Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prizes 2018

Prize committee

  • Charlotte Bartels (DIW Berlin)
  • Jan Goebel (DIW Berlin)
  • Hannes Kröger (DIW Berlin)
  • Stefan Liebig (DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Holger Lüthen (DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Diana Schacht (DIW Berlin)
  • Carsten Schröder (DIW Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin)

Hannes Kröger, Holger Lüthen, and Carsten Schröder honored the award winners in short speeches outlining the content and the value of the presentations held.
Dr. Constantin Terton, from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Berlin (IHK Berlin), handed over the winners' certificates in the name of the prize sponsor (Society of Friends of the DIW Berlin, VdF).

JoachimRFrick-Award_Terton_SOEP2018.JPGConstantin Terton (Photo: C. Kurka)

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Honored Papers

The first Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2018 went to Juan Palacios and his Co-author Steffen Künn from Maastricht University. In their presentation, "The impact of Housing Quality on Health and Labor Market Outcomes: The German Reunification",  Juan Palacios and Steffen Künn examine an important, but understudied policy measure implemented in the 1990s in Eastern Germany after the Reunification. They estimate the effect modernisation of Housing has on health and labor market outcomes. In doing so, they address a question of historical significance that can inform policy decision for the future. They use exogenous variation in the intensity of investments into renovation subsidized by KfW loans. They matched this intensity over time and region to SOEP data in which respondents reported whether their building was renovated. Using a modified difference-in-differences strategy and the longitudinal strengths of the SOEP and the fact that housing effects are bound to be effective in the long-term to show that there are small improvements in health as a result of modernization, but no effects on labor market outcomes. The study focuses on an understudied research area, linking housing policy to Public Health concerns in a developed country, combines historical data with SOEP survey measurements and makes use of regional variation and has a clear and convincing causal identification strategy. This combination of strength makes it a deserving winner of the Joachim R. Frick prize.

JoachimRFrick-Award_Palacios_SOEP2018.JPGFrom left: Hannes Kröger, Juan Palacios, and Constantin Terton (Photo: C. Kurka)

second price went to Benjamin Fischer and Dominik Hügle from Freie Universität Berlin. In their presentation, "Estimating Private and Fiscal Returns to Higher Education over the Life Cycle: A Microsimulation Analysis",  Benjamin Fischer and Dominik Hügle examine a central societal question: Is education worthwhile? The question is most relevant because substantial public resources are devoted to subsidize schools, universities and teaching institutions. In doing so, they are not only examining educational returns in terms of lifetime earnings. They also explore the implications for disposable household incomes, and the fiscal implications for the government. Methodologically, they make use of a dynamic microsimulation model feeding it with SOEP data. The methods are appropriate to the research question and were explained very well in the lecture. Their general message is that education is worthwhile for the vast majority. Good news for us! About Further, the return is larger pre than post tax. At the same time, the authors suggest that there is substantial heterogeneity in the returns. Particularly among women, there is a considerable fraction with negative returns. The authors also find positive fiscal returns – measured in terms of immediate lifetime tax/benefits for the single individual.

Another second price went to Stefanie Heyne and Jonas Voßemer from LMU and the University of Bamberg. In their presentation,  "The effects of unemployment on couples’ division of labor", Stefanie Heyne and Jonas Voßemer examine the change in amount of housework that is done by both partners in heterosexual couples after unemployment, taking duration effects into account. They use the long running questionnaire on specific housework and intra-individual change tasks to differentiate the impact of short and long-term effects of unemployment on the amount of housework. They find that men surprisingly increase their housework more than women after unemployment, possible because of the lower level they start with. The authors also take the partner into account and find that women slightly reduce their amount of housework when their spouses increase it, but men do not substantively reduce housework when their spouse becomes unemployed. The study combines two important fields of research labor market and household dynamics from a gender and household perspective.

JoachimRFrick-Award_Heyne_SOEP2018.JPGFrom left: Hannes Kröger, Stefanie Heyne, Constantin Terton (Photo: C. Kurka)

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Best Poster

The 2018 Joachim R. Frick Best Poster Prize went to Tanja Fendel from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) for her poster "The effect of housework on migrants' and native-born individuals’ wages." It deals with a current issue, which is considered from a new perspective. The poster shows that the gender-wage gap of migrants is larger than that of the natives. The explanation for this is the difference in the number of hours spent in household work. This underlines the importance of giving female migrants access to education.

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