Long-run processes of geographical concentration and dispersion
21 September 2015
This paper analyzes the evolution of geographical concentration in the West German manufacturing, service, and knowledge-intensive sectors over a time period of 30 years. Drawing on detailed plant data of 187 industries from 1980 to 2010, we observe substantial concentration that is highest in manufacturing. Over time, there is a trend of deconcentration encompassing all economic activity. These patterns remain stable when accounting for both various sectoral and regional levels of aggregation and spatial dependencies between neighbouring regions.
IAB-Discussion Paper 27/2015
Online Survey of the IAB web presence extented until October 11, 2015
18 September 2015
The IAB is conducting an Online Survey of its German- and English-language web presence. The aim is to gather information on the quality and variety of what IAB offers, on comprehensibility, motivation for use, and new user requirements, with a view to improving IAB's web presence even further. For this purpose we would like to hear your opinion, wishes and suggestions. We kindly ask you to take about ten minutes to take part in this Online Survey.
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Special Issue “The Transformation of the German Model” of the Journal for Labour Market Research
17 September 2015
The current debate about “Modell Deutschland” has been prompted by the global financial crisis that emerged in 2008 and the Hartz labour market reforms in Germany. The latest Special Issue “The Transformation of the German Model” of the Journal for Labour Market Research considers the question to what extent the main parameters of this model are still intact. Six contributions examine the following aspects of the German Model: labour market reform, production systems, vocational education and training, industrial relations, employment patterns and social policy.
Abstract and full-text downloads (free of charge) are available until the end of September at: Transformation of the German Model (Volume 48, Issue 2, August 2015)
Reallocation patterns across occupations
17 September 2015
Using high-quality administrative data, the author analyze workers' opportunity costs of reallocation across occupations by measuring the additional time spent in unemployment before being hired in a new occupation. Furthermore, she inspect the wage changes after reallocation and find that workers who change occupations through unemployment face wage losses.
IAB-Discussion Paper 26/2015
Who profits from working-time accounts?
25 August 2015
This study brings together results of the establishment and the individual level to get a better understanding of the use of working-time accounts in Germany. Using data from the Establishment Panel we first show that industrial relations factors, employment-contract characteristics and individual characteristics determine working-time accounts’ use in establishments. Second, we provide the first analysis concerning the determinants of working-time accounts’ use among employees and the employees’ access to working-time accounts in establishments using working-time accounts.
IAB-Discussion Paper 23/2015
Factor structural time series models for official statistics with an application to hours worked in Germany
21 August 2015
The authors introduce a high-dimensional structural time series model, where co-movement between the components is due to common factors. A two-step estimation strategy is presented, which is based on principal components in differences in a first step and state space methods in a second step. The methods add to the toolbox of official statisticians, constructing timely regular statistics from different data sources.
IAB-Discussion Paper 22/2015
Measuring hours worked in Germany
20 August 2015
This article presents the IAB working time measurement concept, which determines the hours worked in Germany and their individual components. These statistics are essential for a proper analysis of aggregate labour market trends and cyclical fluctuations. The authors outline the conceptual and methodological framework of the measurement, which evolves further due to its integration in the system of national accounts and due to innovations to the statistical procedures applied.
IAB-Discussion Paper 21/2015