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

Aktienskurs und Coronavius
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What to expect from the political fallout of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Three lessons learned from the Great Recession hit Europe in 2008.

Surveys directly affect the rhetoric of the German federal government. Anselm Hager and Hanno Hilbig, guest researchers at WZB, show in their new study published in the American Journal of Political Science that the German federal government panders its communication to public opinion.The authors compare approximately 150 surveys conducted by the federal press office during the 2009-2013 legislative period tomore than 20,000 public government speeches.

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.

The "Observatory for Political Conflict and Democracy (PolDem)" is a new platform that produces and houses datasets on the long-term development of election campaigns, protests, and public debates. The data, based on quantitative analyses of media texts, enables researchers to trace the long-term development of conflict structures and dynamics throughout Europe. It is launched by the Center for Civil Society Research at WZB and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

People at a crossroad
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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.


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.