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During the series of lectures "First-Hand Information on Current Economic Policy" ("Wirtschaftspolitik aus erster Hand"), ZEW President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz presented the Annual Economic Report 2011/12 of the German Council of Economic Experts. Against the background of the debt and euro crisis, the presentations were very well received. The report was presented at the Baden-Wuerttemberg federal state offices in Berlin and Brussels, at the BW-Bank in Stuttgart and at the energy supply company EnBW's headquarter in Karlsruhe.
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A special highlight of September’s ZEW Research Seminar was the guest appearance of David Reiley, a principal research scientist at the Internet company Yahoo!. During his talk with ZEW economists, he discussed his recent study on how online advertising affects sales.
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).
The University of Mannheim and ZEW jointly host the Mannheim Corporate Tax Day (Mannheimer Unternehmenssteuertag) 2011. On 21 June 2011, renowned experts from the worlds of academia, business and government will present the latest developments in the field of national and international corporate taxation. This year, the event will focus on "National and International Taxation for Partnerships".
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.
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.
On Friday 11 June, ZEW President Professor Wolfgang Franz welcomed almost 400 guests to the institute in Mannheim for the ZEW Economic Forum 2010. The theme of this year’s event was “Agenda 2010 – Review and Future Outlook”, with many talks and discussions taking a close look at the effects of the most comprehensive reform of the German social security system since the founding of the modern republic. Along with a great many other renowned speakers from the world of economic research, ZEW also had the honour of welcoming as a guest speaker former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who was largely responsible for introducing and designing the Agenda 2010.
In February 2009, ZEW President Professor Wolfgang Franz had the pleasure of welcoming the CEO of the Deutsche Telekom AG Réne Obermann for a lecture on the topic “The Future of Telecommunication”. Around 180 invited guests attended the event held within the framework of the lecture series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.
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.
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.