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06.07.2022| Research Interns (m/f/div), Macroeconomics department

Why natural gas is not a bridge technology

The expansion of natural gas infrastructure jeopardises energy transition, as natural gas is not a bridge technology towards a 100% renewable energy system as defined by the Paris Climate Agreement. This is the result of a study conducted by an interdisciplinary German research team and published in the journal Nature Energy on 4 July 2022. The researchers have examined the natural gas issue from five ...

04.07.2022| Claudia Kemfert
DIW focus

Electricity supply in Germany can be secured without Russian supplies and nuclear energy; the 2030 coal-phase out remains possible

The European Union has increased pressure on Russia by enacting a coal embargo. Following a transition period, Russian coal imports will end in August 2022. Recent studies show that Germany will be able to substitute Russian supplies with imports from other countries by summer 2022. However, with the looming threat of a Russian gas supply stop, plans must be developed to ensure security of supply....

01.07.2022| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei
Personnel news

Jana Hamdan has successfully defended her dissertation

Jana Hamdan has successfully defended her dissertation "Essays on the Impact of Behavioral Aspects and Education for Financial Development" supervised by Lukas Menkhoff (1st supervisor) and Georg Weizsäcker (2nd supervisor) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Congratulations!

DIW focus

Energy supply security in Germany can be guaranteed even without natural gas from Russia

The Russian war on Ukraine and Germany’s dependence on Russian gas require a rethink of German energy supplies. While there is a heated debate about an immediate energy embargo, Russia could also stop its supplies at any time. To date, Germany has purchased around 55 percent of its natural gas from Russia. DIW Berlin has developed scenarios for how the German energy system could become...

13.04.2022| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Robin Sogalla
Press Release

Joint Economic Forecast: From Pandemic to Energy Crisis: Economy and Politics under Permanent Stress

The German economy is steering through difficult waters and faces the highest inflation rates in decades. In their spring report, the leading German economic research institutes revise their outlook for this year significantly downward. The recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is slowing down as a result of the war in Ukraine, but remains on track. The institutes expect GDP to increase by 2.7 and 3.1 ...


SOEP-Core data 1984-2020 (v37) available

All registered data users can order the data using our online order form. In English: In German: In 2020 three new samples were added as part of the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample and the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees: A current refugee sample (Sample M6), a migration sample with migrants from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria (Sample M7) and ...

08.04.2022| SOEPhotline
Press Release

German leading research institutions bring Europe's largest social science panel study to Berlin

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) will enrich the science location Berlin. The founding partners now signed the partnership agreement for the new SHARE Berlin Institute. SHARE will in future be embedded in a collaboration of four leading research institutions: the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the Charité ...

Nachrichten [Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt]

Report „Decarbonisation of energy“ for the European Parliament

The department Energy, Transportation, Environment has published the report „Decarbonisation of energy“ jointly with the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel. In the report, several options for the energy system in 2050 are discussed. The report was prepared for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and was presented to the Committee in March 2022. The report can be found online here: ...


Update of the Stata practice dataset for use in the college classroom

The practice dataset can be downloaded from our website and used without signing a data distribution contract. The data are provided under a CC-BY-SA license.The updated dataset uses original variables from SOEP-Core version 36 in longitudinal format. It contains a total of 15 variables covering the last four survey years, 2015-2019. In addition, the range of variables contained in the practice ...


SOEP User Conference 2022 - Call for Papers (deadline extended)

The call for papers on our SOEP2022 - 14th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference is online. Conference date: June 30-July 1, 2022, in Berlin! Please submit electronic versions of abstracts (up to 300 words) no later than FEB 9, 2022 to: Researchers of all disciplines are invited to submit an abstract.The theme of the conference and keynote speeches will be "The ...


News from the SOEP - Concise in the current SOEPnewsletter

The SOEPnewsletter January 2022 in it's html version. Enjoy reading

Nachrichten [Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt]

COP26 statement on coal exit

As COP26 drew to a close earlier this month, almost 200 nations agreed to “phase down” coal power in the coming years. How this is done, for coal and other fossil fuels, will have implications for individuals and communities that depend on these resources for their livelihoods.  The case study conducted by DIW Berlin focuses on Germany and the efforts it has undertaken to support ...

29.11.2021| Claudia Kemfert
Nachrichten [Abteilung SOEP]

Five new members appointed to the SOEP Survey Committee

At its meeting in early November 2021, the DIW Board of Trustees appointed five new members to the SOEP Survey Committee. In the coming years, they and the rest of the Survey Committee will advise the SOEP team on the content and methodology of the surveys, as well as on SOEP’s research and services. Economist Conchita D’Ambrosio is a professor at the University of Luxembourg. She conducts ...

Personnel news

Adrian Santonja receives the doctoral scholarship from the German Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU). Congratulations!

Congratulations to Adrian Santonja for receiving the doctoral scholarship from the German Environmental Foundation. Being one of Europe's largest foundations, it promotes innovative exemplary projects in the field of environmental protection. Overall up to 60 PhD scholars are funded per year for a period of 36 months. 


Germany's Shift from Coal Offers Lessons for Just Transition Policy

As COP26 drew to a close earlier this month, almost 200 nations agreed to “phase down” coal power in the coming years. How this is done, for coal and other fossil fuels, will have implications for individuals and communities that depend on these resources for their livelihoods.  The first case study conducted by DIW Berlin focuses on Germany and the efforts it has undertaken to support ...

23.11.2021| Claudia Kemfert

Start of the 2021 SOEP User Survey

Once again, we warmly invite you to participate in our survey of SOEP users.This year, we are very curious about your assessments and experiences with our SOEP data, especially your work with specific data sets or samples, as well as the data format of your analysis. With your participation, you contribute significantly to the continuous improvement of our data offering. You can also participate ...

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Jonas Jessen has successfully defended his dissertation

Jonas Jessen, who worked at the Education and Family department, has successfully defended his dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Unintended Consequences and Spill-over Effects of Family Policies: Six Essays in Labour and Family Economics" was supervised by Prof. C. Katharina Spieß (DIW Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. ...

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Nuria Boot has successfully defefended her dissertation

Nuria Boot has successfully defended her dissertation at the KU Leuven. The dissertation with the title "Essays on Common Ownership and Financial Benchmark Rates" was supervised by Professor Dr. Jo Seldeslachts (KU Leuven and DIW Berlin). Nuria was a PhD student in the Firms and Markets Department and GC class of 2016. We congratulate Nuria on her success and wish her all the best for her future ...

Press Release

Joint Economic Forecast: Crisis is gradually being overcome – align actions to lower growth

The Corona pandemic still shapes the economic situation in Germany. A complete normalisation of contact-intensive activities is not to be ex­pected in the short term. In addition, supply bottlenecks are ham­pering manufacturing for the time being. The German economy will reach nor­mal capacity utilisation in the course of 2022. In their autumn report, the leading economic research institutes ...

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