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The DIW Weekly Report is an online publication from DIW Berlin. Every week selected articles of the Wochenbericht are published online in English.

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DIW Weekly Report 37 / 2022

Consumer Debt: Many Borrowers Unaware of Their Interest Rates; Cost Display Influences Likelihood of Accepting Credit Scenario

The consumer debt of households in Germany totals in the triple-digit billions and is characterized by a wide range of interest rates. Despite the high volume of debt, many people do not know the terms of their consumer credit contracts. This report analyzes new survey data on general knowledge about typical forms of consumer credit, such as the overdraft facility and consumer loans. Women tend to ...

2022| Antonia Gipp, Jana Hamdan, Lukas Menkhoff
DIW Weekly Report 37 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 35/36 / 2022

Contracts for Difference Support the Expansion of Renewable Energy Sources while Reducing Electricity Price Risks

The German Federal Government passed the “Easter Package” in July 2022, which envisages a number of measures for the expansion of renewable energy sources. The package retains sliding market premiums as a remuneration mechanism, which protect electricity producers unilaterally, while contracts for difference (CfDs), which also protect electricity customers, are only used in the offshore wind sector. ...

2022| Mats Kröger, Karsten Neuhoff, Jörn C. Richstein
DIW Weekly Report 35/36 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 32/33/34 / 2022

Changes in Working Hours Are Driving Earnings Inequality

According to Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) data, inequality in gross monthly earnings in Germany increased significantly between 1993 and 2003 and has been stagnating at a high level since 2008. As this Weekly Report shows, the increase is not being driven by higher hourly wage inequality, but rather by working hours: In recent years, employees with a high hourly wage work more than previously compared ...

2022| Mattis Beckmannshagen, Carsten Schröder
DIW Weekly Report 32/33/34 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 29/30/31 / 2022

From Hartz IV to Bürgergeld: Reform Preferences of the Long-Term Unemployed

The German government is planning to reform Hartz IV by replacing it with a simpler and more accessible system known as Bürgergeld. Using a random-based survey of eight job centers in North Rhine-Westphalia, this Weekly Report considers the perspectives of the long-term unemployed: What do they think about the reforms? How do they perceive their situation? What are their daily lives like? The findings ...

2022| Fabian Beckmann, Rolf G. Heinze, Dominik Schad, Jürgen Schupp
DIW Weekly Report 29/30/31 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 26/27/28 / 2022

Ampel-Monitor Energiewende Shows the Pace of the Energy Transition Must Be Accelerated Significantly

The so-called traffic light coalition is facing a challenge: it has set ambitious energy policy targets, but can only achieve them if the pace of the energy transition is increased significantly. To contribute to the current energy policy debate, the Ampel-Monitor Energiewende (Monitor of the Traffic Light Coalition’s Energy Transition Targets) was developed at DIW Berlin. Based on open data, the Ampel-Monitor ...

2022| Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Roth, Adeline Guéret
DIW Weekly Report 26/27/28 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 24/25 / 2022

Brüning’s Austerity Policies of the Early 1930s Intensified the Economic Slump and Increased Unemployment

May 2022 marked the 90th anniversary of the end of Heinrich Brüning’s term as Reich Chancellor. To this day, the economic effects of Brüning’s extreme austerity measures remain unclear. However, new data and calculations have made an initial quantification of the economic consequences of Brüning’s policies possible. An analysis based on a time series model illustrates how the Weimar Republic’s economy ...

2022| Stephanie Ettmeier, Alexander Kriwoluzky
DIW Weekly Report 24/25 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 22/23 / 2022

Expanding Solar Energy Capacity to Power the Transition to Heat Pumps

Increasing the use of heat pumps is an important measure for reducing carbon emissions in the heating sector as well as natural gas imports. This report uses an electricity sector model to investigate the effects of an accelerated expansion of the heat pump stock on the German electricity sector in 2030. Adding around six million heat pumps would increase electricity demand by nine percent in 2030; ...

2022| Alexander Roth, Carlos David Gaete Morales, Adeline Guéret, Dana Kirchem, Martin Kittel, Wolf-Peter Schill
DIW Weekly Report 22/23 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 21 / 2022

Sanctions against Russian Oligarchs also Affect Their Companies

In February 2022, the EU Commission announced economic sanctions against Russian oligarchs. The goal was to exert pressure on the Kremlin: initially to stop deploying troops to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and ultimately to end its attack on Ukraine. The present report investigates how these sanctions affect companies headed by Russian oligarchs. The empirical findings show that after sanctions ...

2022| Franziska Bremus, Pia Hüttl
DIW Weekly Report 21 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 19/20 / 2022

Companies Contribute Significantly to the Integration of Refugees in Germany

Following the 2015 refugee influx, recent studies have found that around one in four companies have hired refugees. A survey of 100 companies that hired refugees shows that hiring refugees can increase employee satisfaction, improve reputations, and positively affect corporate developments. At the same time, hiring refugees also poses challenges for employers. These include barriers in the hiring process, ...

2022| Alexander S. Kritikos, Maximilian Priem, Anne-Christin Winkler
DIW Weekly Report 19/20 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 17/18 / 2022

Refugees in Germany Perceived Higher Discrimination in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Refugees in Germany perceive discrimination due to their country of origin in various life dimensions, which can negatively affect their integration into society. Using IAB-BAMF-SOEP survey data, this report analyzes to what extent refugees perceive discrimination on the labor market, at educational institutions, on the housing market, with public authorities, and in daily life. The results show that ...

2022| Adriana Cardozo Silva, Christopher Prömel, Sabine Zinn
DIW Weekly Report 17/18 / 2022

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