For an overview of the media coverage, please have a look here!
08/12/2015: Björn Vollan - guest researcher @ SFB 884
08/12/2015: Simone Ponzetto new C4 principal investigator
Prof. Dr. Simone Paolo Ponzetto was approved by the DFG as a new co-principal investigator for the C4 project "Measuring a common space and the dynamics of reform positions". He is replacing Will Lowe, who left the University of Mannheim for a position at the Princeton University in August 2015. Simone Ponzetto is an expert in automatic text analysis and has already contributed to the C4 project, f.e. with the award-winning paper on "Estimating Central Bank Preferences", co-authored with Nicole Rae Berg, Will Lowe, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Cäcilia Zirn.
01/12/2015: Carsten Trenkler to present & chair on topics in multiple time series analysis
Our member Carsten Trenkler will chair the panel on topics in multiple time series analysis during the 8th International Conference of the ERCIM WG on Computational and Methodological Statistics (CMStatistics 2015) December 12-14, 2015 in London, UK. He will also give a talk on "Forecasting VARs, model selection, and shrinkage".
Click here for this year's conference programme.
01/12/2015: Daniel Müller to Present Poster at NYU Abu Dhabi
Within the scope of NYU Abu Dhabi's workshop on behavioral political economy (December 14-15, 2015) Daniel Müller will present a poster titled "Can a Common Currency Foster a Shared Social Identity Across Different Nations? The Case of the Euro".
Please follow this link for the full workshop programme.
24/11/2015: Call for Papers: Workshop “New Empirical Developments Health and Labor Markets”
Call for papers for the workshop “New
Empirical Developments Health and Labor Markets” on May 27 and 28,
2016 at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
The call is directed towards early-career stage researchers who have finished their Ph.D., but who do not have tenured positions yet.
The workshop is jointly organized by the University of Leuven and the SFB 884 ”Political Economy of Reforms” at the University of Mannheim. Organizers are Iris Kesternich (University of Leuven), Heiner Schumacher (University of Leuven), and Bettina Siflinger (University of Mannheim).
Keynote speakers are Nava Ashraf (Harvard Business School) and Amitabh Chandra (Harvard Kennedy School).
Deadline for the submission is December 31, 2015.
For more information, please have a look here.
17/11/2015: Dominik Duell to come to Mannheim for a guest stay at the SFB
Dominik Duell will be guest researcher at the SFB 884 during the first week of December. He will collaborate with the SFB's project A7 within the scope of an interdisciplinary laboratory experiment examining guilt assignment by dissatisfied voters.
10/11/2015: Christopher Buß on "The Partisan Effect on Public Opinion toward Activation Policies in Europe"
Our member Christopher Buss (project A6) is currently attending a Workshop at the University of Gothenburg titled "Citizens in Changing Welfare States - Pressures, Frames and Feedback". The workshop is part of the University of Gothenburg's program on Multidisciplinary Research on Public Opinion and Democracy (MOD).
03/11/2015: Prof. Gerard van den Berg Wins Award for Article of the Year 2014 in the Scandinavian Journal for Economics
The Article "Monitoring Job Offer Decisions, Punishments, Exit to Work, and Job Quality" by Gerard van den Berg, principle investigator of B5 and B8, and co-authored by Johan Vikström, was anounced the editor's choice "best paper" of the year 2014 by the Scandinavian Journal for Economics.
30/10/2015: Carsten Jentsch admitted to the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung's Elite Programme
Our member Carsten Jentsch (project B6) has been awarded a 88,000 Euro grant by the state foundation’s postdoctoral elite programme in order to support his work on “Time Series Modeling of Dynamic Networks”.
Carsten Jentsch´s research focuses on multivariate time series analysis, frequency domain methods, resampling methods for dependent data, statistical analysis of text data, statistical inference for high-dimensional data as well as on statistical analysis of stochastic networks. Within the scope of the supported research project, stochastic models for dynamic networks will be developed, while modelling approaches from time series analysis will account for dynamic networks. Thereby, statistical methods should be devised that allow the analysis of dependencies across time in networks.
The Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg’s elite
programme supports extraordinary research projects and particularly dedicated
and proficient young scientists on their way to professorship. The
Landesstiftung collaborates with the Heidelberg-based "Akademie der
23/10/2015: Prof. Anne-Marie Reynaers is visiting researcher at the SFB884
Prof. Anne-Marie Reynaers,
Ph.D. (VU University of Amsterdam) is visiting the SFB 884 from October 23
until December 23.
Her research interests include public-private partnerships, public management, public values, public sector reform, public service delivery, good governance and regulation.
