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3 August 2016

SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Time use, Experienced Well-Being and Labor Market Status

We investigate the role of labor market status for day-by-day experienced well-being for employed and unemployed workers. The German representative SOEP-IS dataset (waves 2012-2015) allows us to assess individual time use and accompanying experienced well-being. Using information from the integrated day reconstruction method (DRM) module, our analysis overcome shortcomings of previous studies that had to rely on selective samples and cross-section design. We calculate the share of total time in pleasurable activities (p-index) and use it as an outcome variable. Thus, working and work related activities like commuting as well as housework rank least due to their lower level of affective experience. We further show that the average experienced well-being level of unemployed is significantly higher than the level of the employed. This difference vanishes when calculating the p-index for the employed without working or work-related activities. We interpret this as a hint that working itself reduces the experienced well-being of the workers. Regression analysis with a standard set of controls and day of the week fixed effects confirm this finding. Taking time-invariant individual traits into account does not alter this result. These findings are in strong contrast to the established literature regarding the effects of labor market status on evaluative well-being. Experienced well-being captures further relevant aspects of SWB and its role for labor market status.

Speaker
Time
12:30 - 13:30
Location
DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
Contact(s)
at DIW Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 89789 223
13 July 2016

Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions Labour market dynamics with multiple industries

Changes in economic environment often influence industry competitiveness: For example, weaker exchange rates make exporting industries more competitive, higher energy prices benefit energy producers and harm large energy consumers.
Thus, industries are important for workers: Employment opportunities vary widely across industries, as do wages. This can best be understood in a model that recognizes the costs (but also the possibility) for workers to move across industries. We present an equilibrium job search model with industries and costly transition across industries. Individuals consider the long-run opportunities and risks of moving across industries. The model allows us to understand persistent differences in wages and unemployment across industries as well as considerable flows. We discuss identification of the model and propose future empirical applications using German data.

Speaker
Time
12:30 - 13:30
Location
DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
Contact(s)
at DIW Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 89789 268
8 July 2016

DIW Applied Micro Seminar The Impact of Class Size on Academic Underachievement: An Education Production Function Framework

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Speaker
  • Kristof De Witte, KU Leuven

  • Inviter
    Time
    13:15-14:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 264
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 246
    27 to 29 June 2016

    Workshop SOEPcampus@Universität Mannheim 2016
    Längsschnittdatenanalyse mit dem Sozio-oekonomischen Panel (SOEP)

    This year's SOEPcampus@University of Mannheim Workshop "Längsschnittdatenanalyse mit dem Sozio-oekonomischen Panel (SOEP)" will take place from June 27-29 (workshop held in German).

    Registration
  • Please contact .

  • Location
    Universität Mannheim
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 503
    24 June 2016

    DIW Applied Micro Seminar Industrial Espionage and Productivity

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    Speaker
  • Albrecht Glitz, Humboldt University Berlin

  • Inviter
    Time
    13:15-14:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 264
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 246
    22 to 23 June 2016

    GSOEP 12th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP 2016)

    The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with SOEP data. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g., economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology, and sociology) who use the SOEP or the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract. We especially encourage submissions on inter-generational mobility in income, wealth, educational attainment, fertility, and related areas.

    Scientific committee

    • Reiner Pollack, WZB and Freie Universität Berlin
    • Anette Fasang, Humboldt University Berlin, WZB
    • Jan Goebel, DIW Berlin
    • Jürgen Schupp, DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin
    • Carsten Schröder, DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin

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    Keynote Speakers
  • Vida Maralani, Yale University/USA
    Richard Breen, University of Oxford/UK

  • Location
    WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung Reichpietschufer 50 10785 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 283
    22 to 24 June 2016

    Workshop Longitudinal Data Management and Life Course Design with the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study
    Course at the 69th Annual Summer Institute

    Unfortunately the workshop has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 503
    20 to 21 June 2016

    Workshop Panel Survey Methods Workshop 2016

    The aim of the workshop is to foster discussion and initiate methodological research specific to the collection of panel survey data. The format of the meeting will be informal, designed to encourage interaction and collaboration. This will be the fifth biennial PSMW. Previous workshops took place in Colchester, UK; Mannheim, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; and Ann Arbor, USA.

