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6.12.2016

SEEK Workshop

The first SEEK-ENBI workshop, entitled "Fiscal Governance in the Eurozone: The Role of Rules, Fiscal Boards and Other Policy Innovations", was held on 24 and 25 November 2016 at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. ENBI (European Network on Better Institutions) is a three-year project funded by the SEEK programe with the aim to carry out applied research on questions related to institutional reforms in Europe.
The specific focus of this year's workshop was on the role of fiscal institutions in sustainable fiscal governance in the Eurozone. The two-day event brought together more than 20 academics and policy-makers, and the sessions covered topics related to, among others, fiscal rules, fiscal councils, fiscal policy over the business cycles, and tax reforms.
Download the programme of the 2016 workshop here. The  workshops scheduled for 2017 and 2018 will cover topics related to fiscal stabilization mechanisms and sovereign debt restructurings, respectively.

20.05.2016

New SEEK Research Projects Launched Focussing on Economic Challenges in Europe

Living standards in Europe vary considerably both within and between the EU Member States. What measures can be taken to counteract these discrepancies on a European and on a national level? Numerous suggestions have been made as to how sustainable, stable growth might be achieved in the eurozone. Would all of these solutions prove to be successful? Which instruments might be implemented in order to achieve effective fiscal and economic governance within the eurozone? In many areas, digital markets and platforms are becoming evermore important. What are the mechanisms behind them and how are they influencing competition and the labour market? These are the questions being addressed in three new SEEK research projects, begun in April 2016.

The following research projects were selected:

All project proposals were assessed by an expert panel. Projects were selected according to criteria such as the scientific quality and originality of the proposed research, the relevance of the research question, as well as the intensity of the intended international cooperation. In comparison to previous years, the criteria for projects were somewhat different; research questions were asked to be wider, and they were to be addressed by larger project teams for a longer duration. This structural change to projects is expected to result in more comprehensive analysis of complex research questions. This should make research more attractive for third-party funding and develop ZEW's competencies in science-based political consulting.

The ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) has been funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg since 2010. The overarching aim of the programme is to promote excellent economic research. In addition, a particular focus is placed on developing ZEW's international network. Up to now, researchers at ZEW have completed over 40 practical research projects in collaboration with international partners as part of the SEEK programme.

Convinced of the programme's success, the state of Baden-Württemberg has extended funding for a further three years. Since April, three new SEEK projects have seen ZEW researchers analyse specific aspects of economic development in Europe, thereby identifying the conditions necessary for a sustainable and integrative economy. A particular feature of the new research questions is their practical relevance. Research results translate into policy recommendations, which improve our understanding of the economic challenges faced by Europe and enable policy-makers in Europe to make decisions based on factual evidence.

December 2015

The 2015 SEEK Special Edition issue of the ZEWnews English Edition contains articles on:

  • Innovation and Start-ups Are Essential in Europe's Fight Against the Debt Crisis
  • ECB Chief Economist Peter Praet: "Our Pessimism Is Holding Europe Back"
  • Andreas von Bechtolsheim: "Local Business No Longer Exists"
  • Europe Must Become More Attractive for Entrepreneurs and Promote Innovation
  • Mario Monti Calls for Reforms in European Economic Policy
  • Ufuk Akcigit: "Innovation Is an Important Factor for Social Mobility"
  • Tommaso Valetti on the Expansion of Broadband in Europe: "Speed Matters"
  • Conference Dinner on Windeck Castle

Download the SEEK Special Edition

10.10.2015

High-profile Speakers Attend Fifth Annual SEEK Conference at ZEW

The differences between the various national economies in the Eurozone are becoming ever more pronounced. Whilst the economic cycle in Germany becomes increasingly stable, countries such as Greece and Portugal are still facing the effects of national debt crises. This year's annual SEEK conference, held by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) from 8 to 9 October in Mannheim, was thus entitled "Overcoming the Crisis: How to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Diverging European Economy?". Participants considered how investments in innovation and entrepreneurship might help to close the growing gap between the various European national economies. On the first day of the conference, high-profile speakers from the fields of politics and economics discussed the main areas, on which policy made in Brussels may draw, in order to actively promote innovation in Europe. Speakers included Peter Praet, Chief Economist of the European Central Bank (ECB), and Mario Monti, former Prime Minister of Italy.

"Stable macro-economic conditions and targeted economic policy are fundamental to successful innovation," concluded ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest in his introductory speech at the SEEK conference.

Peter Praet, PhD, executive board member at the ECB, provided insight into the macro-economic outlook in the Eurozone, "The economic sphere is increasingly characterised by on-setting pessimism in regard to long-term growth."  This prevents quick recovery, and in the long-term, may lead to falls in investment. This may in turn further inhibit economic convergence between countries in the Eurozone, explained the Economist in his keynote address. The European Central Bank is unable to play a major role here; it’s down to individual states to implement appropriate economic policies.

As Professor Mario Monti, former EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Financial Integration, Customs and Taxation explained in his keynote address, however, moderate reforms are needed. "The political conditions in Europe are extremely poor – we do not need a revolution, but marginal adaptations."  This must not, however, result in deviation from Eurozone policies.  Much of what German and Northern European Politicians promote is correct, "Germany ought to be proud of the Euro", he said, "as its best export product."

Entrepreneur Andreas von Bechtholsheim, who participated in the SEEK conference via telephone from the Silicon valley, explained why despite efforts made in Europe, so many more new businesses are successfully established in the USA.

