SFB Seminar Series 2010

Details about the seminars can be found in our archive here.

Overview of Seminars in 2010:

March 25: Markus Brückner, Universidad Pompeu Fabra

September 6: Paolo Masella, SFB 884
September 20: Uwe Wagschal, University of Freiburg
October 25: Hans Peter Grüner, University of Mannheim/SFB 884 and Markus Brückner, Universidad Pompeu Fabra
November 8: Nikoleta Yordanova, University of Mannheim/SFB 884
November 15: Felix Bierbrauer, Max-Planck-Institute
November 22: Elisabeth Schulte, SFB 884
November 29: Thomas Gall, University Bonn
December 13: Paola Giuliano, Anderson School of Management (UCLA)


Conference: Tax Policy Decision Making

The Collaborative Research Center 884 is co-hosting a conference on „Tax Policy Decision Making“ from October 14th -15th, 2010, at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. Key Note speakers will be Clemens Fuest, Oxford University and Jean-Robert Tyran, University of Copenhagen. The conference will address the permanent contrast between tax policies recommended by normative tax theory and real world tax policy decisions. This divergence is far from well understood. While for certain areas of tax policy we have rich insights, such as the tax competition literature on the cross-border links of tax reforms, many other dimensions of tax decisions have been neglected.

 For further information, see here (PDF).


Call for Papers

Quantitative research on European integration has proliferated in the past decade. Today, many scholars use information from “official” databases which offer online-documentaries about legislative, transposition and infringement activities. Furthermore, the computerized analysis of political texts allows extracting information from official documents about political issues and viewpoints of the various types of actors involved, i.e. representatives from governments, political parties, experts, interest groups etc. Despite this enormous progress, the data generating process raises a number of methodological questions. These questions comprise the validity of the source of information, the method to extract information from online-documentations, the coding of the information and the handling of missing values, the selection of cases etc which may be heavily influencing our insights and conclusions about the way European integration functions.

This conference intends to bring together specialized scholars for an insightful discussion and deliberation on the pros and cons of this kind of data-generation process. We invite scholars with interest and experience on the related problems and their potential solutions in the context of European integration research. We are interested in papers on European integration and all its subfields, such as legislation, transposition or infringements as well as scholars studying computerized analysis of political texts, which are used for European integration research. The conference will take place at the Collaborative Research Center – SFB 884 – “The Political Economy of Reforms” in Mannheim (Germany) on 13. – 14. December 2010.

To apply, please send an abstract (max. 200-300 words) of the paper you want to present by 30. October 2010 to publicrelations@reforms.uni-mannheim.de. Short papers (10-15) pages are encouraged for further publication in an international journal. We will contact you with final information in the beginning of November 2010 about acceptance. Travel and accommodation costs will be supported with max. 500 Euros per participant.


SFB 884 Public Lecture: US-Healthcare Reforms under president Barack Obama

On Wednesday, the 22.09.2010, there will be a public lecture by Professor Ted Marmor, US-Health Expert from Yale University. Following an Invitation of the SFB 884, Professor Marmor will talk about the recent US-Healthcare Reforms under president Barack Obama in the conference hall of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES). The public lecture will commence on 6.00 p.m. in room 230/321 in A5, 6 – Building A/ 2nd Floor.


Inaugural Conference

To mark the appointment of the Collaborative Research Center 884, the University of Mannheim cordially invites everyone interested to the inaugural conference taking place on 27h and 28th of May 2010 in the Rittersaal, Mannheim Castle.

Schedule Thursday

Schedule Friday



Schedule Thursday 27th of May 2010, from 3:00pm:

Welcome Note:
Professor Dr. Eva Eckkrammer
Vice-Rector Research of the University of Mannheim

Opening Note:
Professor Dr. Thomas König
Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center 884

Professor Rebecca Morton, Ph.D.
New York University
"What can we learn from experiments about the political economy of reforms?"

