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Press Release of 1 December 2017

Stefan Liebig, new board member at the German Institute for Economic Research as of 2018

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On January 1, 2018, Liebig will become director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and a member of the institute’s Executive Board

Stefan Liebig, a professor of sociology at Bielefeld University, will succeed Gert G. Wagner as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research’s Executive Board on January 1, 2018. Having reached retirement age, Wagner (64) is relinquishing his position. Fellow Executive Board members Marcel Fratzscher and Angelica E. Röhr will continue as president and managing director, respectively. At the beginning of 2018, Liebig will also take over as director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin. Jürgen Schupp, the current director, will remain at SOEP as its deputy director and Gert G. Wagner will join as “Visiting Senior Research Fellow.”

A research fellow at SOEP since 2007, Liebig (54) has used SOEP-generated data in his research for many years. His work focuses on perceptions of social inequality and the analysis of social structures. He is a member of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) and the Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen, RfII). He has been a professor at Bielefeld University since 2008. After receiving his habilitation teaching qualification from LMU Munich in 2004, Liebig taught at Trier University and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

“I am very pleased that we were able to acquire Stefan Liebig as a second scientific member of the Executive Board and that, together with Jürgen Schupp, he will further enhance SOEP, an extraordinarily successful research infrastructure,” said Axel Weber, chairman of the institute’s Board of Trustees. “I would also like to thank Gert G. Wagner for his tireless commitment to SOEP and DIW Berlin.”

President Marcel Fratzscher of DIW Berlin commented, “In Stefan Liebig, we have been able to acquire an outstanding scientist for the DIW Berlin Executive Board and SOEP. I look forward to his arrival and at the same time would like to express my gratitude to Gert G. Wagner for our excellent collaboration over the past years.”

German Institute for Economic Research

Founded in 1925, DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. The Institute analyzes the economic and social aspects of topical issues, formulating and disseminating policy advice based on its research findings. DIW Berlin is part of both the national and international scientific communities, provides research infrastructure to academics all over the world, and promotes the next generation of scientists. A member of the Leibniz Association, DIW Berlin is independent and primarily publicly funded.

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study is the largest and longest-running multidisciplinary longitudinal study in Germany. The SOEP is located at DIW Berlin and funded by the federal and state governments as part of Germany's research infrastructure under the umbrella of the Leibniz Association (WGL). Since 1984, the survey institute Kantar Public (previously TNS Infratest) has surveyed several thousand individuals annually for SOEP. There are currently around 30,000 respondents in approximately 15,000 households. The SOEP data include information on income, employment, education, health, and life satisfaction. Since the same individuals are surveyed each year, not only is SOEP able to identify long-term social trends but it can also analyze in detail the group-specific development of individuals’ lives.

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