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Financial Resilience and the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Importance of Financial Literacy in Times of Crisis

In: BSE Insights on the Corona Crisis (28.05.2020), [Online-Artikel] | Jana Hamdan, Melanie Koch
Diskussionspapiere 1950 / 2021

The Effect of Self-Control and Financial Literacy on Impulse Borrowing: Experimental Evidence

This paper examines the effect of reduced self-control on impulsive borrowing in a laboratory experiment. We manipulate self-control using an ego depletion task and show that it is effective. Following the ego depletion task, participants can anonymously buy hot drinks on credit. We find no significant average effects, but find that treated individuals that have low financial literacy are more likely ...

2021| Antonia Grohmann, Jana Hamdan
SOEPpapers 1129 / 2021

Income Changes Do Not Influence Political Participation: Evidence from Comparative Panel Data

The income gradient in political participation is a widely accepted stylized fact. This article asks how income effects on political involvement unfold over time. Using nine panel datasets from six countries, it analyzes whether income changes have short-term effects on political involvement, whether effects vary across the life-cycle, and whether parental income has an independent influence. Irrespective ...

2021| Sebastian Jungkunz, Paul Marx
Monographien

The Distribution of Wealth in Germany 1895-2018

This paper presents the first comprehensive study of the long-run evolution of wealth inequality in Germany. We combine tax data, surveys, national accounts and rich lists to study the distribution of wealth in Germany from 1895 to 2018. We show that the concentration of wealth in the hands of the top 1% has fallen by half, from close to 50% in 1895 to less than 25% today. The interwar period as well ...

Bonn: EconTribute, 2020, 68 S.
(EconTribute Policy Brief ; 001)
| Thilo N. H. Albers, Charlotte Bartels, Moritz Schularick
Monographien

Long-Term Effects of Equal Sharing: Evidence from Inheritance Rules for Land

What are the long-term economic effects of a more equal distribution of wealth? We exploit variation in historical inheritance rules for land traversing political, linguistic, geological, and religious borders in Germany. In some German areas, inherited land was to be shared or divided equally among children, while in others land was ruled to be indivisible. Using a geographic regression discontinuity ...

Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020, 55 S.
(NBER Working Paper Series ; 28230)
| Charlotte Bartels, Simon Jäger, Natalie Obergruber
Monographien

Income, Consumption and Wealth Inequality in Germany: Three Concepts, Three Stories?

Given how controversially inequality is still being discussed by both academics and policy makers in Germany, we discuss methodological issues related to the measurement of inequalities and review the literature and empirical estimates of different forms of inequality. One important issue is the choice of the measure of well-being: the central measures discussed are household equivalent disposable ...

Berlin: Forum for a New Economy, 2020, 25 S.
(Forum New Economy Basic Papers ; 2)
| Charlotte Bartels, Carsten Schroeder
SOEPpapers 1105 / 2020

Compassion and Envy in Welfare Comparisons

Normative-based distributional comparisons across countries and over time usually build upon the assumption that individuals are selfish. However, there is a consolidated evidence that individuals also care about what others have. In this paper we propose a framework for comparing and ranking distributions that includes non-individualistic possibilities. Specifically, we consider ranking criteria that ...

2020| Flaviana Palmisano
Cluster-Seminar Öffentliche Finanzen und Lebenslagen

Long-Term Effects of Equal Sharing: Evidence from Inheritance Rules for Land

What are the long-term economic effects of a more equal distribution of wealth? We exploit variation in historical inheritance rules for land traversing political, linguistic, geological, and religious borders in Germany. In some German areas, inherited land was to be shared or divided equally among children, while in others land was ruled to be indivisible. Using a geographic regression...

02.12.2020| Charlotte Bartels
Externe referierte Aufsätze

A Tale of Two Countries: The Long Shadow of the Crisis on Income and Wealth in Germany and Italy

In: Journal of Modern European History 19 (2021), 1, S. 33-39 | Charlotte Bartels, Salvatore Morelli
Weitere Aufsätze

Wealth Inequalities

In: Klaus F. Zimmermann (Ed.) , Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics
Berlin: Springer
S. 1-38
| Johannes König, Carsten Schröder, Edward N. Wolff
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