The original goal of the Finnish experiment of 2017 and 2018 was to try to get some evidence on how a new social policy instrument mimicking a basic income would work and what kind of behavioral consequences it would have. The realized experiment was restricted to people aged 25–58 already receiving a labor market subsidy or unemployment allowance and a total of 2,000 participants were
In the closing policy roundtable about Consumer and Competition Policy in Times of Rising Corporate Power, panelists Amelia Fletcher (University of East Anglia and Centre for Competition Policy), Marit Hansen (State of Schleswig-Holstein), Stefan Hunt (UK Competition and Markets Authority), Paul Nemitz (European Commission), and moderator Hans Friederiszick (E.CA Economics) engaged in a lively
In the first afternoon session, Matthew Gentzkow (Stanford University) and Helen Margetts (University of Oxford) presented their research on the political consequences of corporate power in digital markets.
In the opening session of the BCCP Conference and Policy Forum 2019, Jan Eeckhout (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona), Jonathan Baker (American University), and Fiona Scott Morton (Yale University) discussed the global rise of concentration, profits, mark-ups and market power across many markets and industries, the possible explanations for rising mark-ups and concentration and the role of
This introductory video describes what the Socio-economic Panel (SOEP) study is about, how it has evolved, what kinds of data it offers for scientific research, and under what conditions the data can be accessed. This video may also be of interest to parts of the non-scientific community as a very basic overview of the study.
This tutorial explains who we survey each year. It illustrates the household-centered survey design and the methodologies used to follow respondents throughout the life course. It also briefly describes the sample’s evolution since 1984 and introduces the various subsamples that have been added over the years.
This tutorial introduces the different questionnaires currently used in the SOEP survey. It illustrates how we design the questionnaires to cover the entire life course, including important events, transitions, and moves into and out of the study.
Australian Political Scientist Bruce Headey was not only one of the first SOEP data users—he was one of the first researchers in the world to discover the value of the SOEP for research on happiness. Headey is a Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in the University of Melbourne. He is a specialist in welfare and distributional issues and at the
To accompany the economic upturn in the U.S., the Federal Reserve Bank has been raising its benchmark interest rate incrementally. In an increasingly globalized world in which the American economy plays a key role, an action like this has spillover effects on the international level. Max Hanisch's study shows that the member states of the euro area—Germany in particular—can temporarily
Every year, more than 30,000 people are interviewed for the SOEP study. Without their commitment and the professionalism of the interviewers working for Kantar Public, the survey institute, the SOEP would not be as successful as it is today. Interviewer Andrea Schüle has been working for “Living in Germany”, as the survey is known to respondents, for over 10 years. We introduce
Since the early 1990s, immigration has been a more important source of population increase in the EU than the natural change due to births and deaths, while in recent years Europe is facing a large inflow of refugees. At the same time, Eurobarometer opinion surveys reveal that immigration tops the list of challenges that EU citizens are most concerned about and therefore effective policies toward
Nicolas Ziebarth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He studied economics and business studies at HU and TU Berlin and was a member of the first DIW Graduate Center cohort from 2006 to 2011. During this time, Nicolas Ziebarth worked in the SOEP department at DIW Berlin. His dissertation, entitled “Sickness Absence and Economic