    The main topics of the 2016 PSMW in Berlin include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Measurement error, including panel conditioning, seam effects, recall error, and dependent interviewing
    • Mixed-mode data collection, including effects on cost, measurement error, attrition, and logistics and methods for identifying selection versus measurement effects
    • Attrition and non-response, including effects of survey design features, assessment of bias, methods to minimize effects, and adjustment methods (weighting and imputation)
    • Role of interviewers in longitudinal surveys
    • Challenges of cross-national longitudinal data
    • Paradata, including collection and use in longitudinal surveys
    • Sampling issues, including refreshment sampling and following rules
    • Use of administrative data in longitudinal surveys
    • Other innovations in longitudinal surveys, including biomarkers, online panels, use of new technologies, linking data sources, consent issues, and experimental designs.

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    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 678
    15 June 2016

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions Income Taxation, Benefit Programs and the Inequality of Lifetime Income

    (joint with Peter Haan and Victoria Prowse)

    We show how taxes and three transfer programs—unemployment insurance, social assistance and disability benefits—affect the inequality of lifetime income, and we explore how well taxes and transfer programs mitigate lifetime income risk due to labor market frictions. Calculations based on income trajectories generated from a dynamic life-cycle model show that taxes and transfer programs eliminate about 20% of the inequality of lifetime personal income as measured by the Gini coefficient. Social assistance is the most cost-effective transfer program for reducing lifetime income inequality followed by unemployment insurance; disability benefits are generally received by individuals in the middle of the lifetime income distribution and, therefore, are not strongly redistributive on a lifetime basis. Social assistance eliminates the majority of the lifetime income risk due to labor market frictions. Meanwhile, taxes become less progressive as frictions increase meaning that taxes do nothing to mitigate friction-driven lifetime income risk.

    Speaker
    Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 268
    15 to 18 June 2016

    Conference 30th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE)

    The 30th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) will take place on June 15-18, 2016, organized by the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) at the Harnack House, in Berlin.

    The aim of the Conference is to facilitate the exchange of research ideas and results across a range of fields, including the economics of the household, labour economics, public economics, demography, and health economics.

    Marco Francesconi (University of Essex) will serve as the program chair and Daniel D. Schnitzlein (DIW Berlin, Leibniz University Hannover) as coordinator of the local organizing team. The keynote speakers will be Marianne P. Bitler (University of California-Irvine) and David Figlio (Northwestern University).
    The presidential address will be given by Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University). As part of the 30th anniversary of the Society, there will be a series of special sessions delivered by past presidents of ESPE.

    The paper submission site will open by November 1, 2015. The submission deadline is February 1, 2016. Acceptance decisions will be announced by April 1, 2016.

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    Keynote Speakers
  • Marianne P. Bitler (University of California-Irvine)
    David Figlio (Northwestern University)

  • Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 322
    13 June 2016

    DIW Applied Micro Seminar Networks, Frictions, and Price Dispersion

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    Extra Seminar
    Speaker
  • Gregory Veramendi, Arizona State University

  • Inviter
    Time
    11.00 - 12.00
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 264
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 246
    10 June 2016

    DIW Applied Micro Seminar Explosive earnings dynamics: Whoever has will be given more

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    Speaker
  • Mark Trede, University of Münster

  • Time
    13:15-14:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 264
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 246
    1 June 2016

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions The effect of compressing secondary schooling on higher education decisions

    The sustainability of social security systems in many European countries is at risk due to population aging. Many suggestions to increase the share of working-age individuals deal with raising the age for full pension eligibility. A fundamental education reform in Germany extends the working life from the other side: A major education reform in Germany reduced the length of the academic high school track from 9 to 8 years, while leaving the number of overall instruction hours unchanged. Accordingly, the fixed number of instruction hours was distributed over fewer years of schooling, such that learning intensity and weekly workload increased. We investigate the consequences of this so-called G8 reform on students’ higher education decisions. Based on a difference-in-differences approach using high-quality, administrative data on all students in Germany, we find that the G8 reform not only resulted in delayed university enrollment, but also decreased general enrollment rates. Moreover, students' study progress in higher education is negatively affected.
    Our results imply that the G8 reform leads to a reduction in human capital and that the main goal of reducing age at labor market entry may not be fully achieved. 

    Speaker
    Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 268
    27 May 2016

    DIW Applied Micro Seminar Private Pensions and Public Pension Design

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    Speaker
  • Cormac O'Dea (IFS)

  • Time
    13:15-14:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 264
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 246
    26 May 2016

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Special: Evaluating patterns of income growth when status matters: a robust approach

    Flaviana Palmisano is a lecturer at the University of Rome LUMSA. Before, she was FNR-Marie Curie fellow at the University of Luxembourg (2014-2016). She holds a PhD in Economics of the University of Bari (2008-2011). Her research interests are in the field of distributional analysis, with a focus on the measurement of the dynamics of poverty, inequality, income mobility and equality of opportunity.

