LERN 2018

The next LERN Annual Research Meeting (only available in German) on will take place on 26th and 27th April at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen.

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The next Forum On Educational Policy (information in German only). with the topic "Early Childhood Education" will take place on 25th September at the Landesvertretung Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin.

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IFO on 16.03.2018, 09:00 h
ifo Institute Publishes Additional Economic Forecast

The ifo Institute will publish an additional economic forecast next week. ?This forecast represents our contribution to the Joint Economic Forecast of leading economic research institutes, which will be prepared in Munich this year,? explains Timo Wollmershaeuser, Head of Economic Forecasting at ifo. ( more )

IFO on 15.03.2018, 08:00 h
ifo Institute Favours Reductions in Tariffs on Transatlantic Trade

The ifo Institute supports reductions in tariffs on transatlantic trade. ?The EU is by no means the paradise for free traders that it likes to think; this is especially true when the EU is compared to the USA,? said Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the ifo Center for International Economics. ( more )

IFO on 15.03.2018, 02:30 h
L'Institut ifo en faveur d'une réduction générale des droits de douane appliqués au commerce transatlantique

L'Institut ifo à Munich s'est prononcé en faveur d'une réduction générale des droits de douane appliqués au commerce transatlantique. « L'UE n'est en aucun cas un paradis pour le libre-échange, bien qu'elle aime s'imaginer en tant que tel ; c'est particulièrement vrai si on la compare aux États-Unis », affirme le directeur du Centre ifo pour le commerce international, Gabriel Felbermayr. ( more )

DIW on 13.03.2018, 11:19 h
Call for Papers – Workshop on Gender Economics

DIW Berlin, Humboldt University and WZB are jointly organizing a workshop on Gender Economics. The aim of this workshop is to bring together an international group of labor and experimental economists. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Dynamics of gender gaps in education and labor market outcomes Interactions between gender norms, institutions and economic outcomes The role of the firm and technology The nature of discrimination Keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Claudia Olivetti (Boston College) and Professor Anna Dreber (Stockholm School of Economics). The workshop will take place on Oct 18-19, 2018 at DIW [...] ( more )

IAMO on 13.03.2018, 08:42 h
Webinar talk on women's participation in irrigation systems

As part of the webinar ?Improving gender equity in irrigation? IAMO scientist Nozilakhon Mukhamedova and the scientists Nicole Lefore and Elizabeth Weight will hold a presentation entitled ?Improving learning in irrigation: What approaches can improve participation and benefits for women? Pilot study in Uzbekistan? today at 15:00 CET. The webinar explores how to improve women's participation and benefits in irrigation schemes. It is hosted by the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research in collaboration with the WLE's Thrive Network. ( more )

IFO on 13.03.2018, 08:00 h
ifo Viewpoint No. 193: Is the Grand Coalition Leading Germany towards a Transfer Union? The Euro Junktim

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DIW on 13.03.2018, 01:12 h
Jan Marcus wins Best Junior Researcher Prize of the Joachim Herz Stiftung

The Joachim Herz Foundation awards Prof. Dr. Jan Marcus with 25.000 Euro as this year's best junior researcher. Jan Marcus is a GC alumnus, a research fellow at the DIW Education and Family Department and a Junior Professor at the University of Hamburg. As such, the Graduate Center congratulates him and wishes him further success in his future work! We also congratulate Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter and Peter Schwardmann PhD , both from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Joachim Winter won the prize of 150.000 Euro for his research in health economics and Peter Schwardmann won the second junior researcher prize with 15.000 Euro. [...] ( more )

IAMO on 12.03.2018, 02:37 h
Workshop on return and labour migration in Central and Eastern Europe

On 7 March 2018, IAMO organized in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) a workshop on ?Return and Labor Migration in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989? in Leipzig. The event focused on the economic, social and political motivations of emigrants and returnees. ( more )

DIW on 09.03.2018, 09:28 h
Patricia Gallego-Granados has successfully defended her dissertation

Patricia Gallego-Granados, who works at the Public Economics department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Essays on the Gender- and the Part-Time Wage Gap: A Distributional Approach" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Peter Haan (DIW Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Christoph Breunig (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). We congratulate Patricia on her success and wish her all the best for her future career.
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IFO on 09.03.2018, 09:00 h
ifo Institute Warns of EU Tariffs for Third Countries

