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  • Diskussionspapiere 1426 / 2014

    Technical Efficiency and CO2 Reduction Potentials: An Analysis of the German Electricity Generating Sector

    In this paper, we analyze the technical efficiency of CO2 reduction potentials of German power and heat plants, using a non-parametric sequential Data Envelopment Analysis. We apply a metafrontier framework to evaluate plant-level efficiencies in the transformation of inputs into desirable (energy) and undesirable (CO2 emissions) outputs, taking into account different fossil fuel generation technologies. ...

    2014| Stefan Seifert, Astrid Cullmann, Christian von Hirschhausen
  • Diskussionspapiere 1393 / 2014

    Do Media Data Help to Predict German Industrial Production?

    Expectations form the basis of economic decisions of market participants in an uncertain world. Sentiment indicators reflect those expectations and thus have a proven track record for predicting economic variables. However, respondents of surveys perceive the world to a large extent with the help of media. So far, mainly very crude media information, such as word-count indices, has been used in the ...

    2014| Konstantin A. Kholodilin, Tobias Thomas, Dirk Ulbricht
  • SOEPpapers 675 / 2014

    Structural Labor Supply Models and Wage Exogeneity

    There is still considerable dispute about the magnitude of labor supply elasticities. While differences in micro and macro estimates are recently attributed to frictions and adjustment costs, we show that relatively low labor supply elasticities derived from microeconometric models can also be explained by modeling assumptions with respect to wages. Specifically, we estimate 3,456 structural labor ...

    2014| Max Löffler, Andreas Peichl, Sebastian Siegloch
  • SOEPpapers 676 / 2014

    A New Semiparametric Approach to Analysing Conditional Income Distributions

    In this paper we explore the application of structured additive distributional regression for the analysis of conditional income distributions in Germany following the reunification. Using a bootstrapped Kolmogorov-Smirnov test we find that conditional personal income distributions can generally be modelled using the three parameter Dagum distribution. Additionally our results hint at an even more ...

    2014| Alexander Sohn, Nadja Klein, Thomas Kneib
  • Data Documentation 72 / 2014

    Electricity Sector Data for Policy-Relevant Modeling: Data Documentation and Applications to the German and European Electricity Markets

    2014| Jonas Egerer, Clemens Gerbaulet, Richard Ihlenburg, Friedrich Kunz, Benjamin Reinhard, Christian von Hirschhausen, Alexander Weber, Jens Weibezahn
  • Diskussionspapiere 1366 / 2014

    The Effects of Family Policy on Mothers' Labor Supply: Combining Evidence from a Structural Model and a Natural Experiment

    Parental leave and subsidized child care are prominent examples of family policies supporting the reconciliation of family life and labor market careers for mothers. In this paper, we combine different empirical strategies to evaluate the employment effects of these policies for mothers in Germany. In particular we estimate a structural labor supply model and exploit a natural experiment, i.e. the ...

    2014| Johannes Geyer, Peter Haan, Katharina Wrohlich
  • SOEPpapers 616 / 2013

    Institutional Rearing Is Associated with Lower General Life Satisfaction in Adulthood

    We analyzed whether individuals reared in institutions differ in their general life satisfaction from people raised in their families. The data comprised of 19,210 German adults (51.5% female) aged from 17 to 101 years and were provided by the SOEP, an ongoing, nationally representative longitudinal study in Germany. Compared to people raised in families, individuals reared in institutions reported ...

    2013| David Richter, Sakari Lemola
  • SOEPpapers 617 / 2013

    Distributional Effects of a Minimum Wage in a Welfare State: The Case of Germany

    A popular argument for a federal minimum wage is that it will prevent in-work poverty and reduce income inequality. We examine this assertion for Germany, a welfare state with a relative generous means-tested social minimum and high marginal tax rates. Our analysis is based on a microsimulation model that accounts for the interactions between wages, the tax-benefit system and net incomes at the household ...

    2013| Kai-Uwe Müller, Viktor Steiner
  • SOEPpapers 607 / 2013

    Income Mobility

    We survey the literature on income mobility, aiming to provide an integrated discussion of mobility within- and between-generations. We review mobility concepts, descriptive devices, measurement methods, data sources, and recent empirical evidence.

    2013| Markus Jäntti, Stephen P. Jenkins
  • SOEPpapers 575 / 2013

    Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Equivalence Scales for West Germany Based on Subjective Data on Life Satisfaction

    The present study calculates variable, cross-sectional as well as longitudinal equivalence scales on the basis of the German 1984-2010 Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) database for West Germany. It follows the "individual variant" for calculating subjective equivalence scales using "life satisfaction" as a proxy variable for "utility". The cross-sectional scale estimates are characterized by relatively ...

    2013| Jürgen Faik