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23 Nov 2010

Workshop EUSECON Policy Workshop

The EUSECON Consortium will hold three small-scale workshops dedicated each to microeconomic, macroeconomic and policy aspects of the project. The first meeting in the series, organised jointly by DIW Berlin and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) on November 23th 2010 in Hamburg, is dedicated to policy implications of the research undertaken in the project.

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Location
Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy University of Hamburg Hamburg
Contact(s)
at DIW Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 89789 277
17 Nov 2010

SOEP Brown Bag Seminar SOEP Brown Bag Seminar
The Individual Level Dynamics of Bounded Partisanship

Thomas J. Scotto  (University of Essex )

Abstract
Over the past half century, scholars utilized a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to study the attachment or identification voters have with political parties. However, models on partisan (in)stability ignore its bounded character.
Making use of Mixed Latent Markov Models we measure change and stability of individual-level West German partisan identification captured over a 24 year period via the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSEOP). Results suggest that distinctive subpopulations exist, which follow different patterns of partisan stability. One party's loss is not necessarily another party's gain.

Time
12:30 - 13:30
Location
Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
Contact(s)
at DIW Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 89789 228
17 Nov 2010

Seminar Job Creation Subsidies and Employment. Empirical Evidence for Germany
Berlin Network of Labour Market Researchers (BeNA)

Claudia Steinwender (LSE) will present "Job Creation Subsidies and Employment. Empirical Evidence for Germany".
Abstract: Many European countries use job creation programmes in order to raise employment, especially in economically disadvantaged regions. Despite the amount of resources spent on these programmes, rigorous empirical evaluation about their causal effect is scarce. This is mainly due to difficulties in identication, as eligibility for job creation subsidies at the regional level is endogenous. This paper exploits an exogenous change to the rules determining regional subsidy eligibility in Germany to construct valid counterfactuals. The empirical evaluation is not able to find an impact of the availability of job creation subsidies on regional employment. This result is robust to different specifications and research designs. My findings can be interpreted in the context of a search and matching framework, where increased job creations due to hiring subsidies induce more worker quits; and under certain circumstances offsets the positive effect on employment.
Seminarplan für das Wintersemester

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Keynote Speaker
  • Claudia Steinwender (LSE)
  • Time
    18:30 - 20:00
    Location
    Humboldt Universität Berlin Room 125 Spandauer Str. 1 10178 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    external
    , HU Berlin
    , HU Berlin
    10 Nov 2010

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar SOEP Brown Bag Seminar
    The Effect of Birthright Citizenship on Parental Integration Outcomes

    Irma Clots-Figueras (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

    Abstract
    The integration of immigrants is constantly a subject of public debate, and measures to foster assimilation of newcomers are central in the political agenda of many countries. This paper focuses on the legal institution of citizenship and analyzes the consequences of the introduction of birthright citizenship in Germany. Exploiting the exogenous variation provided by the 1999 reform of the German nationality law, we study the effect of child legal status on the cultural integration of immigrant parents. We find evidence that foreign born parents are more likely to interact with the local community and use German language when their children are entitled to German citizenship at birth.

    Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 228
    10 Nov 2010

    Seminar Intra-firm wage differentials between German and Non-German Employees
    Berlin Network of Labour Market Researchers (BeNA)

    Clemens Ohlert (HWR Berlin) will present the project "Intra-firm wage differentials between German and Non-German Employees" (joint with Miriam Beblo and Elke Wolf).
    Abstract: In this paper, we analyse the wage differentials between employees of German and Non-German nationality using linked employer-employee data (LIAB) for the period 1996 to 2007. By focussing on the establishment level, we explicitly consider the heterogeneity of wage setting processes within firms. Our results show that the absolute pay gap within firms (of 10.6 percent on average) is about 5 percentage points smaller than the pay gap on the labour market as a whole, thus pointing to a sorting of Non-German workers into low-paying firms. The observed wage differentials are for the most part (8.6 percentage points) explained by differences in education and work experience. When distinguishing between subgroups we find the unexplained wage gap for immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia to be larger on average than for immigrants from the so called guest worker countries. A subsequent analysis of the relationship between selected firm characteristics and the unexplained intra-firm wage differentials reveals that Non-German employees face significantly lower wage discounts in firms with a high share of exports, a high share of Non-German employees and those covered by collective bargaining agreements. (JEL Classification: J15, J31)
    Seminarplan für das Wintersemester

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    Keynote Speaker
  • Clemens Ohlert (HWR Berlin)
  • Time
    18:30 - 20:00
    Location
    Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin Raum B002/3 Reichpietschufer 50 10785 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    external
    , HU Berlin
    , HU Berlin
    4 Nov 2010

    Berlin Seminar on Energy and Climate Policy Solar PV – Aligning German, Chinese and Climate Objectives

    Agenda

    Niels Anger, BMWi

    Dr. Krawinkel, Verbraucherzentrale

    Jan Lossen, Bosch Solar Energy

    Location
    Schumpeter Saal DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 470
    3 Nov 2010

