1. 20.05.2021 · ZEW (sti/kni/ybr)
    Dates and News
    ZEW Annual Report | Annual report (company) | Coronavirus
    Cover picture and side view of the ZEW Annual Report.

    Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. The virus presented us with unprecedented challenges in all areas of our lives and required rapid and massive government intervention. ZEW Mannheim provided scientific impetus to address these challenges, for example, by pointing out the effects of school closures, identifying ways to speed up the production of vaccines and investigating the impact of the ‘Querdenken’ protests on infection rates. The newly published German version of the ZEW Annual Report 2020 provides an interesting overview of this – an English version will be available soon.

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  2. 19.05.2021 · ZEW (kez/kni/ybr)
    Dates and News
    ZEW Sponsors' Association for Science and Practice | First-Hand Information on Economic Policy | ZEWBookTalk | ZEWlive
     View of the ZEW Förderkreis website on a laptop.

    The ZEW Sponsors’ Association of Science and Practice has launched its own website (in German only), where users can quickly and easily find out about the Association’s goals and activities. Its members actively support the work of ZEW and benefit from exclusive offers. Anyone interested in becoming a member can find all the information they need on the website.

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  3. 19.05.2021 · ZEW (vgr/srf/ybr)
    Market design | Health economics
    A combination of the portrait pictures by Simon Reif (left) and Vitali Gretschko

    The German weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche ranks two researchers from ZEW Mannheim in their list of outstanding economists under the age of 40. According to WirtschaftsWoche, Professor Vitali Gretschko and Dr. Simon Reif are among those who are actively shaping the future by working on groundbreaking topics and providing valuable impulses for Germany.

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  4. 14.05.2021 · ZEW (awh)
    Coronavirus | ZEWnews
    ZEW President Achim Wambach in the new commentary on the coronavirus crisis.

    The coronavirus pandemic is largely the result of an information problem. If we identified everyone who was infected, it would be easier to prevent viral transmission. Unfortunately, Germany has failed to prioritise the one measure that could close the information gap: testing.

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  5. 07.05.2021 · ZEW (msc/ybr)
    Business Cycle Tableaus by ZEW and Börsen-Zeitung
    Business Cycle | Short-term forecast | Germany
    Although GDP declined in the first quarter of the year, experts remain confident.

    The economic experts are unimpressed by the weakness in growth witnessed again at the beginning of the year. This is the result of the business cycle tableaus by ZEW Mannheim and the German daily newspaper, Börsen-Zeitung. Although Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 1.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the previous quarter, the GDP forecasts for 2021/22 remain virtually unchanged. For 2021, the forecast is slightly higher at 3.6 per cent, while for 2022 the median forecast remains at 4.0 per cent. The experts are therefore not revising their expectation of strong economic growth, but merely postponing it.

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  6. 07.05.2021 · ZEW (lra/sel)
    Public Events
    Gender | Gender studies | Coronavirus | ZEWBookTalk
    Jutta Allmendinger and Achim Wambach in the fourth #ZEWBookTalk.

    How can gender inequality be minimised? Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and professor of educational sociology and labour market research at the Humboldt University Berlin, has been dealing with this question for over three decades. At the fourth #ZEWBookTalk on 5 May 2021, she not only provided interesting insights into her new book, but also discussed with ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach the so-called Gender Lifetime Earnings Gap, why a pandemic promotes the traditional role distribution and which measures counteract gender inequality.

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  7. 06.05.2021 · ZEW (fhe/lra/ggr)
    ZEW Seminar
    European Economic and Monetary Union | Coronavirus | Public bond | Sovereign debt crisis
    ZEW Seminar with Cinzia Alcidi, Volker Wieland and Friedrich Heinemann.

    The COVID-19 crisis resulted in all European countries having to take on large amounts of new debt to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the health system and the economy and to support recovery from the deep recession. As many countries had already been heavily indebted before, their scope to shoulder the high pandemic-related debt on their own was limited. Europe responded with comprehensive aid measures. At the end of 2020, the EU not only adopted the new Multiannual Financial Framework, but also launched the largest aid programme financed from the EU budget in its history, the 750-billion-euro fund Next Generation EU. But one central question remains: How should the high national debt in the eurozone be dealt with after the end of the coronavirus pandemic? What are the possible solutions and how realistic are they?

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  8. 30.04.2021 · ZEW (mba/sel)
    Questions & Answers
    School | Pupils
     Maximilian Bach, Economist at ZEW, in an Interview.

    The question whether primary school pupils should be assigned to secondary school tracks based on binding recommendations is a subject of heated debate in Germany. The legal requirements for the transition from primary school to secondary school in Germany differ considerably between the federal states.

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  9. 23.04.2021 · ZEW (srf/chs/deg)
    Health economics
    ZEW Economist Dr. Simon Reif in current episode of #ZEWPodcast

    Germany introduced its first digital apps on prescription last autumn. Since then, doctors have been able to prescribe these so-called digital health applications for illnesses, injuries and disabilities. These apps, the costs of which are covered by health insurance, digitally support the treatment of diseases, for example. In the ninth episode of the #ZEWPodcast “Wirtschaft · Forschung · Debatten”/“Economy · Research · Debates”, Dr. Simon Reif, head of the Project Group “Health Care Markets and Health Policy” at ZEW Mannheim, talks about the function of these apps, the process of their approval and a reasonable reimbursement system.

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  10. 16.04.2021 · ZEW (ggr/lra)
    Public Events
    Coronavirus | Vaccination
     Alena Buyx and Achim Wambach on ethical approaches.

    The COVID-19 pandemic is still massively affecting our everyday life one year on. The public debate focuses on topics such as triage, the prioritisation of vaccination groups and possible privileges for vaccinated people. Professor Alena Buyx, Chair of the German Ethics Council, and ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach discussed the importance of ethical guidance in these challenging times as part of the lecture series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy” on Wednesday, 14 April 2021. The event was held online and was supported by the ZEW Sponsors’ Association for Science and Practice.

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