1. 05.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Public Debt

    Despite the strains of the European debt crisis, Germany's economy has remained fairly stable relative to other eurozone countries. This is the conclusion of the latest Joint Economic Forecast (or Gemeinschaftsdiagnose), a biannual economic assessment issued by leading research institutes in the German-speaking world. Dr. Marcus Kappler, chief ZEW researcher involved in drafting the report, answers our questions.

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  2. 25.10.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz | ZEW

    ZEW employee Lisa Sattel completed her apprenticeship as an office communication assistant and a foreign language correspondent at ZEW with great success. The Leibniz Association acknowledged her commitment by nominating her for the Leibniz Apprenticeship Award 2012.

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  3. 24.10.2012 (ybr)
    Research

    The German economy is on the upswing. The institutes forecast an increase of the real gross domestic product by 3.5 percent in 2010 and 2.0 percent in 2011. The situation on the labour market will continue to improve. For the first time since 1992, the number of unemployed is expected to be below 3 millions. The government’s deficit rate is expected to decrease to 2.7 percent.

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  4. 19.10.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Economic forecast | Delegation

    A high-level delegation of 25 representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology visited the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim on October 19, 2012. Through an extensive exchange of information, the guests from China gained valuable insights into the research work conducted at ZEW and the areas on which ZEW research units focus. The members of the delegation were especially interested in ZEW’s expertise in economic forecasts and in possibilities to employ ZEW’s methods for the Chinese context.

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  5. 11.10.2012 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    ZEW President | Public Debt

    As the European debt crisis grinds on, some countries, especially Italy and Spain, have complained that despite having initiated reforms they must pay "unreasonably" high interest rates to finance their national debt. They have asked the European Central Bank (ECB) to buy up their bonds in order to assure a maximum interest rate that is "reasonable". The ECB intends to follow through by purchasing government bonds but without setting an explicit interest rate target as long as the countries in question promise to satisfy certain reform conditions under the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

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  6. 11.10.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Research | Patent

    In many areas of technology, the road to new products leads through a dense thicket of existing patents that threatens to hinder innovation. A new ZEW study has found that patent rights are often distributed among many companies, creating the risk of blockades to innovation. Dr. Georg Licht explains the long-term consequences.

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  7. 08.10.2012 · zew (ybr)
    Conferences
    Conference

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) held the International Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship (CoDE) October 4-5, 2012. The conference was sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.

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  8. 25.09.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Regulation | Visiting Researcher | Competition

    Professor Michael Waterson, PhD, was visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Group "Competition and Regulation" from September 17-25, 2012. Michal Waterson is Professor at the University of Warwick, UK. He was the general editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, President of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) as well as a specialist advisor to a Select Committee of the House of Lords. Moreover, he was a member of several editorial boards for journals, e.g. the International Journal of Industrial Organisation. His current research activities in industrial economics include the development of competition in energy supply and the modeling of vertical linkages and market entry in various industrial sectors. During his stay, he focused on questions regarding the energy sector. His research activities at ZEW were located within the framework of the Helmholtz Alliance "ENERGY TRANS", of which ZEW is a member.

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  9. 24.09.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Conferences
    Climatology | Environmental protection

    Since Monday, September 24,2012, numerous scientists from renowned research institutions from six European countries have been guests at ZEW in Mannheim. They are participating in the two-day opening conference of the research project "ENTRACTE - Economic Instruments to Achieve Climate Targets in Europe”. The conference is the kick-off for several studies that will be dealing with the interaction of different policy instruments in Europe over the next two and half years. ENTRACTE is funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme to develop recommendations to make the European climate policy more effective and efficient.

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  10. 20.09.2012 (ybr)
    SEEK

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are pleased to announce the SEEK workshop "Patent Litigation in Europe – A Story of War and Settlement", scheduled for November 22, 2012, in Brussels. The international workshop is located within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). It aims to thoroughly discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of the current and potential future patent litigation system in the EU.

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