News of SOEP http://www.diw.de/en/diw_02.c.221179.en/news_and_events.html News, Press Releases and job offers of SOEP en http://diw.de/sixcms/media.php/37/thumbnails/soep-logo_kl.jpeg.458933.jpeg SOEP (DIW Berlin) http://www.diw.de/en/soep Recent journal article about the SOEP data out now http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.596070.en Just published online: a new journal article to describe and refer to the SOEP data.

Jan Goebel, Markus M. Grabka, Stefan Liebig, Martin Kroh, David Richter, Carsten Schröder, Jürgen Schupp. 2018. The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Journal of Economics and Statistics (online first), doi: 10.1515/jbnst-2018-0022


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Fri, 10 Aug 2018 02:58:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.596070.en
Call: InGRID Summer school ‘EU-SILC training workshop: Comparative research on migration’ http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.595723.en An additional call for an InGRID Summer school
25 - 26 October 2018
at DIW Berlin
is open.

Deadline for applications: 3 September 2018
Information on applications: 11 September 2018

General information

The ‘EU-SILC trainings workshop: Comparative research on migration’ aims at training doctoral students or early-career researchers. It is also open to academics, policy practitioners and other interested users, who want to provide participants with opportunities to discuss their projects and to network with leading international experts and other colleagues in the field.

The summer school will take place in the center of Berlin, at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and will be hosted by the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin. The SOEP will provide and organize logistics for the week (practical information will be given soon). 


For more information please see here.


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Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:11:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.595723.en
Call for Papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research 1/2019 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593894.en „Future of capital funded old age provision in Germany – sovereign wealth funds versus individual retirement accounts“

Editors: Timm Bönke, Markus M. Grabka and Carsten Schröder

In May 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs duly convened the pension commission “reliable inter-generational contract (Verlässlicher Generationenvertrag)”. In brief, the ambitious mission is to present “a roadmap to ensure a sustainable safeguard and advancement the old age security systems for 2025 and beyond and to build the foundation for a new and reliable inter-generational contract”.

The challenges for the German old age-security system are large. The replacement rate of the statutory pension insurance (Gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung) is today already less than 50 percent and scheduled to decline even further to 43 percent in 2030. According to estimation of the Federal Statistical Office, the old-age dependency ratio – the ratio of persons 60 and older to persons between 20 and 60 – will distinctly rise form 49.7 in 2013 to 74.5 in 2030. A development at a time where the federal grant to support the budget of the statutory pension insurance is around 91 billion Euro and hence the largest position within the annual budget of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

In the past, the Rürup-Commission introduced a course for an inter-generational balanced financing of public, company and private based old age benefits. In particular, an adjustment of the German 3-pillar-system (public, company, and private old age provisions) was agreed to and with the introduction of subsidies for private old-age provisions – the so-called Riester- and Rürup-contracts – established. Albeit the number of Riester-contracts reached 16.5 million, the effectivity of Riester products is questionable and subject to fundamental critic: the products are deemed to complex, realize only low rate of returns and administrative costs are high. Further, low-income earners, a group especially threatened by old-age poverty in the future, show very modest participation rates. Therefore, many analyst assess the policies to stimulate private old age savings as insufficient. However, there is a pronounced interest to have a strong and profitable capital funded pillar next to unfunded public pillar in the German old age security system.

One possibility to broaden the basis for old age security are sovereign wealth funds in the form of pension funds. Here, the view abroad is revealing. Many countries established sovereign wealth funds for this purpose. Pension funds invest in capital markets in order to supplement rising future pension obligations due to demographic change with the realized returns from the investments. Since the 1990, several reserve funds were established at the state and federal level in Germany to counter rising pension obligation for civil servants. These pension reserve funds can be regarded as first beginnings of pension funds in Germany.
Another path is to establish government administrated individual retirement accounts or government regulated standard old age savings products to ensure easy access to capital markets while simultaneously keeping costs to a minimum, ensuring transparency and yield high rate of returns. Again, several international role models exist (e.g. Sweden).

Aim of the envisioned Quarterly Journal of Economic Research issue is to present experiences with capital funded sovereign wealth funds and individual retirement accounts as well as hybrids of both and to establish, which international role models provide interesting solutions for the German context and what are the challenges of an implementation in Germany. Scrutinized aspects are covered individuals, the necessity for obligatory participation and basis of funding, rate of returns and investment strategies, administration, etc.

Welcome are both empirical and theoretical contributions. Political implications of presented findings should be explained and discussed. In addition, we are interested in position papers from organization, policy makers and business. The emphasis is on examples of currently existing or former sovereign wealth funds and capital funded individual retirement account schemes.

