1. 24.09.2010 (ybr)
    Personnel

    Riccardo Cappelli was a visiting researcher in ZEW's Research Department “Industrial Economics and International Management” from 1 October to 15 December 2010. At the time, Cappelli was working on his doctorate at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy) where his supervisor was Professor Fabio Montobbio. His primary research focus is in the area of empirical research into innovation and patents. During his research visit, Cappelli looked closely at the persistence of obstacles to innovation and the effects of innovation processes in firms as part of a joint research project.

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  2. 20.09.2010 (ybr)
    Public Events

    Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble gave a speech on fiscal and financial market policy after the crisis at ZEW on 20 September 2010. Within the lecture series "Wirtschafspolitik aus erster Hand" which provides first-hand information on current economic policy, ZEW president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz welcomed around 400 guests to this event.

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  3. 13.09.2010 (ybr)
    Personnel

    Bettina Klose was a visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management” from 13 to 17 September 2010. She is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Strategy and Business Economics at the University of Zurich. Her research interests include auction theory, industrial economics and political economy. She completed her doctorate in this area at Purdue University in August 2010 under the supervision of Dan Kovenock. During her research visit at ZEW, she examined the efficiency of an auction-like mechanism used to set reference prices for prescription drugs in Denmark.

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  4. 13.09.2010 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    For the second time, 19 financial experts from China and Vietnam are visiting the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. From September until November, they are participating in an advanced training course in the field of macroeconomics. The group of financial experts consists among others of employees at the Ministry of Finance in China and Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Vietnam and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. In cooperation with external researchers and practitioners, ZEW researchers impart further knowledge in the fields of fiscal and monetary policy, labour and financial markets as well as trade policy.

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  5. 10.09.2010 (ybr)
    Personnel

    Ramiro Parrado was a visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” from 10 September to 31 December 2010. At the time of his visit, he was a researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Venice and writing his doctorate under the supervision of Professor Carlo Carraro at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. His research interests include the economics of climate change, climate policy and computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. During his time at ZEW, he conducted research on technological change using CGE models.

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  6. 26.08.2010 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Youth services

    A ZEW study has shown that over the last few years 13 per cent of young people between the ages of 17 and 19 in Germany are not in employment, education or training – and this figure is on the rise. This is equivalent to 130,000 people in the cohort born in 1990. These young people are not in school, nor do they have regular jobs or stable, long-term friendships. ZEW education economist Dr Friedhelm Pfeiffer discusses the causes and repercussions of this worrying trend and calls for a move away from the current scatter gun approach in government funding aimed at children and young people.

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  7. 20.08.2010 · ZEW (ybr)
    Dates and News

    The latest ZEW Seminar Programme has just been released. From October 2010 to June 2011, ZEW is once again offering a great number of expert-led seminars and symposiums.

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  8. 13.08.2010 ()
    Statement
    Forecast

    The future is open and uncertain. Philosophers have devoted little attention to this realisation, so banal does it seem. However, according to Immanuel Kant, people do have free will; you may dictate in advance what an individual should do, but you cannot predict what they actually will do (see "The Conflict of the Faculties", 1794, Second Section; I thank Otfried Höffe for the reference). In short, the future is not predictable. There are of course laws of nature, such as gravity. If you throw a ball, for example, you can be fairly certain that it will fall to the ground – unless someone intercepts it (volleyball players, of course, could write a book on this subject).

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  9. 12.08.2010 (ybr)
    Workshop

    From 15 to 17 June 2010, ZEW hosted its Summer Workshop for Young Economist for the twelfth year in a row. This year the event was run by the ZEW Research Department “International Finance and Financial Management”. The focus of the workshop was on “Expectations and Forming Expectations on the Financial Markets”. ZEW received sponsorship for the event from the Stiftung Geld und Währung.

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  10. 06.08.2010 (ybr)
    Personnel
    Heidelberg University

    Dr. Friedrich Heinemann, head of the ZEW Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” was granted a professorship by the University of Heidelberg in the subject of economics in July 2010. In his postdoctoral thesis, Heinemann looked at the influences that affect members of parliament when making tax policy decisions. His habilitation lecture addressed the question of to what extent the behaviour of tax payers and benefit recipients is solely driven by self-interest or whether it is also influenced by social norms.

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