WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

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How does global warming impact on the health of populations affected by climate change? A study by Daniel Meierrieks reveals how rising temperatures both increase infant mortality and decrease life expectancy.

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Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government an der Harvard University, has been appointed as director at the WZB, he will head the new Transformations of Democracy research unit.

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Wearing a mask increases the distance people keep to each other, a team from the Economics of Change research unit at WZB report in a recent Dicussion Paper.

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The reception of refugees in East German communities did not lead to changes in voting behaviour or attitudes to migration. This is the main finding of a study conducted by Max Schaub (WZB), Johanna Gereke (MZES), and Delia Baldassarri (New York University). In the over 200 East German communities they examined, negative attitudes to migration were widespread. However, the arrival of refugees in the immediate neighbourhood had hardly any influence on these attitudes.

 

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The global success of populist parties has spurred a discourse on the „losers of globalization”. Consequently, discussions often focus on the role of economic, social or cultural grievances. So far however, public debate as well as most of scientific research has lacked a systematic approach. By using representative data for Germany, Heiko Giebler, Magdalena Hirsch, Benjamin Schürmann and Susanne Veit have subjected one such theory to rigorous testing.

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WZB series

A series of analyses, considerations and hypotheses by WZB researchers.

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During the pandemic in Latin America, civil society began to initiate many digital democratic innovations, as Thamy Pogrebinschi analyses in our Corona series.

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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.