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July 19 - 20, 2018

International SOEP User Conference

SOEP 2018


July 19 - 20, 2018


Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

The 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2018) was held in Berlin, July 19-20, 2018 at Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW).

The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with SOEP data. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g., economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology, and sociology) who use the SOEP or the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract. We encourage in particular submission of papers using the longitudinal features of SOEP as well as papers on survey methodology and cross national comparative analysis.

Conference Report

The SOEP Conference 2018  from July 19 to 20 was a great success. It was held at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), where the first SOEP conference— launched by Gert G. Wagner—took place 25 years earlier, in 1993.

Of the almost 100 papers submitted by researchers from 14 different countries, the scientific committee for the SOEP conference (Charlotte Bartels, Martin Biewen, Diana Schacht, Fabian Pfeffer, Holger Görg) accepted 64 submissions for presentation and nine for the poster sessions.

Keynote speeches were given by Stephen Jenkins (LSE) on “How valid are synthetic panel estimates of poverty dynamics? New evidence from HILDA and the BHPS” and by Armin Falk (briq, Bonn University) on “Global Evidence on Economic Preferences”.

A highlight of the conference was the celebration of Gert G. Wagner’s career achievements, held on the occasion of his retirement. In a special farewell ceremony, Ralph Hertwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, gave a presentation highlighting Gert G. Wagner’s numerous accomplishments on behalf of the SOEP and his outstanding contributions to the research.

The conference ended with an awards ceremony. First, the Felix Büchel Award was presented to Armin Falk. The prizes for the best presentations at the SOEP Conference went to three groups of researchers. The first Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2018 went to Juan Palacios and his co-author Steffen Künn from Maastricht University. The second Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2018 went to Benjamin Fischer and his colleague Dominik Hügle from the Freie Universität Berlin, and another second prize went to Stefanie Heyne and Jonas Voßemer from LMU Munich and the University of Bamberg. The 2018 Joachim R. Frick Best Poster Prize went to Tanja Fendel for her poster “The effect of housework on migrants' and native-born individuals’ wages”.

For details on the prize winners and a gallery of photos, please see the following websites:

The 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2018) will be held in Berlin, July 19-20, 2018, at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with SOEP data. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g. economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology and sociology) who use the SOEP or the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract.

The conference will take place at the
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

Please enter via the main entrance at Markgrafenstr. 38, 10117 Berlin.
It is situated right across the Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt
(door at the right side of the photograph).

Contact information

Thursday July 19, 2018 (morning)

8:30 - 9:00 Registration (Foyer Entrance Markgrafenstraße 38)
9:00 - 10:30

Plenary Session I (Leibniz Hall)

Welcome Address
Dr. Jutta Koch-Unterseher, Berlin Senate Chancellery - Department of Research,
Head of Department

Recent Developments in the SOEP
Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig, Director of SOEP and DIW Berlin Executive Board Member

10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00

Keynote Speech I (Leibniz Hall)

How valid are synthetic panel estimates of poverty dynamics? New evidence from HILDA and the BHPS
Prof. Stephen Jenkins, Ph. D. (London School of Economics and Political Science LSE, UK)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

Thursday July 19, 2018 (afternoon)

13:00 - 15:00

Parallel Sessions
Parallel S1
Labor Market I
Parallel S2
Parallel S3
Health I
Parallel S4

Chair: Marco Giesselmann
(Bielefeld University, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Jürgen Schupp (FU Berlin, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Hannes Kröger
(SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Gert G. Wagner

Room: Conference Room 1

Room: Conference Room 3

Room: Conference Room 2

Room: Leibniz Hall

Much Ado About Nothing? The Effect of Cash-for-Childcare on Mothers' Paid and Unpaid Work in Germany

Julia Höppner

abstract (PDF, 344.74 KB)

Employment status duration, psychosocial resources, and well-being: Any evidence for cumulative (dis)advantage?

Maria K. Pavlova

abstract (PDF, 13 KB)

The Impact of Housing Quality on Health and Labor Market Outcomes: The German Reunification

Steffen Künn, Juan Palacios

abstract (PDF, 187.85 KB)

Optimal Taxation Under Different Concepts of Justness

Robin Jessen, Maria Metzing, Davud Rostam-Afschar

abstract (PDF, 431.11 KB)

paper (PDF, 410.06 KB)

Income or Leisure? On the Hidden Benefits of (Un-)Employment

Adrian Chadi, Clemens Hetschko

abstract (PDF, 98.39 KB)

Unemployment and health in Germany - selection, anticipation, causation and rehabilitation

Franziska Förster, Thorsten Schneider

abstract (PDF, 193.72 KB)