    The presentation might be of interest for anyone who intends to work with the harmonized panel data from the Cross National Equivalent File (CNEF) which includes eight country-specific surveys: the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), the Korea Labor and Income Panel Study (KLIPS), the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID), the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, and the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Charlotte Bartels is your contact person at the DIW for all things concerning CNEF (such as data access).

    Speaker
  • Flaviana Palmisano (University of Rome)

  • Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 223
    25 May 2016

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Gifts and Inheritances: How do They Shape the Wealth Distribution

    Using Data from the Socio-Economic Panel, I estimate the impact of intergenerational transfers on the level and the inequality of wealth. I particularly focus on the propensity of households to save from gifts and inheritances: While many studies on wealth inequality assume that these transfers are fully saved, households typically add only a certain share of them to their previously accumulated wealth. I find that households on average save only around 60 Cents of an inherited Euro. Quantile regression estimates then reveal that the propensity to save increases almost monotonically over the wealth distribution. Using the fitted values, I simulate the wealth distribution with and without transfers. I however do not find evidence that the heterogeneity in the propensity to save translates in a disequalizing effect of intergenerational transfers on the wealth distribution.

    Speaker
  • Marten von Werder (Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 223
    13 May 2016

    DIW Applied Micro Seminar Careers and Fertility: Policies and their Evaluation

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    Speaker
  • Jian Li, University of Luxembourg

  • Inviter
    Time
    13:15-14:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 264
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 246
    11 May 2016

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Regional childcare availability and the career attainment of women

    Recently women’s educational attainment and occupational status at the entry into the labour market increased toward closing the gap with men’s. Upon childbirth however, women’s career progression stagnates. Research has shown that while the differences in labour market success between men and women without children are minor, family formation seems to be a key process that brings about differences in the career success of men and women. Public child care arrangements are thought to partially soften mothers’ burdens of combing work and family obligations and therewith should reduce the motherhood career gap in occupational status. Moreover, the availability of child care may influence employers’ evaluation of the anticipated performance of mothers.

    Drawing on the recent expansion of child care facilities in Germany we study the link between regional child care availability and women’s’ occupational status. Data on the development of occupational status over the career stem from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). We link the SOEP data with regional information on the rates of child care attendance. The attendance rates for children aged under three years more than doubled between 2006 and 2012, albeit with variations across districts. Preliminary results of multilevel growth and fixed effects models suggest that levels of child care availability have a very limited effect on mothers’ status. Our findings cast doubt on the potential of child care availability to lower the motherhood career gap in occupational status.

    joint with Jana Jaworski (Potsdam University)

    Speaker
  • Wiebke Schulz (Bielefeld University)

  • Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 223
    4 May 2016

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions Income and the Utilization of Long-Term Care: Evidence from Short-Term Income Shocks

    Ex post moral hazard poses a concern to private insurers and to policymakers considering the expansion of publicly subsidized health insurance.  This is especially true of private long-term care insurance markets in the United States, which are small and have been contracting in recent years.  A significant publicly administered option was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act but then repealed.  Long-term care thus constitutes the largest out-of-pocket health care expense facing the elderly in the United States today.  In formulating policy to mitigate this risk, it is important to distinguish moral hazard arising from price effects, which may be considered socially inefficient spending, from moral hazard arising from income effects, which may represent a socially efficient increase in access to care.  Little evidence exists, however, on the effects of income on utilization of long-term care services.  In this paper, we examine the purchase of long-term care services following plausibly exogenous positive shocks to income.  We find that positive income shocks lead to a greater probability of purchase of home-based long-term care but not of nursing home care.
    (joint with Daifeng He, Jing Dong and John Nyman)

    Speaker
  • R. Tamara Konetzka (University of Chicago)

  • Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 268
    27 April 2016

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar The Impact of Private and Public Childcare Provision on the Distribution of Children's Incomes in Germany

    This paper investigates the impact of extending disposable cash income of children by the monetary value of private and public childcare provision on economic inequality in Germany between 2009 and 2012. It takes account of the multidimensionality of children's well-being and access to economic resources. Combining survey data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and Familien in Deutschland (FiD) with administrative data from the German Federal Statistical Office, extended income inequality is found to be significantly lower than cash income inequality across all years. In addition, extended income inequality tends to decrease over time, whereas cash income inequality slightly increases. This difference is due to the expansion of public childcare provision, which profits children living with single parents most, and gives additional evidence for its equalizing potential as a policy instrument.

    Speaker
  • Maximilian Stockhausen (Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 223
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