e-Frame European Framework for Measuring Progress
Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH - ZEW
The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim is a non profit and independent institute with the legal form of a limited liability company (GmbH). Founded in 1990, ZEW is one of Germany's leading economic research institutes, and enjoys a strong reputation throughout Europe. ZEW is a member of the Leibniz Association, a network of research institutes with outstanding scientific qualifications. ZEW four key objectives are conducting research of the highest quality, profiting exceptional economic policy advice, training of young economists, and providing information for the professional and lay public. The research institute distinguished itself, inter alia, in the analysis of internationally comparative questions in the European context and in the creation of data bases which are eminently important as a basis for scientific research. Currently, ZEW employs a staff of 181. Due to an extraordinary successful evaluation in 2009, the Leibniz-Association Senate has recommended to the German government to promote ZEW in the future as institute of national significance and stated that "ZEW is an extraordinary successful and promising institute in empirical economic research".
ZEW staff will contribute to work package 2 by organising a workshop on Production Based Measures with Focus on Innovation and Intangible Assets. The workshop will take place in Mannheim. For the preparation of the workshop, ZEW writes a literature survey on intangibles and their measurement and produces a workshop summary paper. ZEW staff is well prepared for this tasks as it is involved in several FP7 projects that are relevant for the Beyond GDP coordination action and is experienced in organising international conference and workshops. ZEW has a professional conferences bureau which ensures smooth organisation of events. Furthermore, ZEW can draw on a vast international network of researchers, policy makers and stakeholders. FP7 reference projects with ZEW contributions are the European Network for the Research on the Economic Impact of ICT (ICTNET), the Construction and Application of World Input-Output Databases (WIOD), the Impact of Service Sector Innovation and Internationalisation on Growth and Productivity (SERVICEGAP), Indicators for Evaluating International Performance in Service Sectors (INDICSER), Competitiveness, Innovation and Intangible Investment in Europe (COINVEST) and Intangible Capital and Innovations: Drivers of Growth and Location in the EU (INNODRIVE).