The editorial team is responsible for the issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economic Research. Authors who consider a contribution (German or English) are asked to submit an abstract (maximum 1 page) until August 31, 2018 to Markus M. Grabka (mgrabka@diw.de). Authors will receive a timely response if the contribution will be considered. Final contributions should not exceed 30.000 characters and have to be submitted by December 15, 2018. Final contributions will be subject to copyediting and a review process. The issue is scheduled to be published in spring 2019.


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Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:12:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593894.en
New publication: The SOEP Wave Report 2017 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593245.en The current SOEP Wave Report 2017 has been published and is available for download.
It contains a look at the important developments in the SOEP-Core samples, innovations at SOEP-IS, the current fieldwork reports of Kantar Public as well as projects and activities of the SOEP Research Data Center. A list of all SOEPpapers and SOEP Survey Papers as well as selected scientific publications of the last year, which use the SOEP data, complete the report - all in English.

Please download here.


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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:57:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593245.en
SOEPnewsletter 119 published http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591245.en We are happy to present our recent SOEPnewsletter 119, June 2018.


We

  • provide you with information about the release 2016 of the SOEP-IS data, which are out now,
  • give you the opportunity to submit applications to an InGRID summer school on migration research at DIW Berlin,
  • invite you to an international workshop on longitudinal data management and analysis (CNEF workshop) at DIW Berlin,
  • give information about some issues in the latest SOEP-Core distribution,
  • inform about workshops, staff and community news, new publications

and many more.


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Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:41:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591245.en
SOEP-IS Release 2016 available http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591038.en The SOEP-IS Release 2016 provides household data from 1998 to bis 2016 and the data from the innovative modules 2011 to 2015.

We will be happy to receive your order. Please use our online form.

More information on data access, sample development, innovative modules and the data files included you will find here.


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Fri, 01 Jun 2018 04:32:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591038.en
Known Issues in the current SOEP-Core distribution http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584388.en In the data distribution soep.v33.1 (1984-2016) some issues occured, which are described  here and can be fixed by the provided scripts.


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Fri, 01 Jun 2018 04:05:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584388.en
Income Distribution in Germany : Real Income on the Rise since 1991 but More People with Low Incomes http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584775.en Between 1991 and 2015, the real disposable, needs-adjusted income of persons in private households in Germany rose by 15 percent on average. The majority of the population has benefited from the growth in real income, but the groups at the lower end of the income distribution have not. Inequality in both market and disposable needs-adjusted household income has remained high. These are the findings of the present study based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study. The risk-of-poverty rate was 16.8 percent in 2015, in comparison to around 11 percent in the mid-1990s. The risk-of-poverty rate among the population without a migration background was 13 percent. At 29 percent, it was more than twice as high for persons with a direct migration background - those who were born in a foreign country and then migrated to Germany. The increase in the risk-of-poverty rate is mainly the result of the higher proportion of migrants. Differentiating by housing status yields a constant low risk-of-poverty rate for homeowner households, while tenant households must confront a significant increase in the risk of poverty.

The full report by Markus M. Grabka and Jan Goebel in DIW Weekly Report 21/2018


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Thu, 24 May 2018 10:20:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584775.en
Upward and downward social mobility probabilities have converged for men and women http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584816.en This study investigates professional social mobility, i.e., changes in one’s occupational status compared to that of their parents. It uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (Sozio-ökonomisches Panel, SOEP) on middle-aged, western Germans who were born between 1939 and 1971. On average, social status relative to parents has increased (absolute social mobility). However, looking at how positions change from parents to their children relative to their respective cohorts (relative social mobility) shows that, on average, little has changed in this respect since the Second World War. A person is still much more likely to achieve a position in the top status group if the parents already had such a position. Looking at specific social groups, the picture is more differentiated. Mobility patterns for men and women have largely converged during the observation period: men experience downward mobility more often than before and women experience upward mobility more frequently.

The full report by Nicolas Legewie and Sandra Bohmann in DIW Weekly Report 20/2018


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Thu, 24 May 2018 10:19:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584816.en
SOEP mourns loss of former SOEP Director Wolfgang Zapf http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584082.en Wolfgang Zapf, former SOEP Director and longtime supporter and advocate for the SOEP, passed away in late April at the age of 81.

Wolfgang Zapf was instrumental in the founding of the SOEP study in the early 1980s, together with colleagues in the fields of sociology and economics. He has had an enduring influence on the measurement concepts used in the SOEP, and his quality of life concept has become a become central to SOEP longitudinal study. When Hans-Jürgen Krupp left DIW Berlin in 1988, Wolfgang Zapf took on the responsibilities of interim director without question—despite his extensive responsibilities as President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center—in characteristic solidarity with what was then the SOEP project group based at DIW Berlin. He went on to serve for many years as a member of the SOEP Advisory Board, providing advice and expertise to the panel project. 


