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Why are fewer women working in STEM fields? Girls underestimate their math abilities in school

Boys consider themselves to be more gifted in mathematics than their grades indicate, whereas girls think their language skills are stronger. Differences in students’ self-evaluation of their skills are evident by the fifth grade and remain present throughout higher grades Boys think higher of their math abilities in school than girls do – to an extent that is not justified by their actual ...

08.11.2017
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Abolishing the final withholding tax leads to tax revenue losses and barely burdens high-income groups

Small revenue and distribution effects – Overall, slight tax revenue losses due to a period of low interest rates – Raising the final withholding tax rate to over 25 percent would result in moderate additional revenue Abolishing the final flat-rate 25 percent withholding tax on unearned income makes sense neither from a fiscal nor a distribution point of view as long as interest rates ...

08.11.2017
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Youth in Europe have major labor market problems despite lower unemployment

The youth unemployment is still much higher than the unemployment of those aged 25 years and older – Decrease in unemployment primarily due to a drop in the number of young people and the greater number remaining in education – Political measures against youth unemployment prove ineffective Although the youth unemployment rate in the EU has plummeted in recent years, it is still difficult ...

02.11.2017
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DIW Economic Barometer October 2017: the German economy’s golden autumn

The German economy’s strong upswing continues. At 112 points, the Economic Barometer published by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) continues to signal GDP growth that is well above average: 0.7 percent in the third quarter and 0.9 percent in the fourth. “The German economy is heading toward 2018 at full speed,” said Ferdinand Fichtner, head of forecasting at ...

01.11.2017
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Joint Economic Forecast Autumn 2017: Upturn Remains Robust - Amid Mounting Tensions

Press release of the project group "Gemeinschaftsdiagnose": German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), ifo Institute, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research The German economic upturn has gained both in terms of strength and breadth. In addition to consumer spending, external trade and investments ...

28.09.2017
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Joint Economic Forecast Spring 2017: Upturn in Germany strengthens in spite of global economic risks

Press release of the project group "Gemeinschaftsdiagnose": German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), ifo Institute, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

12.04.2017
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Chinese investment strategy in Europe differs according to region

Technology transfer primary motive behind Chinese OFDI in Western Europe; access to EU internal market motivates OFDI in Central and Eastern Europe; factors influencing investment decisions differ based on type of investment China’s investment strategy in the EU differs depending on the target country. With investment in Western Europe, the main motivation is gaining access to advanced technologies. ...

05.04.2017
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World Happiness Day: SOEP data show that life satisfaction of Eastern Germans is catching up

People across Germany are happier today than at any other point since German reunification According to a new analysis of data from the nationally representative, long-term Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study, people in both West and East Germany have been happier on average since 2015 than at any other point since German reunification (Figure 1). The substantial increase in life satisfaction from 1990 ...

22.03.2017
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The austerity policy was counterproductive in Spain, Portugal, and Italy

DIW study showed: To some extent, drastic savings measures neutralized the effects of structural reform. The countries affected relapsed into recession without having improved their financial picture – a balanced policy mixture would have been better. The austerity measures and tax increases implemented from 2010 onwards did not reduce sovereign debt in Spain, Portugal and Italy as anticipated. ...

22.02.2017
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Despite political uncertainty, German economy continues to expand – even as employment growth slows down

German economy’s growth rate will drop next year, primarily due to calendar effects – labor market expansion losing some momentum – numerous risks for the global economy According to a new forecast by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the German economy’s upward trend will continue through 2017 and 2018 – even though the current global economy is ...

20.12.2016
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Lack of equal rights regarding financial decisions contributes to women’s lower level of financial literacy

DIW Berlin examined the causes for the gender gap in financial literacy in several countries – Cultural factors play a key role in addition to income, education, and experience – Better financial literacy would mean more financial security for women in retirement In most countries of the world, women know less about financial matters than men. Socio-demographic factors such as income, ...

21.11.2016
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Private R&D not necessarily drawn to areas with high public R&D

Germany’s research and development concentrated in urban areas – public research undergoing dynamic development According to a new study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), spatial proximity to industrial production plays a greater role for Germany’s private research and development (R&D) than does proximity to publicly funded research institutions ...

15.11.2016
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People in Germany still more than willing to show solidarity with EU countries in crisis

A study by DIW Berlin shows that almost half the adult population of Germany believes helping EU countries in crisis is the right course of action—around 30 percent oppose it—cuts in welfare spending in the crisis countries are also criticized Contrary to the image often presented, many people living in Germany support German aid for EU countries in financial crisis. In the second half ...

04.10.2016
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Joint economic forecast: German economy on track – economic policy needs to be realigned

Thanks to a stable job market and solid consumption, the German economy is experiencing a moderate upswing. The GDP is expected to increase by 1.9 percent this year, 1.4 percent in 2017, and 1.6 percent in 2018, according to the Gemeinschaftsdiagnose (GD, joint economic forecast) that was prepared by five of Europe’s leading economic research institutes on behalf of the Federal Government. The ...

29.09.2016
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Likelihood of holding a senior management position: gender gap largest in financial sector

Availability for full-time work still a prerequisite for climbing the career ladder in all sectors Overall, women in Germany have considerably lower odds of holding a senior management position than men, particularly in the financial sector. These are the findings of a study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study ...

23.09.2016
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German economy temporarily losing momentum

DIW Berlin short-term economic forecast: German GDP will increase by 1.9 percent in 2016, 1.0 percent in 2017, and 1.6 percent in 2018 – Brexit decision temporarily hindering growth – unemployment continues to fall, but wage increases are also slowing down – public budgets will end all three years with surpluses According to the latest economic forecast from the German Institute ...

13.09.2016
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Study on past refugees helps develop possible solutions for future integration

Social scientists and economists at DIW Berlin and Humboldt University Berlin researched the integration of refugees who arrived in Germany between 1990 and 2010 – survey data indicate difficult starting conditions with employment and language skills compared to other migrants, but refugees were able to catch up over time How can we help refugees to successfully integrate into Germany society ...

07.09.2016
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The Brexit vote impact: What does the uncertainty mean for the economy?

DIW Berlin study shows that Brexit vote-related uncertainty will do considerable damage to the European and German economies in a way that will be noticeable even two years from now – since the German economy is primarily affected by sinking business investment, policy should be more oriented toward promoting investment Uncertainty plays a major role in the economy overall – but what are ...

10.08.2016
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Brexit decision could cost the German economy 0.3 percentage points of growth in 2017

Brexit putting a strain on trade and dampening investment across the globe – German economy likely to be affected – uncertainty about exports – investment will be restrained, and both income and consumption will lose momentum Due to the Brexit decision, the German economy is expected to grow by 0.1 percentage points less this year and by 0.3 percentage points less next year than ...

05.08.2016
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The Berlin economy and labor market: can the city transform from startup hotbed to burgeoning metropolis?

DIW Berlin’s experts identified the city’s untapped potential and formed recommendations based on a comprehensive study of its labor market, startup culture, and public investment patterns. The result: good potential, but productivity is low and innovation is weak. Overall, Berlin needs more fast-growing companies. Has Berlin turned a corner? After a long period of stagnation, the city ...

25.07.2016
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