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Wagner takes over leadership of DIW Berlin until the end of 2012

Press Release of February 4, 2011

Board of Trustees will decide on personnel proposals on 11 February

Rearrangement of the management structure at DIW Berlin: Gert G. Wagner is to serve as the new Chairman of the Executive Board. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bert Rürup, will propose the Head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin to the Board of Trustees on 11 February. Gert Wagner is supposed to take up the position until the evaluation and the appointment procedure for a new president have ended. Together with Gert Wagner, Georg Weizsäcker will help the Executive Board to lead the forthcoming evaluation of the institute in 2012 to a success.

The Board of Trustees will decide on this personnel proposal in an extraordinary meeting on February 11. It is assumed that it can also be decided on the position of the Managing Director at this date.
58-year-old Gert G. Wagner has been leading the longitudinal study Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) since 1989. The research-based infrastructure institution SOEP is located at DIW Berlin since it was founded. Wagner also is Professor of Economics at the TU Berlin and Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin.

Georg Weizsäcker is Research Professor of the “Quality Initiative” at DIW Berlin, which has strengthened the research profile of the institute. The 37-year-old university professor focuses his work especially on behavioral economics and experimental economics. Weizsäcker has a doctoral degree from Harvard University and teaches at University College London.
According to the wish of President Klaus Zimmermann, his contract of employment ends prematurely at 30 July 2011. Subject to the agreement of the Board of Trustees, he will put down his work as a member of the Executive Board of DIW Berlin to take the contractually agreed option of doing research until the end of his contract.