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  • Research Project

    Modern state-owned firms' performance: An empirical analysis of productivity, market power and innovation

    In sectors of general interests, the economic activity of the state decreased over decades as a consequence of privatisation and liberalisation. Recently, local governments began to remunicipalise in the energy and water sector, thereby creating a new and modern generation of state-owned firms.  These firms, however, differ in organisation and production environment from the state monopolists of...

    Current Project| Firms and Markets, Energy, Transportation, Environment
  • Diskussionspapiere 1849 / 2020

    Testing the Superstar Firm Hypothesis

    The superstar firms model provides a compelling explanation for two simultaneously occurring phenomena: the rise of concentration in industries and the fall of labor shares. Our empirical analysis confirms two of the underlying assumptions of the model: the market share increases and the labor share decreases with increasing firm-level total factor productivity, providing support for the superstar ...

    2020| Alexander Schiersch, Caroline Stiel
  • SOEPpapers 1069 / 2020

    Refugees’ and Irregular Migrants’ Self-selection into Europe: Who Migrates Where?

    We analyze self-selection of refugees and irregular migrants and test our theory in the context of the European refugee crisis. Using unique datasets from the International Organization for Migration and Gallup World Polls, we provide the first large-scale evidence on reasons to emigrate, and the self-selection and sorting of refugees and irregular migrants. Refugees and female irregular migrants are ...

    2020| Cevat Giray Aksoy, Panu Poutvaara
  • SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

    Internet Use and Job Matching in Germany

    We here assess the impact of DSL internet access on a set of labour market outcomes of working-age individuals in Germany between 2008 and 2012. Assuming internet access improves the quality of employer-employee matching by reducing search costs, we focus on indicators of job quality: the working hours mismatch, job satisfaction, and the probability of changing job. We draw...

    28.10.2020| Giorgia Menta and Sonia Schifano (University of Luxembourg, guest researcher at SOEP)
  • Diskussionspapiere 1878 / 2020

    Waiting for My Sentence: Air Pollution and the Productivity of Court Rulings

    I assert that air pollution from nitrogen oxides affects the productivity of employees in Mexican court hearings. This is the first article analyzing this connection and the first to disentangle work-breaks from the productivity of white-collar workers. I merge hourly pollution with granular hearing data under the assumption that the length of the hearing approximates productivity and identify causality ...

    2020| Luis Sarmiento
  • Blog Marcel Fratzscher

    Germany’s Misunderstood Trade Surplus

    Now that Germany’s current-account surplus has reached a record €270 billion ($285 billion), or close to 8.7% of GDP, the ongoing debate about its economic model has intensified. Eurozone politicians and Donald Trump’s administration in the United States are each blaming the other for the economic imbalance; and all are blaming the euro. Trump’s administration, for its part, ...

    07.03.2017| Marcel Fratzscher
  • Seminar

    Measuring Productivity Dispersion: Lessons from Counting One-Hundred Million Ballots

    11.07.2018| Ethan Ilzetzki, London School of Economics
  • Externe Monographien

    Knowledge-Based Capital and Firm Productivity

    Berlin: TU Berlin, 2019, 132, XXVI S. | Marie Le Mouel
  • Workshop

    Workshop on Development Economics: "Firms and Productivity"

    This workshop brings together high profile junior researchers from leading universities in Europe and the US, who present recent work on the nexus of firms and productivity in developing economies. The workshop is jointly organized by researchers from the DIW and the University of Munich (LMU). Attendance by invitation!

    20.11.2019
  • Diskussionspapiere 1788 / 2019

    Agglomeration Economies and the Firm TFP: Different Effects across Industries

    This paper analyzes the effect of agglomeration economies on firms’ total factor productivity. We propose the use of a control function approach to overcome the econometric issue inherent to the two-stage approach commonly used in the literature. Estimations are conducted separately for four industry groups, defined by technological intensity, to allow for non-uniform effects of agglomeration economies ...

    2019| Martin Gornig, Alexander Schiersch
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