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  • July 17, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    The Economic Consequences of Being Widowed by War: A Life-Cycle Perspective (with J. Stuhler)

    Speaker: Sebastian Braun, University of Bayreuth
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Despite millions of war widows worldwide, little is known about the economic consequences of being widowed by war. We use life history data from West Germany to show that war widowhood increased women’s employment immediately after World War II but led to lower employment rates later in life. War widows, therefore, carried a double burden of employment and childcare while their children were young ...

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  • July 4 - 5, 2024

    International SOEP User Conference

    SOEP 2024 – 15th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference

    Speaker: Jutta Mata (University of Mannheim), Simon Jäger (MIT)
    Location: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Jägerstraße 22/23
    10117 Berlin

    The 15th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2024) will be held in Berlin from July 4 to July 5, 2024 at BBAW. The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP (including the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) and LIS/LWS data) with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with their peers. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g., economics ...

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  • July 3, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Nowcasting Income Inequality in Germany

    Speaker: Laura Pagenhardt
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Current developments in the labor income distribution shape the business cycle and the transmission of fiscal and monetary policy measures. During economic crises, timely and well targeted economic policy becomes essential but the volatility of the (labor) income distribution is particularly high. Detailed distributional data on household incomes becomes available after one year at the earliest. ...

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  • June 19, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    The Dynamics of Poor-quality Employment in the UK: Up the Creek without a Paddle

    Speaker: Kirsten Sehnbruch, London School of Economics and International Inequalities Institute
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Using panel data from Understanding Society, this paper presents a methodology for conceptualising and measuring poor-quality employment in the UK as a distinct concept from job quality. This allows us to identify the most vulnerable employed workers in the UK. Key to this approach is the recognition that poor employment conditions exacerbate each other leading to more intense levels of ...

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  • June 5, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Reversing the Reversal? A Systematic Reassessment and Meta-Analysis of Wellbeing Research

    Speaker: Anthony Lepinteur, University of Luxembourg
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Fierce debate over the feasibility of cardinally measuring utility – or ‘wellbeing’ – with surveys has recently resurfaced. Several prominent papers claimed that when interpreting survey data as strictly ordinal, most of the literature’s results are easily reversed. We systematically assess this claim. To do so, we replicate the universe of wellbeing research published in top economics journals ...

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  • June 4, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    The obstinacy of gender stereotypes. Evidence from the Found-in-Translation Task

    Speaker: Patrycja Janowska-Widomska, University of Warsaw
    Location: Joan Robinson Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 3.3.002a
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 13:00 to 14:00

    The pursuit of science (especially exact sciences) is commonly associated with the male gender. This might have a lot of negative consequences, including discrimination and underrepresentation of female researchers at academia. We conduct two experiments with a series of conditions that make it gradually easier to avoid misattribution of gender of a female scholar. In a novel Found-in-Translation ...

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  • May 22, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    How resilient is public support for carbon pricing? Longitudinal evidence from Germany

    Speaker: Stephan Sommer, Bochum University of Applied Sciences and RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    The success of climate policies depends crucially on the dynamics of public support. Using unique longitudinal data from three surveys conducted between 2019 and 2022, we study the variations of public support for carbon pricing in Germany. The period includes two relevant events: the introduction and ramping up of carbon pricing in Germany and the exogenous increase in energy prices following the ...

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  • May 15, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Career Decisions over the Life-cycle: The Impact of Social Insurance Policies

    Speaker: Annica Gehlen
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 to 12:00 a.m.

    Work-limiting disabilities pose a significant risk to the earnings potential and welfare of older workers. While coverage of public disability insurance (DI) systems is almost universal, the risk of becoming dependent on DI varies across occupations. In this paper, I study the value of public DI across different occupations using data from administrative social security records in Germany. I ...

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  • May 8, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Ethnic segregation in a stratified school system: Does ability tracking hamper ‘white flight’ from local schools?

    Speaker: Hanno Kruse, University of Bonn
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Research on parental school choice provides strong evidence of so-called ‘white flight’ – that ethnic majority parents avoid choosing a local school if it contains large numbers of ethnic minority students. In this study, we examine such segregating choices in a formally stratified school system. Theoretically, we argue that segregating choices are less common in an educational setting where ...

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  • April 30, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Meet My Family: the Effect of Female CEOs’ Newspaper Coverage on Financial Decision Making

    Speaker: Lavinia Kinne, Virginia Sondergeld
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 14:30 bis 15:30 Uhr

    Newspaper coverage of firms’ CEOs is highly gendered. This presents a bias in itself but it might also have consequences for investments into the firm. In a survey experiment (N=tbd), we identify the causal impact of differential newspaper coverage for female and male CEOs on four outcomes: expected firm performance, investment into the firm, expected CEO ‘survival’, and expected performance in ...