Round of Discussion

Coffee Break

Professor Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D.
Collaborative Research Center 884
"Individual‘s support for social and political reforms"

Professor Nicola Persico, Ph.D.
New York University
"Factions and political competition"

Round of Discussion

End of Day 

Schedule Friday 28th of May 2010, from 9:30 am:

Practitioner‘s Key Note (TBA)

Professor Raquel Fernandez, Ph.D.
New York University
"Women‘s rights and development"

Round of Discussion

Coffee Break

Professor Dr. Eckhard Janeba,
Collaborative Research Center 884
"The international context of tax reforms: The role of ideology"

Professor Ronald Rogowski, Ph.D.
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
"Reform of Electoral Systems"

Round of Discussion

Sven-Oliver Proksch, Ph.D.,
Collaborative Research Center 884
"The politics of policy-making"

Poster Presentation of SFB Projects (open end)

Getting to the Inaugural Conference:

By Foot
The university is a 10 minute walk from the main station: Leave the main station in direction of the town centre. Cross the tram lines and turn left. Follow the road straight on for about 300m passing a car park on the way, continue to the end of the road. Here you will come acros a creme-coloured house with blue window-frames. Turn right in front of this house and go straight on untill you get to a multi-lane road, the Bismarckstraße. Taking a left turn and walking past two blocks of houses at the Bisnmarckstraße you will reach the university directly. The main entrance is situated in the east wing in front of you.

By Car
By car the university can be reached via the A6, leaving the motorway at the exist "Mannheim Mitte". After the planetarium follow the signs to the left indicating "Universität". After passing the main train station you will lead you to the baroque palace which accomodates large parts of the university. The main entrance of the university lies in the east wing, the first wing coming into sight driving along the Bismarckstraße. Unfortunately the university does not have a car park for visitors. You can park your car in the multi-storey car park directly by the Bismarckstraße next to the west wing of the baroque palace (see image below) or in the car park in N2. Further car parks can be located on the map here (pdf).

By Bus or Train
Mannheim's Main Station is in close reach of the University of Mannheim. Further information concerning your rail connection is available at Deutsche Bahn. Departure times for the tram connections 1,4,5 and the bus line 60 to Mannheim Castle can be found at VRN.


The Collaborative Research Center 884 has special contingents via the University of Mannheim for your accommodation at the following hotels (reservation code: SFB 884):

Hotel am Bismarck
Bismarckplatz 9-11
D-68165 Mannheim

Telefon: +49 (0) 621-4004-196-0
Fax: +49 (0) 621-4004-196-250
Price: 67-79 Euro (single/ includes breakfast)

Maritim Parkhotel Mannheim
Friedrichsplatz 2
68165 Mannheim

Telefon: +49 (0) 621-1588-834
Fax: +49 (0) 621-1588-800
Price: 84 Euro (single/ includes breakfast)


Workshop: Explaining Interviewer-Effects in Interviewer-Mediated Surveys

In all interviewer-mediated surveys interviewers have great potential to affect data quality, yet very little is known about what constitutes a good interviewer and good training. Understanding the mechanism of interviewer effects requires the availability of information about the interviewers. Therefore, more and more surveys are now collecting auxiliary data on interviewers prior or during the data collection process. The goal of the workshop is to bring together survey researchers from different countries and surveys, to present and discuss their work on explaining interviewer effects by means of interviewer questionnaires or paradata. This will then set the scene for more informal discussions, during which we would like to investigate opportunities for research cooperation. An active participation in the workshop discussions is expected of all participants.

A number of renown survey methodologists will be presenting their latest findings and projects in this area and will be contributing their expertise to the workshop discussions. They include Mick Couper (Michigan), Gabriele Durrant (Southampton), Lilli Japec (Statistics Sweden), Frauke Kreuter (Maryland, Munich & IAB), Martin Kroh (DIW Berlin), Edith de Leeuw (Utrecht), Geert Loosveldt (Leuven), Annemieke Luiten (Statistics Netherlands) and Brady West (Michigan).

To encourage high-quality contributions from researchers new to the field of explaining interviewer effects, we have reserved space for an additional 3 contributed presentations. If you would like to present your work at our workshop, please send your abstract (300 words) to franziska.gebhard@uni-mannheim.de by until 17th February.

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MZES-SFB Public Lecture: Peace in the Twenty-First Century? The Rise of Peace and Influences on it

On March 16th at 5:15pm, Professor Bruce Russett, Ph.D. (Yale University) will give a public lecture at a joint event of the Collaborative Research Center 884 and the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Professor Russett is one of the most renowned scholars worldwide focusing on peace and conflict studies. He will give a talk on “Peace in the Twenty-First Century? The Rise of Peace and Influences on It.” The Lecture will be held in A5,6, 2nd floor, Room 230.