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  • SOEPpapers 44 / 2007

    Introducing Family Tax Splitting in Germany: How Would It Affect the Income Distribution, Work Incentives and Household Welfare?

    We analyze the effects of three alternative proposals to reform the taxation of families relative to the current German system of joint taxation of couples and child allowances: a French-type family splitting and two full family splitting proposals. The empirical analysis of the effects of these proposals on the income distribution and on work incentives is based on a behavioral micro-simulation model ...

    2007| Viktor Steiner, Katharina Wrohlich
  • SOEPpapers 43 / 2007

    Which Progress for Poverty Studies Can We Expect from New Large Data Sources?

    2007| Jürgen Friedrichs
  • SOEPpapers 42 / 2007

    Verteilungseffekte der öffentlichen Finanzierung der Hochschulbildung in Deutschland: eine Längsschnittbetrachtung auf der Basis des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels

    Der vorliegende Beitrag untersucht die Verteilungswirkungen der Hochschulfinanzierung im Längsschnitt. Die Leistungen, die Hochschulabsolventen in Form der Hochschulbildung erhalten, werden den hochschulbezogenen (Steuer-)Lasten der Hochschulabsolventen gegenübergestellt. Es zeigt sich, dass Hochschulabsolventen von positiven Nettoeffekten der öffentlichen Hochschulfinanzierung profitieren, da sie ...

    2007| Sarah Borgloh, Frank Kupferschmidt, Berthold U. Wigger
  • SOEPpapers 41 / 2007

    Does Money Buy Higher Schooling? Evidence from Secondary School Track Choice in Germany

    The German schooling system selects children into different secondary school tracks already at a very early stage in life. School track choice heavily influences choices and opportunities later in life. It has often been observed that secondary schooling achievements display a strong correlation with parental income. We use sibling fixed effects models and information on a natural experiment in order ...

    2007| Marcus Tamm
  • SOEPpapers 40 / 2007

    Circular Migration: Counts of Exits and Years away from the Host Country

    The economic literature has largely overlooked the importance of repeat and circular migration. The paper studies this behavior by analyzing the number of exits and the total number of years away from the host country using count data models and panel data from Germany. More than 60% of migrants from the guestworker countries are indeed repeat or circular migrants. Migrants from European Union member ...

    2007| Amelie Constant, Klaus F. Zimmermann
  • SOEPpapers 39 / 2007

    Self-Productivity in Early Childhood

    Self-productivity is a crucial feature in the process of skill formation. It means that skills and health acquired at one stage in the life cycle enhance skills and health formation at later stages. This paper presents an empirical investigation of self-productivity in early childhood in Germany. The data are drawn from the mother-child questionnaire of the German Socio-Economic Panel for the birth ...

    2007| Katja Coneus, Friedhelm Pfeiffer
  • SOEPpapers 38 / 2007

    Analyzing the Labor Market Activity of Immigrant Families in Germany

    This paper analyzes whether immigrant families facing credit constraints adopt a family investment strategy wherein, upon arrival, an immigrant spouse invests in host country-specific human capital while the other partner works to finance the family's current consumption. Using data for West Germany, we do not find evidence for such a specialization strategy. We further examine the labor supply and ...

    2007| Leilanie Basilio, Thomas K. Bauer, Mathias Sinning
  • SOEPpapers 37 / 2007

    Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment in Germany: The Last Five Decades

    Over the last decades the German education system underwent numerous reforms in order to improve "equality of opportunity", i.e. to guarantee all pupils equal access to higher education. At the same time internationally comparative evidence yields that Germany features particularly low intergenerational mobility with respect to educational attainment. This study investigates the development in intergenerational ...

    2007| Guido Heineck, Regina T. Riphahn
  • SOEPpapers 36 / 2007

    Lohnungleichheit innerhalb und zwischen Bevölkerungsgruppen in Deutschland und den USA

    In diesem Beitrag wird die Entwicklung der Lohnungleichheit in den USA und Deutschland betrachtet. Für Deutschland wird als Datengrundlage die harmonisierte Version des Sozioökonomischen Panels und für die USA die harmonisierte Version der Panel Study of Income Dynamics verwendet. Aufgrund der divergenten ökonomischen Situation in West- und Ostdeutschland werden diese getrennt voneinander betrachtet. ...

    2007| Heiko Peters
  • SOEPpapers 35 / 2007

    How the Distribution of After-Tax Income Changed over the 1990s Business Cycle: A Comparison of the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Japan

    Using kernel density estimation we find that over their 1990s business cycles the entire distribution of after-tax (disposable) income moved to the right in the United States and Great Britain while inequality declined. In contrast, Germany and Japan experienced less growth, a rise in inequality and a decline in the middle mass of their distributions that spread mostly to the right, much like the United ...