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar SOEP Brown Bag Seminar
    Das Schweizer Haushalt-Panel (SHP): Erfahrungen und neue Entwicklungen

    Ursina Kuhn (SHP Schweizer Haushalt-Panel)

    Abstract
    Das Schweizer Haushalt-Panel (SHP) befragt seit 1999 ca. 5000 Haushalte. Die Präsentation behandet die Punkte Organisation (Institution und Mitarbeiter), Design, Incentives, Interview Mode, Attrition, Verfolgungsregeln, Stichproben, Datennutzer und Datenweitergabe. Für 2012 sind zudem verschiedene Aenderungen geplant (Gewichtung, neue Stichprobe, interview mode), die kurz vorgestellt werden. Die Präsentation soll vor allem als Input für Fragen, Diskussionen und Erfahrungsaustausch zwischen SOEP und SHP dienen.

    Time
    12:30 - 13:30
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 228
    26 October 2010

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar Special SOEP Brown Bag Seminar
    Microm Workshop

    12:00 - 13:00
    Philipp Lersch (BIGSSS, Bremen)
    will give a talk.
    13:00-14:00
    Representatives from microm Germany presenting the new microm data.

    Philipp Lersch
    Passage or trap? Leaving deprived neighbourhoods in Germany 

    Abstract

    Exposure to potentially negative neighbourhood effects in deprived areas depends heavily on the ability to relocate from deprived neighbourhoods to better-off areas. Which households can leave deprived neighbourhoods? Do households relocate to other deprived neighbourhoods or to better-off areas? These questions have received attention foremost in the US and UK, but not to the same degree in Germany. To close this research gap, the analysis makes use of the SOEP and the MICROM data set for neighbourhoods for the years 2000-2008. First, a measure to identify deprived neighbourhoods is constructed. Second, binary logistic regression models for the occurrence of relocations in deprived and non-deprived neighbourhoods are estimated. These models are enhanced allowing for differentiated neighbourhood outcomes in a multinomial logistic regression setting. The analysis shows that ethnic minorities are not to the same degree trapped in deprived neighbourhoods as in the US or UK. Income plays an important role in shaping outcomes of relocations, while age and health are important for the question whether households in deprived neighbourhoods relocate at all.

    Time
    12:30 - 14:00
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 228
    21 October 2010

    Seminar IO/Finance Seminar
    Self-Signaling and the Costs and Benefits of Temptation

    Klaus Wertenbroch, INSEAD, France and Visiting Professor of Marketing, The WhartonSchool, University of Pennsylvania

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    Time
    16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 406
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 224
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 262
    7 October 2010

    Seminar IO/Finance Seminar
    Unraveling the shift to the entrepreneurial economy

    Roy Thurik, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

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    Time
    16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 406
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 224
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 262
    7 October 2010

    Berlin Seminar on Energy and Climate Policy A Smart Power Market at the Center of a Smart Grid

    Agenda

    Frieder Borggrefe, Institute for Energy Economics - EWI

    Sylvia Spruck, BNA

    Thomas Meister, TenNet

    Location
    Schumpeter Saal DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 470
    6 October 2010

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar SOEP Brown Bag Seminar
    The bigger the children, the bigger the worries - Are preschoolers and young adolescents affected differently by changes in family structure with regard to non-cognitive skills?

    Frauke Peter (DIW Berlin)
    C. Katharina Spieß (DIW Berlin und FU Berlin)

    Abstract
    Family related factors that form a child's environment seem to be of particular importance, probably more important for the explanation of child outcomes than the environment of other care taking institutions, such as day care centers or schools. In light of this literature, this paper focuses on the impact of changes in family structure during children's early years and during adolescence on the development of socio-emotional behavior and non-cognitive skills. Our analysis concentrates on the early years as well as on young adolescence for two reasons: First, the early years are arguably most important for later outcomes. Second, by analyzing early childhood outcomes we focus only on short-term effects, but especially non-cognitive skills are skills that can be formed later on in life and thus, young adolescents might be influenced strongly. Our empirical analysis is based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). We use non-cognitive skills as our primary measure of child outcomes and compare them with more cognitive related outcomes. Family structure changes are defined by maternal partnership variations, as only biological mothers can be identified definitively in our data sets. A maternal partnership change can either be a different partner, a new partner, or no partner. Our analysis suggests that differences in family stability account for some of the gradient in social-behavioral difficulties for 5-6-year-olds. For young adolescents preliminary results suggest that multiple partner changes are negatively correlated with non-cognitive skills, e.g., they are less likely to be active or self- determined in life.

    Time
    13:00 - 14:00
    Location
    Eleanor-Dulles-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 228
    5 October 2010

    Berlin Lunchtime Meeting Measuring Well-being and the Progress of Societies - New Initiatives

    Martine Durand, Director OECD Statistics

    Comment: Roland Zieschank, Free University

    Chair: Heino von Meyer, Head, OECD Berlin Centre

    “Is life getting better?” GDP and its growth - key indicators widely used to assess economic performance - are increasingly questioned as meaningful measures of social welfare, prosperity and progress. Yet, sound statistics are essential for public trust in policy choices and communication. Relevant and reliable data are a prerequisite for evidence-based policy design, implementation and evaluation.

