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  • SOEPpapers 791 / 2015

    Moving to an Earnings-Related Parental Leave System: Do Heterogeneous Effects on Parents Make Some Children Worse Off?

    Can moving to an earnings-related parental leave system influence children’s wellbeing and are heterogeneous effects on parents carried over to the entire family, making special groups of children worse off than others? To answer this question, this study exploits a large and unanticipated parental leave reform in Germany as a natural experiment. By replacing a means-tested by an earnings-related system ...

    2015| Katrin Huber
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 11 / 2014

    Eastern Germany Still Playing Economic Catch-Up

    The economic gap between eastern and western Germany is still sizeable, even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In terms of GDP per inhabitant and productivity, eastern Germany has attained nearly three-quarters of western German levels, respectively. Since some years, the catch-up process is advancing very slowly indeed. The main reason for low productivity is the lack of highly skilled jobs. ...

    2014| Karl Brenke
  • Weitere externe Aufsätze

    Scar or Blemish? Investigating the Long-Term Impact of Involuntary Job Loss on Health

    In: Axel Börsch-Supan, Martina Brandt, Karsten Hank, Mathis Schröder (Eds.) , The Individual and the Welfare State
    Berlin [u.a.] : Springer
    S. 191-201
    | Mathis Schröder
  • SOEPpapers 285 / 2010

    Are Recessions Good for Educational Attainment?

    In this study, we examine how economic performance during the child-specific primary school phase, during which teachers make recommendations regarding secondary school level, affects the educational level achieved ultimately by these children. Using data for Germany, we find that an economic downturn, coupled with increased unemployment, affects children's education attainment negatively. In terms ...

    2010| Carsten Ochsen
  • SOEPpapers 74 / 2007

    Inequalities within Couples: Market Incomes and the Role of Taxes and Benefits in Europe

    In spite of there being few elements of tax or cash benefit systems in developed countries that are any longer explicitly gender-biased in a discriminatory sense, it is well recognised that they have significant gender effects. To the extent that women earn less than men on average under tax-benefit systems that are progressive, there is some redistribution from men to women overall. However, an aggregate ...

    2007| Francesco Figari, Herwig Immervoll, Horacio Levy, Holly Sutherland
  • SOEPpapers 627 / 2014

    Overeducation among Graduates - an Overlooked Facet of the Gender Pay Gap? Evidence from East and West Germany

    Germany's occupational and sectoral change towards a knowledge-based economy calls for high returns to education. Nevertheless, female graduates are paid much less than their male counterparts. We wonder whether overeducation affects sexes differently and whether this might answer for part of the gender pay gap. We decompose total year of schooling in years of over- (O), required (R), and undereducation ...

    2014| Christina Boll, Julian Sebastian Leppin
  • SOEPpapers 500 / 2012

    Mobility Regimes and Parental Wealth: The United States, Germany, and Sweden in Comparison

    We study the role of parental wealth for children's educational and occupational outcomes across three types of welfare states and outline a theoretical model that assumes parental wealth to impact offspring's attainment through two mechanisms, wealth's purchasing function and its insurance function. We argue that welfare states can limit the purchasing function of wealth, for instance by providing ...

    2012| Fabian T. Pfeffer, Martin Hällsten
  • SOEPpapers 633 / 2014

    Economic Growth Evens-out Happiness: Evidence from Six Surveys

    In spite of the great U-turn that saw income inequality rise in Western countries in the 1980s, happiness inequality has dropped in countries that have experienced income growth (but not in those that did not). Modern growth has reduced the share of both the "very unhappy" and the "perfectly happy". The extension of public amenities has certainly contributed to this greater happiness homogeneity. This ...

    2014| Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Claudia Senik
  • SOEPpapers 663 / 2014

    The German Part-Time Wage Gap: Bad News for Men

    Despite the increasing incidence of part-time employment in Germany, the effects on wage rates are studied rarely. I therefore use SOEP panel data from 1984 to 2010 and apply different econometric approaches and definitions of part-time work to measure the socalled part-time wage gap of both, men and women in East and West Germany. A very robust finding is that part-time working men are subject to ...

    2014| Elke Wolf
  • SOEPpapers 583 / 2013

    Health-Related Life Cycle Risks and Public Insurance

    This paper proposes a dynamic life cycle model of health risks, employment, early retirement, and wealth accumulation in order to analyze the health-related risks of consumption and old age poverty. In particular, the model includes a health process, the interaction between health and employment risks, and an explicit modeling of the German public insurance schemes. I rely on a dynamic programming ...

    2013| Daniel Kemptner
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