What exactly is missing in Europe to make businesses truly innovative? This was the question addressed in the panel discussion with Dr. Gitte Neubauer, Director of Cellzome GmbH and winner of the EU-Innovation Prize for Women in 2011, Frédérique Sachwald, Head of Research and Development at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in France, Franz Fehrenbach, Chair of the supervisory board at Robert Bosch GmbH, as well as Dr. Georg Licht, head of ZEW's research department "Industrial Economics and International Management". ZEW President Fuest moderated the debate. The panel quickly agreed that Europe is not lacking entrepreneurial ideas. The issue is rather that the process by which new firms are established and financed is much more complex in Europe than it is in the US.

Drawing on data from research carried out in US markets, Ufuk Akcigit, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and research fellow at the private US economic research institute, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), showed that innovation is the basis of a large proportion of top incomes in the United States. The major difference between innovative areas in the USA, and Europe, is that young firms in Europe lack access to capital, as well as the necessary technology. "Europe lacks investment in academic training", added Akcigit in his speech on the second day of the conference (9 October 2015). A closely networked university system such as that which exists in the USA, would certainly have an impact on research and innovation.

What North America and Europe do have in common is their large-scale political plans, to ensure that all households have access to broadband internet. A recurring discussion amongst policy-makers concerns the so-called "digital gap." This is clearly a socio-economic issue of who has the opportunity to access and use information and communication technologies, such as the internet, and who does not? In his presentation, Professor Tommaso Valletti, from Imperial College Business School in London, considered whether this gap might be closed, and indeed whether it should be.  His research illustrates that unbundling individuals’ internet connections in Great Britain has led to significant improvements in the quality and speed of the internet. In other words "speed matters". According to Valletti, this is proven by the fact that increased internet speed is associated with rising property prices. Finally, the internet influences political policy resulting, for example, in tax cuts.

"Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies", or SEEK, was established in 2010 with the aim of drawing on practical research to inform analysis of European economic policy. Since then, 35 SEEK research projects, concerning for example, the factors determining future markets and products, and organisational transformations in businesses, have been completed. Currently, six SEEK projects are taking place.

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Conference programme and additional information

18.03.2015

Fifth SEEK Conference "Overcoming the Crisis: How to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Diverging European Economy" (October 8-9, 2015)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the fifth conference of its international research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). The conference takes place in Mannheim on October 8 and 9, 2015. Entitled "Overcoming the Crisis. How to Foster Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe?", it brings together decision makers and outstanding scholars for discussion on the creation of new business and innovation in Europe. Keynotes and debates as well as academic sessions analyse the key factors and policies missing to effectively foster innovative business and entrepreneurial success. Interested researchers may either submit a full paper (including an abstract of max. 100-200 words) or an extended abstract of 500-600 words to seek@zew.de (subject "Submission 2015 SEEK conference"; please provide a reference to one of the three main topics) no later than May 3, 2015.

Three main topics will be in the focus of the academic sessions:

  1. Fostering effective innovation and technology adoption,
  2. Impact of ICT on productivity and growth, and
  3. Competition and regulation.

Additional Information and Call for Papers

04.09.2014

ZEW policy brief Published - Climate-Related Innovations, Crowding Out, and Their Impact on Competitiveness

Within the last few decades, rising environmental concerns have forced policy-makers to act in an effort to mitigate further harm. Yet though green-house gas emissions and the wasteful use of natural resources are detrimental to the environment, policy-makers are reluctant to enact any green legislation that might undermine national competitiveness. Many now see the solution to lie in the development of new environmental technologies, which promise to address environmental problems while maintaining competitiveness. The effects of environmental technology on competitiveness are addressed in this ZEW study.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "Climate-Related Innovations, Crowding Out, and Their Impact on Competitiveness", offering an in-depth description of the research findings (as PDF, 128 KB)

03.09.2014

ZEWnews SEEK Special Edition on the 2014 Fourth Annual SEEK Conference

Fiscal policy and public debt, inequalities in income and wealth across Europe, and perspectives on a European fiscal union – these topics were central to the fourth conference of the research programme SEEK (Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies) hosted by ZEW on May 15 and 16, 2014. The SEEK special edition of the ZEWnews gives an overview of the event with more than 150 international attendees from the political, economic and academic sphere. The issue offers a summary of all presentations, among them the lectures by the former Federal Minister of Finance Hans Eichel and the former Minister of Finance of Portugal, Prof. Vítor Gaspar. It also features the keynote speech given by Prof. Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics, whose book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has been in the international bestseller lists for months.

Download and Livestream Recordings

02.07.2014

SEEK Workshop on European Public Finances Through the Financial Crisis at ZEW

On June 10-11, 2014, ZEW hosted the SEEK workshop “European Public Finances Through the Financial Crisis”, which was jointly organized with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), London, and the Institut des politiques publiques (IPP), Paris. The objective of the workshop was to provide an overview of how fiscal responses to the crisis varied across Europe. The event brought together country experts, who presented the macro and fiscal background in their country, provided an overview of fiscal responses to the crisis, and analyzed if the crisis has been an opportunity for reforms that improve the system of taxation and spending.

Download the Workshop Programme as PDF file (44 KB)

10.06.2014

TASKS III Conference: Changing Tasks – Consequences for Inequality

The third international BIBB/IAB/ZEW Conference titled "Changing Tasks – Consequences for Inequality" took place at the IAB in Nuremberg from May 26 to 28, 2014. The conference was co-financed under the international research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

The conference was concerned with the role of job tasks for labour market outcomes. A special focus was placed on changes in task structures, in particular due to technological progress and offshoring, and their implications for inequality on the labour market. Four international top-level researchers of the field held keynote lectures.