    The Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi-Commission initiated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as well as the EU initiative “GDP and beyond” have critically reviewed our current statistics and identified many shortcomings as well as areas for improvement. The Global Project on "Measuring the Progress of Societies"- hosted by the OECD and run in collaboration with other international and regional partners - seeks to develop statistics for measuring well-being and progress that reach beyond traditional approaches to GDP accounting.

    Martine Durand was appointed Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD in 2010. She oversees all of OECD’s statistical activities and is also responsible for OECD work on the measurement of well-being and the progress of societies. She was formerly Deputy-Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. She held senior positions in the OECD Economics Directorate and was Deputy-Head of the OECD Secretary-General’s Private Office. Martine Durand graduated in mathematics, statistics and economics from the Paris VI University, the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Comment: Joerg Maier-Ries, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

    Registration is required. Please send an email to. We look forward to your participation.

    Time
    12:00 - 14:00
    Location
    Schumpeter Saal DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 569
    3 to 8 October 2010

    Workshop 4th 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 in order to contribute new issues to the body of acquired knowledge - not only to someone‘s own but also to that of others.

    The workshop tackles these steps of your research project:

    • Gathering data via (un)structured interviews and analysing standardized survey data,
    • using the computer for qualitative data analysis and as a tool for statistics, and
    • writing a report and giving presentations.
    These steps will strengthen the cooperation in empirical research to boost and streamline ones project.

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    Location
    Akademie Sankelmark (near Flensburg) Akademieweg 6 24988 Oeversee
    30 Sept 2010

    Seminar Third Doctoral Seminar in Development Economics

    The seminar aims to establish an informal network of young scholars in the field of development economics. Doctoral students from DIW Berlin/Humboldt University Berlin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Frankfurt University, Georg-August-Göttingen University, Mannheim University and other universities will participate in the seminar this year.  

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    Time
    9am - 5pm
    Location
    Schumpeter Saal DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 277
    15 Sept 2010

    Event "Let´s make science metrics more scientific"

    The increased push for accountability in science has led to increasing demand for science metrics. Yet the most common metrics, like the "Journal Impact Factor" or the more recent "Hirsch Index", are deeply flawed. What, however, are the alternatives in a world of science, in which quantitative measures are necessary to assess performance? Finding good answers is critical, since the metrics will profoundly influence the conduct of science.

    Prof. Julia Lane will discuss the requirements of an internationally consistent rating system for scientific research.

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    Keynote Speaker
  • Julia Lane is a former Professor of Economics at the American University, an American Statistical Association Fellow, a research Associate of IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor, and a Program Director at the National Science Foundation
  • Time
    17:00 - 18:30
    Location
    Schumpeter Saal DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    9 Sept 2010

    Seminar IO/Finance Seminar
    Network Effects, Market Structure and Industry Performance

    Rabah Amir, University of Arizona

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    Time
    16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 406
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 296
    16 July 2010

    Seminar How carbon flows through the main components of energy systems and supply chain

    Michael Grubb, Cambridge University, will give a seminar on Friday, the 16th of July, at CPI/DIW Berlin. He will outline how carbon flows through the main components of energy systems and supply chain, with an emphasis on the internal structure of flows in materials (steel, cement etc). He will discuss the affects the economics of instrument choice and explore the need to move from production only to a "carbon added" structure of regulation over time, analogous to VAT. Furthermore, issues of tracking and allocation carbon through electricity systems and the impact on investments in low carbon power sources, are core subjects of this seminar.

    Keynote Speaker
  • Michael Grubb, Cambridge University
  • Time
    13:15 - 14:15
    Location
    Schumpeter Saal DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 470
    14 July 2010

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar SOEP Brown Bag Seminar
    Subsidized Employment and Happiness

    Benjamin Crost (Berkeley University)

    Abstract

     While a large body of evidence suggests that unemployment and self-reported happiness are negatively correlated, it is not clear whether this reflects a causal effect of unemployment on happiness and whether subsidized employment can increase the happiness of the unemployed. To close this gap, I estimate the causal effect of a type of subsidized employment projects - Germany's Arbeitsbeschaffungsmassnahmen - on self-reported happiness. Results from matching and fixed effects estimators suggest that subsidized employment has a large and statistically significant positive effect on the happiness of individuals who would otherwise have been unemployed. Detailed panel data on pre- and post-project happiness suggests that this effect can neither be explained by self-selection of happier individuals into employment nor by the higher incomes of the employed.

    Time
    12.30 - 13.30
    Location
    Gustav-Schmoller-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 3.3.002A Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 228
    8 July 2010

    Seminar IO/Finance Seminar
    Versioning When Customers Can Buy Both Versions

    Joan Calzada, University of Barcelona

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    Time
    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Location
    Eleanor-Dulles-Raum DIW Berlin im Quartier 110 Room 5.2.010 Mohrenstraße 58 10117 Berlin
    Contact(s)
    at DIW Berlin
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 406
    Tel.: +49 30 89789 296
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