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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 45/46 / 2022

    Charitable Giving and Income: Households with High Income Donate Less than Poorer Households Relative to Their Disposable Income

    For the first time in 2020, the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), an annual survey of private households, surveyed the donation behavior of a random sample of high net worth individuals that had been added in 2019. As a result of this sample, the volume of private donations increased from 9.7 to 10.3 billion euros in 2019, despite the fact that fewer individuals donated and the donation rate was lower (46.8 ...

    2022| Karsten Schulz-Sandhof, Jürgen Schupp
  • DIW Weekly Report 45/45 / 2022

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  • DIW Weekly Report 42/43/44 / 2022

    Heat Monitor 2020 and 2021: Heating Energy Consumption down Slightly but Climate Targets Still Not Met

    The building sector plays a major role when it comes to meeting climate targets. An analysis by DIW Berlin based on data from energy provider ista SE shows that in the past two years both the temperature-adjusted heat consumption in German multi-apartment buildings and the temperature-adjusted CO2 emissions have dropped slightly. As positive as this decrease is—despite the increase in homeworking due ...

    2022| Till Köveker, Mats Kröger, Franziska Schütze
  • DIW Weekly Report 42/43/44 / 2022

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  • DIW Weekly Report 41 / 2022

    A Higher Retirement Age Has Negative Health Effects

    In the policy debate, there are regular demands to further increase the retirement age to address the financial challenges for the pension system. However, a prolonged working life impacts a person’s health. Detailed data from the statutory health insurance companies shows that abolishing the “Rente für Frauen” (women’s pension) in 1999, which allowed women to retire at 60, resulted in negative health ...

    2022| Mara Barschkett, Johannes Geyer, Peter Haan
  • DIW Weekly Report 41 / 2022

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  • DIW Weekly Report 40 / 2022

    Activation of New ECB Emergency Program TPI Has Not Yet Been Required

    Since the beginning of 2022, monetary policy in the euro area has been gradually normalizing. As a result, bond yields of highly indebted countries such as Italy and Greece are rising more sharply than those of countries with less debt, such as Germany, a development referred to as bond market fragmentation. To ensure the coherent effectiveness of monetary policy on economic developments and, ultimately, ...

    2022| Kerstin Bernoth, Sara Dietz, Gökhan Ider, Rosa María Lastra
  • DIW Weekly Report 40 / 2022

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  • DIW Weekly Report 39 / 2022

    Nearly 1.1 Million People in Germany Use Food Banks, Single and Separated Parents in Particular at an Above-Average Frequency

    Food banks are returning to the spotlight as their use increases due to the coronavirus pandemic and the influx of Ukrainian refugees to Germany. The current discussion is focused on whether the food banks can handle the increasing number of users as well as the financial and organizational challenges that come with them. Until now, however, no robust, empirical data on food bank use has been available. ...

    2022| Markus M. Grabka, Jürgen Schupp
  • DIW Weekly Report 39 / 2022

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  • DIW Weekly Report 38 / 2022

    Carbon Contracts for Difference as an Instrument for Strengthening Climate Cooperation between Industrialized and Emerging Economies

    Industrialized countries and emerging economies must cooperate in order to decarbonize the emissions-intensive industrial sector and to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. While Germany and the other G7 countries have committed to supporting emerging economies in their efforts to combat climate change via international climate finance, it remains to be seen how this support can be implemented ...

    2022| Heiner von Lüpke, Catherine Marchewitz, Karsten Neuhoff, Charlotte Aebischer, Mats Kröger
  • DIW Weekly Report 38 / 2022

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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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