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 Gross income gap has increased since reunification http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.575256.en The top 10% of income earners in Germany earn almost as much as the middle 40% – the top 1%’s share of national income has increased from eight to 13 percent since 1995.

The share of national income belonging to the top 1% of income earners has grown significantly in Germany since the mid-1990s, while the share earned by the bottom 50% has significantly decreased. These are the main findings of a study by DIW Berlin economist Charlotte Bartels based on income tax data for Germany for the World Inequality Report.


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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.575256.en
Gert G. Wagner celebrates his 65th birthday, leaves position on DIW Berlin's Executive Board http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574488.en Gert G. Wagner, who served as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research's Executive Board from 2011 to 2017, will celebrate his 65th birthday on January 5. The economist and social scientist was the head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin from 1989 to 2011 and developed it into the largest and longest-running long-term study on social and economic conditions in Germany. Wagner is leaving his position as a member of DIW Berlin's Executive Board in January but will be remaining a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the institute. He will shift the focus of his future research activities to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Bildungsforschung), where he has been a Max Planck Fellow since 2008.

"Gert G. Wagner has been of great service to the SOEP and DIW Berlin," said Axel A. Weber, chairman of DIW Berlin's Board of Trustees. "Together with an outstanding staff, he made the SOEP into the excellent and world-renowned research infrastructure it is today. As a member of DIW Berlin's Executive Board, he was just as successful in taking on a large amount of responsibility for the entire institute."

Wagner stepped down from leading the SOEP in early 2011 to join DIW Berlin's Executive Board. Together with Cornelius Richter and Georg Weizsaecker, Wagner successfully led the institute through its evaluation by the Leibniz Association (Leibniz Gemeinschaft) as the chairperson of the Executive Board ("president"). After Marcel Fratzscher took over the position of president in February 2013, Wagner remained a member of DIW Berlin's Executive Board representing the SOEP. Stefan Liebig, who was named director of the SOEP, took over Wagner's position on the Executive Board effective January 1, 2018.

"Gert G. Wagner not only made a key contribution to DIW Berlin with his work with the SOEP, but he also laid important foundations for DIW Berlin's successful future by emphasizing the institute's scientific focus in 2011 and 2012. I'd like to thank him for our excellent work together over the past five years," said DIW Berlin president Marcel Fratzscher, who noted that, aside from Wagner, "Juergen Schupp also did an excellent job as director of the SOEP and provided new momentum. I'm happy that he will continue to manage the SOEP as vice director and devote more time to his research."

From 1989 to 2011, Gert G. Wagner was head of the SOEP, a long-term study that began in 1983 by the then-president of DIW Berlin, Hans-Juergen Krupp. Wagner and his colleagues developed the SOEP into one of the most important socio-scientific research infrastructures in the world. Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, people from East Germany, as well as those who relocated from East to West Germany and those of German descent from former Eastern Bloc territories who came to Germany in the mid-1990s, could be included in the study. In 2003, Wagner successfully institutionalized the SOEP as a research infrastructure at DIW Berlin. Together with Juergen Schupp, who was the head of the SOEP from 2011 to 2017, Wagner ensured that the SOEP was continuously adapted to social changes, expanded to include psychological issues, and networked excellently, both nationally and internationally. Since 2016, the SOEP has also been collecting a representative sample of data from refugees.

Today, the SOEP enables cutting-edge research that is considering leading worldwide. Wagner's publications emphasize his significance in basic research as well as outreach activities: aside from 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, he has authored over 100 DIW Wochenbericht reports and almost 500 newspaper articles.

"I'm happy to be leaving the SOEP in good hands with sociologist Stefan Liebig. Thanks to Juergen Schupp and his team, the SOEP is as good as ever and extremely well-suited to its role in forming the basis for the sound analysis of many socially, psychologically, and economically important issues," said Wagner. "In times of great uncertainty, science in general and data-based analysis in particular play a key role."

In 1997, Wagner became the first DIW Berlin employee (aside from the president) who, as a jointly appointed professor, also worked closely with a university, the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Since 2002, he has been a professor of empirical economics and economic policy at the Berlin University of Technology (TUB). He is also a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, acatech).

Additionally, he is chairperson of The German Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat) and a member of the German Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (Sachverstaendigenrates für Verbraucherpolitik). He was previously chairperson of the German Council for Social and Economic Data (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten) and a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). In September 2007, Wagner was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

On January 8, 2018, Wagner will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree in social sciences and economics (Dr. rer pol. h.c.) from the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. As part of the lecture series "Inequality and Redistribution," Wagner will also present his talk, "Does less inequality cost growth? On the importance of various objectives in the debate on inequality."