Keynotes by Renowned Scientists

At the beginning of the conference, Thomas Lemieux (University of British Columbia, CA) held the first keynote on the impact of the field of study and of task assignment for wage inequality. He distinguished the different effects of education, occupation, and job matching on wage inequality. Michael Handel (Northeastern University, Boston, US) discussed the long-term development of tasks, occupations and education in several OECD countries in the second keynote. He argued that technological progress leads to slow changes in labour market structures, while other factors such as changing demand for goods and services are of key importance for the changing labour market structures.

On the second conference day, David Autor (MIT Economics, Cambridge, US) addressed the effects of international trade on employees and their adjustment strategies in his keynote. He distinguished employees according to their exposure to international competition and how this affects their income, risk of unemployment, mobility and receipt of social security benefits. In her keynote closing the conference, Uta Schönberg (University College London, UK) summarised the international evidence on the role of technological change for the polarisation of labour markets. She then presented new findings on organisational change at firm level and its effects on career paths.

Follow-up Conference in May 2016

In addition to the keynote speakers, 26 international researchers from Europe and the US presented and discussed their recent research results. The size of the external audience of about 40, including researchers and representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) as well as the Federal Agency of Employment (BA), clearly reflects the urgency of the topic and the high quality of the programme. Motivated by the great success of the conference series, a fourth international BIBB/IAB/ZEW Conference will be organised at ZEW in Mannheim in May 2016. The announcement will be published in time on the websites of the involved research institutes.

SEEK Projects Involved

The conference was co-financed within the framework of the SEEK projects "Can Task-Biased Technological Change Explain Changes in Regional Labour Market Disparities?" and "Labour Market Adjustments in Response to Fundamental Technological Innovations" by ZEW researchers Terry Gregory, Dr. Jens Mohrenweiser, and Dr. Ulrich Zierahn. Both projects employ a task-based approach to investigate the effects of technological change on inequality on the labour market.

Additional information on SEEK

29.04.2014

Fourth SEEK Annual Conference "Public Finance and Income Distribution in Europe" at ZEW

Fiscal policy and public debt, income and wealth inequality in Europe, the prospects for a European fiscal union – these topics are at the heart of current academic and policy debates against the backdrop of the euro crisis. The fourth annual conference of the SEEK (Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies) research programme at ZEW on May 15 and 16, 2014, will address these issues. Professor Thomas Piketty, Paris School of Economics, will deliver a keynote speech on May 16, 11:30 a.m. Piketty’s book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" has jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list and is the current No. 1 on Amazon in the US. In his keynote, Piketty will discuss his book, in which he issues a warning about the growing gulf between rich and poor. Professor Andreas Peichl, head of ZEW's Research Group "International Distribution and Redistribution", will host the subsequent discussion.

In the “Politics Meets Science” forum on the first conference day, two former and one current Ministers of Finance (Hans Eichel, former German Minister of Finance, Vitor Gaspar, former Portuguese Minister of Finance, and Nils Schmid, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Finance and Economics) will discuss their point of view. Some 150 participants from the areas of politics, business, science, and public administration are expected at the event.

You can watch the conference and all keynotes in the live stream from May 15, 1:00 p.m.

See the conference programme and additional information at the conference website

25.04.2014

New SEEK Projects Started on April 1, 2014

The review process of proposals submitted for the fifth call for projects in the SEEK research programme has been completed. Six new projects started on April 1, 2014. In a rigorous selection process, an expert committee of renowned researchers assessed 26 high-quality project proposals and finally approved six submissions. The projects were selected for the SEEK research programme due to their extraordinary scientific quality and originality, and because of the high level of international cooperation and exchange among the researchers involved. In all project teams ZEW researchers co-operate closely with internationally distinguished colleagues. Against the backdrop of the European economic and financial crisis, demand is higher than ever for economic expertise and independent, scientifically grounded policy advice. The 2014 SEEK projects thus focus on the central topic "Overcoming the Crisis in Europe". Their target is to deepen our understanding of the crisis and to provide politicians and decision-makers with empirical, science-based expertise.

In the fifth funding period, the following six projects will be funded within the SEEK research programme:

  • Resilience in Times of Crisis: The Role of ICT; Evidence for Europe
  • Evaluating the Introduction of a Uniform Minimum Wage in Germany: A Structural Equilibrium Job Search Approach
  • Human Capital Formation in Young Firms and the Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of Portugal and Germany
  • Fiscal Governance and Adjustments Under Crisis Conditions
  • Credit Supply of Banks and SME Financing in the Crisis - Unveiling the Real Economic Effects
  • Side Effects of Economic Crises in Europe and Provision of Online Public Goods

Additional information on the SEEK projects

26.11.2013

Call for Papers: Fourth SEEK Conference "Public Finance and Income Distribution in Europe" (May 15-16, 2014)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the fourth conference of its international research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). The conference takes place in Mannheim on May 15-16, 2014. Entitled "Public Finance and Income Distribution in Europe", it will bring together economists and political decision makers for debate on fiscal policy and public debt, income and wealth inequality in Europe, and the prospects for a European fiscal union. Policy keynote speakers at the conference will be former German Federal Minister of Finance Hans Eichel and Vítor Gaspar, Portuguese Finance Minister until 2013. Interested researchers may either submit a full paper (including an abstract of max. 100-200 words) or an extended abstract of 500-600 words to seek@zew.de (subject "Submission 2014 SEEK conference") no later than February 16, 2014.

