Forschung Article in the Journal Demography

Family formation - doing it the parents' way

Parental effects continue to have a strong impact on family formation patterns, even though demographic transitions related to choosing a partner, entering marriage, and deciding in favor or against children have changed substantially in recent years. 75 percent of all children follow a pattern similar to that of their parents, have as many or about as many children, and have their children at a similar age. Anette Fasang and Marcel Raab, two WZB researchers in the project group on Demography and Inequality, studied the patterns of family formation among middle-class American families. more
Presse Inequality in Europe

Education pays off

In contrast to the increasing value of education regarding employment and income, most EU member states continue to have too many people with too little or no education. Across the EU, 8 percent of young people lack a general school-leaving certificate, a WZB study on social inequalities on Europa shows. Education does pay off in all EU countries. The better qualified a person, the more he or she earns. Across the EU, persons with a university degree earn on average 44 percent more than persons who completed a vocational training program. In Germany, that figure is 65 percent, whereas in Sweden, the difference is only 11 percent. more
Über das WZB Call for applications

WZB awards A.SK fellowships

The WZB invites postdoctoral students to apply for an A.SK fellowship. The fellowships support research on public policy with a focus on economic and governmental reforms. Up to 5 fellowships are awarded for a duration up to one year. Application deadline is February 1, 2015. more
Publikationen Hot off the press

Annual Report 2014

Our English annual report, covering the period from early 2013 through early 2014, is now available. The report gives many insights into our research and current institutional developments. It includes essays on migration, education, global governance and further topics. more
Publikationen New conflict in Europe

Winners and losers of globalization

Globalization pressures have led to a new societal conflict in Europe. WZB researchers Céline Teney, Onawa Promise Lacewell and Pieter de Wilde have investigated not only whether political internationalization, deregulation of markets and increasing migration result in a new societal conflict but, additionally, whether this division is rooted in the normative ideologies of cosmopolitanism and communitarianism. Winners of globalization tend to have cosmopolitan dispositions, while those who perceive themselves as losers exhibit more communitarian thinking. more