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Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:10:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574488.en
Gert G. Wagner celebrates his 65th birthday, leaves position on DIW Berlin's executive board http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574462.en Gert G. Wagner, who served as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research's executive board from 2011 to 2017, will celebrate his 65th birthday on January 5. The economist and social scientist was the head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin from 1989 to 2011 and developed it into the largest and longest-running long-term study on social and economic conditions in Germany. Wagner is leaving his position as a member of DIW Berlin's executive board in January but will remain at the institute as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow. He will shift the focus of his future research activities to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung), where he has been a Max Planck Fellow since 2008.

"Gert G. Wagner has been of great service to the SOEP and DIW Berlin," said Axel A. Weber, chairman of DIW Berlin's board of trustees. "Together with an outstanding staff, he made the SOEP into the excellent and world-renowned research infrastructure it is today. As a member of DIW Berlin's executive board, he was just as successful in taking on a large amount of responsibility for the entire institute."

Wagner stepped down from leading the SOEP in early 2011 to join DIW Berlin's executive board. Together with Cornelius Richter and Georg Weizsäcker, Wagner successfully led the institute through its evaluation by the Leibniz Association (Leibniz Gemeinschaft) as the chairman of the executive board ("president"). After Marcel Fratzscher took over the position of president in February 2013, Wagner became a member of DIW Berlin's executive board. Stefan Liebig, who was named director of the SOEP, took over Wagner's position on the executive board effective January 1, 2018.


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Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574462.en
Seasonal greetings http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574126.en

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a healthy and successful 2018

On behalf of the whole SOEP team at DIW Berlin


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Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:24:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574126.en
SOEP 2018 Conference – Call for Papers http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574124.en The call für papers and session contribution for our
SOEP 2018 - 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference
July 19–20, 2018, in Berlin

is open until February 15, 2018.

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 Files (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract.

Call for Papers

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Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574124.en
IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany: Revision of the Dataset http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574033.en The Institute of Employment Research (IAB), the Information Centre for Asylum and Migration of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ), and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) are currently working together on a longitudinal survey of refugees. The survey research institute Kantar Public (formerly TNS Infratest) has been commissioned to carry out the interviews. Kantar Public performs routine checks to ensure the quality of the survey. In preparation for the next round of interviews, Kantar Public found that one interviewer had not conducted interviews according to the established procedures. Six percent of the total household interviews were affected.

To address this issue, the research institutes involved in the study asked an expert in survey research methodology who is not part of the project, Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schräpler of Ruhr University Bochum, to evaluate the dataset for statistical anomalies. In cases where additional statistical anomalies were identified, the respondents were contacted again. All of these respondents confirmed that their interviews had been conducted properly. These comprehensive checks provided no indication that further irregularities had occurred in the process of conducting the survey.

Kantar Public is currently assessing its quality control procedures and will take the necessary steps to improve quality control in its fieldwork processes and organization. Users of data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees have been informed, and a revised version of the dataset will be provided to them soon.

After rechecking the results of studies published thus far based on the survey data, we have determined that the basic conclusions of these studies still hold after the data revision. The deviations in the revised dataset are either within the margin of statistical error, or they result in only slight differences of a few percentage points compared to the previously released version of the data. Details on the revised results can be found on the IAB website.

The DIW publications affected by the data revision will be replaced with corrected versions in early 2018.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2017 01:04:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574033.en
IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany: Revision of the Dataset http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574021.en The Institute of Employment Research (IAB), the Information Centre for Asylum and Migration of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ), and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) are currently working together on a longitudinal survey of refugees. The survey research institute Kantar Public (formerly TNS Infratest) has been commissioned to carry out the interviews. Kantar Public performs routine checks to ensure the quality of the survey. In preparation for the next round of interviews, Kantar Public found that one interviewer had not conducted interviews according to the established procedures. Six percent of the total household interviews were affected.

To address this issue, the research institutes involved in the study asked an expert in survey research methodology who is not part of the project, Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schräpler of Ruhr University Bochum, to evaluate the dataset for statistical anomalies. In cases where additional statistical anomalies were identified, the respondents were contacted again. All of these respondents confirmed that their interviews had been conducted properly. These comprehensive checks provided no indication that further irregularities had occurred in the process of conducting the survey.

Kantar Public is currently assessing its quality control procedures and will take the necessary steps to improve quality control in its fieldwork processes and organization. Users of data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees have been informed, and a revised version of the dataset will be provided to them soon.

After rechecking the results of studies published thus far based on the survey data, we have determined that the basic conclusions of these studies still hold after the data revision. The deviations in the revised dataset are either within the margin of statistical error, or they result in only slight differences of a few percentage points compared to the previously released version of the data. Details on the revised results can be found on the IAB website (in German).

The DIW publications affected by the data revision will be replaced with corrected versions in early 2018.