 We invite submissions in areas such as:

EU debt crisis • Fiscal policy in the EU • Prospects of an EU fiscal union • Income and wealth inequality • Redistributive preferences • Optimal redistributive taxation • Financial sector taxation • Wealth and inheritance taxation • Fiscal competition and the (erosion of the) welfare state

Additional Information and Call for Papers

13.11.2013

Call for Project Proposals 2014: ZEW Research Programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK)

Overcoming the Crisis in Europe is the overarching topic of this year’s fifth call for project proposals of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). One objective of the SEEK programm, which is funded by the state of Baden-Würtemberg, is to promote international cooperation projects between researchers of all economic disciplines. ZEW now welcomes the submission of project proposals. For each project, the requested budget may be up to EUR 200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months. Please submit project proposals, preferably as PDF file, to seek@zew.de no later than January 31, 2014.

The programme welcomes research proposals in the field of applied economics that address one of the following topics:

  • Innovation, firm creation, and new technologies
  • Energy and the environment
  • Inclusive labour markets
  • European Fiscal and Banking Union

Eligibility and Review Criteria

Project teams have to be composed of ZEW researchers and one or more external international researchers. Research proposals must be prepared and submitted by all project partners. For ZEW’s research units and contact persons, please see http://www.zew.de/research. Proposals will be ranked by a scientific board of distinguished, international scholars. The main criteria in assessing the proposals are: scientific quality, originality of the proposal, contribution to the main topic "Overcoming the Crisis in Europe", and strength of the scientific cooperation, including international exchange of researchers. The final decision will be made by ZEW.

2014 Call for Project Proposals (as PDF file, 1,64 MB)

2014 Submission Guidelines (as PDF file, 1,64 MB)

Further information on SEEK research programme

14.10.2013

SEEK Closing Workshop on Climate Policy, Technology, and Competitiveness in Dublin

The closing workshop of SEEK project "Competitiveness Impacts in a World with Uneven Carbon Constraints" took place in Dublin on September 11, 2013. ZEW researchers Dr. Michael Hübler and Dr. Oliver Schenker jointly hosted the workshop with Carolyn Fischer, PhD, from Resources for the Future (RFF).

RFF is a SEEK project partner and a renowned research institution for environmental economics and policy in Washington, D.C. Together with Prof. Sjak Smulders (Tilburg University), Taran Faehn (Statistics Norway), Prof. Sourafel Girma (University of Nottingham), and Antoine Dechezleprêtre, PhD, (London School of Economics and Political Science), the project team presented and discussed inspiring research results and their relevance to climate policy as well as technology and competitiveness. Moreover, the workshop participants explored options for future co-operation.

Additional information on the SEEK project

06.09.2013

ZEW policy brief Published - The Division of Tasks, Offshoring, and Efficiency Gains

The Division of Tasks, Offshoring, and Efficiency Gains Recent developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) and the growth of emerging economies such as China and India have not only increased international trade but have also led to offshoring of activities away from Europe. Recent developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) and the growth of emerging economies such as China and India have not only increased international trade but have also led to offshoring of activities away from Europe. A firm’s decision to move production away from Europe is based on cost-benefit considerations and comparative advantage. Effective policy responses call for a sound understanding of what types of activities are subject to relocation and of the relative strengths of the European knowledge economy. A project, funded by the SEEK research programme, aims to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of company decision making and their labour-market consequences. A team of researchers examined the role of technological change and globalisation for workers’ jobs and firms’ competitiveness. Based on the idea that occupations are bundles of tasks, they model the bundling and unbundling of tasks and analyse the factors determining their tradability. They examine whether individuals react to offshoring by switching the tasks that make up their occupation. Finally, taking a firm-level perspective, internationally active firms are compared to domestic firms with regard to ICT use and productivity.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "The Division of Tasks, Offshoring, and Efficiency Gains", offering an in-depth description of the research findings (as PDF, 156 KB)

26.07.2013

ZEW policy brief Published - Incentives and Creativity

In knowledge-intensive economies, ideas and innovation are key drivers of a company's competitiveness and success. In such a climate a company must strategise methods designed to incentivize the generation of new ideas and build a culture that rewards the production of knowledge. Funded by ZEW's SEEK research programme, the research covers two empirical studies that investigate whether financial rewards such as performance independent bonuses and performance rewards foster creativity and idea generation among employees and to what extent the effect of incentives differs depending on the type of reward that is offered.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "Incentives and Creativity", offering an in-depth description of the research findings (as PDF, 135 KB)

14.06.2013

ZEW policy brief Published - An Integrated Analysis of the Public Support to the European Auto Industry

Public intervention in the automotive industry has a long, global history. In Europe, both, individual member states and the European Union (EU), often allocate public resources to automobile manufacturers through a wide variety of instruments and institutions. This willingness to offer support to the automotive industry was especially evident during the financial and economic crisis of 2009 when this sector was particularly hard hit. Against this backdrop, a recent study funded jointly by ZEW's SEEK research programme and the Finance Programme at the University of Leuven outlines and quantifies the different forms that public support to the European auto industry has taken over the past decade.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "Public Support to the European Auto Industry: An Integrated Analysis", offering an in-depth description of the research findings (as PDF, 154 KB)

04.06.2013

Third SEEK Conference Report Published

More than 150 international economists from science and economy discussed current developments in European labour markets during the third SEEK Conference "Engines for More and Better Jobs in Europe" on April 25-26, 2013, at ZEW. The SEEK Special Edition of the ZEWnews offers a summary on the keynote speech of Frank-Jürgen Weise, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Federal Employment Agency. It also provides information on all other presentations and the panel discussion on how to create a European job miracle. Additionally, it gives an overview of all scientific sessions and the presented papers. The SEEK research programme at ZEW promotes international collaboration between researchers in all economic disciplines. Financed by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, it helps to promote cutting-edge economics research in Europe. SEEK supports research projects on the efficiency and competitiveness of knowledge-based national economies in the EU.

