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Interview

"I Find the Term "Quota Woman" Unobjective": Eight Questions to Norma Schmitt

Dr. Schmitt, as of 2016, there will be a gender quota in Germany. What will this consist of?   The legislation envisages a fixed gender quota for listed companies that also have employee representation on their supervisory boards, in other words, are subject to full codetermination. These companies must meet a 30 percent gender quota on their supervisory boards. However, there are also some companies ...

01.10.2015
Press Release

Increasing concentration of asylum seekers among certain EU member states

DIW study examines distribution of refugees among the member states according to population and economic power – integration of refugees into the labor market a major challengeThe European Union is currently experiencing its largest influx of asylum seekers, yet the distribution of these refugees across the member states is highly uneven. While the majority of countries take in fewer asylum seekers ...

25.09.2015
Interview

"Germany Particularly Affected by Current Influx of Refugees": Five Questions to Karl Brenke

Mr. Brenke, a large number of asylum seekers are currently making their way into Europe. Is this affecting Germany more than it is affecting other countries in  Europe? Yes, this is quite clearly the case: According to current figures, half of this summer’s asylum seekers are headed to Germany. Assuming a uniform distribution across the EU, Germany receives three times as many asylum seekers ...

24.09.2015
Report

Annual Report 2014

2014 brought many exciting economic and sociopolitical questions to the forefront of DIW Berlin’s research: How can we respond to the challenges currently facing Europe and the euro? How do we evaluate the effects of German reunification, 25 years after the wall came down? And how can we ensure equal opportunities for men and women? To learn more about these issues, as well DIW Berlin’s ...

15.09.2015
Report

Strategy "DIW_Berlin:2020"

Economies and societies are currently undergoing a transformation process which is changing the face of Germany and Europe. Society, the research community, and policy-makers are all confronted with the developments of globalization, digitization, the changing roles of labor and capital, the energy transition and environmental protection, as well as social participation in economic processes. Against ...

18.08.2015
Press Release

Germans like going to work

Only one in eight people complain about their job – temporary workers and job-seekers in part-time employment are least satisfied – satisfaction strongly depends on personal characteristics and feelings. The mood of the German labor market continues to be positive, so it is not at all surprising that the attitude of the German workforce is, too. A new study by DIW Berlin reveals that the ...

06.08.2015
Interview

"Only One in Eight Workers is Dissatisfied With His or Her Job": Seven Questions to Karl Brenke

Mr. Brenke, you have studied job satisfaction in Germany. Which criteria do you use when making your assessments?   Job satisfaction is a difficult concept: There is no clear-cut definition, and there are also different ways of measuring it. Of course, you can inquire about individual aspects of the job — for example, the office atmosphere, satisfaction with working hours, compensation, ...

05.08.2015
Press Release

25 Years Later: DIW Berlin's Experts analyse German and European Monetary Union

German monetary union on July 1, 1990 was politically necessary despite painful economic consequences – Greece, similar to the GDR back in the 1980s, in urgent need of reform – the crisis of European monetary union potentially boosts integration Precisely 25 years ago, on July 1, 1990, German monetary union came into force. On the same day, capital controls in Europe were abolished, creating ...

02.07.2015
Interview

"There Are Many Analogies Between the GDR in 1990 and Greece Today." Four Questions to Marcel Fratzscher

Professor Fratzscher, German monetary union came into force 25 years ago on July 1, 1990. On the same day, capital controls in Europe were removed, laying the foundations for a European monetary union and the euro. What lessons can Europe learn from the German monetary union?In 1990, there was considerable criticism because German monetary union was implemented so rapidly. In hindsight, I think that ...

01.07.2015
Report

The Role of Trade in Addressing Major Economic Challenges

Remarks by Jason Furman, President Obama’s Chief EconomistFoto: DIW Berlin On Monday, April 20, DIW Berlin and its president, Marcel Fratzscher, proudly hosted Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Obama’s Chief Economist, to discuss trade and free-trade agreements in a talk attended by about one hundred participants. The talk focused on both old and ...

21.04.2015
Interview

"ECB Bond Purchases: No Panacea for Deflation." Seven Questions to Kerstin Bernoth and Philipp König

The Interview with Prof. Dr. Kerstin Bernoth and Dr. Philipp König is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 13/2015. It is available for Download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

25.03.2015
Press Release

The Gender Pay Gap in leadership positions in the private sector: Women earned roughly 22 percent less than men in 2013

Although it has decreased slightly, the pay gap between women and men remains at a high level: In 2013, the gross salary of women employed full-time in leadership positions in the private sector was roughly 22 percent, or one-fifth, of the gross salary of men in such positions. In 2012, the so-called Gender Pay Gap stood at 24 percent; in 2002, it stood at 26 percent. These calculations are based on ...

20.03.2015
Report

Aircraft Noise in Berlin Affects Quality of Life Even Outside the Airport Grounds

Aircraft noise is a particularly problematic source of noise as many airports are located in or near major cities and, as a result, densely populated areas are affected. Data from the Berlin Aging Study II (Berliner Altersstudie II, BASE-II), whose socio-economic module is based on the longitudinal Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study which has been conducted since 1984, allows us to examine the effect ...

25.02.2015
Press Release

Women Catching Up in German Labor Market - Participation Rate Rising Faster Than That of Men

The labor force participation rate for women has increased by ten percentage points since 1995, while the corresponding figure for men has only risen by one percentage point. Reasons for this include women’s improved qualifications, which are catching up with those of men, and their greater willingness to participate in working life and take advantage of changes in the economic structure. Women ...

30.01.2015
Interview

"Labor Market Participation of Women on the Rise": Five Questions to Karl Brenke

The Interview with Karl Brenke is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 4/2015. It is available for Download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

28.01.2015
Press Release

Women Executive Barometer 2015: Highest Decision-Making Bodies in German Companies Still Male-Dominated

Persistently low shares of women on executive and supervisory boards – very few companies presently meet pending compulsory gender quotas – DIW Berlin presents proposals to remedy this In 2014, women remained the exception at the top of the corporate ladder: at barely five percent, the share of female executive board members in the top 200 companies (ranked by turnover) was up just one ...

21.01.2015
Interview

"Executive Boards of Large Companies Remain Male-Dominated Monocultures": Seven Questions to Elke Holst

The Interview with Elke Holst is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 4/2015. It is available for Download as pdf document. More issues of DIW Economic Bulletin

21.01.2015
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

Eastern Germany Still Playing Economic Catch-Up

by Karl Brenke in: DIW Economic Bulletin 11/2014 The economic gap between eastern and western Germany is still sizeable, even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In terms of GDP per inhabitant and productivity, eastern Germany has attained nearly three-quarters of western German levels, respectively. Since some years, the catch-up process is advancing very slowly indeed. The main reason ...

11.12.2014
Economic Bulletin

Eastern Germany Must Focus on Education and Innovation: Six Questions to Karl Brenke

by Karl Brenke in: DIW Economic Bulletin 11/2014 Eastern Germany Must Focus on Education and Innovation: Six Questions to Karl Brenke

11.12.2014
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