Economic experiences, target-specific beliefs and demands for redistribution

Christina Fong, Ilpo Kauppinen, Panu Poutvaara

abstract (PDF, 8.11 KB)

Working Hours and the Persistence of the Gender Wage Gap in Western Germany

Laila Schmitt, Katrin Auspurg

abstract (PDF, 251.13 KB)

Unfairness at Work: Well-Being and Quits

Marta Barazzetta, Andrew E. Clark, Conchita D'Ambrosio

abstract (PDF, 26.15 KB)

The Effect of Unemployment on the Smoking Behavior of Couples

Jakob Everding, Jan Marcus

abstract (PDF, 165.01 KB)

Economic Insecurity and Voting Behavior

Anthony Lepinteur,  Andrew E. Clark, Conchita D'Ambrosio

abstract (PDF, 6.12 KB)

Does low job satisfaction lead to higher job mobility? Inverstigating the role of local labor market conditions

Tina Hinz, Daniel S. J. Lechmann

abstract (PDF, 83.29 KB)

Alternative "Recipes" for High and Low Levels of LIfe Satisfaction: Structural Equation Models of SOEP Longitudinal Data 1990-2016 & Innovation sample Data 2015

Bruce Headey

abstract (PDF, 20.68 KB)

paper (PDF, 160.79 KB)

The effect of maternal education on offspring's mental health

Daniel Graeber, Daniel D. Schnitzlein

abstract (PDF, 101.02 KB)

Time preferences and political regimes: Evidence from reunified Germany

Tim Friehe, Markus Pannenberg

abstract (PDF, 36.27 KB)

15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:30 Parallel Sessions
Parallel S5
Intergenerational Transmission I
Parallel S6
Technological Change
Parallel S7
Migration I (IAB)
Parallel S8
Inequality I

Chair: Daniel D. Schnitzlein
(University of Hannover, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Jan Goebel
(SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Elisabeth Liebau
(SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Markus M. Grabka
(SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Room: Leibniz Hall

Room: Conference Room 3

Room: Conference Room 2

Room: Conference Room 1

Like Father, Like Son?
A Comparison of Absolute and Relative Intergenerational
Labour Income Mobility in Germany and the US

Maximilian Stockhausen

paper (PDF, 1.19 MB)

Skill Adaptation to Shifting Job Tasks in the Face of Offshoring

Irene Palnau, Thomas Gries

abstract (PDF, 36.77 KB)

Determinants of application for the recognition of foreign degrees - Evidence from a German Legislation Change

Silke Anger, Jacopo Bassetto, Malte Sandner

abstract (PDF, 8.83 KB)

Earnings inequality in Germany: A decomposition-analysis

Ulrike Stein

abstract (PDF, 60.68 KB)

Inequality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Transmission of (Dis-)Advantages – Empirical Evidence from Selected Countries

Veronika Eberharter

abstract (PDF, 78.36 KB)

Does the internet increase the job finding rate? Evidence from a period of internet expansion

Manuel Denzer

abstract (PDF, 73.65 KB)

Coming to Germany: Pre-migration language skills, job search and
labor market outcomes

Huy Le-Quan

abstract (PDF, 7.64 KB)

Real income growth in Germany: Which income groups benefited most?

Carsten Schlieper, Judith Niehues

abstract (PDF, 93.67 KB)

Intergenerational economic mobility in Germany: Levels and trends

Iryna Kyzyma, Olaf Groh-Samberg

paper (PDF, 0.57 MB)

Automation and individual unemployment risk - A task-based approach

Michael Otto, Andreas Damelang

abstract (PDF, 0.53 MB)

Self-Selection of Asylum Seekers: Evidence from Germany

Lucas Guichard

abstract (PDF, 7.52 KB)

Individual Labour Market Poverty Polarisation in Eastern and Western Germany

Jean-Yves Gerlitz

abstract (PDF, 142.95 KB)

Absolute Income and Wealth Mobility in Postwar Germany

Timm Bönke, Astrid Harnack, Holger Lüthen

abstract (PDF, 449.08 KB)

Quantifying Biogas Plant Externalities Using Well-Being and Hedonic Price Data

Julia Rechlitz, Alexander Zerrahn, Johannes Rohde, Christian Krekel

abstract (PDF, 58.4 KB)

Risk Attitudes and the Skill Structure of Immigrants

Agnese Romiti, Ehsan Vallizadeh

abstract (PDF, 7.75 KB)

Wage inequality in Germany: The role of non-standard employment

Alexander Herzog-Stein, Ulrike Stein

abstract (PDF, 65.75 KB)

