Within the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies“ (SEEK), the state of Baden-Württemberg is funding international cooperation between researchers of all economic disciplines. Therefore, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) welcomes the submission of project proposals. The deadline for project proposals is January 30, 2012. 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.
The third competition round of the SEEK research programme was successfully concluded with the approval of seven research projects. The research teams of the projects, which will be funded under the programme, will now start their work. Altogether, 23 project proposals were developed by ZEW employees in cooperation with internationally renowned researchers. The proposals were evaluated by the scientific board of the SEEK research programme which consists of international researchers.
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.