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Is reason possible in the face of global terrorism? Sure, argues a recent paper by Daniel Meierrieks and Tim Krieger. While occurrences of terrorism are hard to foresee, economic modeling which assumes terrorists to act like conventional stake-holders - rational and risk wary - allows for a more nuanced assessment of terrorism’s costs. By developing a theoretical model for estimating terrorism’s costs and evaluating the efficacy of different types of political responses, the scientists offer a fresh view on a critical phenomenon.

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Do employers discriminate based solely on an applicant’s name? No, argues a new study published by WZB-researcher Daniel Auer together with Flavia Fossati and Fabienne Liechti. Part of a growing body of research assessing cultural identity and its role on the labor market, the paper investigates the ways in which discrimination seeps into the application process. The authors find that a jobseeker’s chances are not just only by their name or country of origin but also by their attachment to a foreign culture and ability to speak another language.

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The annual report offers insights into our current research and institutional developments. It includes essays on democracy, labor, digitalization, migration, nudging, behavior, and education.

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How do international organizations act in a crisis? Can they declare a "state of emergency" even though, unlike elected governments, they have no mandate to do so? In his recent book "Emergency Powers of International Organizations", published by Oxford University Press, Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, former Research Fellow at the Global Governance unit, examines the emergence and consequences of international organization’s emergency policies.

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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.


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Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 20 February
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20 February
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 19 February

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