Publications of the Research Group Inequality and Public Policy

  1. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2020

    The Effect of Unemployment Insurance Benefits on (Self-) Employment: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

    Although a relevant share of firms is created out of unemployment and current active labor market policies in Europe often subsidize unemployed individuals to start their own businesses, little is known about…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2020

    From Participants to Citizens? Democratic Voting Rights and Naturalization Behavior

    We study the causal effect of the possibility to vote on foreigners propensity to naturalize, a key indicator of successful integration. Based on Swedish administrative data and an institutional setting…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2020

    The Effect of Childcare on Parental Earnings Trajectories

    We study the effect of childcare availability on child penalties. Using Swiss administrative data, we exploit the staggered opening od childcare facilities across municipalities in the canton of Bern. We find…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2020

    How Do Taxes Affect the Trading Behavior of Private Investors? Evidence from Individual Portfolio Data

    We exploit a large reform of capital-gains taxation in Germany combined with portfolio-level daily panel data to study the causal effect of taxes on individual stock-trading behavior and the disposition effect.…

  5. ZEW policy brief // 2020

    COVID-19 and Inequality

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the socially distanced economy reveal longstanding inequalities that have been growing wider and wider for decades. This Policy Brief summarizes and contextualizes some of the main…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2020

    The Long-Term Distributional and Welfare Effects of Covid-19 School Closures

    Using a structural life-cycle model, we quantify the long-term impact of school closures during the Corona crisis on children affected at different ages and coming from households with different parental…

  7. Expertises // 2020

    Kommunale Antworten auf die Globale Corona-Krise: Finanzen, Innovationskraft und Lebensqualität verbessern

    This expertise shows based on quantitative and qualitative analyses which challenges arising from the current Corona-Crisis German local communities face. The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically worsening the…