17:30 - 18:30

Laudatio to Gert G. Wagner (Former Director SOEP, Max Planck Research Fellow) (Leibniz Hall)
Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig (Director Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

18:30 - 19:00

Poster Session I - 5 poster presentations (Room: Conference Room 4/Coffee Break Area)

Chair: Philipp M. Lersch (HU Berlin, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Laura Langner, Jonathan Gershuny
A new comparative earnings potential measure to study mobility processes in Germany and the UK (abstract (PDF, 36.78 KB))

Nicoletta Balbo, Valentina Rotondi, Luca Stella
Internet Use and Health. Exploring the role of Social Capital (abstract (PDF, 73.01 KB))

Tanja Fendel
The effect of housework on migrants' and native-born individuals’ wages (abstract (PDF, 59.64 KB), poster (PDF, 322.36 KB))

Melanie Borah
The Determination of Extended Income Equivalence Scales from Income Satisfaction and Time Use Data (abstract (PDF, 73.16 KB), poster (PDF, 110.68 KB))

Alexandra Fedorets, Alexey Filatov, Cortnie Shupe
Great Expectations: Reservation Wages and the Minimum Wage Reform (paper (PDF, 1.48 MB))

19:00 -22:00 Dinner (supported by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin, VdF)

Friday, July 20, 2018 (morning)

09:30 - 11:30 Parallel Sessions
Parallel S9
Attitudes towards Migration
Parallel S10
Parallel S11
Inequality II
Parallel S12
Labor Market II

Chair: Silke Anger
(University of Bamberg, IAB Nürnberg)

Chair: Christian Schmitt
(University of Rostock, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Stefan Liebig
(SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Carsten Schröder
(FU Berlin, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Room: Conference Room 2

Room: Conference Room 3

Room: Leibniz Hall

Room: Conference Room 1

Justice delayed is assimilation denied: Rightwing terror, fear and social assimilation of Turkish immigrants in Germany

Sumit S. Deole

paper (PDF, 0.61 MB)

The Accumulation of Wealth in Marriage - Over-Time Change and Intra-Couple Inequalities

Nicole Kapelle, Philipp Lersch

abstract (PDF, 329.5 KB)

Income Distribution and Concern About Crime: Evidence from Germany

Michelle Acampora, Conchita D'Ambrosio

abstract (PDF, 40.96 KB)

What Makes an Employer-Entrepreneur?

Marco Caliendo, Frank M. Fossen, Alexander S. Kritikos

abstract (PDF, 67.11 KB)

The Impact of Exposure to Xenophobic Violence on the Integration of Immigrants – Insights from Germany

Max Friedrich Steinhardt

abstract (PDF, 25.45 KB)

Does the Expansion of Early Public Child Care Raise Germany's Fertility?

Eric Schuss, Mohammed Azaouagh

abstract (PDF, 102.97 KB)

Do Workers in Creative Industries have a Different Work Orientation?

Lisa Basten, Sigurt Vitols

abstract (PDF, 64.58 KB)

Overtime and Trade Unions

Laszlo Goerke, Gabriel Schultze

abstract (PDF, 79.6 KB)

Cumulative deprivation and fear of immigration in Germany: An intersectional, dynamic life course approach

Fabian Kratz

abstract (PDF, 321.62 KB)

Reinforcing at the Top or Compensating at the Bottom? Family Background and Academic Performance in Germany, Norway, and the United States

Michael Graetz, Øyvind N. Wiborg

abstract (PDF, 73.3 KB)

The German Minimum Wage and Wage Growth: Heterogeneous Treatment Effects Using Casual Trees

Patrick Burauel, Carsten Schröder

abstract (PDF, 53.95 KB)

Estimating Private and Fiscal Returns to Higher Education over the Life Cycle: A Microsimulation Analysis

Benjamin Fischer, Dominik Hügle

abstract (PDF, 14.32 KB)


The effects of unemployment on couples’ division of labor

Stefanie Heyne, Jonas Voßemer

abstract (PDF, 134.26 KB)

A Comparative analysis of apprenticeship training in France and Germany

Clément Brébion

abstract (PDF, 173.97 KB)

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00

Keynote Speech II (Leibniz Hall)

Global Evidence on Economic Preferences
Prof. Dr. Armin Falk (briq - Institute on Behavior and Inequality and Bonn University)

13:00 - 14:15  Lunch

Friday July 20, 2018 (afternoon)

14:15 - 16:15 Parallel Sessions
Parallel S13
Health II
Parallel S14
Intergenerational Transmission II
Parallel S15
Migration II

Parallel S16
Labor Market III

Chair: Annette Brose
(HU Berlin)

