1. 15.06.2022 · ZEW (hsh/deg)
    Research
    Climate policy | Social Policy | Family policy | Social transfer | Energy Prices | ZEWPodcast

    German Labour Minister Hubertus Heil's plan to introduce a social climate income is currently being hotly debated. Against the background of rising energy prices, the new policy instrument is intended to relieve people with low or medium incomes. The climate income was already agreed by the coalition parties last year in order to make the transformation to climate neutrality socially compatible.

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  2. 07.06.2022 · ZEW (jki/deg)
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    ZEWPodcast
    Podcast-Cover of Jan Kinne.

    ZEW researcher Jan Kinne started Istari.ai together with David Lenz while doing his doctorate. In the 21st episode of the #ZEWPodcast ‘Wirtschaft · Forschung · Debatten’/‘Economy · Research · Debates’, the economist looks back on the time when the company was founded and explains what added value his company Istari.ai offers for science, politics and companies.

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  3. 08.04.2022 · ZEW (kki/deg)
    Research
    ZEWPodcast | Private pension provision | Residential real estate | Life annuity
    Portrait photo of ZEW economist Dr. Karolin Kirschenmann

    Despite owning real estate, many people worry about their income in retirement. In recent years, numerous financing models, including life annuity, have come onto the market and promise to solve the problem. These new models allow owners to liquidate their home without losing the right to live there. In the 19th episode of the #ZEWPodcast, ZEW economist Dr. Karolin Kirschenmann compares various equity release products and explains who might be interested in them. She also illustrates how policymakers can provide regulation and how the market works in other countries.

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  4. 24.03.2022 · ZEW (awh/rha)
    Research
    Ukraine | Russia | Embargo | Energy
    Personal photo of economist Moritz Schularick and Achim Wambach.

    Can Germany afford to sanction Russia with a ban on energy imports? This discussion between Professor Moritz Schularick of the University of Bonn and Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW, originally appeared in the 22 March 2022 issue of the financial daily ‘Handelsblatt’.

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  5. 07.03.2022 · ZEW (mar/deg)
    Research
    ZEWPodcast | Economics of Gender | Gender mainstreaming | Equal Opportunities | Gender equality | Women | Women?s wages | Women?s labour force participation | Policy towards women
     ZEW economist Melanie Arntz in front of a gray background.

    In Germany, 7 March 2022 symbolically marks the wage gap between women and men. With a wage gap of 18 per cent, women statistically work 66 days “for free”. In the 18th episode of the #ZEWPodcast, ZEW economist Professor Melanie Arntz shed light on various factors that cause the gender pay gap. She also talks about the EU Action Plan for Gender Equality, parental leave allowance and the challenges of digitalisation.

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  6. 04.02.2022 · ZEW (dos/deg)
    Research
    flood damages | Climate Change | Climate | ZEWPodcast
     Podcast cover with portrait photo of Daniel Osberghaus.

    The flood disaster in Germany last July claimed more than 180 lives. Since then, the question of how private households and policymakers can better prepare for extreme weather events has been raised again. In the 17th episode of the #ZEWPodcast ‘Wirtschaft · Forschung · Debatten’/‘Economy · Research · Debates’, ZEW economist Dr. Daniel Osberghaus talks about what technical precautionary measures private homeowners can take, the advantages and disadvantages of compulsory insurance in Germany and how other countries take flood precautions.

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  7. 21.01.2022 · ZEW (bkr/sel)
    Research
    Public Procurement | Eco-innovation | Product innovation | Innovation activity
    ZEW study shows that that green procurement criteria can create an important incentive effect

    In recent years German and European policymakers have been devoting considerable attention to the issue of green public procurement. By adding green procurement criteria to public sector calls for tender, policymakers hope to encourage the development of environmentally friendly products and processes. ZEW researchers recently examined this issue. Their empirical analysis indicates that green procurement criteria can create an important incentive effect – but not for all firms.

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  8. 17.12.2021 · ZEW (clu/chs/deg)
    Research
    Minimum level of taxation | Taxes | Business Taxes and Subsidies including sales and value-added (VAT)
    Podcast cover with Christopher Ludwig.

    It has long been known that many large corporations park their billions in profits in offshore tax havens – at the expense of society. The global minimum tax is supposed to solve what has led to worldwide resentment in recent years. The idea is that a uniform rate of 15 per cent will make it more difficult for international corporations to optimise their profits bypassing the domestic tax authorities. Whether the global minimum tax delivers what it promises is discussed by Christopher Ludwig, researcher in the ZEW “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Department in the latest episode of the #ZEWPodcast Wirtschaft · Forschung · Debatten’/‘Economy · Research · Debates’. The ZEW tax expert also presents the second pillar of the worldwide tax reforms, i.e. the global distribution of profits, and discusses central points of criticism.

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  9. 02.12.2021 · ZEW (awh/deg/chs)
    Research
    Federal Government | Coalition government | Climate Change | Energy transition | Electricity grid

    For the first time, Germany will be governed by a ‘traffic light’ coalition, named after the traditional colours of the parties. Expectations are high, especially with regard to tackling the climate crisis, which resembles a Herculean task. In their coalition agreement, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP show the way towards a transformation that should be at the same time sustainable, socially affordable and cost-efficient – at least that’s what the coalition parties say. In the 16th episode of the #ZEWPodcast ‘Wirtschaft · Forschung · Debatten’/‘Economy · Research · Debates’, ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach spoke about the climate plans set out in the new coalition agreement. Wambach explains, among other things, how the traffic light parties want to secure the energy supply, why there is still potential for conflict in the expansion of wind power, and what the coalition plans to do with Deutsche Bahn.

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  10. 30.11.2021 · ZEW (ibe/sel)
    Research
    Digitisation | Industry Analysis | Germany
     Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek, Head of the ZEW Research Unit Digital Economy on the study.

    Almost the entire German economy has become more digital than it was in 2020, according to the Digitalisation Index 2021, which is calculated on an annual basis as part of the project “Measuring the degree of digitalisation in the German economy”. The project is conducted by a consortium formed by ZEW Mannheim (consortium leader), the Cologne-based German Economic Institute (IW), IW Consult, the Institute for Industrial Management FIR at RWTH Aachen University, and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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