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  • Personnel news

    Marco Giesselmann winner of the Young Scholar award

    Together with co-authors Marina Hagen and Reinhard Schunck, Marco Giesselmann has received the Advances in Life Course Research Young Scholar Award for the paper “Motherhood and mental well-being in Germany: Linking a longitudinal life course design and the gender perspective on motherhood.” Read the winning paper for free here!

  • Personnel news

    Mirjam Fischer supports the SOEP team

    As of February, Mirjam Fischer supports the SOEP team in the SOEP-LGB project where an oversample of lesbian, gay and bisexual persons is collected. She will be involved in questionnaire design, constructing weights and analyzing the data. She is a sociologist by training and in her scientific work she studies inequality between people in same-sex and mixed-sex relationships. In her dissertation at ...

  • Weekly Report

    Language Skills and Employment Rate of Refugees in Germany Improving with Time

    by Herbert Brücker, Johannes Croisier, Yuliya Kosyakova, Hannes Kröger, Giuseppe Pietrantuono, Nina Rother and Jürgen Schupp Asylum seekers migrating to Germany remains a hotly debated topic. The second wave of a longitudinal survey of refugees shows that their integration has progressed significantly, even though some refugees came to Germany in poor health and with little formal education. ...

    28.01.2019| Hannes Kröger, Jürgen Schupp
  • Personnel news

    Gert G. Wagner was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

    Gert G. Wagner was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on September 3, 2018, by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his services to the Federal Republic of Germany. The cross was presented on November 19, 2018, by Berlin’s Secretary of State, Christian Gaebler. As a Professor Emeritus, Gert G. Wagner continues to be very active in research and policy work: ...

  • Personnel news

    Jürgen Schupp re-appointed to the Rat für Kulturelle Bildung

    Jürgen Schupp was re-appointed to the Rat für Kulturelle Bildung (Council for Cultural Education) as an expert for three years until 2021. The Rat für Kulturelle Bildung is an independent advisory board that analyzes the situation and quality of cultural education in Germany and makes recommendations based on exposés and studies for policy makers, researchers, and practical ...

  • Report

    Report on the first CNEF User Workshop at DIW Berlin

    From November 5 to 7, DIW Berlin hosted the SOEP’s first international workshop on longitudinal data management and analysis. In contrast to our regular German SOEP workshops, this one was devoted specifically to comparative longitudinal and cross-country designs using the SOEP and its international sister household panels. Paula Fomby of the University of Michigan and Marco Giesselmann of the ...

  • Report

    Report on the first InGRID-2 Summer School at DIW Berlin

    The 2018 summer school for early-stage researchers combined advanced research on the integration of refugees and migrants with training in the use of a clone of EU-SILC longitudinal data for Germany. The clone was created with the help of SOEP data and is especially valuable in the study of methodological issues in migration research. The different migration subsamples in the SOEP allow more detailed ...

    22.11.2018| Maria Metzing
  • Report

    Joachim Herz Foundation Fellowship awarded to Magdalena Krieger

    Magdalena Krieger has been awarded a 2018 Joachim Herz Foundation “Add-on Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Economics" in the amount of 12,500 euros. The fellowship’s aim is to support PhD students and post-docs working on interdisciplinary economic questions. The fellowship goes to support her dissertation on immigrant families and their integration into the German labor market.

    19.11.2018| Magdalena Krieger
  • Weekly Report

    Refugees in Germany with children still living abroad have lowest life satisfaction

    Family strongly influences personal well-being—especially in the case of refugees, whose family members often remain in their homeland. This report is the first to closely examine the well-being and family structures of refugees who came to Germany between January 2013 and January 2016. It uses data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany. Among individuals aged between 18 and 49, ...

    17.10.2018| Ludovica Gambaro, Diana Schacht, C. Katharina Spieß
  • Report

    DIW Berlin part of new Excellence Cluster analyzing global challenges for the liberal democracy and market economy model

    DIW Berlin is part of a new Cluster of Excellence based in Berlin. Contestations of the Liberal Scripts (SCRIPTS) will analyze the contemporary controversies regarding the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. Prof. Martin Kroh of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin is one of the 25 researchers participating in the Cluster. Twenty-five years after the end ...

