1. 01.12.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Information Economy
    ICT | EU Commission
    Group picture

    On October 23 -24 2011, the Centre for European Economic Research ZEW held the third ICTNET workshop in Mannheim. The workshop, which was organised in cooperation with the OECD, addressed first and foremost issues related to ICT-driven innovation, productivity, and growth. ICTNET, which is a network financed by the EU Commission's Directorate-General for Information Society and Media under the 7th Framework Programme for Research, aims to promote academic exchange among economists – particularly those in Europe – who work in the area of Information and Communications Technologies. In addition, the network seeks to strengthen the political relevance of ICT research. Topically, the network focuses on four fields of ICT research: ICT-driven productivity and growth; R&D and intangible goods; ICT-based innovation; and the diffusion of ICT. The OECD is responsible for the overall coordination of the network. Alongside ZEW, additional coordinating partners in the network are the Imperial College London and the University of Parma.

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  2. 28.11.2011 (ybr)
    Personnel
    Labour Market | Award | ZEW

    Dr. Susanne Steffes received the Constantin-von-Dietze Award from the University of Freiburg for her doctoral thesis "Employment Dynamics and Heterogeneous Labor Markets: An Analysis with Linked Employer-Employee and Company Data" which was completed in 2010. At the solemn opening of the academic year on 26 October 2011, principal Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer and the donor of the award, Dr. Thomas Schäuble, CEO of the state-run brewery Rothaus AG, presented the award. In her work, Susanne Steffes investigated on the basis of new data, how flexible the German labour market had been between 1996 and 2005. Susanne Steffes is a researcher at the ZEW Research Department "Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy".

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  3. 24.11.2011 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    From December 7-9, 2011, Alicia Robb, PhD, is a visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management". She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and at the University of California. Alicia Robb is responsible for the Kauffman Firm Survey, an annual survey among start-ups in the USA. Her research focuses on start-ups and the financing of new business foundations. During her stay at ZEW she will be working together with ZEW researchers on the differences between German and US start-ups.

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  4. 23.11.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies (MPS+)
    Professional Training | Knowledge Transfer and Qualification Programmes | ZEW | Professional Training | Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies (MPS+)

    In mid-November, 23 participants completed successfully the Qualification Programme "Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies" (MPS+) at ZEW in Mannheim. Commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, this programme has already been organized for the third time by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). During the concluding event on November 18, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz and Thomas Kohl – both ZEW’s executive directors – were pleased to hand the participants their certificates.

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  5. 21.11.2011 (ybr)
    Research

    At the end of 2010, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) commissioned studies on the effects of minimum wages on employment, protection of employees and competition in all sectors with existing minimum wage regulations. The studies analysing the roofing sector and the waste industry were conducted by ZEW.

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  6. 18.11.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    SEEK
    Online services | SEEK

    Within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies", the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim (Germany), and the Johannes Kepler University, Linz (Austria), organized a workshop on "Entry, Pricing, and Consumer Search in Online Markets". The workshop's objective was to discuss recent scientific contributions to questions related to the economics of online markets as well as firms' strategies and consumers' search behaviour in online markets. Fourteen speakers from international universities presented their on-going theoretical and empirical research in the field of online markets.

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  7. 15.11.2011 (ybr)
    Personnel
    Further training | ZEW

    Dr. Grit Mühler, researcher at the ZEW research department "Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy", has earned the Baden-Württemberg Certificate in University Didactics (Baden-Württemberg-Zertifikat für Hochschuldidaktik). She is the first ZEW researcher to have completed the two-year training programme organised by the Centre for University Didactics of the Universities of Baden-Württemberg (Hochschuldidaktikzentrum der Universitäten des Landes Baden-Württemberg – HDZ). The certificates were awarded on 11 November 2011 during a festive ceremony at Stuttgart’s House of the Economy (Haus der Wirtschaft). They were presented by Steffen Walter, Head of Ministry Division, on behalf of Science Minister Theresia Bauer. The didactics training programme aims at improving the quality of university teaching throughout Baden-Württemberg. This year, 159 researchers from Baden-Württemberg’s universities and research institutes were awarded the certificate.

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  8. 14.11.2011 ()
    Opinion
    temporary work

    Germany's temporary employment sector has seen rapid growth in recent years, with the number of temporary employees rising from 340,000 in 2000 to 824,000 in 2010. While this growth has continued apace in 2011, the temporary work sector remains small in relation to the size of the overall workforce. Indeed, temporary workers represent just 3% of all German employees required to pay social insurance contributions. This puts Germany in fifth place internationally for the size of its temporary employment sector, behind the U.K. and the Netherlands.

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  9. 09.11.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Financial Markets | Real estate market

    ZEW's International Finance and Financial Management department regularly investigates questions concerning international real estate markets. Past topics of investigation include the dynamic interactions between real estate and capital markets, as well as real estate investment trusts (REITs) as an independent investment class. An interview with Prof. Dr. Felix Schindler, who is an expert on such issues, provides us with a survey of current conditions in the German real estate market.

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  10. 25.10.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Public Events
    Advertising | ZEW | ZEW Research Seminar | Turnover

    A special highlight of September’s ZEW Research Seminar was the guest appearance of David Reiley, a principal research scientist at the Internet company Yahoo!. During his talk with ZEW economists, he discussed his recent study on how online advertising affects sales.

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