07/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/01/2019 08:13
As part of the redesign of the Annual Report, other so-called megatrends of global significance such as the energy transition, questions of European integration or demographic change will be addressed as focus topics in the future ZEW annual reports. By restructuring the 'Social Policy and Distribution' Research Department in 2018, ZEW took account of the sustainable structural and social changes brought about by demographic change. Headed by Professor Sebastian Siegloch, the department is devoted to questions of income and wealth distribution as well as the economic effects of redistribution through tax and transfer systems. The findings from research conducted by the department are intended to serve as a reliable basis for tax and social policy recommendations.
By pursuing two key objectives - conducting policy-related research and providing science-based policy advice - ZEW was also able to increase its visibility in Germany and abroad. In collaboration with more than 300 international cooperation partners ZEW worked on around 230 research projects. ZEW employees completed more than 90 research and guest stays worldwide, while a total of 44 conferences and workshops were organised at ZEW, which brought researchers from Germany and abroad to the Mannheim-based institute.
In 2018, ZEW was once again successful in promoting young talent. At the final of Germany's largest high school competition on global future issues in Hamburg - the YES! - Young Economic Summit - the student team from the Fritz-Erler-Gymnasium in Pforzheim mentored by Dr. Holger Stichnoth, deputy head of the ZEW Research Department 'Social Policy and Redistribution', won first place. As in the previous year, a team mentored by ZEW prevailed against strong competitors from all over Germany.