1. 23.07.2012 · ZEW ()
    Opinion

    The extent to which the Greek electorate was buoyed by the country's advance to the quarterfinals of the 2012 European football championship is unclear. In any event, the outcome of the elections on June 17 has bought a moment of respite that now must be put to good use.

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  2. 20.07.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    ICT | Information technology | Computer Science

    More and more companies are shifting to cloud computing, where services such as information storage, computing capacity, and software applications do not depend on in-house data centres. With cloud computing, companies can outsource data storage and other services to cloud providers. ZEW researcher Dr. Jörg Ohnemus talks about the influence of cloud computing on business and work.

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  3. 19.07.2012 (ybr)
    Research
    Interest Rate | Overdraft rates

    Some 80 per cent of German households have an overdraft credit. According to experts of consumer protection organisations, the interest rates on overdraft credits are too high. A study presented in Berlin on July 19, 2012, discusses the pros and cons of different legal regulation systems aiming at limiting overdraft rates and preventing misuse. The study conducted by the Institute for Financial Services (Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen e.V., iff) and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) through resources of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

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  4. 11.07.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News
    SEEK | Visiting Researcher

    In July and August 2012, Prof. Michael Ward, PhD, and Dr. Jörg Claussen are visiting researchers at the ZEW Research Group "Information and Communication Technologies". Michael Ward is Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jörg Claussen is senior researcher at the Ifo Institute. During their stay, they are working on the joint SEEK research project "Effects of Knowledge and Learning in Technology Adoption: Social Networks, Adoption, and Persistence in the Video Game Market".

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  5. 11.07.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) contributes its computer simulation "The Climate Protection Dilemma" to the Leibniz Association's stand at the ESOF in Dublin on July 11-15, 2012. The item simulates international climate protection negotiations. The focus is on the willingness of individual states to spend money on climate protection measures.

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  6. 10.07.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Science | Exchange | Europe

    On July 10 and 11, 2012, a delegation of researchers from the renowned Fudan University in Shanghai visited the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The Chinese delegation was headed by the director of the Institute of World Economy at Fudan University, Professor Hua Min, and attended a workshop in Mannheim which has been jointly organised with ZEW. During two days, problems and phenomena which are of great importance to China as well as to Europe were being discussed under the title "Challenges and Countermeasures for Manufacturing-Based Economies: Resource Scarcity, Currency Appreciation, and Trade Surplus".

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  7. 04.07.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Visiting Researcher

    Carolyn Fischer, PhD, was visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management" from July 2-4, 2012. She is senior fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, DC. Her research interests include air quality, climate change, development and environment, ecosystem management, food and agriculture, forests, policy instruments, and transportation. During her stay at ZEW, she was working on the SEEK research project "Competitiveness Impacts in a World with Uneven Carbon Constraints: Examining the Implications of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on Energy-Intensive Industries".

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  8. 03.07.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Timo Teräsvirta, Professor of Economics at Aarhus University in Denmark and member of the Research Center CREATES, was visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Group "Growth and Business Cycles" on June 27 and 28, 2012. His research interests include non-linear time series econometrics and the modelling of volatility. During his stay at ZEW, he was working on the SEEK research project "Financial Stress and Economic Dynamics: Asymmetries Within and Across Euro Area Countries".

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  9. 28.06.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Turkey | Award

    The ZEW Study "The Effectiveness of Countercyclical Fiscal Policy in Turkey During the Recent Economic Crisis - Evidence from a Natural Experiment" received the Sakip Sabanci International Research Award 2012. The authors of the paper, ZEW Researchers Florian Misch, PhD, and Dr. Atilim Seymen, received the award, which includes an endowment of 20,000 USD, during a ceremony in Istanbul in June 2012. The topic of the 2012 competition was "Performance of the Turkish Economy during Global Crises". Using an innovative statistical approach, the awarded paper analyses the effects of a temporary consumption tax cut, implemented by the Turkish government during the 2009 global economic crisis, on firm sales. The research findings show positive effects of consumption tax cuts on firm sales. This is consistent with predictions of the theory, thereby providing new evidence on the effects of a specific countercyclical fiscal measure.

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  10. 26.06.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Conferences

    From June 25 until June 26, 2012, some 60 energy experts met at the "Energy Conference 2012" hosted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. During the two-day conference, researchers and experts from enterprises and organisations discussed topics such as competition in the electricity market, regulation of energy markets, electricity costs as well as innovations and investment options in the energy sector.

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