1. 17.12.2010 · ZEW (ybr)
    Questions & Answers
    Demographic structure | Skills shortage | Foreign workers

    In October, the number of people unemployed in Germany dipped below the 3-million mark for the first time in a long while. In the face of a healthy labour market, firms are increasingly calling for more skilled immigrants because they are not enough domestic applicants with sufficient qualifications. Dr. Holger Bonin, head of the Research Department “Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy” at ZEW explains what steps need to be taken to tackle this skills shortage. Dr. Holger Bonin completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Freiburg in 2000. Following research positions at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research), Bonin joined ZEW as head of the Research Department “Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy” in 2007. Bonin’s research interests include issues relating to employment and low-skilled workers, wage flexibility, the economic effects of an ageing population and migration as well as risk tolerance among employees.

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  2. 15.12.2010 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    From 15th February 2011, the monthly ZEW Newsletter will also be available in English. Our international readers can stay informed on the same issues discussed in the German-language newsletter through the ZEW Newsletter English Edition, which is sent out once a month via e-mail. As this is a translation of the German edition, the English newsletter will generally be sent out roughly two weeks after the German ZEW Newsletter.

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  3. 13.12.2010 (ybr)
    ZEW/Prognos Survey
    Transport costs | ZEW Financial Market Survey | Eurozone

    Since 1998, Prognos AG, Basel, and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, have conducted a quarterly survey of 300 experts in the field of transport about the development of transport markets. The resulting ZEW/ProgTrans Transport Market Barometer is widely respected in economic publications and among experts in the field, and can be downloaded at http://www.zew.de/transportmarktbarometer. This year has seen the publication of the 50th edition of the ZEW/ProgTrans Transport Market Barometer. Each quarterly survey consists of a brief questionnaire for the participating experts to fill out. As compensation for their efforts, the survey participants get to be the first to see the complete analysis and discussion of the results. Interested experts in the transport and shipping sectors can ask to join the panel of surveyed experts.

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  4. 07.12.2010 (ybr)
    Research

    The ICT sector is one of the most innovative sectors in Germany, with 7 per cent of revenue going into innovative projects. Germany is also a leading centre of technology for ICT (information and communication technologies) on the international arena, with 12 per cent of all ICT patents originating in Germany. As a cross-sectional technology, ICT also provides the impetus for innovations in other branches of the economy. This year, around 40 per cent of innovative companies introduced ICT-based innovations. This study underlines the central role played by ICT in Germany’s position as a location for innovation, as well as highlighting the opportunities offered by new innovation trends such as cloud computing, more efficient internet connections and intelligent networks in terms of the development of new business models and services and tackling future issues affecting our society.

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  5. 06.12.2010 ()
    Opinion

    Take a close look at your advent wreath. Was is made out of dried leaves when you bought it or did you opt for a fresh one? You might ask whether this is anyone’s business but your own. Well, apparently the German tax office wants to know. This is because, under German tax law, in the former case the regular value-added tax rate (19 per cent) applies, while in the latter the lower rate (7 per cent) is charged. Given that the tax authorities are fully aware of how resourceful would-be tax avoiders can be, in this case they have decided to take firm precautionary measures. Therefore, according to the Federal Ministry of Finance, dried moss cannot become fresh moss again, even if you add water, at least for tax purposes.

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  6. 02.12.2010 (ybr)
    Public Events

    As in previous years, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz, ZEW President and Chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts, presented the main results of the new Annual Report 2010/2011 in Berlin, Brussels, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe.

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  7. 30.11.2010 (ybr)
    Research

    According to a recent study looking at the economic potential of the “Internet of Services”, a new service sector with the potential to become a billion-dollar industry has established itself online. This will benefit not only the German ICT sector, but the national economy as a whole. However, it is essential that companies and lawmakers quickly recognise and systematically exploit this growth potential.

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  8. 25.11.2010 (ybr)
    Workshop

    On 22 November 2010, ZEW held a workshop on “The Economics of Green IT”. The term “green IT” refers to energy-saving strategies in production and use of information technology as well as IT-based innovations which aim to reduce the energy consumption of other devices and production processes, improve power supply systems and make energy markets more efficient. While green IT has been widely debated in the industry, economic researchers are yet to develop a systematic research approach in this area. The goal of the workshop, therefore, was to encourage scientific debate over green IT in economics and other related disciplines. The workshop was organised jointly by the ZEW Research Departments “Information and Communication Technologies” and “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management”.

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  9. 22.11.2010 · ZEW (ybr)
    Personnel
    Heidelberg University

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel, head of the ZEW research department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management" was appointed professor for economics with focus on environmental and resource economics at Heidelberg University. Löschel now holds this professorship at the Alfred-Weber-Institute at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

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  10. 18.11.2010 (ybr)
    Personnel

    Van Anh Vuong was a visiting researcher at ZEW's Research Department “Industrial Economics and International Management” from 18 November to 17 December 2010. At the time of this visit, Ms Anh Vuong was working on her PhD at Pennsylvania State University. Her primary research focus is in the area of applied microeconomics and industrial economics. During her time at ZEW she looked at the relationship between exports, innovation and productivity in German firms as part of a joint research project.

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