Chair: Conchita D'Ambrosio
(University of Luxembourg)

Chair: Martin Kroh
(Bielefeld University, SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Chair: Alexandra Fedorets
(SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Room: Leibniz Hall

Room: Conference Room 3

Room: Conference Room 2

Room: Conference Room 1

Health E‚ffects of Instruction Intensity Evidence from a Natural Experiment in German High-Schools

Johanna Sophie Quis, Simon Reif

abstract (PDF, 3.43 MB)

Assortative Mating, Intergenerational Mobility of Women and Inequality

Timm Bönke, Miriam Wetter

abstract (PDF, 449.71 KB)

Neighborhood Level Immigrant Share, Economic
Differences and Charitable Giving

Zbignev Gricevic

paper (PDF, 379.79 KB)

Fostering Integration through Sports? Analyzing the Long-Term Effect of Youth Sports Activities on Subsequent Labor Market Success of Migrants

Christiane Lübke, Sophia Fauser

abstract (PDF, 312.23 KB)

Health Inequalities in Germany: Is the Healthy Immigrant Effect Operative?

Manuel Holz

paper (PDF, 411.44 KB)

The Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity in Germany: A Machine Learning Approach

Paolo Brunori, Guido J. Neidhöfer

abstract (PDF, 189.14 KB)

Transnational family arrangements of refugee families: the case of Syrians in Germany

Lenore Sauer, Elisabeth Kraus, Laura Wenzel

abstract (PDF, 114.37 KB)

Labor market integration of migrants: Are family migrants worse off?

Hanna Brenzel

abstract (PDF, 9.52 KB)

Do children affect health outcomes around divorce? A causal analysis for maternal health depending on children’s age

Katharina Loter, Oliver Arránz Becker, Małgorzata Mikucka, Christof Wolf

abstract (PDF, 72.72 KB)

The Impact of Gender on the Socioeconomic-Health Gradient: Longitudinal Evidence from Germany

Dina Maskileyson, Philipp Lersch

abstract (PDF, 249.93 KB)

Spatial Dispersion of Social Networks: The Realized Ability to Bridge Geographical

Jana Brandt, Kyra Hagge

paper (PDF, 0.63 MB)

The Effect of Initial Placement Restrictions on Refugees’ Language Acquisition in Germany

Felicitas Schikora

paper (PDF, 0.56 MB)

Explaining emotional and behavioural problems in immigrant children: the role of general risk factors and immigration-related characteristics

Ronja A. Runge, Heide Glaesmer, Julian Schmitz, Yuriy Nesterko


The German Emigration and Remigration Panel Study (GERPS): Aim, Scope and Design of a new SOEP Related Study

Marcel Erlinghagen, Andreas Ette

abstract (PDF, 184.03 KB)

Pace of life and labor market integration of migrants

Julia Hoppe, Kirsten Thommes

abstract (PDF, 249.23 KB)

16:15 Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:00

Poster Session II - 3 poster presentations (Room: Conference Room 4/Coffee Break Area)

Chair: Holger Lüthen (SOEP/DIW Berlin)

Diana Burlacu
Turning right? Feedback effects of private insurance on partisanship (abstract (PDF, 88.3 KB), poster (PDF, 423.71 KB))

Kristina Hrehova (Jablonicka)
Commuting distance and family stability: evidence from the GSOEP (abstract (PDF, 53.49 KB), poster (PDF, 291.18 KB))

Nina Richter, Rebecca Bondü, Gisela Trommsdorff
Happy mother, happy child? Maternal role satisfaction affects parenting, child emotional development, and life satisfaction (abstract (PDF, 483.32 KB), poster (PDF, 313.36 KB))

17:00 - 18:00

Closing Plenary Session (Room: Leibniz Hall)

Award Ceremony:
Felix Büchel Award 2018 (sponsored by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin - VdF)
Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2018 for the best papers and best poster
(sponsored by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin - VdF)


18:00-19:30 Farewell

We are pleased to announce as keynote speakers:

Prof. Stephen Jenkins, PhD.
London School of Economics / UK

Prof. Dr. Armin Falk
briq and University of Bonn / Germany

We are obliged to charge all conference participants a registration fee.
Regular fee: 140 EUR / Reduced fee (Students & enrolled Phd Students): 80 EUR.
The fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, and lunch snacks.
Please consider that participants are cordially invited to join the evening events.

Please register online no later than June 29, 2018.
Participants registering after that date are charged an additional fee of € 30
(regular fee: € 170 and reduced fee: € 110).

