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DIW Wochenbericht 16 / 2013

Kommunale Verschuldung in Deutschland: Struktur verstehen - Risiken abschätzen

Staatliche Schulden sind in aller Munde. Die Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise Europas ist nicht zuletzt eine Krise staatlicher und kommunaler Verschuldung. In Deutschland rücken neben den Schulden von Bund und Ländern auch die Verpflichtungen der Kommunen wieder ins Zentrum der Betrachtung. Mit einem umfassenden Datensatz über die Jahre 1998 bis 2009 untersucht diese Studie die Verschuldungsstruktur der ...

2013| Ronny Freier, Verena Grass
DIW Economic Bulletin 37 / 2017

Gender Parity in German Politics: Further Effort Required

Although many political authorities endorse the basic goal of parity between men and women across the board, reality does not yet reflect this in Germany. In the German Bundestag, for example, at present 37.1 percent of representatives are women. Divided among the six parties with the greatest likelihood of being elected to the Bundestag, a total of 1,979 people are running for office in the upcoming ...

2017| Daniela Arregui Coka, Ronny Freier, Johanna Mollerstrom
DIW Economic Bulletin 29/30 / 2016

Public Investment in the Berlin State Budget: Education and Transport Are Falling Short

In Berlin, as elsewhere, public investment is critical to an individual’s life satisfaction and a prerequisite for positive economic development. There are many fields of activity for public investment. For instance, the tasks for Berlin include a sustainable transport concept that maintains and develops the local passenger transport network, a sustainable cycle concept, new schools need to be built ...

2016| Felix Arnold, Johannes Brinkmann, Maximilian Brill, Ronny Freier
DIW Economic Bulletin 29/30 / 2016

Transforming Berlin from a Startup Hub into an Economically Thriving Metropolis: Editorial

2016| Marcel Fratzscher, Martin Gornig, Ronny Freier, Alexander S. Kritikos
DIW Economic Bulletin 42/43 / 2015

Large and Lasting Regional Disparities in Municipal Investments

The regional dispersion of local public investment in Germany is very uneven. Even a comparison between the states shows considerable differences in gross investment. Municipalities in Bavaria currently invest more than three times as much per capita as those in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. There are even greater differences between districts and independent cities, both nationwide and within the ...

2015| Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier, René Geissler, Philipp Schrauth
DIW Economic Bulletin 42/43 / 2015

Overcoming Weaknesses in Municipal Investment

2015| Marcel Fratzscher, Ronny Freier, Martin Gornig
DIW Economic Bulletin 37 / 2015

Political Culture Still Divided 25 Years after Reunification?

In 1990, during reunification, West German democratic institutions and the existing political party system were expanded to the East German states. Even after 25 years, the people of eastern and western Germany still differ in their political engagement and attitudes. However, these differences do not apply across the board by any means. A detailed analysis of survey data from the Socio-Economic Panel ...

2015| Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier, Martin Kroh
Diskussionspapiere 1503 / 2015

Regression Discontinuity Designs Based on Population Thresholds: Pitfalls and Solutions

In many countries, important features of municipal government (such as the electoral system, mayors' salaries, and the number of councillors) depend on whether the municipality is above or below arbitrary population thresholds. Several papers have used a regression discontinuity design (RDD) to measure the effects of these threshold-based policies on political and economic outcomes. Using evidence ...

2015| Andrew C. Eggers, Ronny Freier, Veronica Grembi, Tommaso Nannicini
Diskussionspapiere 1467 / 2015

Finding Your Right (or Left) Partner to Merge

We study political determinants of municipality amalgamations during a boundary reform in the German state of Brandenburg, which reduced the number of municipalities from 1,489 to 421. The analysis is conducted using data on the political decision makers as well as fiscal and socio-economic variables for the municipalities. We ask whether party representation in the town council influences the merger ...

2015| Benjamin Bruns, Ronny Freier, Abel Schumann
Diskussionspapiere 1463 / 2015

The Partisan Effects of Voter Turnout: How Conservatives Profit from Rainy Election Days

In this short note, we use data from different elections in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia between 1975 and 2010 to show that the social democrats generally profit from higher voter turnout at the expense of the conservatives. We deal with the endogeneity of voter turnout by using election day rain as an instrumental variable. Our particular contribution is the comparison of municipal and ...

2015| Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier
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