News of SOEP http://www.diw.de/en/diw_02.c.221179.en/news_and_events.html News, Press Releases and job offers of SOEP en http://diw.de/sixcms/media.php/37/thumbnails/soep-logo_kl.jpeg.458933.jpeg SOEP (DIW Berlin) http://www.diw.de/en/soep Alumnus of the DIW Graduate Center awarded tenured professorship at Cornell University http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.569265.en Nicolas R. Ziebarth (35), a student of the DIW Graduate Center’s first class, was promoted to “Associate Professor with indefinite tenure” in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (USA). Ziebarth’s area of research is applied health and labor economics.


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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:55:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.569265.en
Alumnus of the DIW Graduate Center awarded tenured professorship at Cornell University http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.568881.en Nicolas R. Ziebarth (35), a student of the DIW Graduate Center’s first class, was promoted to “Associate Professor with indefinite tenure” in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (USA). Ziebarth’s area of research is applied health and labor economics.

“It’s especially remarkable for an economist with a Ph.D. from a German university to be granted a professorship at an American Ivy League university. Nico Ziebarth achieved his position as a tenured Associate Professor after the shortest possible time as an Assistant Professor,” explained, Professor Georg Weizsäcker (Humboldt University of Berlin and DIW Berlin), the dean of the Graduate Center. “At the same time, Nicolas Ziebarth’s path shows that doctoral studies at DIW are at an internationally competitive level.”

In 2006, the German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, DIW Berlin) began a structured doctoral studies program, the „DIW Graduate Center“ which helps around 15 doctoral candidates per year prepare for writing their dissertation at a university and supports them in their research.

“We succeeded in systematically integrating external research institutions into doctoral candidates’ education in universities with the help of ‘graduate schools’ such as DIW’s Graduate Center,” said DIW Berlin executive board member Gert G. Wagner “Nico Ziebarth’s appointment as a tenured professor to an Ivy League university shows that the quality of the dissertations and research has clearly benefited from this integration.”

After completing his studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) and Berlin University of Technology (TU), Nicolas Ziebarth worked at the “Socio-Economic Panel Study” (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin. His dissertation, “Sickness Absence and Economic Incentives,” was completed at TU Berlin and supervised by Gert G. Wagner. The paper used data from the SOEP and received the Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award 2011 in the United States.

In addition to publications in distinguished economic journals (Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, The Economic Journal), Ziebarth has also been published in multidisciplinary journals such as Health Policy and Social Science & Medicine and won many awards for his work. Furthermore, he has raised around 1.2 million dollars for third-party-funded projects.

Ziebarth supervised dissertations of doctoral candidates at SOEP, such as Dr. Christian Krekel, a Graduate Center alumnus who successfully defended his dissertation (“Evaluating the Non-Monetary Impacts of Major Events, Infrastructure, and Institutions”) in 2017 at the Paris School of Economics. For his research, Christian Krekel was awarded the renowned FEEM Award from the European Economic Association.

Ziebarth also supervised Dr. Peter Eibich’s dissertation, “Regional Variation and Aging in Health Economics.” Starting December 1, 2017, Eibich will be the Deputy Research Team Leader for labor market demographics at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Max-Planck-Institut für Demografische Forschung) in Rostock, Germany. He has been working at the University of Oxford since leaving SOEP in 2015.

Homepage of Prof. Dr. Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Homepage of Dr. Peter Eibich

Homepage of Dr. Christian Krekel


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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:30:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.568881.en
Call for proposals to the 2018 SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.565618.en We would like to remind you of the possibilities of the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) and encourage you to consider using this instrument in developing new empirical research questions. SOEP-IS is well suited to short-term experiments, but it is particularly useful for long-term surveys that are not possible in the framework of the core SOEP—whether because the instruments are not yet established or because the questions deal with very specific research issues.

