Our mission is to study the optimal performance of markets and institutions in Europe. We enjoy a strong reputation due to our cutting-edge research and independent, scientifically grounded economic policy advice.
Economic policy advice is one of ZEW‘s major objectives. Our clients are public authorities and institutions at the European, national and regional level, as well as international organisations.
We apply a plurality of methodologies, with a focus on microeconomic and microeconometric research. Our particular expertise lies in computable general equilibrium models, survey methods, and economic experiments.
Creating and maintaining unique databases is at the core of our empirical research. The ZEW Research Data Centre (ZEW-FDZ) grants access to original data collected by ZEW.
ZEW has distinguished partners all over the world. Cooperation with the universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg facilitates resource sharing and interdisciplinary research.
Mannheim is located in one of Germany’s most popular holiday regions and offers many inspiring cultural attractions.The nearby city of Heidelberg, the old Roman trade route “Bergstraße”, the vineyards of the Rhine Valley, the French frontier, and the Black Forest are definitely worth a visit! More information about Mannheim
“The ZEW Visiting Researchers Programme offers a fine opportunity for economists to pursue their research interests. The ZEW community is divided into several (overlapping) units; the research focus is primarily applied and empirical in nature. Together with the “complementary asset” literally next door – the University of Mannheim’s economics faculty and students – visitors can look forward to a stimulating experience. The schedule of research seminars is first rate, and attracts speakers from around the world. Research support is excellent. The atmosphere is collegial and friendly.”
Visiting Associate Prof. Mark J. McCabe, PhD, School of Information, University of Michigan, USA, Visiting Researcher, ZEW, Information and Communication Technologies