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New Study on COVID-19
People in low and middle income countries are more willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine than people in richer countries, a new study reveals. The finding suggests that prioritising vaccine distribution to these countries should yield high returns in expanding global immunisation coverage.
The study brought together researchers from more than 30 institutions. It was led by the WZB, the International Growth Centre (IGC), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Yale University.
Short-term financial difficulties prevent poor people in Germany from voting and participating in politics. Such are the findings of a study by Max Schaub, published in American Political Science Review.
According to a new study, various strategies can be used to noticeably increase the willingness to be vaccinated, especially among the undecided. Researchers from the WZB and Humboldt University have specifically examined three instruments for their effect: the return of freedoms for vaccinated persons, financial incentives and vaccinations at family doctors.
Best Paper Award of the APSA
Our Research Fellow of the Research Unit Global Governance, will be awarded with the Human Rights Section's Best Paper Award together with his co-author Xinyuan Dai in September.
For five years, the LATINNO project at the WZB was dedicated to building the first comprehensive and systematic data collection on new institutions of citizen participation that developed in Latin America from 1990 to 2020. Now, the final report by coordinator Thamy Pogrebinschi, a research fellow in the Democracy and Democratization Unit, has been published - a cornucopia of data and findings on Latin America.
Sebastian Hellmeier and Johannes Vüllers analyzed the effects of counter-demonstrations on right-wing populist protest activities using the example of the German Pegida movement and its opponents.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp decline in living standards and growing food insecurity in developing countries, an international research team shows.
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A study published by Ruud Koopmans shows that countries that had travel restrictions in place by February or early March 2020 suffered fewer COVID-19 fatalities by mid-year than countries that acted later.
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A team from the Institutions and Political Inequality Research Unit is exploring how country and government features relate to Covid-19 mortality.
Whether income influences ethical behavior is a topic of much debate. One approach holds that ethical acts are limited to those who can ‘afford’ them. A research team around WZB economist Agne Kajackaite is now shedding new light on this relation.
Extremist perpetrators of violence often quote verses from their religion's holy scriptures that authorize, or even prescribe, attacks on enemies of the faith. However, whether the religious motivation that extremist perpetrators of violence emphasize is causally related to their actions is often doubted. Now, WZB researchers Ruud Koopmans and Eylem Kanol can prove for the first time that verses in religious scriptures that legitimize violence can increase support for killing enemies of the faith.
Oxford and WZB collaboration
A new institutional collaboration between the University of Oxford and WZB Berlin has just started with the project “Collective Intelligence against the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Civil Society in Endangered Democracies” co-coordinated by Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB) and Andreza A. de Souza Santos (Oxford). They seek to investigate the extent to which collective intelligence is a valuable resource for addressing public problems in countries with low state capacity and high social inequality.
New Ph.D. thesis
A vast amount of social science research shows how education is closely tied to inequalities in both the job market and society at large. Yet, for many workers levels of formal education cannot explain the kinds of jobs they work in. Why, for example, do we sometimes find persons lacking much formal education working in well-paid leadership positions, and how come some college graduates apply for low-entry service positions?
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