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  • April 24, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Intervivos Gifts as Informal Insurance Responses to Adverse Life Events

    Speaker: Mathis Sansu, Paris-Panthéon-Assas University and French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED)
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    We investigate if and how adverse life events – early widowhood, divorce, disability, job loss - trigger informal insurance responses in the form of intervivos gifts. Drawing from Dutch register data, we construct comprehensive panels comprising individuals undergoing such shocks in the period 2011-2017, and we analyse the patterns of gift receipt surrounding these events. We run separate event ...

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  • April 17, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Beyond Hot Flashes: The Health and Career Cost of Menopause

    Speaker: Mara Barschkett
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr

    Menopause marks a crucial juncture in women's lives and careers, coinciding with the peak of their income and working hours trajectory. On average, a third of women encounter severe health problems during this phase, exposing them to the risk of adverse labor market and health outcomes. Leveraging Norwegian registry data, coupled with panel data on doctor visits related to menopausal issues and ...

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  • April 9, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Exploring effects of life-like virtual interviewers on respondents’ answers in a smartphone survey

    Speaker: Jan Karem Höhne, DZHW and Leibniz University Hannover
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 10:00-11:30

    Inexpensive and time-efficient web surveys have increasingly replaced survey interviews, especially conducted in person. Even well-known social surveys, such as the European Social Survey, follow this trend. However, web surveys suffer from low response rates and frequently struggle to assure that the data are of high quality. New advances in communication technology and artificial intelligence ...

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  • February 29 - March 1, 2024

    Conference

    The Power of Where – Spatial Insights from Survey Data

    Speaker: Daniel Meyer (BBSR), Antonia Milbert (BBSR), Simon Kühne (Bielefeld University), Julia Binder (BTU), Jan Goebel

    Joint Spring Meeting of BBSR, BTU & SOEP RegioHub Linking survey data with spatial data is an emerging topic in the social sciences, providing the possibility to contextualize sociodemographic information and social attitudes with geospatial data such as regional indicators, neighborhood information, or environmental time series. The provision of health care, education, housing markets, or ...

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  • February 14, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    The Church of Resistance – Religion and Protests in an Autocracy

    Speaker: Max Deter, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr

    Mass protests have long been recognized as effective political actions, particularly in autocratic regimes where they serve as a potent tool for opposition movements. This paper examines the case of East Germany, specifically the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, which stands out as a rare example where protests successfully contributed to the democratization of an autocracy. The study focuses on the ...

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  • January 31, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    The Persistence of Employment Gaps in Couples: To what extent do relative female-to-male wage opportunities matter?

    Speaker: Luisa Hammer
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr

    Gender gaps in employment have narrowed but remain substantial, especially within couples. When I proxy potential earnings through demand-driven wage changes in job tasks within industries and using German administrative data, I show that a rising relative female-to-male potential wage increases work hours of female partners, but at a diminishing rate. Men, on the other hand, reduce their work ...

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  • January 24, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Fog or Smog? The Impact of Uncensored Reporting on Pollution on Individuals' Environmental Awareness

    Speaker: Sven Hartmann, Trier University
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    This paper analyzes the effect of exposure to foreign mass media on environmental awareness and pro-environmental behavior. We exploit a natural experiment occurring in the German Democratic Republic, where the reception of West German television was determined by geographic characteristics. Western media was a reliable source of information about environmental pollution in the German Democratic ...

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  • January 17, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    The Impact of Macroeconomic Conditions on Long-Term Care: Evidence on Prices, Provision, and Quality

    Speaker: Mia Teschner
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 10:45 bis 11:45 Uhr

    In this paper we document how macroeconomic conditions affect the prices, provision, and quality of long-term care in Germany. We use a large administrative data set which contains rich information on all providers and the universe of recipients of long-term care. For the identification we exploit variation in the unemployment rate across regions and over time and use a panel data approach with ...

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  • December 20, 2023

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    A Star Was Born: How Workers Respond to Politically-Charged Job Postings (with Pawel Adrjan, Mária Balgová, Simon Jäger, and Jason Sockin)

    Speaker: Jonas Jessen
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr

    While nouns in the German language are gendered toward males, the introduction of the "gender star" or "gender colon"' have allowed for nouns to be interpreted as not assigning gender, or non-binary. Their usage however has become highly politically polarizing. Using over 40 million online job postings from 2016 to 2023, we document the rising prevalence of the gender star and colon in the German ...

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  • December 13, 2023

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Economic Mobility Perceptions and Populist Support

    Speaker: Lorenz Meister
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    This research investigates the relationship between perceived economic mobility and populist support, focusing on the US and Germany. Amidst an escalating wave of populism that challenges democratic institutions in the West, it explores whether low upward mobility fuels the perception of exclusion in a system that favors a select 'establishment’. To test a causal relationship, a survey experiment ...

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