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Tue, 08 May 2018 03:16:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584082.en
SOEP mourns loss of former SOEP Director Wolfgang Zapf http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583926.en Wolfgang Zapf, former SOEP Director and longtime supporter and advocate for the SOEP, passed away in late April at the age of 81.

Wolfgang Zapf was instrumental in the founding of the SOEP study in the early 1980s, together with colleagues in the fields of sociology and economics. He has had an enduring influence on the measurement concepts used in the SOEP, and his quality of life concept has become a become central to SOEP longitudinal study. When Hans-Jürgen Krupp left DIW Berlin in 1988, Wolfgang Zapf took on the responsibilities of interim director without question—despite his extensive responsibilities as President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center—in characteristic solidarity with what was then the SOEP project group based at DIW Berlin. He went on to serve for many years as a member of the SOEP Advisory Board, providing advice and expertise to the panel project. 


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Tue, 08 May 2018 12:16:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583926.en
SOEP 2018 - Registration is open now http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583920.en

The registration for the 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2018) is open now!

Please visit our conference homepage for more information (the detailled program will be published soon).

We are obliged to charge all conference participants a registration fee.
Regular fee: 140 EUR / Reduced fee (Students & enrolled Phd Students): 80 EUR.
The fee includes conference materials, and conference participants are cordially invited to join the evening events.

Please register online no later than June 29, 2018.
Participants registering after that date are charged an additional fee of € 30
(regular fee: € 170 and reduced fee: € 110).


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Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583920.en
How to work with spell data http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.581706.en Spell, duration or event history data are used frequently in the social sciences. Handling this kind of data can be cumbersome, especially when you want to supplement spell data with panel data or vice versa. Alternatively, you might want to combine two spell files or enrich spell data with information on events while keeping the spell structure of your data. To accomplish these tasks, we provide five do-files to facilitate the data management.

For a short abstract please click here

For example do-files please click here

For a full documentation on how to use the do-files please click here


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Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:02:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.581706.en
Martin Kroh has been appointed professor at the University of Bielefeld http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579169.en Martin Kroh, former Division Head of Survey Methodology and Management at the SOEP, has been appointed Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research with a focus on quantitative methods at the University of Bielefeld starting January 1, 2018.

He will continue to support the SOEP in the area of survey methodology during a transitional period and also work on joint ongoing research projects.


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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:51:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579169.en
Inequality in Germany: decrease in gap for gross hourly wages since 2014, but monthly and annual wages remain on plateau http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579153.en Despite the booming German labor market, wage inequality is still a relevant issue. In the present study, the authors report on the changes in wages and their distribution between 1992 and 2016. In addition to real contractual gross hourly wages, we closely examined gross monthly and annual wages. Based on Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) data, the results show that wage inequality rose significantly between 1992 and 2005, in particular with respect to monthly and annual wages. Since then inequality in monthly and annual wages has plateaued at its 2005 level. Inequality in hourly wages has decreased only since 2014, and between 2013 and 2016, average real gross hourly wages rose by five percent after a longer phase of stagnation. For the lowest ten percent of the population, they rose by 13 percent—a rate related to the implementation of sector-specific wages and the statutory minimum wage. However, these minimum wages obviously did not affect monthly and annual wages as anticipated.

The full article by Markus M. Grabka and Carsten Schröder in: DIW Weekly Report 9/2018


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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579153.en
Gross income gap has increased since reunification http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.575256.en The top 10% of income earners in Germany earn almost as much as the middle 40% – the top 1%’s share of national income has increased from eight to 13 percent since 1995.

The share of national income belonging to the top 1% of income earners has grown significantly in Germany since the mid-1990s, while the share earned by the bottom 50% has significantly decreased. These are the main findings of a study by DIW Berlin economist Charlotte Bartels based on income tax data for Germany for the World Inequality Report.


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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.575256.en
Gert G. Wagner celebrates his 65th birthday, leaves position on DIW Berlin's Executive Board http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574488.en Gert G. Wagner, who served as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research's Executive Board from 2011 to 2017, will celebrate his 65th birthday on January 5. The economist and social scientist was the head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin from 1989 to 2011 and developed it into the largest and longest-running long-term study on social and economic conditions in Germany. Wagner is leaving his position as a member of DIW Berlin's Executive Board in January but will be remaining a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the institute. He will shift the focus of his future research activities to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Bildungsforschung), where he has been a Max Planck Fellow since 2008.

