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  • October 7 - 9, 2024

    Graduate Center Masterclasses

    Effects of Shocks in Nonlinear and Non-Gaussian Environments

    Speaker: Christian Matthes
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 13.30-15.00h
    15.15-16.45h
    (on all three days)

    Further information will follow soon.

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  • July 24, 2024

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    The Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics organized by the Firms and Markets Department * provides an opportunity to present on-going research, * focuses on advances in applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and economic policy issues, * serves as a forum for discussing both academic and project-related research, * intends to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. ...

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  • July 17, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    The Economic Consequences of Being Widowed by War: A Life-Cycle Perspective (with J. Stuhler)

    Speaker: Sebastian Braun, University of Bayreuth
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Despite millions of war widows worldwide, little is known about the economic consequences of being widowed by war. We use life history data from West Germany to show that war widowhood increased women’s employment immediately after World War II but led to lower employment rates later in life. War widows, therefore, carried a double burden of employment and childcare while their children were young ...

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  • July 16, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    The Judge in the Marriage Bed: The Modernization of the Swiss Marital Law and Female Labour Force Participation

    Speaker: Lea Weigand, University of Zurich
    Location: Joan Robinson Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 3.3.002a
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 to 12:00

    This paper analyses the impact of the modernization of the Swiss marital law in the 1980s on married women's labour force participation in Switzerland. The reform of the law comprised multiple measures to foster the equality between husband and wife within the marriage. The Swiss people voted on the reform in a referendum in 1985, accepting the new marital law. Hence at the time of the vote, it ...

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  • July 11, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    The Welfare Consequences Of Learning Where One Stands: Evidence from a Large Field Experiment

    Speaker: Peter H. Matthews (Middlebury College and Aalto University)
    Location: Ferdinand Friedensburg Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.001
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 10:30-11:30

    The seminar will share two connected papers, one newer, and in more need of feedback, than the other. The premise of both is the received wisdom that income rank matters for welfare, in particular life satisfaction. In most discussions, however, income comparisons are limited to the national population and evidence is correlational. In the first paper, we report on an experiment that randomized ...

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  • July 10, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Short-time Work and Unemployment: Long-term effects on labor market outcomes

    Speaker: Clara Schäper
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 to 12:00

    This study sheds light on the impact of different types of job retention programs such as short-time work (STW). We analyze the causal effect of an episode of STW on labor market outcomes up to five years later and compare this to the effects of sudden unemployment episodes. Using data from German Socio-Economic Panel (1992–2022), we employ an event-study approach to analyze the effect of ...

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  • July 10, 2024

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    Agents, Landlords and Tenants: Price Regulation in a Thick Two-sided Market

    Speaker: Jan David Bakker, Bocconi University
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Francine D. Blau Room 3.3.002B + 3.3.002C

    This paper examines the impacts of new policies aimed at reducing the cost of renting by regulating the actions of intermediaries in the rental market. We highlight how information frictions between buyers and intermediaries can give rise to rents in the thick two-sided market. The distribution of these rents between intermediaries and sellers, as well as the impact of price regulation, depends on ...

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  • July 3, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Nowcasting Income Inequality in Germany

    Speaker: Laura Pagenhardt
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Current developments in the labor income distribution shape the business cycle and the transmission of fiscal and monetary policy measures. During economic crises, timely and well targeted economic policy becomes essential but the volatility of the (labor) income distribution is particularly high. Detailed distributional data on household incomes becomes available after one year at the earliest. ...

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  • July 3, 2024

    Brown Bag Seminar Industrial Economics

    New Trade Models, Same Old Emissions?

    Speaker: Robin Sogalla, DIW Berlin
    Time:
    11:30 - 12:30
    Ferdinand Friedensburg Room 2.3.001

    This paper investigates the elusive role of productivity heterogeneity in new trade models in the trade and environment nexus. We contrast the Eaton-Kortum and the Melitz models with firm heterogeneity to the Armington and Krugman models without heterogeneity. We show that if firms have a constant emission share in terms of sales — as they do in a wide range of trade and environment models — the ...

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  • June 26, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Gender differences and stereotypes in newspaper coverage of company board members

    Speaker: Virginia Sondergeld
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 to 12:00

    I present first descriptive evidence on gender differences and stereotypes in newspaper coverage of company board members in Germany through quantitative text analysis. Regularized regression shows that family-related terms are predictive of an article being about a woman. An association of women with family and men with careers is also shown in dictionary-based analyses using the term frequency ...

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  • June 19, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    The Dynamics of Poor-quality Employment in the UK: Up the Creek without a Paddle

    Speaker: Kirsten Sehnbruch, London School of Economics and International Inequalities Institute
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Using panel data from Understanding Society, this paper presents a methodology for conceptualising and measuring poor-quality employment in the UK as a distinct concept from job quality. This allows us to identify the most vulnerable employed workers in the UK. Key to this approach is the recognition that poor employment conditions exacerbate each other leading to more intense levels of ...

