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Weekly Report

Social sustainability labels: promises and reality in the example of Fairtrade-coffee

By Pio Baake, Jana Friedrichsen, and Helene Naegele Fairtrade certification is intended to improve both the income and living conditions of producers, thereby creating more fairness in international trade. However, theoretical considerations and empirical studies show that this goal is only achieved to a limited extent, at least for coffee: Faitrade certification leads at best to small increases in ...

03.12.2018| Jana Friedrichsen, Helene Naegele
Weekly Report

Net neutrality: prioritization is beneficial from an economic perspective

The principle of net neutrality was adopted by the European Union as a regulation promoting equality among all data packets in the Internet. Considering net neutrality from a purely economic viewpoint, however, the general possibility to prioritize data packets would likely lead to a more efficient use of existing network capacity. This is particularly applicable given the growth in data traffic and ...

21.06.2018
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Risk aversion and other factors determine income redistribution preferences

The amount of redistribution people favor depends on socioeconomic factors and their views on fairness. This study, based on a representative survey conducted in Sweden, confirms earlier results: Higher incomes are correlated with wanting less redistribution, women are more in favor of redistribution than men on average, and older people favor it more than younger people. People’s views on fairness ...

04.05.2018| Manja Gärtner, Johanna Mollerstrom
Weekly Report

EU Roaming Regulation: theoretical model suggests a positive assessment

Since June 15, 2017, mobile network operators in the European Economic Area may not impose surcharges for making telephone calls, sending text messages, or using data services in other EEA countries. The regulation was designed to create a digital domestic market without adversely affecting consumers. The regulation raises the expectation of changes in mobile network operators’ tariff structures. ...

07.02.2018| Lilo Wagner
Personnel news

Helene Naegele has successfully defended her dissertation

Helene Naegele, who works at the Competition and Consumers department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Firm Strategies and Consumer Behavior under Market-Based Sustainability Policies" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Pio Baake (DIW Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Christian von ...

11.12.2017
Economic Bulletin

Gender parity in German politics: further effort required

Although many political authorities endorse the basic goal of parity between men and women across the board, reality does not yet reflect this in Germany. In the German Bundestag, for example, at present 37.1 percent of representatives are women. Divided among the six parties with the greatest likelihood of being elected to the Bundestag, a total of 1,979 people are running for office in the upcoming ...

13.09.2017| Ronny Freier, Johanna Mollerstrom
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Christian Zankiewicz has successfully defended his dissertation

Christian Zankiewicz, who previously worked at the department of Competition and Consumers, has successfully defended his dissertation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.The dissertation with the title "Essays in Behavioral Economics and Econometrics" was supervised by Prof. Georg Weizsäcker, Ph.D. (DIW Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Yves Breitmoser (Humboldt University ...

30.08.2017
Report

Isabel Teichmann receives Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Förderpreis

On 5 July 2017, Isabel Teichmann (Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment; until 30 June 2017: Department of Competition and Consumers) was awarded the Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Förderpreis for her doctoral thesis “Three Topics in Agriculture: Private Quality Standards, Marketing Channels, and Biochar.” The prize is endowed annually by the Förderverein für Agrar- und ...

02.08.2017| Isabel Teichmann
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Kathleen Ngangoué has successfully defended her dissertation

Kathleen Ngangoue, who works at the Competition and Consumers department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Humboldt University Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Decision-Making in Markets" was supervised by Prof. Georg Weizsäcker, Ph.D. (DIW Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin) and Prof. Antonio Guarino, Ph.D. (University College London). We congratulate Kathleen ...

21.07.2017
Economic Bulletin

The gender gap in competitiveness: women shy away from competing with others, but not from competing with themselves

Women are less willing than men to compete against others. This gender gap can partially explain the differences between women’s and men’s education and career choices, and the labor market disparities that result. The experiments presented here show that even though women are less willing than men to compete against others, they are just as willing as men are to take on the challenge of ...