Contact: presse@diw.de


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Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574021.en
SOEP People: Five questions to Judith Niehues http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573258.en “Income Inequality, Inequality of Opportunity, and Redistribution” was the subject of economist Judith Niehues’ doctoral dissertation and has been a central focus of her research since then. Niehues earned her doctorate at the University of Cologne after completing undergraduate studies there and at San Diego State University in the United States. She is a Senior Economist at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln*), where she heads the Microdata and Method Development Research Group. In her research, she makes regular use of SOEP data to study inequality and perceptions of inequality within the population.

1. Much of your research deals with the middle class. What’s your most important finding on the middle class to date?

It was clear to me from the research on income distribution that Germany is a middle-class society. But in a data analysis, I found that the majority of Germans don’t believe that at all. Most Germans think that our society is shaped like a pyramid, with most people at the bottom. That surprised me. I was even more surprised to find out that more Americans than Germans believe they live in a middle-class society—despite the fact that the middle class is much smaller in the United States than in Germany.

2. Do Germans think the social situation here is worse than it actually is?

Yes. And there is also evidence that Germans are too pessimistic about how inequality in our society is changing over time. Eighty percent of Germans think the gap between rich and poor has widened in recent years. In fact, around 70 to 80 percent of the population of every country in the developed world has this perception, independent of what the actual development of inequality has been like.

3. How do these kinds of perceptions arise?

I always had the idea in the back of my mind that these perceptions might be driven by the mass media. And the SOEP offered a unique opportunity to test this idea. The SOEP data include information on the specific date respondents were interviewed. There are also media data that show what was being reported on in the media on what date. Our study found that when there is extensive reporting on inequality in the media, respondents are likely to report being less satisfied, for instance, with social justice in our country. This shows that media reporting can influence people’s subjective perceptions and concerns.

4. How important is it to you that your findings get out into the public?

It’s important to me to give people facts and clear up misconceptions. So bringing my findings out into the public sphere always plays a role in my work. And when I see that my findings are being picked up by the media and that they’re making it into the political discourse, I feel like I’m having at least a small influence on the public debate.

5. Is there anything else you’re as enthusiastic about as you are about research?

Yes—I really enjoy playing soccer and also watching it. It must be great to be a professional player. Not because of the hype around it, but playing soccer every day and getting paid for it sounds like a dream.

Our SOEP People video interview with Judith Niehues can be found here

* The IW Köln is a private research institute founded by several trade and employers' associations as well as businesses.


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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:23:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573258.en
Our SOEP User Survey 2017 has started again! http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573132.en This year we call on every user to take part in our SOEP User Survey, to participate in continuously developing the SOEP. The survey will be funtional until the end of december. We hope for a high willingness to participate and we would be happy for any feedback or ideas.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:54:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573132.en
Mentoring of Refugees (MORE) study in the field http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573099.en The scientific study MORE is designed to deliver first results on how civic engagement can support the short- and long-term integration of refugees in Germany. The intervention study is a cooperation between the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). It is funded by the Leibniz Competition (Funding Line: Innovative Projects).

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:47:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573099.en
The SOEP vocational training program: A model for success Seventh cohort of trainees in market and social research (FAMS) started in September http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.565061.en Since autumn of 2011, the SOEP has been offering in-house traineeships to students who are studying to be specialists in market and social research (Fachangestellte für Markt- und Sozialforschung, FAMS), a three-year degree program that is part of the German dual system of vocational training. Specialists in market and social research are responsible for organizational and operational tasks in diverse areas of empirical social research, for instance, in conducting surveys and other forms of data collection. The seventh cohort of FAMS students started in September: Martin Gerike from Berlin and Omar Alshafai from Damascus, Syria.

The two graduates from the first cohort, Janine Napjeraj and Florian Griese, were hired by the SOEP after graduating in summer 2014. They provide support to the SOEP research staff in survey management and on one project with outside funding. The two FAMS from the second and third cohorts, Marius Pahl and Carolin Stolpe, started university studies in business information technology and media information technology, respectively.
They both continued working for the SOEP as student assistants. Marvin Petrenz, who was part of the fourth cohort of FAMS, completed his FAMS degree in 2016. Since then he has been working successfully on several SOEP projects. Selin Kara and Stefan Zimmermann, who started in 2015 in the fifth cohort, are currently in the third year of the program. Philipp Kaminsky, who started last year in the sixth cohort, has just entered his second year of training.

FAMS trainer Knut Wenzig is enthusiastic about the program: “By the end of their training, FAMS can confidently carry out the full range of tasks of a research data infrastructure from questionnaire development, data preparation, and documentation
to international user support. The SOEP benefits greatly from their skills and reliability. And they benefit from working in an outstanding research environment.”

“As a Leibniz Association research infrastructure, we started early not only in fostering young researchers but also in expanding opportunities for vocational training”, said SOEP Director Jürgen Schupp. He is convinced that an outstanding research infrastructure like the SOEP needs highly skilled specialists in market and social research who do sophisticated research-oriented work. “Our two new FAMS trainees are an ideal complement to our team. Our users are also getting to know and appreciate them for the competent and reliable services they provide as part of the SOEP”.


