten junger Unternehmen), the report especially examines strategic decisions regarding personnel management and financing decisions of start-ups. In addition, the report contains information on aggregated closure rates of young companies as well as on the determinants of start-ups’ individual likelihood to survive.

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  7. 19.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies (MPS+)
    Knowledge Transfer and Qualification Programmes | Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies (MPS+)

    Experts and executives from government institutions from China, Burma, and Vietnam successfully concluded the qualification programme “Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies” (MPS+) at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. After ten weeks of intensive training, the participants were handed out their certificates by ZEW President Wolfgang Franz in a ceremony on November 15, 2012.

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  8. 16.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Conferences
    Financial crisis | ZEW Research Seminar

    Dr. Marcel Fratzscher addressed a controversial issue that is currently fuelling worldwide political debate at the ZEW Research Seminar: he discussed the results of a study on the global impact of the monetary policy measures by the American Central Bank Federal Reserve (Fed).

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  9. 15.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Conferences
    European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) | Emissions trading

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Australian National University (ANU) jointly organised the conference entitled "The Rise of Emissions Trading in Asia: Established Principles - Novel Practices" in Mannheim on November 12-13, 2012. Some 30 international experts exchanged ideas on current global trends with establishing emissions trading schemes. Developments and the mechanisms of already existing emissions trading schemes as well as upcoming approaches in China, South Korea, and Australia were discussed. The conference was conducted within the framework of the project "Sustainable Partners - Partners for Sustainability: Emerging Emission Trading Schemes in the People’s Republic of China" promoted by Robert Bosch Foundation.

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  10. 07.11.2012 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Social inequality | ZEW President

    Since the middle of the last decade the situation on the German labour market has made a significant change for the better. The number of people in employment increased by 2.7 million between 2005 and 2012. This trend was mirrored by a significant drop in unemployment to the lowest level since German reunification. These successes have been accompanied by a change in public perceptions regarding the labour market. The actual number of people in work and out of work is no longer the key issue. What matters now are factors such as the "quality" of employment conditions and justice in terms of income distribution. In particular, widespread poverty caused by much-maligned "starvation wages" - especially in low-paid work - and increasing wage divergence in relation to educational attainment are the focus of vehement and sometimes acrimonious debate. This debate has found various forms of expression, including recent campaigns for more equitable wage distribution.

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