19/10/2015: New Parent-Child-Office
The SFB 884 parent-child office was refurnished. It now offers an ideal
workplace for parents with both toddlers and school children.
As a research institution, we have plenty of toys and books to encourage learning for children of all ages. But we also offer a lot of other toys and useful equipment at your and your children’s disposal. For a list of all items, please have a look here.
To avoid overlapping, please book the parent-child office here. If the office is free, you can book it on short notice. If it is booked but you would like to use it on the same day, please contact Margarita Maklakova.
For more pictures, please have a look here.
16/10/2015: European Political Economy Consortium Website launched (EPEC)
The EU Consortium in Political Economy was founded in late 2014 and
consists of five founding institutions: Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse,
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Bocconi,
University of Warwick, and the University of Mannheim, especially the SFB 884.
The EPEC fosters excellent knowledge in political economy by facilitating exchange among the leading European centers in political economy. In addition to providing multiple exchange opportunities for students, junior and senior colleagues among the partner centers, EPEC actively engages in creating an international research network in political economy. This includes quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behavior, public policy, the laws and the government, the state, the allocation of power in different decision-making settings, and more generally, the success and failure of political reforms, which is determined by competing interests, contexts and the political process of reform-making.
For more information, please have a look at the newly launched website.
06/10/2015: Carina Cornesse on Research Stay at the University of Michigan
Our member Carina Cornesse will visit the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for a month-long research stay from October 15-November 15, 2015. She has been endowed with an IPID4all research grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
01/10/2015: Leading Political Science Journal "APSR" - editorship coming to Mannheim
The editorship for the leading journal in Political Science - the
American Political Science Review (APSR) - comes to the University of
Mannheim and the University of Oxford. For the first time in its more
than 100-year history, the APSR will be located outside the US.
Our members Thomas König, Thomas Bräuninger and Daniel Stegmüller, together with Sabine Carey and their Oxford colleagues Raymond Duch, Desmond King and David Miller will be in charge to edit the APSR.
The four-year editorial term for the new editors will commence in July 2016.
For more information, please have a look at the press release.
23/09/15: SFB PhD-students´ paper awarded 2nd place at GESS science speed dating
22/09/15: FAZ-Top 100-ranking for Germany´s most influential economists: Hans Peter Grüner and Friedrich Heinemann ranked
Our principle investigators Hans Peter Grüner (projects A2 & A7) and Friedrich Heinemann (C5) have been ranked 64th and 65th, respectively, among the most influential economists in the German political, research and media landscape.
The FAZ ranking builds on indices measuring economists' influence on members of German national and state parliaments (based on interviews), combined with impact factors of their scientific research (Elsevier's Scopus database) and citations in print, online as well as televised media with regards to ongoing economic debates.
The full ranking can be found here.
21/09/2015: Prof. Bart Meulemann is guest researcher at the SFB884
Prof. Bart Meuleman,
Ph.D. (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is currently on a sabbatical and during
that time, he will be visiting the SFB 884 several times throughout the Fall
His substantive research interests are welfare state legitimacy and solidarity attitudes, attitudes towards immigration, perceived ethnic threat & ethnocentrism and contextual analysis of public opinion. His methodological research interests are cross‐cultural research, comparative survey research, measurement equivalence, multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling.
15/09/2015: Dominic Duval at the SFB884
(Université Laval) is currently visiting the SFB 884 as a guest doctoral
student with a scholarship from the Centre for the Study of Democratic
Citizenship. His research stay will be for four months, from September till the
end of December. He is specializing in statistical text analysis.
15/09/2015: Bettina Siflinger on Research Stay at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
From September 15, 2015 until March 15, 2016, our fellow Bettina Siflinger will be abroad on a research stay at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard University. She obtained a travel grant by the Fritz Thyssen foundation.
14/09/2015: University of Mannheim ranks first in DFG funding for social and behavioral sciences
The DFG's funding atlas for 2011 through to 2013 ranks the University of Mannheim first in DFG funding for social and behavioral sciences. The University of Mannheim has attracted more funding for research in the field of business, economics, social sciences and psychology than any other university in Germany: a total of 23,6 million euros. The SFB 884 alone accounted for 7 million euros, thereby being the Mannheim front-runner in DFG fundings.
Read the full press release here.
06/09/15: Handelsblatt-2015-Ranking for Lifetime Achievement in Economics: Eckhard Janeba, Hans Peter Grüner and Markus Frölich ranked
Our principle investigators Eckhard Janeba, Hans Peter Grüner and Markus Frölich have been ranked 86th, 152th and 160th, respectively, among the top 250 leading economists in the German speaking area.