Send us your proposals
We offer researchers at universities and research institutes worldwide the opportunity to use this sample for their innovative research projects, thereby helping us to shape the catalog of questions in the SOEP and obtaining the resulting data very rapidly for their own analysis.

Deadlines
Researchers interested in submitting questions should contact SOEP Survey Management by November 30, 2017, to present their proposal. If the project is determined to be viable from a survey methodology perspective, an official application procedure will follow. The official application must be received by December 31, 2017.
Applications should be submitted in English to soep-surveymanagement@diw.de.
Please find the official call here or lookup more information on our website www.diw.de/soep-is.


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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 03:09:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.565618.en
Does more education protect against mental health problems? http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.565260.en Mental health conditions are a leading cause of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and health costs worldwide: They account for 199 million DALYs or 37 percent of healthy life years lost from non-communicable diseases. The sum of direct and indirect costs worldwide were estimated to amount to 2.5 trillion US dollars in 2010 and projected to increase to 6 trillion US dollars in 2030 (Bloom et al., 2010).
The heavy financial and societal burdens of mental health impairments also mean that prevention measures to alleviate these problems will have high financial and societal returns. Education has been theorized to be such a prevention measure. This DIW Roundup reviews contemporaneous research on the causal effect of education on mental health.


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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.565260.en
Income, social support networks, life satisfaction: lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in Germany http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.563936.en Towards the very end of this legislative period, a cross-caucus parliamentary majority gave same-sex marriage the green light – progress for the legal equality of homosexuals in Germany. This report focuses on the life situations of homosexual and bisexual people in Germany. The careers they pursue, for example, differ from those of heterosexuals. Hourly wages are an area of significant disparity: homosexual and bisexual men earn less per hour than heterosexual men with the same qualifications in comparable professions. While differences in personality structure are virtually nonexistent, homosexuals and bisexuals describe themselves as less satisfied with their lives and under more psychological stress. An analysis based on the data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research yielded these and other results. The SOEP is one of the few representative population surveys in Germany that collects information on the sexual orientation of participants. Expanding the scope of regular social reporting to include data on sexual orientation would make it possible to better document differences in life situations and to more effectively identify where action is needed – such as in fighting discrimination. [...]

The full report by Martin Kroh, Simon Kühne, Christian Kipp, and David Richter: DIW Economic Bulletin 33/34/35 (2017)


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Mon, 04 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.563936.en
SOEPnewsletter 116 published http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.562824.en We are happy to present our recent SOEPnewsletter 116, July 2017.

We like to inform about

  • the possibility to add questions to the refugee samples (sorry, first deadline tomorrow!),
  • the possibility to add survey modules (questions and experiments) to the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS)
  • the fieldwork of the Bremen Initiative to Foster Early Childhood Development (BRISE)
  • the participation of the SOEP in the European InGRID-2 project (the call for visiting grants is out)


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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:09:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.562824.en
Just released: our new SOEP brochure “Living in Germany” http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.550239.en Our new brochure “Living in Germany” offers a compact source of information about the kinds of research currently being done with SOEP data and key findings from these studies. In it, we present a selection of research results with significant implications for society and policy making from the more than 7,000 papers published to date using SOEP data. And we introduce some of the researchers from all over the world who are using SOEP data in their research. We also highlight the most important events in the history of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study.

Available online in PDF and EPUB format. We would also be happy to send you a print copy of our publications (send us a request at soepmail@diw.de).

We hope you enjoy reading them!


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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:26:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.550239.en
Income groups and types of employment in Germany since 1995 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.561915.en This report examines how income groups and forms of employment in Germany have changed in the past two decades. Since the mid-1990s, inequality in disposable household income in Germany has generally increased. This trend was in effect until 2005. While fewer people had disposable incomes in the median range, the proportion of the population at both tails of the income distribution increased. At the same time, there were many changes in the labor market. Employment rose, working hours became increasingly differentiated, and starting in 2005, the unemployment rate fell. While the employment increase was spread across almost all income groups, it was reflected differently in each group. The proportion of people with low wages in the income groups below the median rose steadily during the two decades studied. At the same time, in 2014–15 more people in high income groups had regular types of employment than they did in the second half of the 1990s. In the groups in the median range, regular types of employment were recently as frequent as they were 20 years ago and unemployment also declined here. Further, in these groups the proportion of those with jobs paying low wages is higher.

