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26. Juli 2017

SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Does Broadband Internet Affect Fertility?

The spread of high-speed Internet epitomizes the digital revolution, affecting several aspects of our life. Using high quality German panel data, we test whether the availability of broadband Internet influences fertility choices in a low fertility setting, which is well-known for the difficulty to combine work and family life. Broadband can influence fertility through various pathways, including the provision of information, partnership formation, and, importantly, the opportunity to combine work and family. The latter mechanism, in particular, generates a “digital divide”, with potential benefits for high-skilled workers only. We analyze data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), and exploit a strategy devised by Falck et al. (2014) to obtain causal estimates of the impact of broadband on fertility. We find positive effects of high-speed Internet availability on the fertility of high-skilled women over 25s. Effects are not significant among men and low-skilled women. We also find evidence of negative effects on the fertility of under-25 individuals. We show that Internet access significantly increases the share of women reporting teleworking or working parttime. Furthermore, we find positive effects on time spent with children and on overall life satisfaction. Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that high-speed Internet allows high-educated women to conciliate work and motherhood and may promote fertility with a "digital divide". At the same time, higher access to information on the risks and costs of early pregnancy and childbearing may explain the negative effects on younger adults.

(joint with Francesco Billari and Osea Giuntella)

  • Luca Stella (Bocconi University and IZA)

  • Zeit
    13:30 - 14:30
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Raum 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 336
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 272
    10. - 15. Sept 2017

    Workshop 11th International Research Workshop “Methods for Ph.D.”

    .Empirical research is seeking through methodological processes to discover, hopefully, nontrivial facts and insights. Beside choosing a topic and grounding an idea in theory, empirical research consists of gathering and analysing data as well as presenting results in scientific contexts.
    Our workshop tackles these steps of your research project:

    • Gathering data via (un)structured interviews and analysing standardized survey data,
    • using the computer for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

    The regular workshop fee is 469 Euro (with accomodation and meals). The workshop fee is 299 Euro without accommodation (lunch and dinner are included).

    We are offering up to three funded scholarships to support refugee postgraduate students from Germany. Full details including eligibility criteria and how to apply for a scholarship can be found on the workshop website.

    It is possible to get a certificate on 5 credit points (according to the European Credit Transfer System).

    The following courses will be offered:
    Parallel courses offered Monday to Wednesday morning (September 11/12/13th):

    • Data Analysis with Stata
    • Quantile Regression
    • Grounded Theory
    • Questionnaire Design
    • Developing Theoretical Contributions

    Parallel courses offered Monday to Wednesday afternoon (September 11/12/13th):

    • Data Analysis with R
    • Analysing Panel and Spatial Data
    • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
    • Case Study Research
    • Qualitative Interviewing
    • Academic English Writing

    Parallel Courses at the SDU (Thursday, September 14th):

    • Measuring Prefenrences using Conjoint Analytic Methods and Advanced Compositional Approaches
    • Researching, Writing, and Publishing a Literature Review Visual Data Analysis
    • Qualitative Network Analysis
    • Handling of Missing Data

    For further information, especially lecturers, program, organizers and registration visit the website and the registration form.

    The International Research Workshop is organised by:

    • Wenzel Matiaske (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Institute for Employment Relations and Labour)
    • Simon Fietze (University of Southern Denmark/Department of Marketing and Management)
    • Heiko Stüber (Institute for Employment Research (IAB))


    The workshop is supported by:

    • University of Southern Denmark, Department of Environmental and Business Economics
    • Europa-Universität Flensburg
    • University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
    • University of Hamburg, School of Business
    • Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty of Economics
    • Werkstatt für Personal- und Organisationsforschung e.V.
    • German Socio-Economic Panel study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin
    • Hans-Boeckler-Foundation

    Mehr Informationen
    Akademie Sankelmark (near Flensburg) Akademieweg 6 24988 Oeversee
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 281
    Workshop committee:
    Simon Fietze, Wenzel Matiaske, and Heiko Stüber
    E-Mail: irwsnetwork@gmail.com
    18. - 19. Sept 2017

    Workshop SOEPcampus@Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
    Einführung in das Sozio-oekonomische Panel (SOEP)

    Der eineinhalbtägige Workshop bietet eine fundierte und praxisorientierte Einführung in das Arbeiten mit dem umfangreichen Datenangebot des SOEP. Aufbau, Datenstruktur, Ziehungsdesign und Gewichtungsstrategie des SOEP sowie sich daraus ergebende Analysepotentiale werden vorgestellt.

    In diversen „Hands-on Sessions“ können die TeilnehmerInnen den Datensatz sowie die vom SOEP zur Verfügung gestellte Datenmanagementinfrastruktur in praktischen Übungen kennenlernen. In den Übungen wird der Prozess vom Auffinden interessierender Variablen bis zur Erstellung eines Forschungsdatensatzes und der Durchführung erster Analysen nachempfunden. Für den praktischen Teil sind Grundkenntnisse im Umgang mit der Statistiksoftware STATA sowie grundlegender statistischer Analysemethoden erforderlich. Welche STATA Kenntnisse erforderlich sind, ist in diesem Dokument einsehbar).

    Während des gesamten Workshops stehen SOEP-MitarbeiterInnen selbstverständlich auch für individuelle Fragen zur Verfügung.

    Sie können sich ab sofort bis 11. September anmelden. Hier gelangen Sie zur Anmeldung.

    Bei mehr Anmeldungen als Plätzen werden die Plätze zuerst an TeilnehmerInnen mit fortgeschrittenen STATA Kenntnissen und höherem akademischen Rang vergeben.

    Vorläufiges Programm:

    Montag 18.09.2017

    14:00-15:30    Einführung in das SOEP I (Datenstruktur)
    16:00-17:30    Hands-On Session I
    18:00               Raum für individuelle Fragen bei einem
                            gemeinsamen Abendessen (fakultativ)

    Dienstag 19.09.2017

      9:30-10:30     Einführung in das SOEP II (Datenstruktur)
    10:30-12:00     Hands-On Session II
    12:00-13:30     Mittagspause
    13:30-14:30     Einführung in das SOEP III
    15:00-16:30     Hands-On Session III
    16:30-17:00     Datenzugang, Q&A, Abschlussmoderation

    Mehr Informationen
    Eingeladen von
    Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Campus Westend, PEG-Gebäude Raum 4.G168 Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 60629 Frankfurt a. M.
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 428
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 341
    Sarah Schmidt: sarah.schmidt@em.uni-frankfurt.de
    1. Dez 2017

    DIW Applied Micro Seminar The Hidden Side of Dynamic Pricing: Evidence from the Airline Market

    Mehr Informationen
  • Claudio Piga, Keele University, Staffordshire

  • Eingeladen von
    13.15 - 14.30
    DIW Berlin (Eleanor-Dulles-Raum) DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Raum 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    im DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 210
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 165
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 673