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Press Release, 25 May 2016

The SOEP’s Barometer of Public Opinion on Refugees in Germany examines the population’s attitudes, expectations, and fears—most respondents supported the rights of refugees to remain in the country in accordance with EU law and the 1951 Refugee Convention—but the majority are ... more

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Interview, 25 May 2016

Professor Schupp, in Germany, public debate on the refugee issue has sometimes been quite heated. Is the population really as concerned as it often appears? If we are talking about granting refugees the right to remain in Germany in accordance with the 1951 Refugee Convention, it’s clear that ... more

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Report, 25 May 2016

Following the financial crisis of 2008/09, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision introduced a new framework for banking regulation, commonly known as Basel III. For the first time since the inception of global banking regulation in 1988, Basel III contains explicit mandatory rules for liquidity ... more

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Press Release, 20 May 2016

DIW Berlin conducted two studies on developments in energy supply – private utilities no more efficient than public utilities – consolidation in drinking water sector offers little benefit More and more cities and municipalities in Germany are once again taking the electricity, gas, ... more

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Interview, 20 May 2016

Ms. Cullmann, in recent years many communities have been reacquiring previously privatized shares in energy companies. Does this point to a trend toward remunicipalization? We have created a new microdata set of German energy companies in order to analyze this question for the first time in Germany ... more

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by Jürgen Gerhards, Silke Hans, Jürgen Schupp, in DIW Economic Bulletin

Since the beginning of 2016, the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study has been conducting a monthly survey of German attitudes, expectations, and fears concerning migration. The third wave of the survey,—the Barometer of Public Opinion on Refugees in Germany (Stimmungsbarometer zu Geflüchteten in Deutschland)—, conductedin March 2016, shows that more than half of all respondents still associate the influx of refugees with more risks than opportunities. Nonetheless, a clear majority (81 percent of respondents) are in favor of admitting refugees and those fleeing political persecution, in accordance with international law. At the same time, however, the majority are of the conviction that refugees should be sent back to their home country once their reason for leaving it no longer pertains. Only 28 percent of all respondents are in favor of allowing refugees who have already been living in Germany for some time to remain in the country even after the situation in their country of origin has improved.

by Philipp König, David Pothier, in DIW Economic Bulletin

Following the financial crisis of 2008/09, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision introduced a new framework for banking regulation, commonly known as Basel III. For the first time since the inception of global banking regulation in 1988, Basel III contains explicit mandatory rules for liquidity regulation. The cornerstones of the new liquidity regulation are two balance sheet ratios that seek to reduce banks’ liquidity transformation. While regulation addressing liquidity risk in the banking sector is clearly desirable, the new rules have several pitfalls. First, the two ratios rely on different definitions of liquidity and funding stability which makes the regulatory framework unnecessarily complicated and opaque. Second, it is unclear whether a ratio-based approach is the most effective and efficient way to rectify liquidity problems in the banking sector. Third, it is unclear how the new liquidity rules interact with existing monetary implementation frameworks of central banks and whether they hamper a smooth steering of policy interest rates.

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