Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

  • Description
  • The Cen­tre for Euro­pean Eco­nomic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim is a non­profit and inde­pen­dent insti­tute with the legal form of a lim­ited lia­bil­ity com­pany (GmbH). Founded in 1990 on the basis of a public-​private ini­tia­tive in the Fed­eral State of Baden-​Württemberg in co-​operation with the Uni­ver­sity of Mannheim, ZEW is one of Germany’s lead­ing eco­nomic research insti­tutes, and enjoys a strong rep­u­ta­tion through­out Europe.

    ZEW pur­sues four key objectives:

    • To con­duct research of the high­est quality
    • To pro­vide excep­tional eco­nomic pol­icy advising
    • To train young econ­o­mists, and
    • To inform the pro­fes­sional and lay public

    The Insti­tute focuses on decision-​makers in pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics, and admin­is­tra­tion, sci­en­tists in the national and inter­na­tional arena as well as the inter­ested pub­lic. Reg­u­lar inter­views on the sit­u­a­tion on the finan­cial mar­kets and business-​related ser­vice providers as well as large-​scale annual stud­ies on tech­no­log­i­cal com­pet­i­tive­ness and inno­va­tion activ­i­ties in the econ­omy are rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the dif­fer­ent types of infor­ma­tion pro­vided by ZEW.

    Under the lead­er­ship of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolf­gang Franz, the pres­i­dent of the Insti­tute, and Thomas Kohl, the direc­tor of busi­ness and admin­is­tra­tion, ZEW cur­rently employs a staff of 172 in five research depart­ments, two research groups, and three ser­vice areas.

    In order to ensure a high stan­dard of excel­lence in research, ZEW pro­motes inter­na­tional co-​operation with uni­ver­si­ties (e.g. inte­gra­tion in doc­toral pro­grammes) and the ongo­ing devel­op­ment of its staff by grant­ing peri­ods of paid release from nor­mal project work. These sab­bat­i­cals can be used for post­grad­u­ate doc­tor­ates, post­doc­toral the­ses, or fel­low­ships at renowned uni­ver­si­ties and research institutions.

    The high qual­ity of ZEW’s research work was con­firmed in 1998, when the Ger­man Coun­cil of Sci­ence and Human­i­ties eval­u­ated ZEW and rec­om­mended its inclu­sion in the joint state and fed­eral fund­ing pro­gramme. Since 2005, the Insti­tute has received basic fund­ing from this pro­gramme. ZEW is a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­a­tion, a net­work of research insti­tutes with out­stand­ing sci­en­tific qualifications.

    Due to an extra­or­di­nary eval­u­a­tion result in 2009, the Leibniz-​Association Sen­ate has rec­om­mended to the Ger­man gov­ern­ment to pro­mote the Cen­tre for Euro­pean Eco­nomic Research (ZEW) Mannheim in the future as insti­tute of national sig­nif­i­cance and macro­eco­nomic pol­icy inter­est. The sen­ate stated that “ZEW is an extra­or­di­nary suc­cess­ful and promis­ing insti­tute of empiric eco­nomic research”.


    Website zew.de
    Email info@zew.de
    Phone +49.621.1235.01
    Location ,
    Address L7,1

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