We have pre-booked a limited number of rooms at the following hotels. Please use the information for each hotel to make a reservation directly with the hotel. The rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to change your hotel reservation, date of arrival or date of departure, we kindly ask you to contact the hotel. The pre-booked hotels offer the possibility to stay in direct proximity of the conference venue.

Berlin has a wide range (more than 800) of hotels all over the city. While every part of the city has its advantages and disadvantages, we will suggest (and prebook) hotels in the area of the conference venue (Gendarmenmarkt – Leipziger Straße – Potsdamer Platz). This area offers public transport connections to the conference venue (BBAW) and many possibilities to experience Berlin after the official part of the conference.

  • List of (pre-booked) hotels:

Room options at special rates for conference participants are available in the two hotels listed below. If you wish to book a room there, please use the attached forms and do not forget to mention “SOEP 2018 Conference” or "SOEP2018". Please be aware of the booking deadlines.

Motel One Berlin-Spittelmarkt
Leipziger Straße 50, 10117 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 2014363-10

Motel One Berlin-Spittelmarkt is located directly at the Spittelmarkt underground station between Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district. The Gendarmenmarkt square and Nikolaiviertel are both nearby in walking distance to the Nikolaiviertel and the DIW (10-15 minutes).

Next subway station: Spittelmarkt (Line: U2)

Rates: single from 69€ (excl. breakfast)
Please use this booking form (PDF, 14.71 KB).
Booking code: SOEP 2018 Conference
Booking deadline: June 20, 2018

Motel One Berlin-Hackescher Markt
Dircksenstraße 36, 10179 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 2005408-10

Motel One Berlin-Hakescher Markt is situated right at Hackescher Markt – the perfect accommodation for anyone wishing to take in all facets of Berlin. You get to discover the nearby Museum Isle and the whole of the rest of the city from the well-connected Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt overground and underground stations.

Next subway station: Alexanderplatz (Line: U2)

Rates: single from 78,50€ (excl. breakfast)
Please use this booking form (PDF, 14.08 KB).
Booking code: SOEP 2018 Conference
Booking deadline: June 20, 2018

Angleterre Hotel Berlin (by Gold Inn)
Friedrichstraße 31, 10969 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 – 20 68 69 12

The 4 stars Angleterre Hotel Berlin is situated very close to Checkpoint Charlie in the Mitte district. It is also in walking distance of the conference site (Gendarmenmarkt). The palace building, dating from 1891, is elaborately restored and the furnishing reflects British style. Wifi and skyTV are free of charge for our hotel guests, also enjoy the free usage of our fitnessarea.

Next subway station: Friedrichstraße (Line: U6)

Rates: single from 79,00€ (incl. breakfast) double from 89,00€ (incl. breakfast)
Please use this booking form (PDF, 139.37 KB).
Booking code: SOEP2018
Booking deadline: June 20, 2018

Cityhotel am Gendarmenmarkt
Leipziger Str. 65, 10117 Berlin
Fax: 0 30 / 2 06 34 – 199

The Cityhotel am Gendarmenmarkt is in the city centre, all government ministries, institutions and sights can be reached on foot. You will find our hotel at Leipziger Strasse 65, at the corner of Markgrafenstrasse.

Next subway station: Stadtmitte (Line U2)

Rates: single from 80,00€ (incl. breakfast)
Please use this booking form (PDF, 137.38 KB).
Booking code: SOEP2018
Booking deadline: June 18, 2018

  • Recommendation without special rate

Mercure Hotel Berlin Mitte
Luckenwalder Str. 11, 10963 Berlin
Tel: (+49)30/5165130; Fax: (+49)30/516513600

Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Charlottenstraße 66, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 20 60 50 0; Fax: +49 30 20 60 50 500

Hotel Gat Point Charlie
Mauerstrasse 81-82, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 206 71747; Fax: +49 30 200 591 20

NH Collection Berlin Mitte
Leipziger Str. 106-111, 10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 203760; Reservations: +49 30 22385195

For other hotels please check on and and keep in mind that the conference site is close to Gendarmenmarkt/Stadtmitte (U2).

Please see links below for information about travel to and within Berlin.
Discover the city with the help of the official Berlin website.

Getting to/from Berlin

By plane: At the site of the Berlin airports you will find domestic, European and intercontinental flights under one roof. There are direct flights from all major European cities to Berlin. Please check with your travel agent or visit Berlin Airport.

Local public transport from and to the Berlin airports Berlin Schönefeld (BER) and Berlin Tegel (TXL).

By train: For information about timetables and prices please visit

Public transport: Buses, trains and trams provide quick and comfortable connections throughout Berlin.



Janina Britzke
Janina Britzke

Staff Member of the Division Knowledge Transfer in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department