The Handelsblatt ranking builds on indices measuring the quantity and quality of research publications.
The full ranking can be found here.
02/09/15: Keynote by Andreas Landmann at the National Rural Support Programme Workshop
02/09/2015: Christoph Esslinger at the Annual Meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik
Our member Christoph Esslinger will be participating at the Annual Meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik in Munster, September 6-9, 2015. He is presenting his paper on "Public debt, redistributive politics, and the political economy of reforms".
For further information, please have a look at the program.
02/09/2015: Carina Cornesse at the International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse
Our member Carina Cornesse will present her paper on "Modeling Panel Representativeness Comparatively" at the International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse in Leuven, Belgium, September 2-4, 2015 .
24/08/2015: Moritz Osnabrügge at the UACES Conference
Our member Moritz Osnabrügge will be participating at the 45th Annual Conference of the academic association for contemponary European Studies (UACES), September 7-9, 2015. The conference will take place in Bilbao, Spain.
He will contribute to it by presenting his paper "The Pre-initiation Stage and the Duration of Legislative Decisionmaking".
For further information, please have a look at the program.
20/08/2015: SFB Members at the APSA Annual Meeting
Our members Thomas König and Jason Eichorst will take part at the 111th American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015. This year's theme is "Diversities Reconsidered: Politics and Political Science in the 21st Century."
Thomas König will present a paper on "European Integration and Legislative Patterns of Democracy" and attend the panel on "Comparative public policy in a multilevel context" as a discussant.
Jason Eichorst will present his paper on "Electoral Committment and Coalition Policymaking in Latin American Legislatures".
For more information on the program, please have a look here.
19/08/2015: Christoper Williams at the Washington State University and the Unversity of Texas
Our member Christopher Williams will be visting the Department of Political Science at the Washington State University in Pullman, USA (August 26, 2015) and the Department of Government at the University of Texas, USA (September 9, 2015).
He will present his paper on "Responding trough the Early Warning System: The Effect of Aggregate Attitudes Towards the EU on the Issurance of Reasoned Opinions" to the faculty and graduate students.
19/08/2015: Daniel Müller at the ESA European Meeting
Daniel Müller will take part in the European meeting of the Economic Science Association (ESA) in Heidelberg, September 2-5. He will present his paper on "Joint Elicitation of Risk and Social Preferences under Certainty and Uncertainty".
18/08/2015: Heiner Stuckenschmidt chairing the EC-Web Conference 2015
17/08/2015: Bettina Siflinger to contribute at Aarhus University Workshop
Our fellow Bettina Siflinger will be presenting her paper on "The effects of a universal child care reform on child health - evidence from Sweden" at the workshop on 'Early care interventions and their effects on children and families' at Aarhus University, Denmark.
11/08/2015: SFB Members at the 30th European Economic Association Congress
Our members Christoph Esslinger, Markus Frölich, Eckhard Janeba, Sander Renes, Ricarda Schmidl, Bettina Siflinger and Andrea Weber are giving talks at the 30th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EAA) in Mannheim, August 25-27. The event will be hostet by the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim.
For more information on the talks, please have a look here.
03/08/2015: Niels Kemper at the Econometric Society World Congress
Our member Niels Kemper will present his paper entitled "Culture and Formation of Gender-specific Skills in an Agrarian Society" at the world congress of the Econometric Society in Montreal, Canada, August 17-21, 2015.
01/08/2015: Andreas Landmann wins Woven Publish Award
Andreas Landmann and his co-author Jan-Philipp Ahrens received the Woven Publish Award for their paper on "Gender Preferences in CEO Successions in Family Firms: Family Characteristics
and Human Capital of the Successor". The price is awarded by the University of Mannheim senate committee for equal opportunities.
This time, the committee picked Andreas Landmann and his co-author, along with another paper by a psychologist.
For more information on the price and the paper, please have a look here.
29/06/2015: SFB Members at the 6th ESRA Conference
Our members Daniela Ackermann-Pieck, Annelies Blom, Michael Bosnjak, Christopher Buß, Carina Cornesse, Franziska Gebhard, Jessica Herzing, Uli Krieger and Elias Naumman are taking part in the 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA). The conference will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, July 13-17, 2015. Our members are
giving talks, taking part as discussants and/or hosting sessions.
For more details, please have a look at the conference programme.
25/06/2015: Bojanovsky-Foundation Award for Elias Naumann
12/06/2015: SFB Members at the SOLE/EALE World Meeting
Our members Bettina Siflinger and Ricarda Schmidl are taking part in the 4th SOLE/EALE World Meeting in Montreal (Canada), June 26-28, 2015.
