WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

Portrait Foto Dr. Jan Paul Heisig (Foto: David Ausserhofer)
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New research group

A new research group led by Jan Paul Heisig is investigating the relationship between health, social background, family biography, and educational and professional attainment.


Forthcoming study

Sidestepping charity fundraisers in the street, pretending not to be home when they come calling, ignoring online pleas for donations…people like to think of themselves in generous terms, but in reality, we often go out of our way to avoid being asked for money. A study by WZB researchers Maja Adena and Steffen Huck gets to the bottom of how preserving our self-image influences our charitable giving, and what strategies charities can use to maximize their chances of gaining donations.

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Nuclear proliferation is a serious threat to global peace and security. New research by Alexandros Tokhi investigates the role of power dynamics in authoritarian regimes and how these affect the likelihood of non-proliferation treaty violation.

New research

A new study by Till Kaiser, Jianghong Li, and Matthias Pollmann-Schult pins down the role of parenting styles as a missing link between parents’ socioeconomic status (SES) and their children’s school grades. Parents with lower SES are more likely to be inconsistent and harsh in dealing with children than parents with higher SES. This can exacerbate child behavioral issues and in turn drag down school grades.

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Research Area Dynamics of Social Inequalities

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Research Unit Skill Formation and Labor Markets

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The WZB Berlin Social Science Center investigates fundamental societal issues. Our focus is on education and work, markets and choice, migration, democracy and autocracy, international politics and law. At the WZB researchers from various disciplines work together – mainly from sociology, political science, economics, law and psychology.