Über das WZB Call for nominations

A.SK Social Science Award 2015

The WZB invites nominations for the A.SK Social Science Award 2015. The Award honours research on public policy with a focus on economic and governmental reforms by scholars, practitioners and professionals with a prize of 100,000 Euro. Previous A.SK Social Science Award holders are Sir Anthony Atkinson (Oxford), Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago), Transparency International (Berlin), and Paul Collier (Oxford). Nominations should be submitted to the WZB by 1 October 2014.  more
Forschung Article for The Conversation

Failing union of capitalism and democracy

During the past 40 years the relationship between democracy and capitalism has radically changed. The increasing “denationalisation” of the economy and of political decision-making has progressively weakened the power of democratic elected parliaments in favour of governments and deregulated globalised markets. Wolfgang Merkel, Director of the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization, explores the growing tension between capitalism and democracy and the increasing economy inequality in his article “Failing union of capitalism and democracy fuels rise in inequality” for “The Conversation”. more
Presse When parents need care

Not all siblings become caregivers, a new study shows

Siblings are not equally involved in caregiving when their ageing parents start needing care. In 75 percent of all cases, only one adult child will become a caregiver. Mothers are primarily cared for by their daughters, whereas sons continue to be less willing to become the sole caregivers for their parents. In families without daughters, brothers frequently divide the caregiving work among them. These are the findings that WZB researcher Marcel Raab recently published in a study co-authored with Henriette Engelhardt (University of Bamberg) and Thomas Leopold (University of Amsterdam). The authors used data from the United States to find out why siblings are not equally involved in caregiving for their parents. more
Presse Press release

Strong parental networks: Not good for all children

Parents’ social networks have an impact on their children’s educational attainment. WZB researcher Anette Fasang and two US-based colleagues have studied the details of how parental networks affect the educational careers of adolescents. Their findings show that close contacts among parents primarily benefit students in affluent communities. In economically depressed communities, by contrast, frequent informal parental exchange tends to disadvantage students by reinforcing social inequities and standing in the way of upward social mobility. more
Presse Study

When feeling poor makes you sick

Being objectively low income leads to poor health and a shorter life. This much we already knew. But poverty can also be a matter of subjectively feeling poor. WZB economist Maja Adena and her colleague Michal Myck (DIW Berlin and the Center for Economic Analysis, CenEA, Szczecin) have substantiated how the subjective assessment of being poor affects the health of the 50+ age group. A study of Germany and 11 other European countries shows that older people who assess themselves as poor get sick more often (38 per cent) andsuffer more from health setbacks (48 per cent) than those who do not. The probability of dying earlier is also much higher – around 40 per cent for men in this age group. more