"Gert G. Wagner has been of great service to the SOEP and DIW Berlin," said Axel A. Weber, chairman of DIW Berlin's Board of Trustees. "Together with an outstanding staff, he made the SOEP into the excellent and world-renowned research infrastructure it is today. As a member of DIW Berlin's Executive Board, he was just as successful in taking on a large amount of responsibility for the entire institute."

Wagner stepped down from leading the SOEP in early 2011 to join DIW Berlin's Executive Board. Together with Cornelius Richter and Georg Weizsaecker, Wagner successfully led the institute through its evaluation by the Leibniz Association (Leibniz Gemeinschaft) as the chairperson of the Executive Board ("president"). After Marcel Fratzscher took over the position of president in February 2013, Wagner remained a member of DIW Berlin's Executive Board representing the SOEP. Stefan Liebig, who was named director of the SOEP, took over Wagner's position on the Executive Board effective January 1, 2018.

"Gert G. Wagner not only made a key contribution to DIW Berlin with his work with the SOEP, but he also laid important foundations for DIW Berlin's successful future by emphasizing the institute's scientific focus in 2011 and 2012. I'd like to thank him for our excellent work together over the past five years," said DIW Berlin president Marcel Fratzscher, who noted that, aside from Wagner, "Juergen Schupp also did an excellent job as director of the SOEP and provided new momentum. I'm happy that he will continue to manage the SOEP as vice director and devote more time to his research."

From 1989 to 2011, Gert G. Wagner was head of the SOEP, a long-term study that began in 1983 by the then-president of DIW Berlin, Hans-Juergen Krupp. Wagner and his colleagues developed the SOEP into one of the most important socio-scientific research infrastructures in the world. Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, people from East Germany, as well as those who relocated from East to West Germany and those of German descent from former Eastern Bloc territories who came to Germany in the mid-1990s, could be included in the study. In 2003, Wagner successfully institutionalized the SOEP as a research infrastructure at DIW Berlin. Together with Juergen Schupp, who was the head of the SOEP from 2011 to 2017, Wagner ensured that the SOEP was continuously adapted to social changes, expanded to include psychological issues, and networked excellently, both nationally and internationally. Since 2016, the SOEP has also been collecting a representative sample of data from refugees.

Today, the SOEP enables cutting-edge research that is considering leading worldwide. Wagner's publications emphasize his significance in basic research as well as outreach activities: aside from 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, he has authored over 100 DIW Wochenbericht reports and almost 500 newspaper articles.

"I'm happy to be leaving the SOEP in good hands with sociologist Stefan Liebig. Thanks to Juergen Schupp and his team, the SOEP is as good as ever and extremely well-suited to its role in forming the basis for the sound analysis of many socially, psychologically, and economically important issues," said Wagner. "In times of great uncertainty, science in general and data-based analysis in particular play a key role."

In 1997, Wagner became the first DIW Berlin employee (aside from the president) who, as a jointly appointed professor, also worked closely with a university, the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Since 2002, he has been a professor of empirical economics and economic policy at the Berlin University of Technology (TUB). He is also a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, acatech).

Additionally, he is chairperson of The German Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat) and a member of the German Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (Sachverstaendigenrates für Verbraucherpolitik). He was previously chairperson of the German Council for Social and Economic Data (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten) and a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). In September 2007, Wagner was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

On January 8, 2018, Wagner will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree in social sciences and economics (Dr. rer pol. h.c.) from the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. As part of the lecture series "Inequality and Redistribution," Wagner will also present his talk, "Does less inequality cost growth? On the importance of various objectives in the debate on inequality."


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Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:10:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574488.en
Gert G. Wagner celebrates his 65th birthday, leaves position on DIW Berlin's executive board http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574462.en Gert G. Wagner, who served as a member of the German Institute for Economic Research's executive board from 2011 to 2017, will celebrate his 65th birthday on January 5. The economist and social scientist was the head of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin from 1989 to 2011 and developed it into the largest and longest-running long-term study on social and economic conditions in Germany. Wagner is leaving his position as a member of DIW Berlin's executive board in January but will remain at the institute as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow. He will shift the focus of his future research activities to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung), where he has been a Max Planck Fellow since 2008.


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Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574462.en
Seasonal greetings http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574126.en

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a healthy and successful 2018

On behalf of the whole SOEP team at DIW Berlin

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Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:24:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574126.en
SOEP 2018 Conference – Call for Papers http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574124.en The call für papers and session contribution for our
SOEP 2018 - 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference
July 19–20, 2018, in Berlin

is open until February 15, 2018.

The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with SOEP data. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g. economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology and sociology) who use the SOEP or the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract.

Call for Papers

Conference website at http://www.diw.de/soep2018


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Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.574124.en