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Press Release

Germany economy defying an uncertain environment

DIW Berlin expects GDP growth of 0.9 percent for 2019 and 1.7 percent for 2020 – Overall picture remains unchanged: domestic economy is supporting growth, foreign business is subdued - Unemployment continuing to decline - Trade war poses serious risks for the German economy - Municipal finances in need of restructuring

13.06.2019
Personnel news

Daniel Bierbaumer has successfully defended his dissertation

Daniel Bierbaumer, who worked at the Macroeconomics department, has successfully defended his dissertation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.The dissertation with the title "Commodity Pricing, Credit and Capital Flows: The Role of Financial Intermediaries" was supervised by Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D. (DIW Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Florentine Schwark ...

03.06.2019
Press Release

A refugee’s personality is one of the factors which decides how successful integration is

An increased willingness to take risks, reciprocating friendliness, and a conviction that they are in control of their own lives lead to refugees gaining a foothold in Germany faster.   Refugees who are more willing to take risks, who tend to reciprocate friendliness, and who are more strongly convinced than others are that they are in control of their lives integrate into society faster. This ...

21.05.2019
Personnel news

Theresa Entringer joins SOEP

Theresa Entringer completed her doctorate with Prof. Gebauer at the University of Mannheim. Her dissertation, entitled “The Sociocultural Motives Perspective: Personality and the social motive for assimilation versus contrast”, investigates why and to what degree sociocultural contexts moderate the relationship between the self-concept and socially and individually relevant variables such ...

17.05.2019
Weekly Report

20 Years of Common European Monetary Policy: Reasons to Celebrate

by Jan Philipp Fritsche and Patrick Christian Harms Twenty years after the introduction of the euro, this Weekly Report uses an empirical analysis to assess the performance of monetary policy in the EMU founding states. It is often claimed that the monetary policy of the European Central Bank (ECB) cannot outperform its national predecessors, as the euro area countries experience different business ...

15.05.2019| Jan Philipp Fritsche
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Dominique Hansen joins SOEP

Dominique Hansen joined the SOEP team in April. He is taking over the development of paneldata.org from Marcel Hebing with a focus on user experience, software quality, and data quality. In his studies of information science, he explored the quality of research software, reproducibility, open science, and good scientific practice.

13.05.2019
Weekly Report

Artificial intelligence and big data can help contain resistance to antibiotics

by  Michael Ribers and Hannes Ullrich Improving physicians’ prescription practices is a primary strategy for countering the rise in resistance to antibiotics. This would prevent physicians from incorrectly prescribing antibiotics, one of the main causes of antibiotic resistance. The increasing availability of medical data and methods of machine learning provide an opportunity to generate ...

07.05.2019| Michael Ribers, Hannes Ullrich
Press Release

More Europe: 13 challenges—13 solutions for more convergence, stability, and competition

Around 20 DIW Berlin economists present solutions to European challenges - Uniform conditions can make the EU more resilient - Better incentive systems ensure more convergence - Europe must be united in countering global economic risks such as the US tariff dispute Growth and progress towards equal living conditions across the European Union continues, but the crises of recent years have shown that ...

02.05.2019
Weekly Report

In Germany, Younger, Better Educated Persons, and Lower Income Groups Are More Likely to Be in Favor of Unconditional Basic Income

by  Jule Adriaans, Stefan Liebig and Juergen Schupp Representative survey results have shown a stable approval rate for implementing unconditional basic income of between 45 and 52 percent in Germany since 2016/17. In European comparison, this approval rate is low. Younger, better educated persons, and those at risk of poverty support the concept of unconditional basic income in Germany. But ...

10.04.2019| Jule Adriaans, Stefan Liebig, Jürgen Schupp
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Hans Walter Steinhauer member of the SOEP team

Hans Walter Steinhauer joined the SOEP team on April 1. He will be working in the Survey Methodology and Management research area on sampling, weighting, and imputation. He will support the research area by contributing his experience from work on the National Educational Panel (NEPS) and other studies of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). Hans holds a doctorate in survey statistics. ...

09.04.2019
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Stefan Liebig appointed Professor of Empirical Social Structure Analysis and Survey Methodology at FU Berlin

SOEP Director and DIW Executive Board Member Professor Stefan Liebig has been appointed Professor of Empirical Social Structure Analysis and Survey Methodology at FU Berlin, where he began work on April 1, 2019. His position is a joint professorship between FU Berlin and DIW Berlin. Stefan Liebig conducts research on social inequality and social structure analysis with a focus on attitudes towards ...

07.04.2019
Press Release

Joint economic forecast spring 2019: Significant Cooling of the Economy - Political Risks High

Press release of the project group "Gemeinschaftsdiagnose": German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in cooperation with the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), ...

04.04.2019
Weekly Report

The Low-Wage Sector in Germany Is Larger Than Previously Assumed

by  Markus M. Grabka and Carsten Schröder The total number of dependent employees in Germany has increased by more than four million since the financial crisis. Part of this growth took place in the low-wage sector. Analyses based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel, which in 2017 for the first time include detailed information on secondary employment, show that there were around nine ...

03.04.2019| Markus M. Grabka, Carsten Schröder
Weekly Report

Ecological Tax Revenue Still Yields Lower Pension Contributions and Higher Pensions Today

by Stefan Bach, Hermann Buslei, Michelle Harnisch and Niklas Isaak The ecological tax reform that Germany implemented between 1999 and 2003 increased energy tax rates—especially on gasoline and diesel. Today, the ecological tax hikes yield an annual revenue of around 20 billion euros or 0.6 percent of GDP. The money is used to finance a higher federal grant to the public pension scheme. Calculations ...

28.03.2019| Stefan Bach, Hermann Buslei
Press Release

German economy growing despite uncertainties and risks; global economy continuing to cool down

According to DIW Berlin estimates, the German economy will continue its solid growth performance in 2019 and 2020. Overall, however, the economy is cooling noticeably and production capacity utilization is returning to normal. This is primarily due to the global economy weakening; it has been strained by China’s weakening economy, trade conflicts, and political uncertainties such as Brexit. The ...

14.03.2019
Weekly Report

Also on Sundays, Women Perform Most of the Housework and Child Care

by Claire Samtleben Paid and unpaid work are still distributed very unequally between men and women in Germany. Regardless of time restrictions imposed by gainful employment, there is a gender- specific gap in time spent on housework and child care (gender care gap). The total volume of paid and unpaid work on weekdays is roughly the same for men and women (approx. 11 hours), although women perform ...

11.03.2019| Claire Samtleben
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
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The Graduate Center Has New Student Representatives

We are happy to announce Dennis Gaus and Jana Hamdan (both GC class 2017) as the new GC Student Representatives in 2019! We thank Felicitas and Daniel for their excellent work last year and look forward to a continued great collaboration with the new representatives. The two Student Representatives serve as spokespersons for the doctoral students. They facilitate communication between the GC staff ...

11.03.2019
Personnel news

Valeriia Heidemann joins SOEP

Valeriia Heidemann joined the SOEP team on March 1. She will be responsible for preparing data from the Survey of Refugees while Jana Nebelin is on leave. Valeriia holds a master’s in sociology from Freie Universität Berlin. While completing her degree, she worked as a student assistant at the SOEP and gained experience with SOEP data preparation. She will now be working as part of a team ...

09.03.2019
Statement

ECB monetary policy will for some time remain more expansionary than most in Germany expect

DIW president Marcel Fratzscher on the European Central Bank's latest announcements:

07.03.2019| Marcel Fratzscher
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