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  • June 5, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Reversing the Reversal? A Systematic Reassessment and Meta-Analysis of Wellbeing Research

    Speaker: Anthony Lepinteur, University of Luxembourg
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Fierce debate over the feasibility of cardinally measuring utility – or ‘wellbeing’ – with surveys has recently resurfaced. Several prominent papers claimed that when interpreting survey data as strictly ordinal, most of the literature’s results are easily reversed. We systematically assess this claim. To do so, we replicate the universe of wellbeing research published in top economics journals ...

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  • June 4, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    The obstinacy of gender stereotypes. Evidence from the Found-in-Translation Task

    Speaker: Patrycja Janowska-Widomska, University of Warsaw
    Location: Joan Robinson Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 3.3.002a
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 13:00 to 14:00

    The pursuit of science (especially exact sciences) is commonly associated with the male gender. This might have a lot of negative consequences, including discrimination and underrepresentation of female researchers at academia. We conduct two experiments with a series of conditions that make it gradually easier to avoid misattribution of gender of a female scholar. In a novel Found-in-Translation ...

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  • June 4 - 5, 2024

    Graduate Center Masterclasses

    Bayesian Approaches to the Analysis of Panel Data

    Speaker: Frank Schorfheide
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: Day 1: 09:30 - 17:15h
    Day 2: 09:30 - 12:45h 

    This course provides a self-contained introduction to Bayesian analysis of panel data models. We will start with an introduction to Bayesian inference, covering the basic building blocks, which involve inference in a heteroskedastic linear regression model and Gibbs sampling to generate draws from the posterior distribution. Moreover, we will consider nonparametric inference. We then proceed with ...

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  • May 22, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    How resilient is public support for carbon pricing? Longitudinal evidence from Germany

    Speaker: Stephan Sommer, Bochum University of Applied Sciences and RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    The success of climate policies depends crucially on the dynamics of public support. Using unique longitudinal data from three surveys conducted between 2019 and 2022, we study the variations of public support for carbon pricing in Germany. The period includes two relevant events: the introduction and ramping up of carbon pricing in Germany and the exogenous increase in energy prices following the ...

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  • May 15, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Career Decisions over the Life-cycle: The Impact of Social Insurance Policies

    Speaker: Annica Gehlen
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 11:00 to 12:00 a.m.

    Work-limiting disabilities pose a significant risk to the earnings potential and welfare of older workers. While coverage of public disability insurance (DI) systems is almost universal, the risk of becoming dependent on DI varies across occupations. In this paper, I study the value of public DI across different occupations using data from administrative social security records in Germany. I ...

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  • May 13 - 14, 2024

    Graduate Center Masterclasses

    Empirical Methods for Business-Cycle Analysis

    Speaker: Christian Wolf
    Location: Francine D. Blau Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 3.3.002b
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time:
    13 May: 9:30-17:15
    14 May: 9:30-12:45

    This course aims to bring participants to the research frontier on how to estimate the causal effects of macroeconomic shocks, with a particular focus on monetary and fiscal policy. We will discuss how to: plausibly identify those shocks; best estimate their causal effects in finite samples; and finally use those shock causal effects for macroeconomic policy evaluation. The analysis throughout ...

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  • May 8, 2024

    SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Ethnic segregation in a stratified school system: Does ability tracking hamper ‘white flight’ from local schools?

    Speaker: Hanno Kruse, University of Bonn
    Location: Karl Popper Room
    DIW Berlin
    Room 2.3.020
    Mohrenstr. 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 12:30-13:30

    Research on parental school choice provides strong evidence of so-called ‘white flight’ – that ethnic majority parents avoid choosing a local school if it contains large numbers of ethnic minority students. In this study, we examine such segregating choices in a formally stratified school system. Theoretically, we argue that segregating choices are less common in an educational setting where ...

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  • May 3, 2024

    Berlin Seminar

    Transition indicators – to agree on and pursue climate action and recognize broader benefits

    Speaker: Bipashyee Ghosh, University College London (UCL), Xiliang Zhang, Tsinghua University, Sylvia Nyawira & Wendy Francesconi, Alliance Bioversity – CIAT, Yong-Gun Kim, Yonsei University, Niken Prilandita, Institut Teknologi, Martijn Verdonk, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Matthias Duwe, Ecologic Institute, Harald Winkler, University of Cape Town, Miriam Ott,Federal Foreign Office
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30

    The Global Stocktake report emphasizes that the core benefits of the transition towards climate neutrality are key to enhancing public and political support for more ambitious action. This motivated several country studies to explore how transition indicators could be defined to enhance understanding, agreement, and implementation of climate action. In this report, transition indicators are ...

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  • April 30, 2024

    Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

    Meet My Family: the Effect of Female CEOs’ Newspaper Coverage on Financial Decision Making

    Speaker: Lavinia Kinne, Virginia Sondergeld
    Location: Anna J. Schwartz Room
    Room 5.2.010
    Mohrenstraße 58
    10117 Berlin
    Time: 14:30 bis 15:30 Uhr

    Newspaper coverage of firms’ CEOs is highly gendered. This presents a bias in itself but it might also have consequences for investments into the firm. In a survey experiment (N=tbd), we identify the causal impact of differential newspaper coverage for female and male CEOs on four outcomes: expected firm performance, investment into the firm, expected CEO ‘survival’, and expected performance in ...

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