Report, News of 13 June 2012
Staff member Daniel D. Schnitzlein awarded Dissertation Prize by University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Our staff member Daniel D. Schnitzlein was awarded the Hermann Gutmann Foundation Award by the Faculty of Law and Economics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg for his dissertation entitled "Four Essays on Economic Mobility."
In his dissertation, he used SOEP and PSID data from Germany and the USA as well as IDA data from Denmark to compare and examine the levels of intergenerational mobility in the three countries. His study is the first to present sibling correlations in permanent income in Germany. The results show that family background in Germany has a similarly strong influence on the incomes of the offspring as in the USA. Denmark shows much higher mobility by comparison.
In another chapter of his dissertation, Daniel D. Schnitzlein (together with Regina T. Riphahn) studies the development of intragenerational wage mobility in East and West Germany. The results show a significant decline in wage mobility in East Germany accompanied simultaneously by an increase in wage inequality.
The dissertation is published by W. Bertelsmann as part of the series IAB Bibliothek. "Inter- and Intragenerational Economic Mobility: Germany in International Comparison", IAB-Bibliothek 332 (Dissertationen), 2012, wbv, Bielefeld.