1. 12.09.2012 · ZEW (jgl/ybr)
    Research
    Real estate market | Financing | Real estate

    During the third quarter of 2012, the market participants’ expectations regarding financing conditions on the German real estate market have deteriorated. Compared to the previous quarter, the German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) decreased by 8.6 points and has thus reached its historic low of minus 26.7 points. These are the findings of the quarterly ZEW survey among real estate market experts concerning the real estate financing market in Germany. 41 experts participated in the August survey.

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  2. 04.09.2012 (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Price fixing

    In an empirical study of a large German cement cartel, ZEW researchers examined the effects of overt collusion on consumers and economic welfare. Kai Hüschelrath, the head of ZEW's new "Competition and Regulation" research group, explains the most important findings.

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  3. 22.08.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    Professor Dr. Xiaohu Feng, Professor Zhongxiu Zhao, PhD, and Professor Jinjun Xue were visiting researchers at the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management“ from August 23-25, 2012. Xiaohu Feng and Zhongxiu Zhao are professors at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Jinjun Xue is professor at the Graduate School of Economics of Nagoya University in Japan. During their stay at ZEW, opportunities for further cooperation and a joint in-house workshop on "Global Low Carbon Strategies: ETS and Beyond" were the main focus.

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  4. 17.08.2012 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Eurobonds

    Europe should address the crisis of confidence at the European bond markets through a direct equalisation of interest rates. Such a solution, as suggested by Friedrich Heinemann, rules out the collective liability of Eurobonds and is affordable even if applied to Spain and Italy.

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  5. 08.08.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    Associate Professor Shunsake Managi, PhD, is visiting researcher at the ZEW Research Department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management" from July 19 to August 25, 2012. He is Associate Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. During his stay, he works with ZEW researchers on research topics such as productivity and competitiveness measurement, innovation, and emission trading, as well as the employment of economic field experiments in public goods and emission trading.

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  6. 07.08.2012 (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Delegation

    On August 7, 2012, a high-ranking delegation of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics visited the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The group consisted of the twenty directors of the statistical offices of Beijing Municipality. In an intensive information exchange, they gained insights into the activities and research areas in which ZEW is engaged.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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