ZEW conducts evidence-based economic policy research on a range of high-visibility topics, including the digital transformation, European integration, and the energy transition. These are tackled by ZEW’s research units.

ZEW's organisation is subdivided into seven research departments:

  • Pensions and Sustainable Financial Markets

    The “Pensions and Sustainable Financial Markets” Research Department analyses financial markets and financial decision-making in the light of global trends such as demographic change, digitalisation and climate change. more

  • Labour Markets and Social Insurance

    The Research Department “Labour Markets and Human Resources” investigates institutions and working conditions in firms. more

  • Digital Economy

    The “Digital Economy” Research Department studies the impact of digitalisation on economic processes. more

  • Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics

    The Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics” investigates the behaviour of firms under dynamic market conditions. more

  • Market Design

    The Research Department “Market Design” focuses on the analysis and optimisation of markets. Its aim is to improve the performance of existing markets by actively shaping market rules. more

  • Environmental and Climate Economics

    The “Environmental and Climate Economics” Research Department investigates the optimal function of markets and institutions with regard to environmental aspects and resource scarcity. more

  • Corporate Taxation and Public Finance

    The “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Research Department addresses questions related to corporate taxation and empirical public economics. more

and two Research Groups:

  • Health Care Markets and Health Policy

    The Research Group “Health Care Markets and Health Policy” is dedicated to the analysis of health care markets and the evaluation of health policy measures. more

  • Inequality and Public Policy

    The Research Group “Inequality and Public Policy” investigates trends in income and wealth distribution. more