New Publications

IWH Discussion Papers: "Multidimensional Well-being and Regional Disparities in Europe"

07.04.2016 -

New publication by Jörg Döpke, Andreas Knabe, Cornelia Lang and Philip Maschke:

In this new paper, Andreas Knabe (together with colleagues from Halle and Merseburg) analyzes how social well-being “beyond GDP” can be measured at the regional level. Using data from the OECD Regional Well-Being Index, the paper discusses various aggregation mechanisms to obtain well-being rankings and analyzes their potential implications for the allocation of EU regional funds.


The paper can be found here.


The Stata Journal: "Bireprob: An estimator for bivariate random-effects probit models"

30.03.2016 -

New publication by Alexander Plum:

Alexander Plum presents the bireprob command, which fits a bivariate random-effects probit model. Bireprob enables a researcher to estimate two (seemingly unrelated) nonlinear processes and to control for interrelations between their unobservables. The estimator uses quasirandom numbers (Halton draws) and maximum simulated likelihood to estimate the correlation between the error terms of both processes. The application of bireprob is illustrated in two examples: the first one uses artificial data, and the second one uses real data. Finally, in a simulation, the performance of the estimator is tested and compared with the official Stata command xtprobit.


The publication can be found here.

stata journal

ISER Working Paper Series: "Does Neighbourhood Unemployment Affect the Springboard Effect of Low Pay?"

25.11.2015 -
New working paper by Alexander Plum and Gundi Knies:

There is considerable debate on whether the employment and earnings prospects are better for those on low pay or for the unemployed. Alexander Plum und Gundi Knies use Understanding Society data for England and estimate dynamic random effects panel models which show robust evidence that the future unemployment risk is lower for those who are currently on low pay compared to those who are currently unemployed and the low-paid also have a higher chance than the unemployed of becoming higher-paid. These findings are most marked in neighbourhoods with high unemployment which is attributable to the much poorer prospects of the unemployed in these neighbourhoods.


The working paper can be found here.

iser working paper

Wirtschaftsdienst: New Proposal for a Pension Reform

26.10.2015 -

New publication by Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann:

The ageing of the German population will necessarily reduce the pension levels provided by the German pay-as-you-go public pension insurance. The pension reforms of the last decade aimed at encouraging savings in private, fully-funded pension insurances (through tax advantages and subsidies). However, only a minority of Germans has decided to make use of these opportunities. Andreas Knabe and Joachim Weimann propose to strengthen this type of old-age provision by using insights from behavioural economics.


The paper can be found here.


Economics Letters: "Heterogeneity in unemployment state dependence"

29.09.2015 -

New publication by Alexander Plum and Sara Ayllón:

By applying a heterogeneous slope model, Alexander Plum and Sara Ayllón (University of Girona) show that unemployment state dependence varies across workers. Assuming a homogeneous effect of past unemployment on the risk of staying unemployed underestimates the scarring effect of unemployment in the majority of European countries analyzed.

The publication can be found here.

Economics Letters

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