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  • SOEPpapers 82 / 2008

    Does Marriage Pay More than Cohabitation? Selection and Specialization Effects on Male Wages in Germany

    Empirical research has unambiguously shown that married men receive higher wages than unmarried, whereas a wage premium for cohabiters is not as evident yet. Our paper exploits the observed difference between the marital and the cohabiting wage premium in Germany and thus provides new insights into their respective sources, typically explained by specialization (husbands being more productive because ...

    2008| Katherin Barg, Miriam Beblo
  • SOEPpapers 137 / 2008

    Regional Measures of Human Capital in the European Union

    The accumulation of the human capital stock plays a key role to explain the macroeconomic performance across regions. However, despite the strong theoretical support for this claim, empirical evidence has been not very convincing, probably because of the low quality of the data. This paper provides a robustness analysis of alternative measures of human capital available at the level of EU NUTS1 and ...

    2008| Christian Dreger, Georg Erber, Daniela Glocker
  • SOEPpapers 134 / 2008

    Assessing Intergenerational Earnings Persistence among German Workers

    In this study we assess the relationship between father and son earnings among (West) German Workers. To reduce the lifecycle and attenuation bias a novel sampling procedure is developed and applied to the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 1984-2006. Our preferred point estimate indicates an intergenerational earnings elasticity of 1/3 .

    2008| Philipp Eisenhauer, Friedhelm Pfeiffer
  • Externe Monographien

    Immigration Policy in Integrated National Economies

    Bonn: IZA, 2000, 26 S.
    (Discussion Paper Series / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit ; 170)
    | Thomas K. Bauer, Klaus F. Zimmermann
  • SOEPpapers 555 / 2013

    Income Comparisons, Income Adaptation, and Life Satisfaction: How Robust Are Estimates from Survey Data?

    Theory suggests that subjective well-being is affected by income comparisons and adaptation to income. Empirical tests of the effects often rely on self-constructed measures from survey data. This paper shows that results can be highly sensitive to simple parameter changes. Using large-scale panel data from Germany and the UK, I report cases where plausible variations in the underlying income type ...

    2013| Tobias Pfaff
  • Diskussionspapiere 1297 / 2013

    Trick or Treat? Maternal Involuntary Job Loss and Children's Non-cognitive Skills

    Negative effects of job loss on adults such as considerable fall in income have long been examined. If job loss has negative consequences for adults, it may spread to their children. But potential effects on children's non-cognitive skills and the related mechanisms have been less examined. This paper uses propensity score matching to analyze maternal involuntary job loss and its potential causal effect ...

    2013| Frauke H. Peter
  • SOEPpapers 641 / 2014

    Country Differences in the Relationship between Incomes and Wage Rates of Working Partners

    This paper investigates the relevance of the cultural and economic country context for differences in the effect of male partner income on female income and wage rate for 9,373 respondents in 13 European countries. Data taken from the European Community and Household Panel (ECHP), which comprises information on partner income trends between 1994 and 2001, were used to estimate fixed effect models. ...

    2014| Anja-Kristin Abendroth
  • Externe Monographien

    Four Essays in Development Microeconomics: Migration, Poverty and Well-Being in Asia ; Dissertation

    Berlin: Humboldt-Univ., 2012, 122 S. | Antje Kröger
  • SOEPpapers 624 / 2013

    Shifting Taxes from Labor to Consumption: Efficient, but Regressive?

    Shifting taxes from labor income to consumption is regularly suggested as a measure to induce work incentives. We investigate the effect of increases in the Value Added Tax on labor supply and the income distribution in Germany, which is compensated by a revenue-neutral reduction in income-related taxes. Based on a dual data base and a microsimulation model of labor supply behavior, we confirm a general ...

    2013| Nico Pestel, Eric Sommer
  • SOEPpapers 609 / 2013

    Long-Term Participation Tax Rates

    Generous income support programs as provided by European welfare states have often been blamed to reduce work incentives for the lowskilled and to increase durations of unemployment. Standard studies measure work incentives based on annual income concepts. This paper analyzes work incentives inherent in the German tax-benefit system when extending the time horizon to three years (long-term). Participation ...

    2013| Charlotte Bartels