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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 ...

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 ...

21.06.2018
Weekly Report

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

13.09.2017| Ronny Freier, Johanna Mollerstrom
Personnel news

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 ...

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 ...

02.08.2017| Isabel Teichmann
Personnel news

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

26.10.2016| Sofia Amaral-Garcia, Jana Friedrichsen
Personnel news

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

08.05.2013
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