The full report by Peter Krause, Christian Franz, and Marcel Fratzscher in: DIW Economic Bulletin 27 (2017)


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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:35:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.561915.en
"Regular employment continues to play important role": Five questions for Peter Krause and Christian Franz http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.561001.en Mr. Krause, you took a close look at income groups in Germany. What did you hope to accomplish?

Peter Krause: We wanted to bring together two discussion threads in our study. One thread has to do with the long-term trend in inequality of household income distribution and the other, with changes in labor force participation. Until the mid-2000s, inequality in disposable household income increased and has plateaued on the same high level ever since. At the same time, labor force participation has risen rapidly: many more people have jobs now than 20 years ago. The question here is: how have employment types changed in the respective income groups? [...]

The interview with Peter Krause and Christian Franz is published in the DIW Economic Bulletin 27 (2017)


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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:30:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.561001.en
“Living in Germany” – Our new SOEP brochure now available online! http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.552469.en Our new brochure “Living in Germany” offers a compact source of information about the kinds of research currently being done with SOEP data of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and key findings from these studies. In the brochure, we present a selection of research results with significant implications for society and policy making from the more than 7,000 papers published to date using SOEP data. And we introduce some of the researchers from all over the world who are using SOEP data in their research. We also highlight the most important events in the history of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study.

The brochure replaces one produced ten years ago on the occasion of our 25-year anniversary and is now available in two formats: pdf and epub. We would also be happy to send you a printed copy (send your request to soepmail@diw.de).


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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:53:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.552469.en
Just out: the 2016 SOEP Wave Report http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.560582.en Just out: the 2016 SOEP Wave Report, with a look at important developments in the SOEP studies over the last year, fieldwork reports from Kantar Public, projects and activities of the SOEP Research Data Center, and selected publications using SOEP data.

Download here.


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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:48:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.560582.en
Real estate price polarization projected to increase until 2030 in Germany http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.560436.en Demographic projections for Germany indicate a drop in the population of many regions by 2030. This is likely to have an impact on the real estate market. Our report presents the result of a model calculation of asking prices for residential real estate in Germany up to 2030 based on market data from empirica-systeme GmbH and a population projection from the Bertelsmann Foundation. Depending on the model specifications, it appears that real estate price polarization will increase by 2030. As with all model calculations, the results are subject to uncertainty. In the scenario presented here, we strictly focus on the demographic effect on real estate prices. According to our projections, in one-third of all rural districts (Landkreise) and urban districts (kreisfreie Städte), the market value of condominiums will fall by over 25 percent. This will also be the case for single- and two-family homes in one-quarter of all districts. Some regions in eastern Germany will be hit particularly hard by this development. In and around urban centers, however, the trend of rising prices is expected to continue. Our findings also show that the polarization of real estate prices might cause the inequality of wealth in Germany to rise slightly.

The full report by Christian Westermeier and Markus M. Grabka in: DIW Economic Bulletin 25/26 (2017)


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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.560436.en
"Depopulation to affect regional real estate prices": Seven questions for Markus M. Grabka http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.559731.en Mr. Grabka, you have studied the effects of the demographic shift on residential real estate prices in Germany. What does population growth in the coming decades look like?

We based our work on the population forecast coordinated by the German Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), which currently extends to 2060. According to that projection, the population of Germany will shrink by between eight and 13 million persons by then, depending on the level of migration to the country. [...]