The USA?s punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium violate World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, according to the ifo Institute. ?For its part, however, the EU should not react with tariffs on steel and aluminium products from third states like China and Russia to protect its own industry from the effects of trade diversion,? notes Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the ifo Center for International Economics. ( more )

IFO on 08.03.2018, 11:30 h
Equal Opportunity in Europe: Germany Scores Middle of the Range

Germany is midfield among European countries when it comes to equal opportunity, according to the latest calculations by the ifo Institute. ?Iceland, Finland and Norway lead the pack,? notes Paul Hufe, one of the authors of the study. ( more )

IAMO on 08.03.2018, 09:42 h
Baku Conference: Call for Submissions

+++ BAKU Conference entitled ?Agriculture Trade and Foreign Investments for Sustainable Regional Integration in Caucasus and Central Asia? will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 6 to 7 September 2018. Abstract submission is open until 11 May 2018. +++ ( more )

DIW on 08.03.2018, 07:30 h
Successful high-level conference of DIW Berlin, EU Commission and H4SF on Green Finance

More than two years after the “Paris Climate Deal” and the entry into force of the “Sustainable Development Goals”, is Europe ready to take sustainable finance to the next level, making finance work for sustainable development and for protecting our climate? This question was addressed at a high-level event in Berlin on February 22, 2018. The conference was organized by the European Commission, DIW Berlin and the Hub for Sustainable Finance Germany (H4SF). It gathered policy-makers, researchers, actors of the energy and banking sectors and regulators to discuss where we stand and where we are headed with sustainable [...] ( more )

IFO on 07.03.2018, 09:00 h
ifo Institute Criticises Planned Increase in Child Benefit

The ifo Institute has criticised the planned increase in child benefit in the coalition agreement. ?The advantage of such an increase, measured in terms of family policy goals, is small according to our current knowledge; while its costs are disproportionately high,? notes Helmut Rainer, Director of the ifo Center for Labour and Demographic Economics. ( more )

IAMO on 06.03.2018, 10:53 h

IAMO is looking for student assistants (m/f) in the fields of Agricultural Economics, Economic Sciences or International Area Studies for the IAMO project SURE-Farm. Application deadline is 14 March 2018. ( more )

IFO on 02.03.2018, 09:00 h
German Economists Expect SPD Majority to Vote for Grand Coalition

German economics professors expect around 60% of SPD members to vote in favour of the coalition agreement, according to the results of a special ifo Economists Panel. ( more )

IFO on 01.03.2018, 08:00 h
CESifo Newsletter 2018/02

The CESifo Newsletter provides brief summaries of the most recently published CESifo Working Papers, as well as reporting on all CESifo events, news from the Ifo Institute and the CESifo Group's most recent guests. ( more )

IFO on 28.02.2018, 11:00 h
ifo Newsletter February 2018

The ifo Newsletter offers monthly reports in German on ifo's latest research results, key publications, selected events, personnel matters, forthcoming dates and much more. ( more )

DIW on 28.02.2018, 01:51 h
Martin Kroh has been appointed professor at the University of Bielefeld

Martin Kroh, former Division Head of Survey Methodology and Management at the SOEP, has been appointed Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research with a focus on quantitative methods at the University of Bielefeld starting January 1, 2018. He will continue to support the SOEP in the area of survey methodology during a transitional period and also work on joint ongoing research projects.
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DIW on 28.02.2018, 01:00 h
Inequality in Germany: decrease in gap for gross hourly wages since 2014, but monthly and annual wages remain on plateau

Despite the booming German labor market, wage inequality is still a relevant issue. In the present study, the authors report on the changes in wages and their distribution between 1992 and 2016. In addition to real contractual gross hourly wages, we closely examined gross monthly and annual wages. Based on Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) data, the results show that wage inequality rose significantly between 1992 and 2005, in particular with respect to monthly and annual wages. Since then inequality in monthly and annual wages has plateaued at its 2005 level. Inequality in hourly wages has decreased only since 2014, and between 2013 and 2016, average [...] ( more )

IFO on 27.02.2018, 11:00 h
ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern Germany Falls

