Speed isn't everything. Sometimes it's better to take your time - as suggested by the cover image of the new WZB-Mitteilungen. The topic of this issue is time, which offers an array of social science approaches. Time is a valuable resource, a benchmark, an aspect of scientific analysis.
Harvard economist Raj Chetty received the A.SK Social Science Award 2019 on November 5 for his groundbreaking research on upward mobility and the opportunities of disadvantaged groups in the USA. The laudation was given by journalist Sonia Mikich. The award ceremony took place as part of the WZB's 50th anniversary celebrations.
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.
Is Europe that hard to explain? A new blog piece by WZB researcher Christian Rauh seeks to answer that very question. He shows that political actors do indeed struggle to speak about Europe in simple terms, especially when defending European positions. This makes parliamentary speeches about the EU harder than average to understand.
Germany’s Grand Coalition has kept most of its promises so far. Fifteen months into the alliance, the government has already tackled over 60% of the plans set out at the beginning of the coalition. But this success has fallen on deaf ears.
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.
In 2015, economist Esther Duflo won the A.SK Social Science Award, which the WZB awards every two years since 2007. Now she will receive this year's Nobel Prize for her research on poverty alleviation. Congratulations!
Understanding how people communicate is what economist Puja Bhattacharya is after. To her, promises are a particularly interesting form of communication. As experiments have shown, people are more likely to keep a promise if they act as individuals while being less inclined to if they form part of a group.
Children whose parents didn't study are less likely to find their way into universites. Educational biographies in Germany are still strongly affected by social background. In this video, higher education researcher Claudia Finger relates how simple yet effective methods, such as workshops, are able to counter such imbalances.
Selective perception tends to produce an overestimation of opportunities: restaurant founders, for example, can fail if their predictions are based exclusively on successful cases. Economist Kai Barron examines how convictions and expectations guide human behavior - and how they may deceive us.
A new study conducted by Daniel Tetlow, Oxford in Berlin and Daniel Auer, research fellow at the WZB has found that the number of British people leaving for continental EU countries is at a ten-year high.
A new research project investigates the consequences of technological change for society, focusing on the issue of inequality. An interview mit Martin Ehlert, one of the project heads of TECHNEQUALITY at the WZB.
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.