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    What makes employees satisfied with their working time?

    22 June 2017

    Working time arrangements are key elements of working conditions and determine
    the possibilities for employees to balance work with their other life spheres. Therefore,
    this paper examines the level of working time satisfaction of employees and identifies
    the factors that may facilitate or impede satisfaction with working time using crosssectional
    data from the German BIBB/BAuA-Employment Survey.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 20/2017


    The effect of broadband internet on establishments’ employment growth: evidence from Germany

    14 June 2017

    This study investigates the effects of local broadband internet availability on establishment-level employment growth. The analysis uses data for Germany in the years 2005-2009, when broadband was introduced in rural regions of Western Germany and in large parts of Eastern Germany. Technical frictions in broadband rollout are exploited to obtain exogenous variation in local broadband availability.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 19/2017


    Where Did All the Unemployed Go?

    12 June 2017

    The number of unemployed workers in Germany decreased dramatically from its peak in February 2005 at over 5.2 million to 3.6 million by 2008. At the same time, employment increased by 1.2 million. Most theoretical and empirical analyses of this episode assume that a worker leaving unemployment moves into full employment. We ask where the unemployed actually went. Using and merging two large micro data sets, we account for the decrease of unemployment by computing inflows and outflows between unemployment and 16 other labour market states.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 18/2017


    Does Participating in a Panel Survey Change Respondents’ Labor Market Behavior?

    03 May 2017
    Panel survey participation can bring about unintended changes in respondents’ behavior and/or reporting of behavior. Using administrative data linked to a large panel survey, we analyze changes in respondents’ labor market behavior. We estimate the causal effect of panel participation on the take-up of federal labor market programs using instrumental variables. Results show that panel survey participation leads to a decrease in respondents’ take-up of these measures. These results suggest that panel survey participation not only affects the reporting of behavior, as previous studies have demonstrated, but can also alter respondents’ actual behavior.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 15/2017

    The German Labor Market in the Great Recession: Shocks and Institutions

    27 April 2017

    This paper analyzes Germany’s unusual labor market experience during the Great Recession. We estimate a general equilibrium model with a detailed labor market block for postunification Germany. This allows us to disentangle the role of institutions (short-time work, government spending rules) and shocks (aggregate, labor market, and policy shocks) and to perform counterfactual exercises.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 14/2017



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