The ifo Business Climate cooled down markedly along with February?s frosty temperatures. The index fell to 113.4 points, after hitting an all-time high of 115.1 points in January. Although survey participants were more satisfied with their current business situation than last month, they were markedly less optimistic about business developments over the next six months. ( more )

IFO on 27.02.2018, 09:00 h
German Companies Still Seeking New Staff

German companies continue to search for new staff. The ifo Employment Barometer edged downwards to 113.6 points this month from 113.8 points in January. The German labour market, however, remains buoyant. ( more )

DIW on 26.02.2018, 12:13 h
Mathias Hübener has successfully defended his dissertation

Mathias Hübener, who works at the department of Education and Family Research , has successfully defended his dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin.

The dissertation with the title "Essays on the Impact of Education and Family Policies on the Formation of Human Capital" was supervised by Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß (DIW Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, PhD (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg). We congratulate Mathias on his success and wish him all the best for his future career.
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IFO on 26.02.2018, 10:30 h
EEAG Report 2018: Europe: What now, with whom, where to – The Future of the EU

This year?s EEAG/EconPol Europe report focuses on the causes and symptoms of, and possible cures to the current integration malaise of the European Union. A decade of economic and migration crises and Brexit represent a major stumbling block on the path towards ever closer ties and continuous enlargement. The report raises the fundamental question of what holds societies together and shows that interaction within and between nation-states is strongly shaped by trust. Trust enables economic, social, and political interactions both within countries and internationally. ( more )

IFO on 26.02.2018, 09:00 h
Export Expectations Fall

Optimism among German exporters is slowly waning. The ifo Export Expectations fell to 14.8 balance points in February from 16.5 balance points in January, marking their third successive decrease. Despite the favourable economic situation in the euro area, the strong euro is weakening sentiment. ( more )

IAMO on 26.02.2018, 05:37 h
IAMO Forum 2018: Call for Extended Abstracts

+++ Deadline for abstract submission extended to March 4, 2018. IAMO Forum will deal with "Large-scale agriculture ? for profit and society?" and is to be held from June 27 ? 29, 2018 at IAMO in Halle (Saale), Germany. We look forward to receiving your submissions! +++ ( more )

IFO on 23.02.2018, 09:00 h
ifo Business Climate Index for the Service Sector Falls

Sentiment among German service providers weakened slightly again this month. The ifo Business Climate Index for the Service Sector fell to 110.5 points in February from 111.2 points in January. This was due to markedly less optimistic expectations. The business situation indicator, by contrast, hit a new record high. Service providers also intend to recruit more staff. ( more )

IFO on 22.02.2018, 10:30 h
ifo Business Climate Index Falls

Germany?s very favourable business climate cooled down considerably this month. The ifo Business Climate Index fell to 115.4 points in February from 117.6 points in January. Companies were less satisfied with their current business situation, but the indicator was at its second highest level since 1991. This signals economic growth of 0.7 percent in the first quarter. After the euphoria of recent months, companies? assessments of the business outlook for the months ahead were also far less optimistic. ( more )

IFO on 22.02.2018, 02:30 h
L'indice du climat des affaires se détériore, selon l'Institut ifo

Le climat, pourtant excellent ces derniers mois, se dégrade fortement parmi les étages de direction allemands. L'indice de l'Institut ifo a chuté à 115,4 points en février, après avoir atteint 117,6 points en janvier. Les chefs d'entreprise étaient moins satisfaits de la situation actuelle de leurs affaires. Néanmoins, il s'agissait de la deuxième valeur la plus élevée depuis 1991, qui laisse entrevoir une croissance économique de 0,7 % au premier trimestre. Cependant, les chefs d'entreprise ont revu nettement à la baisse leurs prévisions optimistes pour les mois à venir. L'économie allemande donne un coup de frein à l'euphorie [...] ( more )

IFO on 21.02.2018, 11:30 h
Lower Saxony Would Be Hit Hardest Proportionally by Combustion Engine Ban

Lower Saxony is the German federal state that would be hit the hardest by a ban on combustion engines, according to estimates by the ifo Institute. These estimates indicate that 16 percent of jobs in manufacturing in Lower Saxony depend on the production of engines and components like coolers, gear and exhaust gas units. This state is followed by Saarland (15 percent), Baden-Wurttemberg (13 percent), Bavaria (11 percent), Saxony and Hessen (10 percent or the national average). A below-average share of jobs would be affected in the states of Thuringia (9 percent), North Rhine Westphalia (7 percent) and the remaining German states. ( more )

