1. 04.01.2018 · ZEW (fhe/fkr)
    Research
    Brazil | India | Family business | Mexico | Turkey | Länderindex Familienunternehmen
    China, with its more stable political and institutional framework than Turkey or Russia, is an attractive business location.

    Of the most significant emerging economies, Turkey and Russia offer the most attractive conditions for family-run businesses. Given recent political developments in these two countries, however, China has managed to catch up, closely followed by Mexico, India and Brazil. A stable political climate and a secure institutional framework have thus proved to be decisive factors for multinational family businesses when choosing a new location. These are the principal findings of a recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, on behalf of The Foundation for Family Businesses in Germany and Europe. The study is the first to develop a country index for family businesses based on an analysis of various location factors in emerging markets.

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  2. 14.12.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Digital Economy | ICT | Sectoral business cycle

    The significance of the ICT (information and communication technologies) sector for the German economy has continued to grow, with gross value added in this sector rising by 3.8 per cent to 105 billion euros in 2016. With more than 1.1 million people employed in the German ICT sector, this branch of economy also appears to be a long-term job creator. These are the findings of the Monitoring Report DIGITAL Economy 2017, a report published regularly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the market research institute Kantar TNS and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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  3. 14.12.2017 · ZEW (pbu/jgl/ybr)
    Research
    Real estate financing | Real estate market
    Average assessment of the current situation in and expectations for the four real estate market segments (Office, Retail, Logistics, Residential)

    The German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) run by ZEW and JLL climbed 7.3 points in the fourth quarter of 2017 to a current reading of 0.1 points, moving into positive territory for the first time this year. The assessment of the current financing situation for commercial real estate remained almost unchanged at 9.6 points compared to the previous quarter. The improved expectations for financing conditions in the coming six months can be seen in the context of the very positive economic outlook, which has been corrected upwards by various research institutes.

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  4. 14.12.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Development Policy | Freight Transport | Railway Transport | Military budget | Nation state | Corporate taxation | Agricultural Policy | Unemployment insurance
    Shifting responsibilities for certain policy areas from Brussels to the Member States and vice versa could save money and make policy decisions more efficient.

    There are many different ideas about what the future of the EU should look like, but one particularly controversial issue is how the different powers and responsibilities within Europe should be divided between Brussels and the Member States. Reformers need to ask themselves, in which areas of policy do we need more Europe, and in which could we do with less? Where might the competencies of the national states in policy design be best put to use and where might a centralised decision-making process in Brussels prove more productive? A study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung looking at the main areas of EU policy has found that shifting competencies in certain areas either to the Member States or to Brussels could save money and make the process of political decision-making in Europe more efficient.

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  5. 08.12.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Sectoral business cycle | Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

    In 2016 Germany’s cultural and creative industries once again experienced an increase in both revenue and the number of employees. While total revenue rose by more than 1.5 per cent to 154.4 billion euros, the number of core employees working in this sector – i.e. the total of both self-employed workers and employees subject to social insurance contributions – climbed almost three per cent to over 1.1 million. These are the findings of the 2017 monitoring report on the state of the cultural and creative industries in Germany regularly compiled by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) as part of the German federal government’s Cultural and Creative Industries Initiative.

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  6. 01.12.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Private banking (Privatkundengeschäft) | Real estate | Securities investment | Consumers

    Consumers in Germany are becoming increasingly used to the low interest rate environment. They are, however, still unwilling to accept negative interest on bank deposits. These are the findings of a recent survey on the influence of the low interest rate environment on the savings behaviour of bank customers. The survey was carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim on behalf of ING-DiBa AG.

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  7. 24.11.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    foundation activities

    One fifth of start-up companies based in Baden-Württemberg are academic spin-offs, that is, companies where at least one of the founders previously worked or currently works in a scientific research institution. This puts Baden-Württemberg in Southwest Germany above the average share of academic spin-offs for the other German states, where 17 per cent of start-up businesses have origins in the field of scientific research. This is one of the findings of a special analysis of the most recent IAB/ZEW Start-up Panel conducted by the Mannheim-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) specifically for Baden-Württemberg on behalf of L-Bank.

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  8. 27.09.2017 · ZEW (pbu/jgl/ybr)
    Research
    Real estate market | Real estate financing

    The German Real Estate Finance Index (DIFI) by ZEW and JLL decreased by 1.7 points in the third quarter of 2017 to a current reading of -7.2 points. Despite a climb of 4.4 points to 9.8 points in the assessment of the current financing situation, the sentiment index for commercial real estate financing remains negative for the third quarter in a row. Once again the cause is the far worse assessment of the predicted financing situation for the next six months.

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  9. 27.09.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    EU Commission

    As a means of addressing the lack of global progress towards the appropriate taxation of profits made by companies in the digital economy, the EU Commission recently proposed a number of possible measures to tax these companies more fairly in the Communication entitled “A Fair and Efficient Tax System in the European Union for the Digital Single Market“.

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  10. 17.08.2017 · ZEW (ybr)
    Research
    Tax reform | Tax system | Income distribution
     For low-wage earners, working overtime often doesn’t pay.

    Increases in income among low-wage earners in Germany are more heavily taxed than that of top earners. This is due to the combination of a number of factors in the tax, contribution and transfer system. This is the result of a recent study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

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