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  • SOEPpapers 254 / 2009

    Accounting for Imputed and Capital Income Flows in Income Inequality Analyses

    Using representative and consistent microdata from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) from 1985-2007, we illustrate that capital income (CI = return on financial investments) and imputed rent (IR = return on investments in owner-occupied housing) have become increasingly important sources of economic inequality in Germany over the last two decades. Whereas the operationalization of CI in ...

    2009| Joachim R. Frick, Markus M. Grabka
  • SOEPpapers 240 / 2009

    Precautionary and Entrepreneurial Saving: New Evidence from German Households

    The well-documented positive correlation between income risk and wealth was interpreted as evidence for high amounts of precautionary wealth in various studies. However, the large estimates emerged from pooling non-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs without controlling for heterogeneity. This paper provides evidence for Germany based on representative panel data including private wealth balance sheets. ...

    2009| Frank M. Fossen, Davud Rostam-Afschar
  • SOEPpapers 239 / 2009

    Triggers and Determinants of Severe Household Indebtedness in Germany

    Overindebted private households have created economic and political concern. Using measures of relative (over-) indebtedness which relate household income and debt services to different concepts of subsistence levels, this paper investigates whether severe household indebtedness is driven by trigger events such as unemployment, childbirth, divorce, or the death of the partner. Exploiting the panel ...

    2009| Matthias Keese
  • Diskussionspapiere 946 / 2009

    Google Searches as a Means of Improving the Nowcasts of Key Macroeconomic Variables

    The Google Insights data are a collection of recorded Internet searches for a huge number of the keywords, which are available since January 2004. These searches represent a kind of revealed perceptions of Internet users, which are a (possibly not entirely representative) sample of the general public. These data can be used to improve the short-term forecasts or nowcasts of various macroeconomic variables. ...

    2009| Konstantin A. Kholodilin, Maximilian Podstawski, Boriss Siliverstovs, Constantin Bürgi
  • SOEPpapers 48 / 2007

    Germans in Germany's Ethnic Neighborhoods

    In contrast to most research on the effects on residents of living in an ethnic neighborhood, this paper explores how living within an ethnic neighborhood affects members of the dominant ethnic group - in this case Germans - rather than the minorities that define it. The results indicate that Germans living within ethnic neighborhoods are less well off financially than their peers in other parts of ...

    2007| Anita I. Drever
  • SOEPpapers 57 / 2007

    Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership

    Immigrants are much less likely to own their homes than natives, even after controlling for a broad range of life-cycle and socio-economic characteristics and housing market conditions. This paper extends the analysis of immigrant housing tenure choice by explicitly accounting for ethnic identity as a potential influence on the homeownership decision, using a two-dimensional model of ethnic identity ...

    2007| Amelie Constant, Rowan Roberts, Klaus F. Zimmermann
  • Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Aufsätze 2006

    Integrated Consumer Policy: Economic Effects of Consumer-Related Instruments in EU-Integrated Product Policy (IPP)

    2006| Lydia Illge
  • SOEPpapers 358 / 2011

    Personal Bankruptcy Law, Wealth and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Evidence from the Introduction of a "Fresh Start"

    A personal bankruptcy law that allows for a "fresh start" after bankruptcy reduces the individual risk involved in entrepreneurial activity. On the other hand, as risk shifts to creditors who recover less of their credit after a debtor's bankruptcy, lenders may charge higher interest rates or ration credit supply, which can hamper entrepreneurship. Both aspects of a more forgiving personal bankruptcy ...

    2011| Frank M. Fossen
  • Externe Monographien

    Do Google Searches Help in Nowcasting Private Consumption? A Real-Time Evidence for the US

    Zürich: KOF, 2010, 25 S.
    (KOF Working Papers ; 256)
    | Konstantin A. Kholodilin, Maximilian Podstawski, Boriss Siliverstovs
  • Diskussionspapiere 1056 / 2010

    Confronting the Representative Consumer with Household-Size Heterogeneity

    Much analysis in macroeconomics empirically addresses economy-wide incentives behind consumer/investment choices by using insights from the way a single representative household would behave. Heterogeneity at the micro level can jeopardize attempts to back up the representative consumer construct with microfoundations. One complex aspect of micro-level heterogeneity is household size, as individuals ...

    2010| Christos Koulovatianos, Carsten Schröder, Ulrich Schmidt
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