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Cognitive Skills, Non-Cognitive Skills, and Family Background: Evidence from Sibling Correlations

This paper estimates sibling correlations in cognitive and non-cognitive skills to evaluate the importance of family background for skill formation. Based on a large representative German dataset including IQ test scores and measures of non-cognitive skills, a restricted maximum likelihood model indicates a strong relationship between family background and skill formation. Sibling correlations in non-cognitive ...

In: Journal of Population Economics 30 (2017), 2, S. 591-620 | Silke Anger, Daniel D. Schnitzlein

Does Future PC Use Determine Our Wages Today? - Evidence from German Panel Data

Using 1985–99 data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP) we confirm the hypothesis that existing computer wage premiums are determined by ability or other unobserved individual characteristics rather than by productivity effects. In addition to the conventional longitudinal regression analysis, the two competing hypotheses were tested by employing future PC variables in the wage regressions ...

In: Labour 17 (2003), 3, 337-360 | Silke Anger, Johannes Schwarze

Completing the Bathtub? The Development of Top Incomes in Germany, 1907-2007

This paper examines the evolution of top incomes in Germany from 1907-2007 with a special focus on past decades. A more detailed analysis of German top incomes is conducted, beginning with a review of selected income distribution measures which indicate that high incomes have played a significant role for income divergence in recent years. Based on new data it is shown that top income shares have indeed ...

Berlin: DIW Berlin, 2012,
(SOEPpapers 451)
| Christina Anselmann, Hagen M. Krämer

Poverty Dynamics in Four OECD Countries

This study examines the dynamics of poverty for four OECD countries (Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States). It provides information on patterns of poverty, which groups stay in poverty the longest, and household/individual characteristics and life-course events which appear to be most closely associated with transitions into and out of poverty and the length of time individuals ...

Paris: OECD, 1999,
(OECD Econonomics Department Working Papers No. 212)
| Pablo Antolin, Thai-Thanh Dang, Howard Oxley

Microeconomic Analysis of the Retirement Decision - Germany

Paris: OECD, 1998,
(OECD Working Paper No. 204)
| Pablo Antolin, Stefano Scarpetta

Rising Wage Inequality, the Decline of Collective Bargaining, and the Gender Wage Gap

This paper investigates the increase in wage inequality, the decline in collective bargaining, and the development of the gender wage gap in West Germany between 2001 and 2006. Based on detailed linked employer-employee data, we show that wage inequality is rising strongly – driven not only by real wage increases at the top of the wage distribution, but also by real wage losses below the median. Coverage ...

In: Labour Economics 17 (2010), 5, 835-847 | Dirk Antonczyk, Bernd Fitzenberger, Katrin Sommerfeld

Developing SOEPsurvey and SOEPservice - The (Near) Future of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)

SOEPpapers 155 | Silke Anger, Joachim R. Frick, Jan Goebel, Markus M. Grabka, Olaf Groh-Samberg, Hansjörg Haas, Elke Holst, Peter Krause, Martin Kroh, Henning Lohmann, Jürgen Schupp, Ingo Sieber, Thomas Siedler, Christian Schmitt, C. Katharina Spieß, Ingrid Tucci, Gert G. Wagner

Editorial - SOEP after 25 Years: 8th International Socio-Economic Panel User Conference

In: Schmollers Jahrbuch - SOEP after 25 Years. Proceedings of the 8th International Socio-Economic Panel User Conference 129 (2009), 2, 149-154 | Silke Anger, Olaf Groh-Samberg, Bruce Headey, Gisela Trommsdorff

Cognitive Abilities and Earnings - First Evidence for Germany

We provide first evidence on the relationship between cognitive abilities and earnings in Germany using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) Study. The estimates suggest that mechanics abilities are positively related to wages of West German workers, even when educational attainment is controlled for. Pragmatics of cognition are not related to earnings. In line with studies for other countries, ...

In: Applied Economics Letters 17 (2010), 7, 699 - 702 | Silke Anger, Guido Heineck

Do Smart Parents Raise Smart Children? The Intergenerational Transmission of Cognitive Abilities

Complementing prior research on income and educational mobility, we examine the intergenerational transmission of cognitive abilities. We find that individuals’ cognitive skills are positively related to their parents’ abilities, despite controlling for educational attainment and family background. Differentiating between mothers’ and fathers’ IQ transmission, we find different effects on the cognition ...

In: Journal of Population Economics 23 (2010), 3, 1105-1132 | Silke Anger, Guido Heineck