Opinion Piece by ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach
27.05.2020 · ZEW ()
| EU Commission
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the EU Commission, has expressed concern about the “big differences” in state aid granted by the Member States in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, she fears that Germany’s aid programmes are giving its companies an advantage over those in countries whose governments cannot afford similar levels of support.
The coronavirus crisis and its severe consequences for the economy are currently still the most important problem to tackle. Measures to combat the pandemic have top priority in political decisions. Climate experts are right to point out, however, that the threat of global warming has lost none of its urgency. ZEW took this as an opportunity to discuss the coronavirus, climate protection and the resulting challenges for the transformation of transport systems in the third edition of the newly established digital format, #ZEWlive. The event, entitled “Mannheim’s Transition to New Forms of Mobility”, took place as part of the ZEW series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.
2020 ZEW Public Finance Conference: Coronavirus Edition
22.05.2020 · ZEW (jno/ybr)
| Corporate taxation
This year’s ZEW Public Finance Conference discussed the progress made in local public economics, leading the way in the digital sphere – the public finance conference that took place online on 8 May 2020 was one of the first large economic conferences held during the coronavirus pandemic. Around 120 international researchers from different time zones came together in this virtual space to discuss the topic “Advances in Local Public Economics” as well as issues at the interface of public finance and political economy.
The coronavirus crisis has not only severely affected many European countries, but is also putting European cohesion to the test. While the Member States and institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Commission are largely united on the need for a European response to the crisis, there is still disagreement on how the aid measures should be implemented. Who will provide the financial means? Should their allocation be linked to reform conditions? And what will happen after the crisis?
This year, the Meritum Promotion Prize of the Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V. has been awarded to the YES! – Young Economic Summit project. ZEW Mannheim, academic partner for YES! and mentor of the winning teams of the past three years, congratulates Germany’s largest school competition regarding global economic issues on receiving the prize, which is endowed with 25,000 euros.
Chinese cooperation partners, with whom ZEW and other international partners jointly organise the annual Beijing Humboldt Forum (BHF), have sent 1,200 face masks to ZEW Mannheim as supporting measures against the coronavirus. Since this is a private initiative of Chinese researchers, who as private individuals are only allowed to send small quantities of masks, several parcels arrived at ZEW.
Developing Virtual Seminars in Universities and Other Higher Education Institutions
29.04.2020 · ZEW (bhe/ybr)
Knowledge Transfer and Qualification Programmes
Knowledge Transfer and Qualification Programmes
| Soft skills
| Virtual seminars
The coronavirus crisis challenges the very core of teaching practice. Onsite seminars have been suspended and moved to the virtual space. To support lecturers at universities and other higher education institutions, ZEW now offers new online courses to develop high-quality e-learning formats.
The world has changed dramatically over the past few weeks: countries everywhere have issued exit restrictions, many companies have halted operations, stock exchange markets are in turmoil, economic forecasts range from bad to terrible, and governments have approved unprecedented rescue packages.
The world is in a state of emergency. The spread of the coronavirus presents us with a situation we have never faced before. Our daily routines have radically changed; economies are struggling as supply and demand are collapsing at the same time. With a recession looming, policymakers are already discussing about how to reboot the economy. The crisis, which poses a crucial test for Germany and Europe, was the focus of #ZEWlive, an event hosted exclusively online for the first time as part of the ZEW event series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.
The restrictions on public life imposed by German policymakers are effective measures for containing the coronavirus, but in addition to sanctioning those who breach the rules, instruments should be put in place that reward citizens for responsible behaviour. Mobile devices and systems are particularly well suited for implementing such a system, argues Dr. Dominik Rehse, head of the Junior Research Group “Digital Market Design”.