1. 15.01.2013 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News

    ZEW recently released the first Chinese version of its information brochure "ZEW in brief". On 24 pages, the publication provides information on the work and the research areas of ZEW. Research partners in China are becoming more and more important for ZEW’s research units. The Chinese version of the institute’s profile contributes to this cooperation.

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  2. 20.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Public Debt | Visiting Researcher | Debt rescheduling

    Neil McMurdo was Visiting Researcher at the ZEW Research Departments "International Finance and Financial Management" and "Corporate Taxation and Public Finance" from November 12 to 30, 2012. Neil McMurdo is senior economist at the British HM Treasury in London where he is concerned with current problems within the euro area, such as the sovereign debt crisis and its possible solution. During his stay, he worked together with ZEW researchers on a project regarding the characteristics of sovereign debt restructurings and their consequences. Moreover, he gave a lecture at a ZEW Research Seminar on macroeconomic divergences in the euro area, in which he presented a new fiscal indicator.

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  3. 20.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News

    On December 19, the commission of experts for the monitoring process "Energie der Zukunft" (Energy of the Future) presented the federal ministers Peter Altmaier and Dr. Philipp Rösler its first statement on the monitoring report of the German federal government. Prof. Löschel, the commission’s chairman and head of the ZEW Research Department "Environmental and Resource Economics", took this opportunity to present the monitoring system and selected results of the report in a lecture at the representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Berlin.

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  4. 18.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Visiting Researcher

    Levani Bzhalava is visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management" from December 3, 2012, to January 31, 2013. He is a PhD student at the University of Jena in the department for economics/micro-economics headed by Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner. His research focuses on the innovation behaviour of companies. During his stay at ZEW, he is working with the Mannheim Innovation Panel and patent data.

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  5. 17.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    ZEW

    Members of staff of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) arranged a little Christmas party for children and teenagers from Wespin-Stift children’s home in Mannheim. On December 17, some 30 children and teenagers who live at the care facility were invited to ZEW. Over punch and stollen, ZEW employees gave the guests their Christmas gifts. The children and teenagers expressed their gratitude by singing Christmas songs and reciting poems.

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  6. 13.12.2012 · ZEW (jgl/ybr)
    Research
    Real estate market | Financing | Real estate

    During the fourth quarter of 2012, the market participants' expectations regarding financing conditions on the German real estate market have hardly changed compared to the previous quarter. The German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) increased slightly by 0.2 points and now ranges at minus 25.6 points. It is thus close to its historical low of minus 26.7 points from the third quarter of 2012.

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  7. 13.12.2012 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Financial crisis | Monetary union | ECB

    "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it." The efforts on the part of some governments in the eurozone to set up a functional European banking union by the beginning of 2013 might certainly remind us of Polonius’s quip from Shakespeare’s drama "Hamlet". The "madness" lies in the impossibility of implementing this plan in only a few weeks. For the hurdles are numerous, ranging from its difficult legal underpinnings to the political complexity of creating an institution of this kind, which, after all, is intended to effectively oversee several thousand banks. The "method" is obvious, since only by creating a banking union will it be possible – in keeping with the 29 June 2012 resolutions of the Euro Group – to recapitalize banks that are in difficult through the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). It is apparent that a few governments simply cannot run fast enough in their efforts to obtain access to these funds, preferably in combination with a Europe-wide deposit guarantee.

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  8. 13.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Renewable Energies | price of electricity

    Next year, German consumers will have to dig much deeper into their pockets to support green electricity. A surcharge on electricity consumption used to finance subsidies, the so-called EEG levy, will jump from its current rate of about 3.6 cents to 5.3 cents. In light of the costs to consumers, ZEW environmental economist Andreas Löschel argues for moderation in expanding renewable energy.

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  9. 04.12.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Bulgaria

    A delegation of VUZF University from Bulgaria visited the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim on December 4, 2012. VUZF is the first Bulgarian university to specialise in finance, insurance, social insurance, management, and marketing. VUZF President Professor Grigorii Vazov, Vice President Detelina Smilova, Executive Director Radostin Vazov, as well as Ivo Stoicov were welcomed by ZEW's Director of Business and Administration, Thomas Kohl. Afterwards, the visitors exchanged ideas with Stephan Reichert, head of the Strategic Planning Unit at ZEW, on common research areas as well as on possible fields of cooperation.

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  10. 29.11.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    SEEK
    Knowledge | SEEK | Innovation

    Within the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), the state of Baden-Württemberg is funding international cooperation projects between researchers of all economic disciplines. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) now welcomes the submission of project proposals. The deadline for project proposals is January 31, 2013. Projects must be carried out in close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international project partners. For each project, the budget requested may be up to 200,000 euros for a duration of 12 to 18 months.

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