At the beginning of December 2010, ZEW organised a two-day workshop on recent developments in behavioural microsimulation. Thirty-five researchers from Germany and abroad took the opportunity to discuss recent developments in this field.
On May 10-11, 2012, the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation" (MaCCI) hosted the 6th.workshop of the Competition Law and Economics European Network (CLEEN). Approximately 40 researchers from all over Europe met in Mannheim to attend 20 presentations.
From May 8-12, 2012, Prof. Richard Deaves, PhD, was visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Department "International Finance and Financial Management". Richard Deaves is Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, in Ontario. His research activities focus on the areas of behavioural finance and expectation formation. During his stay at ZEW, he was working with ZEW researchers on a working paper on the predictability of risk premiums on the German stock market.
According to a famous German proverb, "A horrible end is better than horror without end". However, with regard to the insolvency of Schlecker, Europe's largest drugstore chain, this proverb is misleading, for there was a clear alternative: An end without horror, as opposed to horror without end.
Which public support measures can help the European car industry to overcome the crisis? What is the long-term benefit of state aid measures, e.g. car scrappage schemes? Which instruments are especially useful in the European context? These are some of the questions which have been discussed from a European perspective by international researchers, representatives from the European Commission, stakeholders of the European car industry, and decision-makers from the political sphere at the SEEK workshop "The Economics of Public Support to the European Car Industry" in Brussels.
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Various measures aimed at encouraging direly needed skilled workers to immigrate to Germany have not been successful to date. Dr. Holger Bonin, a labour market expert at ZEW, explains what firms can do to attract foreign workers without having to rely on government programmes.
Prof. Dr. Axel Weber, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank and member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) gave a speech at the Mannheim Discussions on Economic and Currency Issues. The event took place on 20 April 2010 at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Thomas Kohl, ZEW Director for Business and Administration, welcomed Mr Weber in front of about 260 guests.
On April 23, 2012, ZEW President Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz and Minister of Finance and Economics of the State of Baden-Württemberg Dr. Nils Schmid met in Stuttgart to discuss current economic policy developments.
From May 7-11, 2012, Dr. Sebastian Peyer will be visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Group Competition and Regulation. He is Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK) and conducts research in the area of competition law. During his stay at ZEW he will concentrate particularly on the private enforcement of competition law.
From May 2 to June 29, 2012, Frank T. Rothaermel, PhD, Professor at Georgia Tech Business School, will be visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management". During his stay he will deal with the internal organization of research teams in industrial R&D departments, focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.