DIW on 21.02.2018, 09:00 h
AfD received more votes in the parliamentary election in rural areas with aging populations

Abstract: DIW Berlin study analyzes the correlation between the AfD's vote performance and different economic and sociodemographic variables at an electoral district level – The AfD performed well in western German electoral districts where there are many employees in the manufacturing industry and where incomes are low – In the eastern districts they performed better where there is a large share of elderly residents and a high density of craft businesses DIW Berlin president Marcel Fratzscher and co-authors Christian Franz and Alexander Kritikos analyzed the correlation between the Alternative for Germany’s (Alternative für [...] ( more )

IAMO on 21.02.2018, 01:37 h

IAMO is looking for student assistants (m/f) and a trainee (m/f) in the field of Business Informatics. ( more )

IFO on 20.02.2018, 08:00 h
Personnel Managers Focus on Final Grades, Computer Skills and Social Engagement

For personnel managers, the final grades, computer skills and social engagement are particularly important among apprenticeship applicants, according to a new study by the ifo Institute. Among applicants with a university degree, grades and internships are a top priority. ?Final grades are very important, but so are other skills,? notes Ludger Woessmann, one of the authors of the study. According to its findings, 89 percent of personnel managers see the math grade as important for apprenticeship applicants, 86 percent computer skills, 81 percent the German grade, and 74 percent internships. For applicants with a university degree, computer skills [...] ( more )

DIW on 20.02.2018, 01:04 h
The macroeconomic effects of exchange rate movements

Abstract: The macroeconomic effects of exchange rate movements have been subject to an extensive debate in international economics. Traditionally, much of the discussion was focused on the relation between the effective exchange rate and the trade balance. However, the process of financial globalization has led to a sharp increase in foreign asset and liability positions across countries and also to a greater dispersion in foreign currency positions, with many countries being either large net creditors or net debtors in foreign currency. This has shifted the focus of the discussion from the trade balance to the external balance sheets of [...] ( more )

DIW on 19.02.2018, 11:57 h
What determines the Costs of Fiscal Consolidations?

Abstract: Recent studies have proposed several factors that determine how fiscal consolidations affect the economy. This Roundup focuses on several of these determinants. Namely, it discusses how the composition of the consolidation measure, the state of the business cycle, the level of private indebtedness and the amount of fiscal stress during which the measure is implemented influences the consequences of austerity. It seems reasonable to consider these factors more carefully when deciding about the type and timing of fiscal consolidation plans.
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IFO on 19.02.2018, 11:00 h
ifo Institute Favours Greater Equality of Opportunity

The ifo Institute favours greater equality of opportunity. ?The success of Germany?s children in school depends more heavily than in other countries on their parents, the latter?s income and their education level,? said Andreas Peichl, Director of the ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys, on the UN World Day of Social Justice. ?A child from an academic family is far more likely to attend a grammar school than a child from a working class family, even if both have the same level of academic achievement. Germany spends relatively little money on education in early childhood and a great deal of money on higher education. We should invest [...] ( more )

DIW on 15.02.2018, 10:29 h
The GC Welcomes Jürgen Schupp as the New Vice Dean

The DIW Graduate Center is happy to welcome its new vice dean, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp. He currently holds a position as Professor at the Free University of Berlin Institute of Sociology. His research interests include survey methodology, social structures analysis and social inequalities. Prof. Schupp has a long history of working at the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) of the DIW. He played an important role in further developing the study and served as its director of research from 2013 until now. We wish him a good start and look forward to having him as vice dean!
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DIW on 15.02.2018, 09:57 h
The Graduate Center Has New Student Representatives

We are happy to announce that GC students across all cohorts have voted for Daniel Graeber (GC class 2015) and Felicitas Schikora (GC class 2016) as their new representatives in 2018! We thank Marica and Daniel for their excellent work last year and look forward to a continued great collaboration with the new representatives. The two Student’s Representatives serve as spokespersons for the doctoral students. Every doctoral student is entitled to nominate and vote for two candidates, with elections held once a year.
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