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Children and adolescents with refugee background less likely to participate in voluntary educational programs - with exception of extracurricular school activities

Non-compulsory educational programs including extracurricular school activities, child day care centers, and non-formal educational programs, such as sports or music activities outside of school, make an important contribution to social integration. But to what extent do children and their families actually make use of these voluntary programs? On the basis of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and the ...

01.09.2016
Press Release

More and more schoolchildren are using paid tutoring – especially those from middle-income households

Proportion of tutored students nearly twice as high as 15 years ago – household income becoming a less influential factor – parental migration background no longer determines participation – nevertheless, educational inequalities persist More and more schoolchildren in Germany are using private tutoring: 47 percent of the 17-year-olds who were interviewed between 2009 and 2013 reported ...

10.02.2016
Interview

"Adolescents from low-income households use private tutoring the least frequently": Eight Questions to C. Katharina Spieß

How much are German schoolchildren being tutored? The usage of tutoring in Germany is noteworthy. Among secondary school students, 18 percent reported having been tutored in the past 6 months. Among primary school students, it’s clearly much lower, at 6 percent. However, it’s remarkable that even first-graders report that they have received tutoring. [...] The full interview with C. ...

10.02.2016
Report

Does Better, Cheaper Day Care Make for More Satisfied Parents?

by Georg F. Camehl, Juliane F. Stahl, Pia S. Schober and C. Katharina Spieß Following the major expansion of day care provision in Germany in recent years, the quality of these programs has increasingly also been the subject of public debate. When evaluating the quality of German day care centers, experts have frequently concluded that there is considerable room for improvement. Apart from consider¬ing ...

13.11.2015
Press Release

Effects of the German G8 High School Reform: Gymnasium Students Are Graduating Younger, But More Students Are Repeating a Grade

DIW Berlin expands empirical basis of G8 impact studies – data include Gymnasium graduation cohorts from 2002 to 2013 – Abitur graduation rates are not affected Younger Gymnasium graduates, unaffected graduation rates, but more grade repetitions: These are the findings of a recent study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), one of the leading economic research ...

29.04.2015
Interview

"Germany’s G8 High School Reform Has No Impact on Graduation Rates": Six Questions to Mathias Huebener

The interview with Mathias Huebener is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 18/2015. It is available for download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

29.04.2015
Press Release

Private Spending on Children’s Education: Low-Income Families Pay Relatively More

DIW study takes broader approach to expenditure on education: in addition to spending on child daycare services and schools, expenditure on non-formal educational provisions such as leisure activities is also captured – researchers recommend linking contributions to income Families who spend money on their children’s education face a heavier financial burden, the lower their income: while ...

18.02.2015
Press Release

Personality Traits Affect Young People’s Intention to Study

DIW Berlin studied the effect of personality traits on intention to study – those more open to new experiences are more likely to attend college – the effect of personality is particularly high among children from non-academic families In addition to factors such as school performance and parents’ educational background, personality is crucial as to whether students subsequently ...

09.01.2015
Interview

"Young People's Intention to Study: Personality Traits Play a Role." Seven Questions to Johanna Storck

The Interview with Dr. Johanna Storck is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 1-2/2015. It is available for download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

09.01.2015
Economic Bulletin

Reunification - An Economic Success Story

by Karl Brenke, Marcel Fratzscher, Markus M. Grabka, Elke Holst, Sebastian Hülle, Stefan Liebig, Maximilian Priem, Anika Rasner, Pia S. Schober, Jürgen Schupp, Juliane F. Stahl, Anna Wieber in: DIW Economic Bulletin 11/2014 People’s expectations after the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago and of reunification in 1990 were huge. The government promised to create “flourishing ...

11.12.2014
Economic Bulletin

Childcare Trends in Germany: Increasing Socio-Economic Disparities in East and West

by Pia S. Schober and Juliane F. Stahl in: DIW Economic Bulletin 11/2014 In East Germany, prior to reunification, daycare provision was widely available to encourage mothers to return to work soon after giving birth. Conversely, in West Germany, childcare facilities for under-threes were few and far between and, at the end of the ’80s/ beginning of the ’90s, the length of parental ...

11.12.2014
Press Release

Unemployment Also Affects Partners

Unemployment affects the mental health of partners almost as much as that of the unemployed person. The impact on mental health does not depend on which partner is unemployed: both women and men suffer from their partner being unemployed. These are the findings of a study conducted by DIW Berlin on the basis of data from the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) which looked at couples affected by unemployment ...

27.05.2014
Press Release

Quality of Day Care Affects Employment Patterns of Mothers with Toddlers - Stronger Link in Eastern Germany

When mothers with young children contemplate employment, a decisive factor is whether day care is available. Extensive research has been carried out on the subject. However, to date, it has failed to address the extent to which the quality of day care affects maternal employment decisions. We examine this research question using data from the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and the extension sample ...

21.05.2014
Press Release

Quality of Day Care Center Affects Children's Health

Previous studies on the impact of day care center attendance on child development have focused on quantitative aspects (e. g., capacity of the center). Yet the quality of a day care center is also relevant and is increasingly being discussed in the context of day care expansion. The discussion is often limited, however, to improving children?s skills and rarely addresses their health, although this ...

30.04.2014
Economic Bulletin

"Settling TARGET Balances after the Euro Crisis". Seven Questions to Claudia Lambert and Philipp König

in: DIW Economic Bulletin 11/12 /2013"Settling TARGET Balances after the Euro Crisis". Seven Questions to Claudia Lambert and Philipp König

13.12.2013
Press Release

More Child Care Facilities – Reduced Burden on Parents Increases Satisfaction

As of 2005, and since 2008 in particular, child care provision for under-three-year-olds in Germany has been expanded across the board. We examine whether this expansion of services using evidence of a reduced burden on mothers and fathers with children in this age group has significantly increased these parents’ satisfaction with various areas of their lives. To shed more light on this issue, ...

12.12.2013
Press Release

Improving the Reconciliation of Familiy and Work Through a New Wage Benefit for Family Working Time

According to current survey results the reconciliation of family and work is still very difficult for a lot of parents. Most parents seek to share gainful employment and family duties more equally. Yet, financial incentives often favor the conventional single- or one and a halfearner model. In a study commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Hans Bockler Foundation DIW Berlin has investigated ...

13.11.2013
Economic Bulletin

Investments in Education: The Early Years Offer Great Potential

by C. Katharina Spieß in: DIW Economic Bulletin 10/2013. Investments in education are of great importance for the competitiveness of the German economy. In particular, early childhood education programs promise high returns - because children can benefit from them even years later and find it easier to acquire new skills. These are the results of research in the field of the economics of education ...

12.10.2013
Economic Bulletin

"The Quality of Early Education and Care Must Be Improved". Five Questions to C. Katharina Spieß

in: DIW Economic Bulletin 10/2013"The Quality of Early Education and Care Must Be Improved". Five Questions to C. Katharina Spieß

12.10.2013
Economic Bulletin

Germany Must Invest More in Its Future

by: S. Bach, G. Baldi, K. Bernoth, J. Blazejczak, B. Bremer, J. Diekmann, D. Edler, B. Farkas, F. Fichtner, M. Fratzscher, M. Gornig, C. Kemfert, U. Kunert, H. Link, K. Neuhoff, W.-P. Schill, C. K. Spieß in: DIW Economic Bulletin 08/2013. Shortly before the parliamentary election in 2013, Germany is riding on a wave of euphoria: hardly any other euro country has weathered the financial and debt ...

09.08.2013
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