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Aline Zucco has successfully defended her dissertation

Aline Zucco, part of the Gender Economics Research Group and GC Class of 2015, has successfully defended her dissertation at Freie Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Essays on Gender Pay Gaps and Wealth Concentration" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Peter Haan (DIW Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Silke Anger (IAB). We congratulate Aline on her success and wish her all the best for her future ...

24.02.2020
Weekly Report

Strong Correlation between Large Gender Pay Gaps and Non-Linear Pay in Certain Occupations

by Aline Zucco The gender pay gap of 21 percent in Germany is partly due to the fact that men and women work in different occupations. However, considerable pay gaps between men and women can also be observed within occupations, although the gap is not constant across occupations. In particular, there is a substantial gender pay gap in occupations with non-linear earnings, i.e. earnings increase non-linearly ...

11.03.2019| Aline Zucco
Weekly Report

Increasing number of women on supervisory boards of major companies in Germany: executive boards still dominated by men

By Elke Holst and Katharina Wrohlich The gender quota for supervisory boards is continuing to show its impact: the proportion of women on the supervisory boards of the 200 highest-performing companies in Germany increased by over two percentage points to 27 percent the past year. In the 100 largest companies, it increased by over three percentage points to 28 percent. However, there are now indications ...

18.01.2019| Elke Holst, Katharina Wrohlich
Weekly Report

Women on high-level boards of banks and insurance companies: growth coming to a standstill on supervisory boards

By Elke Holst and Katharina Wrohlich The proportion of women on executive boards of the 100 largest banks stagnated at almost nine percent in 2018. In the 60 largest insurance companies, the proportion increased by a good percentage point to almost ten percent. While growth on executive boards has been weakening in past years, it is now slowing down on supervisory boards in the financial sector as ...

18.01.2019| Elke Holst, Katharina Wrohlich
Weekly Report

Differences in Full-Time Work Experience Explain almost a Quarter of the Gender Pay Gap in Management Positions

Women still earn less than men on average in Germany. This applies to management positions even more: between 2010 and 2016, there was an average gender pay gap of 30 percent in gross hourly earnings. If gender-specific differences in relevant wage determinants are excluded, a pay gap of 11 percent remains. With seven percentage points, full-time work experience explains the gender pay gap to almost ...

30.08.2018| Elke Holst
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Call for Papers – Workshop on Gender Economics

DIW Berlin, Humboldt University and WZB are jointly organizing a workshop on Gender Economics. The aim of this workshop is to bring together an international group of labor and experimental economists. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Dynamics of gender gaps in education and labor market outcomes Interactions between gender norms, institutions and economic outcomes The role ...

13.03.2018
Press Release

The new grand coalition’s work program: DIW Berlin says there is still much to improve

In important areas such as tax policy, education, and energy, the future grand coalition must be considerably more ambitious – The need for reform in Germany is not being addressed sufficiently Germany’s next government will most likely once again be a grand coalition. However, the results of the preliminary coalition talks between the Union parties and the SPD, which serve as a basis ...

31.01.2018
Press Release

DIW Women Executives Barometer 2018: the gender quota for supervisory boards is effective, development on executive boards has almost reached a standstill

DIW Berlin has analyzed the development of the proportion of women in over 500 businesses – There is no indication that the gender quota is affecting executive boards – Banks and insurance companies in particular need to catch up – Politicians and companies must work together The 30 percent gender quota for supervisory boards is effective: the proportion of women on the supervisory ...

18.01.2018
Economic Bulletin

There is a lot left to do to reach gender equality in Germany: Editorial by Katharina Wrohlich

In Germany, four political parties are currently struggling to forge a mutual platform of government. In the wake of the last election, the share of female MPs in the German parliament, the Bundestag, declined significantly. Gender equality nevertheless needs to play a central role in the new government program. On the labor market, gender equality is still a faraway goal. The same is also true for ...

26.10.2017| Katharina Wrohlich
Economic Bulletin

Gender pay gap varies greatly by occupation

The German labor market is characterized by marked occupational segregation between women and men. The median earnings in female dominated occupations are lower than those in male dominated professions. This is one of the reasons for the gender pay gap. However, there are also large differences in earnings between men and women within occupations. These profession-specific gender pay gaps are smaller ...

26.10.2017| Katharina Wrohlich, Aline Zucco
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A look back at the Women's Finance Summit 2017

On Tuesday, May 23, the very first DIW Women's Finance Summit – an event with high-ranking participants and exciting discussions – took place. A review of the event with photos and videos of the panels and keynote speeches can be found on our website.

06.06.2017| Elke Holst
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Livestream: DIW Women’s Finance Summit

DIW Women’s Finance Summit Structural Change in the Financial Sector – Women’s Perspectives Watch the conference via livestream. May 23, 2017 9:30 a.m. Venue: Deutsche Bank Berlin, Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin With: Christine Lagarde, Viviane Reding, Sylvie Matherat, Axel A. Weber, Douglas Flint, Sandie O’Connor, Peter Grauer, Brenda Trenowden, Sir Philip Hampton, Marcel ...

15.05.2017
Economic Bulletin

Top decision-making bodies in large companies: gender quota shows initial impact on supervisory boards; executive board remains a male bastion

The gender quota for supervisory boards that has been mandatory since January 2016 has shown an initial impact. According to DIW Berlin’s Women Executives Barometer, at the end of 2016, there were more women on the supervisory boards of the 106 companies subject to the statutory quota than one year before. Their proportion increased by a solid four percentage points to more than 27 percent. ...

20.01.2017| Elke Holst, Katharina Wrohlich
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Financial sector: Banks fall behind and now have a lower proportion of women on executive and advisory boards than insurance companies

Women are still in the clear minority among the financial sector’s top decision-making bodies. According to DIW Berlin’s Women Executives Barometer, at the end of 2016, 21 percent of the supervisory and administrative board members of the 100 largest banks were female. The number has stagnated compared to last year. Since 2010, when the discussion about the gender quota for supervisory ...

20.01.2017| Elke Holst, Katharina Wrohlich
Press Release

Germany: Even in two-income households, women who work full time are still doing considerably more housework than their male counterparts - and hardly any changes are in sight

SOEP special analysis for International Women's Day (March 8) reveals that the gender-based division of household labor persists – DIW Research Director Elke Holst calls for stronger, fairer division of unpaid work in the household among couples – a family working-time benefits model (Familienarbeitszeit) and daycare expansion would also support this development On average, women in dual-income ...

07.03.2016
Press Release

Women executive barometer 2016: Percentage of women among major companies’ top-level positions hardly increases

Researchers analyzed more than 500 companies – some are setting a good example, while others are lagging behind – vast majority of companies have yet to meet the 30-percent quota for women on supervisory boards A balanced representation of women and men in Germany’s corporate leadership roles is still a long way off: At the end of 2015, the proportion of women on the executive boards ...

20.01.2016
Press Release

Study on “Women’s Quota”: Long-Term Positive Effects Anticipated

Binding quota could combat gender stereotypes – quality of talent pool expected to improve overall – no discrimination against men anticipated On January 1, 2016, a fixed 30-percent gender quota for supervisory boards will come into force in Germany. This is binding for all listed companies that also have employee representation on their supervisory boards (full codetermination). In the ...

01.10.2015
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