    2007| Richard V. Burkhauser, Takashi Oshio, Ludmila Rovba
  • SOEPpapers 34 / 2007

    The Cyclicality of Effective Wages within Employer-Employee Matches: Evidence from German Panel Data

    Using individual based micro-data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), I analyze the cyclicality of real wages for male workers within employer-employee matches over the period 1984-2004, and compare different wage measures: the standard hourly wage rate, hourly wage earnings including overtime and bonus payments, and the effective wage, which takes into account not only paid overtime, ...

    2007| Silke Anger
  • SOEPpapers 33 / 2007

    Precautionary Savings by Natives and Immigrants in Germany

    This paper analyses the savings behaviour of natives and immigrants in Germany. It is argued that uncertainty about future income and legal status (in case of immigrants) is a key component in the determination of the level of precautionary savings. Using the German Socio-economic Panel data it is shown that, although immigrants have lower levels of savings and are less likely to have regular savings ...

    2007| Matloob Piracha, Yu Zhu
  • SOEPpapers 32 / 2007

    Quantifying the Psychological Costs of Unemployment: The Role of Permanent Income

    Unemployment causes significant losses in the quality of life. In addition to reducing individual income, it also creates non-pecuniary, psychological costs. We quantify these non-pecuniary losses by using the life satisfaction approach. In contrast to previous studies, we apply Friedman's (1957) permanent income hypothesis by distinguishing between temporary and permanent effects of income changes. ...

    2007| Andreas Knabe, Steffen Rätzel
  • SOEPpapers 31 / 2007

    Cost Liability and Residential Space Heating Expenditures of Welfare Recipients in Germany

    Within the German welfare system, heating expenditures of recipients are in general fully covered by the government. This paper empirically tests for the hypothesis that households receiving welfare payments turn to over consumption of residential space heating. We use microdata from two different data sources to explore whether conditional heating expenditures of these households significantly differ ...

    2007| Katrin Rehdanz, Sven Stöwhase
  • SOEPpapers 30 / 2007

    Earnings Assimilation of Immigrants in Germany: The Importance of Heterogeneity and Attrition Bias

    Heterogeneity in the ethnic composition of Germany's immigrant population renders general conclusions on the degree of economic integration difficult. Using a rich longitudinal data-set, this paper tests for differences in economic assimilation profiles of four entry cohorts of foreign-born immigrants and ethnic Germans. The importance of time-invariant individual unobserved heterogeneity and panel ...

    2007| Michael Fertig, Stefanie Schurer
  • SOEPpapers 29 / 2007

    Risky Earnings, Taxation and Entrepreneurial Choice: A Microeconometric Model for Germany

    Which role do individual income prospects play in the decision to be an entrepreneur rather than an employee? In a model of occupational choice, higher expected after-tax earnings attract people to self-employment, while more risky net earnings deter risk-averse individuals. In this paper I analyse the expected value and variance of income in self-employment and dependent employment empirically, accounting ...

    2007| Frank M. Fossen
  • SOEPpapers 28 / 2007

    Economic Gains from Publicly Provided Education in Germany

    The aim of this paper is to estimate income advantages arising from publicly provided education and to analyse their impact on the income distribution in Germany. Using representative micro-data from the SOEP and considering regional and education-specific variation, from a cross-sectional perspective the overall result is the expected levelling effect. When estimating the effects of accumulated educational ...

    2007| Joachim R. Frick, Markus M. Grabka, Olaf Groh-Samberg
  • SOEPpapers 27 / 2007

    Die Beteiligung an ehrenamtlicher Arbeit und informeller Hilfe nach dem Renteneintritt: Analysen mit dem Sozio-oekonomischen Panel

    2007| Marcel Erlinghagen
  • SOEPpapers 26 / 2007

    When Have All the Graduates Gone? Internal Cross-State Migration of Graduates in Germany 1984-2004

    The present paper analyzes the out-migration of graduates to other German states or abroad based on the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP). Applying duration analysis, it can be shown that, ten years after graduation, slightly more than seventy percent of the graduates still live in the state where they completed their studies. The parametric estimation model identifies personal characteristics that ...

    2007| Oliver Busch
  • SOEPpapers 25 / 2007

    Das Sozio-oekonomische Panel (SOEP): Genese und Implementation

    2007| Hans-Jürgen Krupp
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