Download Conference Report (as PDF, 239 KB)

Additional information on the conference and live streams

28.05.2013

ZEW policy brief Published: Comparing Online Shopping Prices Is Worth the Effort

Internet shopping is becoming more and more popular. On price comparison sites users can obtain helpful advice, where to find the best price. A study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and the University of Linz within the framework of the SEEK research programme shows that price comparisons are worth the effort. The results show that already ten additional competitors in the market offering the same product reduce the mark-up of the cheapest provider by 1.7 percentage points.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "Entry, Exit, and Pricing Strategies at Online Price-Comparison Sites: Do Price Markups Fall by Themselves, or Is Competition Crucial?", offering an in-depth description of the research findings (as PDF, 152 KB)

25.04.2013

SEEK Annual Conference "Engines for More and Better Jobs in Europe" at ZEW

High unemployment figures in Southern Europe, demographic change and skilled worker shortage in Germany: Which solutions can be provided by science, politics, and industry to achieve the goals of the EU growth strategy "Europe 2020", integrative growth for more and better jobs in Europe? These questions have been discussed on April 25 and 26, 2013 at the third conference of the research programme SEEK (Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies) at ZEW. Some 150 participants from politics, industry, science, and public institutions are expected to attend the event.

Within the framework of a policy-economic forum on the first conference day, the keynote speaker Frank-Jürgen Weise, Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency, talked about the development of the labour market in Germany.  Further high-profile speakers were Steffano Scarpetta, Deputy Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD, and Rita Asplund, Research Director at ETLA (Research Institute of the Finnish Economy). On the second conference day international scholars presented their research results regarding the conference topic within numerous scientific sessions.

More information on the conference website

05.04.2013: New SEEK Projects Launched on April 1, 2013

The review process of proposals submitted for the fourth call for projects within the framework of the SEEK research programme has been completed, and eight new SEEK projects were launched on April 1, 2013. With a total of 32 submitted high-quality project proposals, this year’s competition for SEEK funding was stronger than ever before. Following a rigorous selection process, eight project proposals were approved by the internationally renowned members of the Scientific Board. These projects were selected for the SEEK research programme due to their extraordinary scientific quality and originality, and because of the high level of international cooperation and exchange amongst the researchers involved. In all project teams ZEW researchers co-operate closely with internationally distinguished colleagues.

Additional information on the SEEK projects 2013

20.03.2013

Programme of the Third SEEK Conference "Engines for More and Better Jobs in Europe" now Available

The international research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is running successfully in its fourth year. ZEW is delighted to announce the programme for the third SEEK conference on "Engines for More and Better Jobs in Europe" on April 25–26, 2013.

The conference will bring together international scientists and decision makers from the areas of politics, business and public administration to discuss how labour markets and welfare institutions should be reformed to meet the targets of the EU's strategy "Europe 2020" - inclusive growth providing more and better jobs. Highlights of the 2013 conference will be the policy keynote speech by Frank-Jürgen Weise, Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency, and special lectures by distinguished scholars.

The first conference day will be dedicated to a politico-economic debate. On the second conference day, international researchers will present their research on the conference topic in a comprehensive programme of parallel sessions.

For additional information, please visit the conference website

13.02.2013

ZEW policy brief Published: Start-up Financing: How Credit Ratings and Bank Concentration Impact Credit Access

The Basel II Accord implemented a tighter regulation of the banking sector. The importance of external credit scoring conducted by rating agencies has thus grown significantly for banks providing business loans. Especially innovative, not yet established companies without a convincing credit history often face substantial difficulties accessing credit. There is no evidence, however, that this is due to unfavourable or missing ratings. A study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with the University of St. Gallen, Tilburg University and KU Leuven within the framework of the SEEK Research Programme shows that negative ratings are barriers to companies’ access to credit. Young innovative firms, however, are significantly less impacted by this effect.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "Start-up Financing: How Credit Ratings and Bank Concentration Impact Credit Access", offering an in-depth description of the research findings (as PDF file, 157 KB)

29.11.2012

Call for Project Proposals 2013: ZEW Research Programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK)

Within the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), the state of Baden-Württemberg is funding international cooperation projects between researchers of all economic disciplines. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) now welcomes the submission of project proposals. The deadline for project proposals is January 31, 2013. Projects must be carried out in close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international project partners. For each project, the budget requested may be up to 200,000 euros for a duration of 12 to 18 months.

The programme welcomes proposals for innovative and applied economic research on the following topics:

  • Generation of Knowledge and Innovations
  • Diffusion and Adoption of Knowledge and Innovations
  • The Use of Knowledge by Entrepreneurs and Industries
  • Consequences of a Knowledge-Based Economy
  • Challenges of a Knowledge-Based Economy for Economic Policy

Eligibility and Review Criteria

Proposals will be ranked by a scientific board made up of distinguished international scholars. The main criteria in assessing the proposals will be scientific quality; the originality of the proposal; and the strength of the scientific cooperation, including the international exchange of researchers. Please notify that only proposals with a close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international partner(s) will be funded. The final decision will be made by ZEW.

2013 Call for Project Proposals

2013 Submission Guidelines

09.11.2012

Call for Papers: Third SEEK Conference "Engines for More and Better Jobs in Europe" (April 25-26, 2013, Mannheim, Germany)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the third conference of its international research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). The conference will take place on April 25-26, 2013, in Mannheim. It will bring together economists and political decision-makers to discuss how labour markets and welfare institutions should be configured to achieve the vision of Europe 2020: inclusive growth providing more and better jobs. You may either submit a full paper (including an abstract of less than 100 words) or an extended abstract of 500-600 words. Researchers interested in participating should send their submission via e-mail to: seek@zew.de (subject "Submission SEEK conference 2013") no later than January 15, 2013.