31.05.2017| Johanna Mollerstrom, Katharina Wrohlich
Interview

"Many women just don’t feel like competing against others": seven questions for Johanna Mollerstrom

Ms. Mollerstrom, isn’t the idea that women are less competitive than men a cliché? It is a cliché—but one that, on average, holds true. Of course, there are a lot of women who are very competitive and a lot of men who are not. But research clearly shows that on average, women are less inclined to compete against others than are men.

31.05.2017| Johanna Mollerstrom
Personnel news

Andreas Harasser has successfully defended his dissertation

Andreas Harasser, who worked at the department of Competition and Consumers until June 2015, has successfully defended his dissertation at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.The dissertation with the title „Essays on Information Asymmetry and Vertical Relations“ was supervised by Georg Weizsäcker (DIW Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Pio Baake (DIW Berlin, Technische ...

12.12.2016
Personnel news

Johanna Möllerström New Head of the Department Competition and Consumers

On November 1, Johanna Möllerström took over as the new Head of the Department of Competition and Consumers. Möllerström is also a Professor of Microeconomics at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Previously, she worked at the Interdisciplinary Center of Economic Science (ICES) at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. In 2013 she received a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her ...

01.11.2016
Economic Bulletin

Hospital-level policy can affect physician behavior and reduce C-section rates

The past few decades have seen a considerable increase in caesarean section rates, which have now reached unprecedented levels. Concerns have been raised about the possibility of medically unnecessary procedures having negative consequences for mothers and infants (WHO, 2015). The aim of this report is to show that a properly implemented hospital-level policy may be a powerful tool for reducing the ...

26.10.2016| Sofia Amaral-Garcia, Jana Friedrichsen
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Lilo Wagner succesfully defended her doctoral thesis

Lilo Wagner has sucessfully defended her doctoral thesis at the Technical University of Berlin in December 2014. The thesis entitled Three Essays on Communication in Signalling Games was supervised by Prof. Dr. Pio Baake, DIW Berlin and TU Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler, WZB und TU Berlin. Since September 2009, Lilo Wagner has been a doctoral student at the DIW Berlin Graduate Center and ...

17.12.2014
Economic Bulletin

Pitfalls of Compound Interest Effect: Private Investors Underestimate Loss Risks of Financial Products

by Christian Zankiewicz in: DIW Economic Bulletin 6/2014People are investing their life savings in financial products, for instance, to provide for their retirement, and in doing so they are making their future financial situation almost entirely dependent on the success of these investments. The financial sector promotes numerous investment opportunities with widely varying levels of risk - ...

16.06.2014
Personnel news

Nicola Jentzsch reappointed by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) as expert

Nicola Jentzsch, Senior Researcher at the Department Competition and Consumers, has been reappointed by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) as expert on the economics of cyber security and privacy. ENISA is an agency of the European Union, founded in 2004, with headquarters in Crete. The agency is tasked to advise the European Union in the critical area of cyber security. ...

20.03.2014
Press Release

Pitfalls of Compound Interest Effect: Private Investors Underestimate Loss Risks of Financial Products

People are investing their life savings in financial products, for instance, to provide for their retirement, and in doing so they are making their future financial situation almost entirely dependent on the success of these investments. The financial sector promotes numerous investment opportunities with widely varying levels of risk - from the classic private pension insurance to high-risk equity ...

26.02.2014
Economic Bulletin

German-Chinese Economic Relations: Opportunities and Risks for Germany

by Georg Erber in: DIW Economic Bulletin 2/2014. During the last few years, the People's Republic of China has become an increasingly important trading partner for Germany. Particularly in the wake of the global economic and financial crisis that began in 2008, trade with China has been an important driver of economic growth in Germany as German industry benefited from the increase in Chinese import ...

14.02.2014
Report

Quality Labeling: Too Much Information Could Impair Effectiveness of Certification

Following a series of food scandals, consumer confidence in the industry has been shaken. However, criticism has not only been directed at the industry itself, but also at the providers of quality seals who were so quick to certify the products. There are increasing calls for improved transparency and, with regard to organization and the rules of certification, more transparency does indeed make ...

08.05.2013
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