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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:27:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.565061.en
K2ID-SOEP data is available http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573130.en K2ID is short for „Kinder und Kitas in Deutschland“ and refers to the German name of the surveys carried out as part of a project entitled “Early childhood education and care quality in the Socio-Economic Panel” (K²ID-SOEP).

Since October 2017 the data are distributed via the RDC SOEP.

More information on the study and data collection on the K2ID Homepage.

For more information about the dataset please click here.


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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:41:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573130.en
SOEP-Core data v33 is available http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573129.en SOEP-Core version v33 is now available and can be ordered.

We are looking foward to your order. To order the data please click here.

The new data distribution (1984–2016) “SOEP v33” provides, for the most recent survey year 2016, the usual wave-specific data files BGPBRUTTO, BGP, BGPKAL, BGPGEN, BGHBRUTTO, BGH, BGHGEN, BGKIND, and BFPLUECKE as well as the updated files with a longitudinal component (PFAD files, biography files, spell data, and weighting factors). Additional new samples, datasets, or variables are shown here.


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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:33:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.573129.en
Data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees now available! http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572992.en The SOEP v33 data release (1984-2016) includes data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany. This is the first SOEP data release to include this new data set. More information on the survey can be found here.


The data are provided for downloading—either as 'stand alone' data set or integrated into the SOEP-Core data set—by the Research Data Center of the SOEP. To obtain the data, researchers are required to sign a data distribution contract with DIW Berlin and guarantee that the data will be used solely for scientific research. Further information can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact our hotline by e-mail (soepmail@diw.de) or telephone +49-30-89789-292.

 

The Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency will soon be releasing data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees that can be linked with register data from the Federal Employment Agency (BA).


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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:06:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572992.en
In Germany, approximately 1.8 million workers eligible for the minimum wage are earning less http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572687.en The introduction of the minimum wage in Germany led to significant increases in wages –– However, around seven percent of eligible workers earn less than minimum wage, with the marginally employed and employees at small businesses being particularly affected –– When one also takes into account workers who are not eligible for a minimum wage, such as freelancers, a total of around 4.4 million people in Germany earned less than 8.50 euros gross per hour in 2016 –– Inspection and sanctions mechanisms need to be improved as do methods for recording work hours

A new study from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the University of Potsdam shows that while the introduction of a minimum wage has led to a significant increase in low wages, not every worker who has the right to a minimum wage is being compensated accordingly.


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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572687.en
Stefan Liebig, new board member at the German Institute for Economic Research as of 2018 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572076.en On January 1, 2018, Liebig will become director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and a member of the institute’s Executive Board

Stefan Liebig, a professor of sociology at Bielefeld University, will succeed Gert G. Wagner as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research’s Executive Board on January 1, 2018. Having reached retirement age, Wagner (64) is relinquishing his position. Fellow Executive Board members Marcel Fratzscher and Angelica E. Röhr will continue as president and managing director, respectively. At the beginning of 2018, Liebig will also take over as director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin. Jürgen Schupp, the current director, will remain at SOEP as its deputy director and Gert G. Wagner will join as “Visiting Senior Research Fellow.”

A research fellow at SOEP since 2007, Liebig (54) has used SOEP-generated data in his research for many years. His work focuses on perceptions of social inequality and the analysis of social structures. He is a member of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) and the Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen, RfII). He has been a professor at Bielefeld University since 2008. After receiving his habilitation teaching qualification from LMU Munich in 2004, Liebig taught at Trier University and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

“I am very pleased that we were able to acquire Stefan Liebig as a second scientific member of the Executive Board and that, together with Jürgen Schupp, he will further enhance SOEP, an extraordinarily successful research infrastructure,” said Axel Weber, chairman of the institute’s Board of Trustees. “I would also like to thank Gert G. Wagner for his tireless commitment to SOEP and DIW Berlin.”

President Marcel Fratzscher of DIW Berlin commented, “In Stefan Liebig, we have been able to acquire an outstanding scientist for the DIW Berlin Executive Board and SOEP. I look forward to his arrival and at the same time would like to express my gratitude to Gert G. Wagner for our excellent collaboration over the past years.”


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:55:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572076.en
SOEPnewsletter 117 published http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572993.en We are happy to present our recent SOEPnewsletter 117, November 2017.


We

  • are quite sure to send out the new SOEP-Core wave (data 1984-2016, including data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees) by end of November and provide you with information what's new,
  • invite you to submit papers for our SOEP2018 Conference,
  • give information about changes in the SOEP's leadership team,
  • inform about workshops, staff and community news, new publications


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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:09:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.572993.en
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