Online Survey of the IAB web presence
29 July 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.
Information for survey participants
Endogenizing take-up of social assistance in a microsimulation model
08 July 2015
Microsimulation studies typically assume that all entitlements to means-tested benefits are actually claimed by eligible households, despite a large body of research that suggests that take-up rates are substantially below 100%. The assumption of full take-up tends to exaggerate the simulated increase in caseloads and fiscal costs of a social policy reform. This paper investigates the impact of non-take-up for two hypothetical scenarios, namely increasing and decreasing the base amount of social assistance in Germany by €100 per month.
IAB-Discussion Paper 20/2015
Location choice of German multinationals in the Czech Republic
07 July 2015
This paper analyses the location choice of German investors in the Czech Republic based on a unique dataset covering all Czech companies with a German equity holder in 2010. The identification of the regional determinants of foreign direct investment (FDI) location is an important regional policy issue as FDI is supposed to improve the labour market conditions of the host region. Using a nested logit approach the impact of agglomeration economies, labour market conditions and distance on the location choice decision is investigated.
IAB-Discussion Paper 19/2015
Spatial Dependence and Heterogeneity in Empirical Analyses of Regional Labour Market Dynamics
23 June 2015
Empirical research in economics and social studies often treat regions within a country as independent islands. Moreover, they implicitly assume that effects or relations are homogenous across all regions. Both assumptions seem unrealistic: for example, the impact of a global shock is likely to vary from one region to another. In this issue on regional labour markets, Norbert Schanne employs novel methods in spatial econometrics to describe and forecast their development. The analysis particularly focusses on the heterogeneity of regional dynamics and the spatially structured interdependency between locations.
Wages in high-tech start-ups – do academic spin-offs pay a wage premium?
15 June 2015
Due to their origin from universities, academic spin-offs operate at the forefront of the technological development. Therefore, spin-offs exhibit a skill-biased labour demand, i.e. spin-offs have a high demand for employees with cutting edge knowledge and technical skills that distinguish them even from other high-tech start-up firms. In order to accommodate this demand, spin-offs may have to pay a relative wage premium compared to other high-tech start-ups. However, neither a comprehensive theoretical assessment nor the empirical literature on wages in start-ups unambiguously predicts the existence and the direction of wage differentials between spin-offs and non-spin-offs. This paper addresses this research gap and examines empirically whether or not spin-offs pay their employees a wage premium.
IAB-Discussion Paper 17/2015