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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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DIW Weekly Report 14/15/16 / 2022

ECB Can Lower Fuel and Heating Costs by Increasing Interest Rates but Would Risk Economic Recovery

Inflation has been growing considerably since the middle of 2021, with rising energy prices driving the increase in particular. Since the end of February 2022, the trend has also been exacerbated by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. To keep prices stable, the European Central Bank must rein in its accommodative monetary policy. However, would doing so—by enacting an interest rate increase, for ...

2022| Gökhan Ider, Alexander Kriwoluzky, Frederik Kurcz
DIW Weekly Report 14/15/16 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 13 / 2022

Low Emission Zones Improve Air Quality and Health but Temporarily Decrease Life Satisfaction

Air pollution results in high economic costs arising from its negative impacts on human health, especially in urban areas. Driving restriction policies such as low emission zones (LEZs) are designed to improve air quality. Indeed, empirical analyses in this Weekly Report confirm that LEZs reduce traffic-related air pollution. However, the analyses also reveal unintended adverse effects on secondary ...

2022| Luis Sarmiento, Nicole Wägner, Aleksandar Zaklan
DIW Weekly Report 13 / 2022

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DIW Weekly Report 12 / 2022

Rent Control Reduces Economic Inequality at a Price

Over the course of the 20th century, governments have frequently used rent control to keep rents affordable, especially in times of crisis when housing is scarce. Existing research shows that rent control has undesirable side effects, such as overall societal welfare losses, market misallocation, a declining housing supply, and lower mobility. However, there has been little research examining the effect ...

2022| Konstantin A. Kholodilin, Sebastian Kohl
DIW Weekly Report 12 / 2022

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