We seek high-quality academic work in areas such as:

  • Dual labour markets
  • Over-qualification and skill-mismatch
  • Migration and immigration
  • Youth unemployment
  • Educational finance
  • Tax systems and employment
  • Knowledge, learning and technology adoption
  • ICT labour markets
  • Labour markets, productivity and innovation
  • Green jobs

Additional Information and Call for Papers

31.10.2012

ZEW policy brief Published: Public Funding of Innovation Projects: Is it Time for a More Flexible Approach?

Every year, the European Union and its Member States spend billions of euros for funding Research and Development (R&D) projects both in companies and public research organisations. The aim is to strengthen Europe's competitiveness. The success of public funding and the outcome obtained from each euro granted, however, could be increased if the rather rigid pattern of public support, which is currently being employed, would be more flexible. This is the result of a study jointly conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Warwick Business School within the framework of the SEEK Research Programme.

Download the four-sided ZEW policy brief "Public Funding of Innovation Projects: Is it Time for a More Flexible Approach?", offering an in-depth description of the research.

20.09.2012

SEEK Workshop: Patent Litigation in Europe - A Story of War and Settlement? (November 22, 2012 in Brussels)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are pleased to announce the SEEK workshop "Patent Litigation in Europe – A Story of War and Settlement", scheduled for November 22, 2012, in Brussels. The international workshop is located within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK). It aims to thoroughly discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of the current and potential future patent litigation system in the EU.

We invite interested participants (non-presenters) to register via mail to patentworkshop2012@zew.de no later than November 12, 2012. Please note that only a limited number of non-presenters will be able to attend. After the workshop all participants are invited to the speech of Prof.  Wolfgang Franz, president of ZEW and chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts, with the title "Perspectives for Economic Policy: The Annual Report 2012/13 of the German Council of Economic Experts." This presentation will be given in German, a simultaneous translation in English will be provided.

Additional information on the SEEK workshop

10.08.2012

Call for Papers: SEEK Workshop on "Incentives and Innovations" (November 23 - 24, 2012)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and the Erasmus University Rotterdam are pleased to announce a workshop on Incentives and Innovations. The workshop is organised within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) and will take place in Mannheim from November 23-24, 2012. It aims at bringing together researchers working on pecuniary and non-pecuniary incentives or on workplace arrangements to foster employees’ creativity and innovative output. Empirical and experimental approaches as well as theoretical models from economics, business administration, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines are welcome. Please send full papers or extended abstracts in PDF format to incentives-workshop2012@zew.de no later than October 1, 2012. If you would like to participate without presenting a paper, please register by sending an e-mail. The workshop fee for non-presenters is EUR 120.

Additional information and Call for Papers

01.08.2012

Call for Papers: SEEK Workshop on Non-Linear Economic Modelling: Theory and Applications (December 12-13, 2012)

We invite the submission of theoretical, computational, and empirical work for the SEEK Workshop on "Non-Linear Economic Modelling: Theory and Applications". The objective of the workshop is to discuss recent scientific contributions in the subject area and to provide a platform for an exchange of ideas within a small group of researchers. Presentations that consider relations between the financial sector and economic dynamics are particularly welcome. The workshop is organised within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. Please submit extended abstracts or full papers as PDF to nonlinear-workshop2012@zew.de no later than September 30, 2012.

Further information on the workshop, including a continuously updated list of confirmed speakers

25.05.2012

SEEK Research Programme: Awarding of Projects 2012

The third competition round of the SEEK research programme was successfully concluded with the approval of seven research projects. The research teams of the projects, which will be funded under the programme, will now start their work. Altogether, 23 project proposals were developed by ZEW employees in cooperation with internationally renowned researchers. The proposals were evaluated by the scientific board of the SEEK research programme which consists of international researchers.

Members of the scientific board, amongst others, are Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Bronwyn Hall (University of California at Berkeley & Maastricht University), Kai Konrad (MPI Munich), Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School), Stephen Machin (University College London), Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University) and Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich).

In the third funding period 2012 the following seven projects will be funded within the SEEK research programme:

  • Taxation and Corporate Innovation
  • Financial Stress and Economic Dynamics: Asymmetries Within and Across Euro Area Countries
  • Effects of Knowledge and Learning in Technology Adoption: Social Networks, Adoption, and Persistence in the Video Game Market
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Credit Costs
  • Does the German Government Distribute Direct R&D Subsidies Efficiently?
  • Competitiveness Impacts in a World with Uneven Carbon Constraints: Examining the Implications of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on Energy-Intensive Industries
  • Why Do Governments Fund Applied Research Institutions? – Theory and Empirical Evidence from the German Fraunhofer Institutes

Additional information on SEEK

08.05.2012

Minister Friedrich Opens SEEK Workshop on the Competitiveness of the European Car Industry in Brussels

Which public support measures can help the European car industry to overcome the crisis? What is the long-term benefit of state aid measures, e.g. car scrappage schemes? Which instruments are especially useful in the European context? These are some of the questions which have been discussed from a European perspective by international researchers, representatives from the European Commission, stakeholders of the European car industry, and decision-makers from the political sphere at the SEEK workshop "The Economics of Public Support to the European Car Industry" in Brussels.

The workshop took place on May 3, 2012, at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels. It was jointly organised by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and is part of the research programme “Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies” (SEEK). SEEK is funded by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and carried out by ZEW. Minister for European Affairs of the State of Baden-Württemberg Peter Friedrich opened the workshop together with ZEW President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz, thereby underlining the importance of the questions discussed.