The interview with Markus M. Grabka is published in the DIW Economic Bulletin 25-26/2017


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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:59:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.559731.en
Call for proposals for the 2018 IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees - Deadline September 30 for the 2018 Survey http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.559134.en The IAB, BAMF, and SOEP invite researchers to submit proposal for questions to be added to the questionnaire in 2018—the third wave of the survey. If you would like to suggest any additional questions or items on refugees that are relevant to your current or future research and that would benefit from the longitudinal character of the IAB-BAMF-SOEP  Survey of Refugees, we would be happy to hear from you.

Criteria for the selection of items or questions are: scientific excellence, novelty in the context of the existing questionnaires, relevance for a wide range of data users, applicability in the context of a longitudinal household survey, comparability with other SOEP migration or general population surveys, as well as efficiency of implementation. Please note that the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees is a computer-assisted face-to-face survey using audio files in five different languages.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 02:59:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.559134.en
In 2016, around one-third of people in Germany donated for refugees and ten percent helped out on site—yet concerns are mounting http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.557159.en The presence of refugees in Germany and the challenges their integration poses have preoccupied the public for the past two years. According to the latest data of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), many more people in Germany were concerned about migration and xenophobia last year than in 2013. The additional representative results of the Barometer of Public Opinion on Refugees in Germany in 2016 and the current SOEP wave also indicated that respondents see more risks than opportunities in the refugee migration to Germany. At the same time, around one-third of the population said they had actively supported refugees in the form of monetary or material donations; around ten percent had helped out on site, for example by accompanying refugees to appointments at authorities or language instruction. People with a higher level of formal education and a history of volunteering were more likely to assist actively on site in the integration of refugees. In the course of the year, however, the number of respondents who expressed their intention to become active in the future decreased.

The full report by Jannes Jacobsen, Philipp Eisnecker and Jürgen Schupp in DIW Economic Bulletin 17/2017


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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:24:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.557159.en
"The higher educated, the more optimistic about the consequences of refugee immigration": eight questions for Philipp Eisnecker http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556732.en Mr. Eisnecker, have the population’s concerns about refugee migration grown or declined?

We can conclusively say that in 2015 and 2016, the population was markedly more concerned about migration – and xenophobia as well. This statement is based on data from the Socio- Economic Panel (SOEP), a longitudinal survey, which has collected data on the population’s concerns on a range of topics for years. [...]

The full interview with Philipp Eisnecker in DIW Economic Bulletin 17/2017.


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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:13:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556732.en
SOEP-IS: 2015 data release http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556878.en The data from the 2015 survey of the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) have now been released and can be ordered by SOEP users. The current data distribution contains the data from the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 innovative modules.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:45:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556878.en
Daniel Schnitzlein has been appointed to the advisory board of the Thailand Vietnam Socio-Economic Panel http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556601.en Daniel Schnitzlein has been appointed to the advisory board of the Thailand Vietnam Socio-Economic Panel (www.tvsep.de). The TVSEP is a panel survey of households in Thailand and Vietnam (partly based on SOEP) and is managed from Hanover and Göttingen. The project will receive long-term financing for ten years (2015-2024) from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Daniel has also become a member of the Economics of Education Committee of the German Economic Association (VfS).


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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:43:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556601.en
Andreas Franken joined the SOEP team http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556593.en Andreas Franken will be supporting the SOEP team as of April 1 with data preparation, in particular, the preparation and documentation of SOEPlong. Andreas most recently worked as a research assistant at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) in Hanover, and prior to this at the University of Bamberg Chair of Sociology, where he also earned his degree in sociology.


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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:35:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556593.en
SOEPnewsletter 115 published http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556475.en We are happy to present our recent SOEPnewsletter 115, April 2017.

We like to inform about

  • the data release of the 2015 SOEP-IS data,
  • news on SOEPinfo 2.0,
  • results of the SOEP User Survey,
  • new SOEP-Core documentation documents,

and many more.


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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:43:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.556475.en