1. 06.06.2011 ()
    Opinion
    Climate

    Predictions about future economic growth are not the only ones fraught with significant uncertainties. The natural sciences are also susceptible to errors resulting from erroneous predictions – and perhaps with even more dramatic consequences. Epidemiologists, for example, promulgated horror scenarios regarding the fatalities that would result from the impending spread of mad cow disease and swine flu. Afterwards, thank God, we learned that their predictions had been off the mark.

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  2. 01.06.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Public Events
    Basel III | Financial crisis

    On 31 May 2011, Prof. Dr. Hannes Rehm, spokesman of the German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation, gave a speech on the causes and consequences of the financial crisis within the Mannheim Economics and Currency Dialogues series at ZEW. ZEW President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz welcomed around 150 guests to the event. The Mannheim Economics and Currency Dialogues series focuses on topics regarding the banking industry and is supported by the association of banks Rhein-Neckar Mannheim (Bankenvereinigung Rhein-Neckar Mannheim).

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  3. 30.05.2011 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    The second round of competition of the SEEK research programme was successfully concluded with the selection of eight research projects. Now the research teams of the projects, which will be funded within the programme, are going to begin their work. Altogether, 25 project proposals were developed by ZEW employees in cooperation with internationally renowned researchers. The proposals were externally evaluated by the scientific board of the SEEK research programme.

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  4. 28.05.2011 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    From 23 to 28 May 2011 Paul Beaudry and Franck Portier were visiting researchers at the ZEW research group "Growth and Business Cycles". During their stay, they were working on a joint research project under the SEEK Research Programme entitled "Anticipated Technology Shocks in the European Economies". Paul Beaudry is professor of economics and holds the Canada Research Chair in Macroeconomics at the University of British Columbia. His areas of research cover macroeconomics, technical change, labour economics and globalisation. Franck Portier is professor of economics at the Toulouse School of Economics at the University Toulouse I. His research interests lie in the fields of macroeconomics, growth and international economics, energy, environment and agriculture.

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  5. 27.05.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

    At the conference of Section B of the Leibniz Association, held at ZEW in Mannheim at the end of May, the new spokesperson and the deputy spokesperson of the section were duly elected. The current spokesperson, ZEW President Professor Wolfgang Franz, will be leaving the position as scheduled after two years. Prof. Dr. Heiderose Kilper, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung) in Erkner, will take office as spokesperson in the middle of this year. Prof. Dr. Thomas Glauben, Executive Director of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa) in Halle (Saale), will assume the office of deputy spokesperson.

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  6. 26.05.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Integration | Award | Social transfer

    The paper "Can Regional Transfers Buy Public Support? Evidence from EU Structural Policy", written at ZEW, won the Klaus Liebscher Award of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), the central bank of the Republic of Austria. The award was presented to the author Steffen Osterloh by the OeNB President, Claus J. Raidl, at the 39th Economics Conference of the OeNB in Vienna.

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  7. 24.05.2011 (ybr)
    Personnel

    From 9 to 18 May 2011, Patrice Bougette was a visiting researcher at the ZEW research department "Industrial Economics and International Management". Mr Bougette is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nice where he is conducting research in competition policy in general with special focus on the optimal design of merger remedies. During his research visit at ZEW, Mr Bougette dealt with the ex-post evaluation of a horizontal merger.

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  8. 23.05.2011 (ybr)
    Personnel

    From 23 May to 21 June 2011, Frank Jotzo is a visiting researcher at the ZEW research department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management", Frank Jotzo is senior lecturer at the ANU Crawford School (Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program), director of the Centre for Climate Economics & Policy and deputy director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. His main field of research is climate economics and policy. He has been advisor to the Garnaut Climate Change Review, advisor to Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, consultant to the World Bank, and is a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. During his stay Frank Jotzo is working on a joint research project on the linking of climate policies in Australia and Europe.

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  9. 23.05.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers

    Germany is experiencing a strong economic upswing. This is a key finding of the Joint Economic Forecast released by Germany’s leading economic research institutes. ZEW is a contributor to the forecast, which is prepared on behalf of the German government. Dr. Marcus Kappler, who heads up ZEW's involvement in the Joint Economic Forecast, explains the forecast's findings. Following his economics studies in Tübingen, Maryland (USA) and Berlin, Dr. Marcus Kappler obtained his doctorate in 2007 from Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2002, Kappler has been employed at ZEW as the deputy director of the research group Growth and Business Cycles. His research focuses in particular on the reliability of business cycle forecasts, structural unemployment, and factors that influence production potentials.

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  10. 20.05.2011 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News
    Innovation | Patent

    On 19-20 May 2011, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) hosted the fourth Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting. It was also the closing conference of the research network STRIKE funded by the EU funding organisation COST. The conference was attended by more than 110 researchers from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. The conference’s excellent reputation within the world of economics was reflected in the over 170 research papers submitted, of which 48 were chosen to be presented at the conference. The conference itself covered a wide range of topics approached from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.

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