Mehdi Hocine of the European Commission (DG Competition) and ZEW researcher Dr. Nina Leheyda first gave an introduction to the subject matter. Afterwards, Dick Buttigieg (IHS Automotive), Prof. Pasquale Schiraldi, PhD, (London School of Economics), and Prof. Frank Verboven (Catholic University of Leuven) discussed car scrappage schemes from an economic perspective. A further panel discussion concentrated on state aid measures to support the European car industry. The participants of this discussion were Dr. Vincent Verouden (DG Competition, European Commission), Dr. Hans W. Friederiszick (E.CA Economics and ESMT), and Prof. Johannes Van Biesebroeck, PhD (Catholic University of Leuven).

For further information please contact

Dr. Nina Leheyda, Phone +49 621/1235-172, E-Mail leheyda@zew.de

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Second SEEK Conference on The Green Growth Challenge: Livestreaming for Day One Politico-Economic Forum - Available

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the second conference of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and implemented by ZEW. The conference will take place on 9-10 March, 2012, in Mannheim, Germany. The politico-economic forum on the first conference day will be aired as livestream. The stream will start on March 9th, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. CET.

Watch the Livestream

19.01.2012

Call for Papers: SEEK/CEPR Workshop on News, Sentiment, and Confidence in Fluctuations (March 5-6, 2012, Mannheim, Germany)

We invite submissions for the SEEK/CEPR Workshop on the role of news, sentiment, and confidence in business cycle fluctuations. The objective of the workshop is to discuss recent scientific contributions in the subject area and to provide a platform for an exchange of ideas within a small group of researchers. Late-stage PhD students as well as young post-docs are particularly welcome to submit papers for presentation. The workshop is organised within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim (Germany), the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), the Toulouse School of Economics (France), and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London (United Kingdom). Please submit extended abstracts or full papers as PDF to seymen@zew.de no later than February 1, 2012.

Additional information on the conference

26.01.2012

Second SEEK Conference: The Green Growth Challenge (9-10 March, 2012, Mannheim, Germany)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the second conference of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and implemented by ZEW. The conference will take place on 9-10 March, 2012, in Mannheim, Germany.

This conference will bring together decision-makers from politics, business and public institutions and researchers from across the world to discuss the challenges and chances arising from green innovations for Europe's economies. We are pleased to welcome a number of outstanding speakers, including:

  • Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
  • Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of Baden-Württemberg,
  • Robert N. Stavins, Harvard University, United States,
  • Richard G. Newell, Duke University, United States,
  • Georg Müller, Chairman of the Board of Directors, MVV Energie AG, Germany,
  • Peter Terwiesch, Chief Executive Officer, ABB AG Germany,
  • Fritz Vahrenholt, Chief Executive Officer, RWE Innogy GmbH, Germany, and
  • Georg Zachmann, Research Fellow on Energy and Climate Change, BRUEGEL, Belgium.

Furthermore, scholars from various economic disciplines will present their research results on the topic of the conference:"The Green Growth Challenge".

For additional information, please visit the conference website

18.11.2011

International SEEK Workshop on "Entry, Pricing, and Consumer Search in Online Markets" at ZEW

Within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies", the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim (Germany), and the Johannes Kepler University, Linz (Austria), organized a workshop on "Entry, Pricing, and Consumer Search in Online Markets". The workshop's objective was to discuss recent scientific contributions to questions related to the economics of online markets as well as firms' strategies and consumers' search behaviour in online markets. Fourteen speakers from international universities presented their on-going theoretical and empirical research in the field of online markets.

Among other matters, the topics discussed on the first day of the workshop covered the impact of online search on the used car market, the willingness to contribute to online platforms using a two-tiered free-premium business model or a case study on how application providers of a very prominent social network reacted to a policy change of the platform provider. The keynote speaker of that day was Professor Gautam Gowrisankaran from the University of Arizona. He presented a dynamic model for estimating consumer purchase decisions in markets for long-lived consumption goods with significant technological progress, such as the market for camcorders. As opposed to static models, this model allows to take into account fluctuations in demand over time.

The contributions on the second day were concerned with the question on how the reduced cost of conducting an online search may affect investments in quality, sales concentration or the provision of information on products. Furthermore, several empirical investigations geared at better understanding of the strategic interaction of firms in the airline industry or in the setting of a price comparison site were presented. The rich and high frequency information in such sites allows investigating shop and consumer behaviour very closely and also allows a look at the product-life cycle of relatively short-lived products.

The second keynote speaker of the workshop, Professor Sara Fisher Ellison from MIT, presented her most recent work on shop strategies in price comparison sites, where prices can be updated with very high frequency. Her research results showed clearly what earlier contributions had already suggested: the investigation of online markets offers a wide range of new possibilities to study repeated interactions of economic players.

17.11.2011

Call for Project Proposals 2012: ZEW Research Programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK)

Within the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies“ (SEEK), the state of Baden-Württemberg is funding international cooperation between researchers of all economic disciplines. Therefore, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) welcomes the submission of project proposals. The deadline for project proposals is January 30, 2012. Projects must be carried out in close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international project partners. For each project, the budget requested may be up to 200,000 euros for a duration of 12 to 18 months.

The programme welcomes proposals for innovative and applied economic research on the following topics:

  • Generation of Knowledge and Innovations
  • Diffusion and Adoption of Knowledge and Innovations
  • The Use of Knowledge by Entrepreneurs and Industries
  • Consequences of a Knowledge-Based Economy
  • Challenges of a Knowledge-Based Economy for Economic Policy

Eligibility and Review Criteria

Proposals will be ranked by a scientific board made up of distinguished international scholars. The main criteria in assessing the proposals will be scientific quality; the originality of the proposal; and the strength of the scientific cooperation, including the international exchange of researchers. Please notify that only proposals with a close cooperation between ZEW researchers and international partner(s) will be funded. The final decision will be made by ZEW.

