First Felix Büchel Award 2006

The first Felix Büchel Award, nearly two years since Felix' passing away on July 12, 2004, was dedicated to Regina R. Riphahn.


Johannes Schwarze evoked in his speech the qualities of the work of Felix Büchel, who makes him a role model for SOEP users.

Concerning the decision for Regina he pointed out:
"In view of the criteria for the Felix Büchel Prize, the committee was looking for someone who:

  • makes extensive use of the SOEP Data in research and teaching,
  • has an outstanding publication record, especially in international refereed journals,
  • plays an active part in promoting SOEP's future development.

We didn't have to search long, and we think Felix would appreciate our choice. The winner of the First Felix Buechel Award in 2006 is Regina Riphahn. Regina, my congratulations. As I think that Regina is well known to most of you, I will give only a brief biographical sketch.

Regina studied Economics, Business Administration, and Sociology at the Universities of Cologne, Sussex (UK), Bonn, Tennessee (US), and North Carolina (US). She received an MBA at the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. Four years later, she completed her post-doctoral Habilitation on the dynamics of social assistance dependence in Germany at the University of Munich. Since then, she has held professorships at the Universities of Mainz and Basel. Since 2005, she has held the Chair for Statistics and Empirical Economics at the University of Erlangen (Germany). Regina T. Riphahn is a fellow of IZA (Institut Zukunft der Arbeit, Bonn), and also Research Professor at DIW Berlin (in the SOEP department). Her research interests are in applied microeconometrics, personnel, labor, social policy, population, and health economics.

Regina has published in a broad range of well-known economic journals. She is also a very active writer: I have counted eight papers she has published in international refereed journals since 2005, all based on SOEP data. Regina also introduces her students to SOEP, and thanks to her influence, microeconometric teaching in Nuremberg is closely related to applied analysis using the SOEP."

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