    11.10.2018| Martin Kroh, Mathilde Richter
  • Weekly Report

    Inequality of Earnings in Germany Generally Accepted but Low Incomes Considered Unfair

    Earnings differences are a recurring topic of public discussion in Germany. Data from the long-term Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study as well as a separate survey of German employees (LINOS) show that earnings inequalities are generally perceived as fair while a substantial share of the respondents find the current earnings distribution in Germany unfair. This applies above all to the middle and lower ...

    12.09.2018| Jule Adriaans
  • Report

    Michaela Engelmann retires

    Michaela Engelmann's voice is very familiar to many data users and respondents. Since 2005, it has answered telephone inquiries from SOEP users and forwarded questions to experts in the SOEP team. Since 2008 she has also been the contact person for the SOEP interviewees at DIW Berlin. More than a dozen waves of SOEP data have been sent to researchers either as DVDs or digitally provided in encrypted ...

    31.08.2018| Michaela Engelmann
  • Report

    Call for Papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research 1/2019

    „Future of capital funded old age provision in Germany – sovereign wealth funds versus individual retirement accounts“Editors: Timm Bönke, Markus M. Grabka and Carsten SchröderIn May 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs duly convened the pension commission “reliable inter-generational contract (Verlässlicher Generationenvertrag)”. ...

    09.07.2018| Markus M. Grabka, Carsten Schröder
  • Weekly Report

    Income Distribution in Germany : Real Income on the Rise since 1991 but More People with Low Incomes

    Between 1991 and 2015, the real disposable, needs-adjusted income of persons in private households in Germany rose by 15 percent on average. The majority of the population has benefited from the growth in real income, but the groups at the lower end of the income distribution have not. Inequality in both market and disposable needs-adjusted household income has remained high. These are the findings ...

    24.05.2018| Jan Goebel, Markus M. Grabka
  • Weekly Report

    Upward and downward social mobility probabilities have converged for men and women

    This study investigates professional social mobility, i.e., changes in one’s occupational status compared to that of their parents. It uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (Sozio-ökonomisches Panel, SOEP) on middle-aged, western Germans who were born between 1939 and 1971. On average, social status relative to parents has increased (absolute social mobility). However, looking at ...

    24.05.2018| Sandra Bohmann, Nicolas Legewie
  • Personnel news

    SOEP mourns loss of former SOEP Director Wolfgang Zapf

    Wolfgang Zapf, former SOEP Director and longtime supporter and advocate for the SOEP, passed away in late April at the age of 81. Wolfgang Zapf was instrumental in the founding of the SOEP study in the early 1980s, together with colleagues in the fields of sociology and economics. He has had an enduring influence on the measurement concepts used in the SOEP, and his quality of life concept has become ...

  • Personnel news

    Martin Kroh has been appointed professor at the University of Bielefeld

    Martin Kroh, former Division Head of Survey Methodology and Management at the SOEP, has been appointed Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research with a focus on quantitative methods at the University of Bielefeld starting January 1, 2018. He will continue to support the SOEP in the area of survey methodology during a transitional period and also work on joint ongoing research projects.

  • Weekly Report

    Inequality in Germany: decrease in gap for gross hourly wages since 2014, but monthly and annual wages remain on plateau

    Despite the booming German labor market, wage inequality is still a relevant issue. In the present study, the authors report on the changes in wages and their distribution between 1992 and 2016. In addition to real contractual gross hourly wages, we closely examined gross monthly and annual wages. Based on Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) data, the results show that wage inequality rose significantly between ...

    28.02.2018| Markus M. Grabka, Carsten Schröder
  • Personnel news

    The GC Welcomes Jürgen Schupp as the New Vice Dean

    The DIW Graduate Center is happy to welcome its new vice dean, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp. He currently holds a position as Professor at the Free University of Berlin Institute of Sociology. His research interests include survey methodology, social structures analysis and social inequalities. Prof. Schupp has a long history of working at the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) of the DIW. He played ...

  • Press Release

    Gross income gap has increased since reunification

    The top 10% of income earners in Germany earn almost as much as the middle 40% – the top 1%’s share of national income has increased from eight to 13 percent since 1995. The share of national income belonging to the top 1% of income earners has grown significantly in Germany since the mid-1990s, while the share earned by the bottom 50% has significantly decreased. These are the main findings ...

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