Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prizes 2016

Prize committee

  • Reinhard Pollak (WZB and Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Anette Fasang (WZB and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
  • Jan Goebel (DIW Berlin)
  • Jürgen Schupp (DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Carsten Schröder (DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin)

Carsten Schröder honored the award winners, and Christoph Raiser, Advisor to the Executive Board of the DIW Berlin, handed over the winners' certificates in the name of the prize sponsor (Society of Friends of the DIW Berlin, VdF).

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Honored Papers

The first Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2016 went to Markus Pannenberg from the University of Bielefeld. His paper “Let bygones be bygones? Socialist regimes and personalities in Germany” with co-author Michael Wedow makes an original contribution to the literature on the role of political regimes in personality. In it, Markus treats the separation and reunification of the GDR and FRG as natural experiments. His analysis shows that the GDR’s socialist regime had a long-lasting impact on personality: experience with this regime is associated with higher conscientiousness and a lower internal locus of control. These differences in personality also have implications for individual labor market outcomes. In sum, the presentation was clear and effective and provided a convincing empirical identification strategy, and the paper makes a valuable contribution to the literature.

The second Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2016 went to Mathias Schumann from the University of Hamburg for his paper “Unlucky to be young? The long-run effects of school starting age on smoking behavior and health” with co-author Michael Bahrs. The paper addresses the causal long-run effects of early smoking using exogenous school entry rules as an identification tool. The authors report that raising the school-starting age reduces the risk of smoking and increases the likelihood of reporting good health in adulthood. The scientific committee is confident that the paper will be published in a prestigious international journal.

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From left: Christoph Raiser and Mathias Schumann

The third Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2016 went to Janina Nemitz from the University of Zurich for the paper “Increasing life expectancy and life satisfaction: Are longer lives worth it?”. Her answer was that both life satisfaction prior to death and the proportion of satisfied life expectancy to total life expectancy at age 60 have decreased over time. Increases in variability of mortality offer one possible explanation. Janina provided an outstanding presentation from a convincing new perspective, and her research is of high relevance in the context of demographic ageing.

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From left: Christoph Raiser and Janina Nemitz

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Best Poster

The 2016 Joachim R. Frick Best Poster Prize went to Claudia Boscher for her poster “Gender-specific effects of perceived income injustice on stress-related diseases.” The jury was unanimous in awarding this prize. She and her co-authors showed that women may attach more value to justice than men, and further, that perceived income injustice is a risk factor for stress-related diseases. In times of rising inequalities, her findings make a valuable empirical contribution to the public and scientific debate.

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From left: Christoph Raiser and Claudia Boscher

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