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New Study on COVID-19

People in low and middle income countries are more willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine than people in richer countries, a new study reveals. The finding suggests that prioritising vaccine distribution to these countries should yield high returns in expanding global immunisation coverage.

The study brought together researchers from more than 30 institutions. It was led by the WZB, the International Growth Centre (IGC), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Yale University.

Best Paper Award of the APSA

Our Research Fellow of the Research Unit Global Governance, will be awarded with the Human Rights Section's Best Paper Award together with his co-author Xinyuan Dai in September.

For five years, the LATINNO project at the WZB was dedicated to building the first comprehensive and systematic data collection on new institutions of citizen participation that developed in Latin America from 1990 to 2020. Now, the final report by coordinator Thamy Pogrebinschi, a research fellow in the Democracy and Democratization Unit, has been published - a cornucopia of data and findings on Latin America.

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.

Oxford and WZB collaboration

A new institutional collaboration between the University of Oxford and WZB Berlin has just started with the project “Collective Intelligence against the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Civil Society in Endangered Democracies” co-coordinated by Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB) and Andreza A. de Souza Santos (Oxford). They seek to investigate the extent to which collective intelligence is a valuable resource for addressing public problems in countries with low state capacity and high social inequality.

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.