23.06.2020 · ZEW (ibe/sel)
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Coronavirus | Digitisation | Crisis management | Economic crisis | Enterprise
ZEW Economist Irene Bertschek sees opportunities to invest in the high level of digitalisation caused by the coronavirus crisis.
The coronavirus has hit the world economy hard, with the lockdown having paralysed public life for weeks in many countries. But even with the lockdown easing up, hygiene and distance regulations still make it difficult to work together, shop, and use business services. 
28.05.2020 · ZEW (fkr)
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Integration | Migrants | Questions & Answers
Results of the new ZEW research group do not show a higher crime rate due to an increase of asylum seekers in Germany.
ZEW’s Research Department “Labour Markets and Human Resources” recently created a new Junior Research Group, “The Integration of Migrants and Attitudes Towards the Welfare State (IMES)”. Its stated goal is to better understand the effects of immigration on the host country and the integration of migrants into the labour market.
12.03.2020 · ZEW (fpf/sel)
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Skills shortage | Qualified workers | Education and Learning | Highly skilled labour | Labour Market | Occupational qualification | Questions & Answers
In the interview with ZEW Friedhelm Pfeiffer discusses possible solutions of the labour shortage.
Demographic changes are increasingly being felt in Germany as many companies struggle to find qualified applicants. Nevertheless, many unutilized options exist for easing bottlenecks in the German labour market.
19.02.2020 · ZEW (zas/fkr)
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Questions & Answers | Nudging | Economic incentive
Dr. Zareh Asatryan examined the effectiveness of nudging in a study at ZEW.
Policymakers are increasingly relying on behavioural interventions with the aim of improving individual decisions. These interventions have become known as “nudges” following the similarly titled book written by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in 2008. Nudging methods are used, for example, to increase the willingness of individuals to pay taxes. But how effective are these measures in reality?
16.12.2019 · ZEW (mot/chs)
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Wind energy | Wind turbine | Renewable Energies | Competitive tendering | Auction | Competition | Questions & Answers
ZEW researcher Marion Ott explains the procedure of public fund auctions for wind-energy plants.ic fund auctions for wind-energy plants
By 2030, renewable energy is to cover 65 percent of German energy supply. This is why the German Federal Government is planning to invite tenders for new public funds. In the past, competition for wind energy plant support was low, however. For the state, a lack of competition drives up the costs for renewable energy expansion, because it allows companies to place higher-priced bids.
25.11.2019 · ZEW (kvg/fkr)
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Climate protection | CO2 | CO2 emission | CO2 reduction | Building | Climate policy | ZEWnews | Questions & Answers
In Germany, the buildings sector ranks high in terms of its amount of both final energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The aim is to reduce its CO2 emissions from the current 117 million tonnes to 72 million tonnes by 2030, and to virtually zero by 2050.
28.10.2019 · ZEW (bhe/fkr)
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Questions & Answers | ZEWnews | China | Germany | Knowledge transfer | Knowledge Transfer and Qualification Programmes | Cultural cooperation
Interview with Barbara Hey about Chinese executives participating in ZEW programme
For seven years now, Chinese executives have been attending ZEW’s month-long training programme ‘Fit for Partnership in Germany’. The programme, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), is overseen by Barbara Hey, deputy head of the ZEW Department “Knowledge Transfer and Qualification Programmes”, together with her colleague Manuel Lauer.  
19.09.2019 · ZEW (fpf/kbo)
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Refugees | Labour force integration | Labour Market | Germany | Questions & Answers | ZEWnews
Friedhelm Pfeiffer sheds light on the main findings on Labour Market Integration
How can asylum seekers be successfully integrated into the Rhine-Neckar region? This question was investigated within the framework of the interdisciplinary project “Real-World Laboratory: Asylum Seekers in the Rhine-Neckar Region”, for which ZEW was a project partner.
02.07.2019 · ZEW (dre/kbo)
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Dominik Rehse pleads for a better understanding of algorithmic decision-making
Search engines, social networks, comparison and rating portals, and other digital platforms are increasingly transforming our lives. They make intensive use of algorithmic decision-making, especially of machine learning. Those markets in which digital platforms occur as intermediaries or market participants are also increasingly influenced by algorithms and machine learning applications.
27.05.2019 · ZEW (cra/kbo)
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Industrial Policy | Innovation | Innovation and competition economics | Europe | Territorial competition
Christian Rammer about the importance of innovation-friendly policies.
To judge by recent discussions about European industrial policy, Europe has been slow to adopt new digital technologies and is facing terrifying competition from China.

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