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A series of analyses, considerations and hypotheses by WZB researchers.

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4 April 2020

Highly mobile world citizens were among the first to be infected. Meanwhile, the virus affects everyone - yet, as WZB Director Ruud Koopmans argues, not everybody is affected equally.

Corona Update

Like all Berlin universities and research institutions, WZB is starting to operate in emergency mode. From 6 pm on March 20, 2020, and until further notice, only those employees vital to maintaining basic operations will be allowed to work on site. The building remains closed to external guests. The canteen will cease operations on March 23, 2020. The vast majority of WZB employees will resume work from their home office.

As usual, information about current developments is available via our website and Twitter.

New Publication

A myriad of studies has shown that voting depends on the economic context. Electorates tend to punish incumbents during economic crisis and reward them when the economy is doing well. A new study by Swen Hutter, Björn Bremer and Hanspeter Kriesi aims to shed light on the link between the economy and the electoral fortunes of political parties by drawing a neglected factor into the equation: the level of political protest.

New Publication

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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Report

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

New Publication

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 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.