Submission Guidelines

Call for Project Proposals

27.09.2011

Call for Papers: 2nd SEEK Conference "The Green Growth Challenge" (March 9-10, 2012, Mannheim, Germany)

Due to the remarkably high level of interest in the first SEEK Conference in 2011, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the second conference of its research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), taking place in Mannheim from March 9-10, 2012. The prime goal of the conference is to elucidate the challenges to pursuing a smart and sustainable growth path in the economies of Europe. Since this issue has been receiving increasing attention in the worlds of politics and academia, a second aim is to bring together policy makers and scientists to discuss the hurdles to developing green innovations within innovation ecosystems. We encourage researchers from various economic and managerial disciplines to submit contributions (full paper including an abstract of 100-200 words). Submissions should be sent as DOC or PDF (preferably PDF) to Nicole Gürtzgen (seek@zew.de) by November 30, 2011.

Submissions should cover the following topics:

  • the generation of knowledge and innovations
  • diffusion and adoption of knowledge and innovations
  • the use of knowledge by entrepreneurs and industries
  • impacts of innovations on competiveness, growth and employment
  • the role of innovation in tackling societal challenges
  • challenges to and impacts of innovation and environmental policies

Key-Note Lectures

  • Richard G. Newell (Duke University)
  • Robert N. Stavins (Harvard University)

Additional Information and Call for Papers

30.05.2011

SEEK Research Programme: Awarding of Projects 2011

The second round of competition of the SEEK research programme was successfully concluded with the selection of eight research projects. Now the research teams of the projects, which will be funded within the programme, are going to begin their work. Altogether, 25 project proposals were developed by ZEW employees in cooperation with internationally renowned researchers. The proposals were externally evaluated by the scientific board of the SEEK research programme.

Members of the scientific board, amongst others, are Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Bronwyn Hall (University of California at Berkeley & Maastricht University), Kai Konrad (MPI Munich), Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School), Stephen Machin (University College London), Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University) and Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich).

In the second funding period 2011 the following eight projects will be funded within the SEEK research programme:

  • Fostering Competitiveness of the European Car Industry
  • Estimating the Macroeconomic Elasticity of Substitution between Clean and Dirty Production
  • The Division of Tasks, Offshoring and the Competitiveness of Europe’s Knowledge Economy
  • The Effect of (Relative) Wages and Human Capital on Fertility Choices: Lessons From East Germany’s Fertility Decline After Unification
  • Incentives and Creativity – Enhancing Innovation in Europe’s Knowledge Economies
  • Diffusion of Climate-Friendly Technologies – The Role of Intellectual Property Rights, Human Capital and Environmental Policy
  • How Philanthropy Affects Corporate Competitiveness in Europe
  • Private Funding of Higher Education – Human Capital as an Asset Class

Additional information on SEEK

SEEK Kick-Off Conference Day One – Politico-Economic Forum: Livestreaming available

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the kick-off conference of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK), which is funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg. The conference will take place on 4–5 March 2011 in Mannheim, Germany. 
The politico-economic forum on the first conference day will be aired as livestream. The stream will start on March 4th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Watch the Livestream

Scientific Board Complete

29.06.2010 - ZEW

Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School) and Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich) confirmed their participation in the scientific board of the ZEW research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies (SEEK)". ZEW-President Wolfgang Franz said: "We are very proud that such internationally renowned researchers accepted the invitation to join our scientific board of the SEEK programme. Now, we look forward to receiving innovative, high-quality research proposals from scientific co-operation partners abroad".
The submission deadline for project proposals is 31th July 2010. For further information please turn to the Call for Project Proposals and the corresponding Submission Guidelines for Proposals.

Scientific Board Members

09.06.2010 - ZEW

ZEW is pleased to announce that Bronwyn Hall (University of California at Berkeley & Maastricht University), Kai Konrad (MPI München), Stephen Machin (University College London) and Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University) confirmed their participation in the scientific board of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies (SEEK)".

18.05.2010

Baden-Wuerttemberg Supports Economic Top Level Research At ZEW With Three Million Euro

The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is financing a landmark project at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim to strengthen the economic top level research. In 2010 and 2011, the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) will be financed with a total of three million euro.

With this landmark project, ZEW expands its position in the international research landscape. "In the future, ZEW is to become even more acknowledged as leading European economic research institute," Prof. Dr. Peter Frankenberg, Minster of Science of Baden-Wuerttemberg, said. ZEW is currently financed by 40 percent of third party funds. "This indicates that political advisory work plays an important role at ZEW. The federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg supports ZEW with the SEEK project. The institute is to expand its expertise in the fields of political advisory work and to set up an internationally oriented research and support programme for highly qualified young researchers," Prof. Dr. Peter Frankenberg said.

The SEEK programme gives a dynamic impulse to the empirical research work at ZEW. "With all the insights we’ll get from the SEEK project, we want to contribute to improving the competitiveness in European economies, which are becoming more and more knowledge-based," says ZEW President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz. "ZEW contributes to the EU goals for 2020, aiming at increasing the productivity and a high level of employment in the member states."

The Innovation Council Baden-Wuerttemberg recommended the sponsoring of the SEEK landmark project at ZEW. The Council advises the state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg on issues concerning innovation policy.

For further information please contact

Stephan Reichert, Phone: +49 (0)621/1235-104, E-mail: reichert@zew.de  

Thomas Kohl, Phone: +49 (0)621/1235-111, E-mail: kohl@zew.de