Bettina Siflinger will present her paper on "The Effects of Preschool Attendance on Child Health Outcomes - Evidence from a Swedish Child Care Reform". Ricarda Schmidl is giving a talk on "Matching or Duration Models? A Monte Carlo Study"
For more details, please have a look at the program.
11/06/2015: SFB members to present at the 5th annual EPSA Conference
01/06/2015: Christoph Esslinger at the LAGV Conference in Public Economics
Christoph Esslinger will present his paper on "Public Debt and the Political Economy of Reforms" at the LAGV Conference in Public Economics in Aix-en-Provence, France. The conference will take place June 15-16, 2015.
01/06/2015: Daniel Müller at the French Experimental Economics Association
Our member Daniel Müller is presenting his paper on "Joint Elicitation of Risk and Social Preferences under Certainty and Uncertainty" at the 6th Annual Meeting of the French Experimental Economics Association. The event takes places in Paris, France, June 15-16, 2015.
29/05/2015: Andreas Landmann at the Development Economics and Policy Meeting
Our member Andreas Landmann is taking part in the annual meeting "Development Economics and Policy" by the Verein für Socialpolitik, June 12-13, 2015 in Kiel (Germany). He will chair the panel dealing with insurance and present his paper on "Contract Nonperformance and Ambiguity in Insurance Markets".
19/05/2015: Zac Greene at the Manifesto User Conference
19/05/2015: Bettina Siflinger at the EEF Seminar Series
15/05/2015: Bettina Siflinger to present at Health.Skills.Education Conference
09/05/2015: Elias Naumann to present at the Workshop on Experimental Political Science
Our member Elias Naumann is giving a talk on "The effect of immigration on support for redistribution re-examined: survey experiments in three European countries" at the 1st Gothenburg-Barcelona Workshop on Experimental Political Science which will take place May 7-9, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
17/04/2015: Best Paper Award for Elias Naumann
Elias Naumann won the best paper award at the conference "Building an
evidence base for active ageing policies: Active Ageing Index and its
potential" April 16-17, 2015 in Brussels. The paper on "Population
Ageing, the Intergenerational Conflict, and Active Ageing Policies – a
multilevel study of 27 European countries" is a joint work with Leander
Steinkopf and Moritz Hess (who presented the paper at the conference).
The conference was hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL).
16/04/2015: Thomas König wins Science Award of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research
Thomas König, along with Dirk Junge and Bernd Luig, won the
„Wissenschaftspreis Bürokratie“ - awarded by the Cologne Institute for
Economic Research. The price is for their paper on "Legislative Gridlock
and Bureaucratic Politics in the European Union". The award ceremony will take place May 11, 2015.
02/04/2015: Five SFB 884 members are taking part at the MPSA Annual Conference
Our members Thomas Bräuninger, Jason Eichorst, Zac Greene, Nick Lin and Roni Lehrer are taking part at the 73rd annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference.
The conference will be held April 16-19, 2015 in Chicago. They are giving talks, taking part as discussants and/or chairing sessions.
For more details, please have a look at the program.
01/04/2015: New Publications about the German Internet Panel
Two research papers that analyze the German Interent Panel have been published lately.
The first paper by Annelies Blom et. al. (2015) is "A Comparison of Four Probability-Based Online and Mixed-Mode Panels in Europe", Social Science Computer Review, 18 (1).
The second paper was written by Annelies Blom, Christina Gathmann and Ulrich Krieger (2015): "Setting Up an Online Panel Representative of the General Population: The German Internet Panel", Field Methods, 27(4).
20/03/2015: Annelies Blom on the thesis-prize committee of the GOR Conference
23/03/2015: Niels Kemper at the World Bank Conference on Land & Poverty
Niels Kemper (B7) is presenting two of his papers at the 16th World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington, DC March 23-27. The theme for 2015 is Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.
His first talk is on "Culture and the Formation of Gender-Specific Skills in an Agrarian Society". His second on "Unfair Incentives: A Behavioral Note on Sharecropping".
19/03/2015: Thomas König presents at the Toulouse Conference in Political Science
Thomas König gave a talk on "The Emergence of a European Integration Dimension in National
Party Systems of Europe, 1945-2010" during the Toulouse Conference in Political Science that took place on March 26th and 27th. The conference's topic was "Elections: Behaviors, Institutions and Reforms".
The conference programme can be downloaded as a pdf-file by clicking here.
18/02/2015: German Internet Panel welcomes Japanese Delegation
17/02/2015: Thomas König on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Politics
Thomas König is now on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Politics. The Journal of Politics is a leading peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of political science, established already in 1939. It is published quarterly and covers all subfields of political science.