1. 12.01.2009 (ybr)
    Dates and News

    At the end of last year, ZEW was invited by the Leibniz Association to present the project “Non-Cognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences” as part of the event “Exzellenz durch Vernetzung. Kooperationsprojekte der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen mit Hochschulen im Pakt für Forschung und Innovation” (“Excellence through Networking: Cooperative Projects between German Scientific Organisations and Universities through the Pact for Research and Innovation”). The meeting, which attracted representatives from a number of scientific institutions as well as numerous German lawmakers, took place on 12 November in Berlin.

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  2. 24.11.2008 (ybr)
    Conferences

    On 15 October, the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the accounting firm Ernst & Young jointly organised a conference on the recent financial crisis. In his opening speech, Professor Anil Kashyap from the University of Chicago provided valuable insights into the causes and consequences of the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States. Based on his calculations, Professor Kashyap expects subprime-related losses to amount to approximately 500 billion US dollars. These estimates are, however, associated with a number of uncertainties. Not without a trace of irony, he pointed out that the US financial sector has a particular talent for turning defaulting subprime loans into securitised credit exposures with the highest AAA credit rating.

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  3. 07.11.2008 (ybr)
    Research

    On 30 October 2008, ZEW received a visit from representatives from the renowned Xiamen University in Southern China. The delegation, headed by the president of the university, Professor Zhu Chongshi, was welcomed by Thomas Kohl, ZEW's Director of Business and Administration. Thomas Kohl gave the visitors an overview of the research conducted at the institute. President Zhu, Professor Hong Yongmiao, Director of the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), Professor Wu Chenxu, Dean of the School of Physics and Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, and Professor Li Qingbiao, Vice Dean of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, were greatly impressed by the work being carried out at ZEW.

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  4. 02.11.2008 (ybr)
    Conferences

    On 20 and 21 October 2008, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) hosted the second joint research conference, which was organised by ZEW and the Deutsche Bundesbank. This year’s conference focused on price development on the residential real estate market and featured discussions on the determinants of real estate market development and their effects on the real economy and on the relationship between real estate prices and bond or stock prices.

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  5. 01.10.2008 (ybr)
    Public Events

    The last couple of years have seen a remarkable increase in the application of economic insights to competition problems. In order to further promote and refine this development, practioners need to understand how microeconomics can help to shed light on particular aspects of competition problems. At the same time, academics benefit from a better understanding of real-world challenges and institutional details.The forum aims at providing a platform for the discussion of recent cases, general competition policy issues, and relevant academic research in the field. Renowned practioners and academics will be invited to present their views on cases and general policy questions, followed by a discussion of the economic implications with the audience.

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  6. 16.05.2008 (ybr)
    Public Events

    ZEW President Professor Wolfgang Frank was pleased to welcome Professor James J. Heckman, a professor at the University of Chicago and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, to the institute to give a lecture on non-cognitive skills – such as perseverance, problem solving, discipline and concentration – and their significance for the formation of human capital in economies. More than 300 invited guests attended the event held as part of the lecture series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy” at ZEW.

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  7. 19.02.2008 (ybr)
    Research

    Every other year ZEW updates the BAK Taxation Index on behalf of BAK Basel Economics and also constantly extends the geographical area covered. The Index actually compares the effective charges for tax and other deductions for highly qualified workers at 41 locations worldwide.

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  8. 28.01.2008 (ybr)
    Conferences

    The first conference of the research network "Non-Cognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences" funded by the Leibniz Association takes place at the ZEW on 15 - 17 May 2008. The conference brings together national and international experts from different areas. In his opening speech, the Nobel Price winner in Economics James J. Heckman (University of Chicago) will talk about the significance of non-cognitive skills for human capital formation. At the end, the motivation and social psychologist Peter M. Gollwitzer (University of Constance and University of New York), will give a lecture on the limits of intentionality. In further presentations, the latest results of the partners in the research network will be put up for discussion. The conference is open for all researchers interested.

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  9. 21.01.2008 (ybr)
    Research

    The European Union should continue to be financed by member states' contributions in future. A separate EU tax should be rejected. However, the present UK-centred rebate should be replaced by a "general, but limited correction mechanism". These are the main findings of a ZEW study on the future of the Brussels financing system.

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  10. 27.11.2007 (ybr)
    Workshop

    Keynote speakers: Lena Edlund (Columbia University), Lawrence Kahn (Cornell University) and Michael Keane (University of Technology Sydney) The workshop focusses on theoretical and empirical research on gender in the labour market. This includes: analysis of gender differences in pre-market human capital, experience, seniority, occupations, earnings, wealth, training and mobility; changing gender roles in changing economies; theories of discrimination, the family as an economic unit, the role of marriage markets; time allocation; policies affecting paid work and family; the impact of welfare reforms on single mothers; gender differences in different countries. We would also welcome any papers in other areas looking at gender-related questions. Deadline for paper submission: January 3, 2008 Decision for acceptance made by: February 1, 2008

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