The Generation Game

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From baby-boomers to millennials to the new protest generation, much can be learned about the shifting state of society by comparing different age groups. The latest edition of the WZB-Mitteilungen does just that. Rather than only looking at what divides generations, it also asks what is passed down from one to the next, and how.

Articles by Dieter Rucht (Jugend auf der Straße) and by Philippe Joly and Marcus Spittler (Jung und engagiert) investigate differences in political engagement, while Anna Holzscheiter takes her own discipline, political science, to task for turning a blind eye to the political contributions made by young people (Akteure ohne Arena). While Katja Salomo travels to Thürigen to assess the impact of demographic changes on community life (Abwanderung, Alterung, Frauenschwund), Jianghong Li stays closer to home and asks how parental privilege is passed down to children (Wohlstand und Intelligenz für alle). In an interview, Jan Paul Heisig introduces his research group, which primarily focuses on how health in particular is handed down socially. The new edition of the WZB-Mitteilungen also touches on digitization, analyses demographics in the United States, and looks into care for the elderly. It also introduces this year’s A.SK prizewinner, Raj Chetty.

The WZB-Mitteilungen are a quarterly publication that offers an insight into the WZB’s research activities. Download the latest edition of the WZB-Mitteilungen here. While the WZB-Mitteilungen are published in German, the annual WZB Report gives English-speaking readers access to selected topical essays.