WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

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According to a new study, various strategies can be used to noticeably increase the willingness to be vaccinated, especially among the undecided. Researchers from the WZB and Humboldt University have specifically examined three instruments for their effect: the return of freedoms for vaccinated persons, financial incentives and vaccinations at family doctors.

Call for Papers

On 30 September and 1 October 2021,  the WZB and the ifo Center for the Economics of Education will jointly host the second PhD Workshop on “Causal Analyses of School Reforms”. The Workshop is aimed at PhD students from the field of educational research who are investigating the effects of reforms in the school system using causal analysis. A total of 12 PhD students will have the opportunity to discuss their results. 

Extremist perpetrators of violence often quote verses from their religion's holy scriptures that authorize, or even prescribe, attacks on enemies of the faith. However, whether the religious motivation that extremist perpetrators of violence emphasize is causally related to their actions is often doubted. Now, WZB researchers Ruud Koopmans and Eylem Kanol can prove for the first time that verses in religious scriptures that legitimize violence can increase support for killing enemies of the faith.

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Henrik Enderlein

The former president of the Hertie School of Governance, Henrik Enderlein, has died. The WZB loses an academic partner, wise advisor and wonderful colleague. We will miss him.

How does terrorism influence political decision? By analyzing panel data of 170 countries between 1970 and 2016, Daniel Meierrieks – researcher with Migration, Integration, Transnationalization - and Friedrich Schneider of the Johannes Kepler University Linz find that countries resort to less liberal international economic policies when facing the threat of terrorism.

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David Ausserhofer

At the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, WZB President Jutta Allmendinger has been appointed to the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC). The council will develop recommendations to strengthen gender equality.

New Ph.D. thesis

A vast amount of social science research shows how education is closely tied to inequalities in both the job market and society at large. Yet, for many workers levels of formal education cannot explain the kinds of jobs they work in. Why, for example, do we sometimes find persons lacking much formal education working in well-paid leadership positions, and how come some college graduates apply for low-entry service positions?

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The WZB Berlin Social Science Center investigates fundamental societal issues. Our focus is on education and work, markets and choice, migration, democracy and autocracy, international politics and law. At the WZB researchers from various disciplines work together – mainly from sociology, political science, economics, law and psychology.