Interdisciplinary Lunch Time Seminar Series on “Corona – Leveller or Amplifier of Social and Economic Inequality?”

hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Start: 10 May 2021

End: 31 Dec 2021

  • Individual Sessions of the Seminar Series

    Seminars will be organized virtually via Zoom and will take place during May and December 2021 on Monday or Wednesday (12 - 1 pm CET).

    After registration, you will receive the Zoom link in your registration confirmation by mail.
    The link is valid for all sessions.


    Seminar Series "Corona - leveler or amplifier of social and economic inequality?"


    For infomation on abstracts of individual sessions, please see tab "Abstracts | Presentations".




    10 May 2021

    11.30 am – 1.00 pm CET

    Introduction to the Seminar Series

    Inequality in employment trajectories and their socio-economic consequences during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany

    Bernd Fitzenberger (Institute for Employment Research, IAB)

    Katja Möhring (University of Mannheim, Germany)

    19 May 2021

    To the rescue? The mitigating role of tax and benefit rescue packages for poverty and inequality in Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic

    Jesse Lastunen (UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland) 

    7 June 2021
    4pm CET

    IAB in cooperation with OECD:

    The wellbeing of German high school students in the transition from high school to post-secondary education during the COVID-19 pandemic 


    The State of School Education: One year into the COVID Pandemic 



    Alexander Patzina (Institute for Employment Research, IAB)


    Andreas Schleicher (Director for Education and Skills at the OECD)

    14 June 2021

    Dissecting the Covid-19 Supply Shock: Which Role did School Closures play?

    Bettina KohlrauschSebastian Dullien (Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Germany)

    21 June 2021

    The impact of COVID-19 on living conditions of older people, and their care needs

    Hans Dubois (Eurofound)

    23 June 2021

    Germany’s Labour Market in Corona Distress – New Challenges to Safeguard Employment

    Lennert Peede (University of Muenster, Germany)

    30 June 2021

    The Covid-19 crisis and the financial buffers of households in Europe

    Andreas Thiemann (European Commission, Joint Research Center, Seville, Spain)

    05 July 2021

    Drivers of working hours and household income dynamics during the CoViD-19 pandemic: The case of the Netherlands

    Christian Zimpelmann (IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, Germany)

    07 July 2021

    How does the COVID-19 pandemic change welfare attitudes in Germany? An empirical analysis using panel data

    Henning Lohmann & Hequn Wang (University of Hamburg, Germany)

    14 July 2021

    Covid-19 and (gender) inequality in income: The impact of discretionary policy measures in Austria

    Michael Christl (European Commission, Joint Research Center, Seville, Spain)

    21 July 2021

    Economic inequality, risk perceptions and infection at the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

    Nate Breznau (University of Bremen, Germany)

    28 July 2021

    The Impact of Job Disruptions on Households During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Hannah Illing (Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany)

    20 September 2021

    Home, Sweet Home? The Impact of Working from Home on the Division of Unpaid Work During Covid-19 Lockdown

    Judith Derndorfer (University of Economics and Business Vienna, Austria)

    27 September 2021

    Staggered  Contracts and Unemployment during Recessions

    Efi Adamopoulou (University of Mannheim, Germany)

    29 September
    4pm CET

    IAB in cooperation with OECD:

    From Mancession to Shecession: Women's Employment in Regular and Pandemic Recessions


    Gender and family gap in working hours during the Corona crisis: Sharp drop, quick recovery?

    Michel Tertilt (University of Mannheim)



    Marita Jacob (University of Cologne)

    04 October 2021

    Covid-19 and Educational Inequality: How School Closures Affect Low- and High-Achieving Students

    Larissa Zierow (ifo Institute at the University of Munich, Germany)

    11 October 2021

    The Effect of Business Cycle Expectations on the German Apprenticeship Market: Estimating the Impact of Covid-19

    Samuel Mühlemann (LMU Munich, Germany)

    20 October 2021

    Covid-19, Social Class and Inequalities in Work Experience in Germany

    Hajo Holst, Agnes Fessler & Steffen Niehoff (University Osnabrueck, Germany)

    27 October 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic: A threat to higher education?

    Marina Bonaccolto-Töpfer (University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany)

    10 November 2021

    Academic Performance and E-learning in Italy

    Marta C Lopes (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

    17 November 2021

    Shifts in Work Orientation in the COVID-19 Era: The Education Divide

    Sigal Alon (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

    24 November 2021

    The effect of the Corona-Pandemic on life satisfaction: Does social belonging mediate the relationship and are there differences between age groups?

    Jacqueline Lettau (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Bamberg, Germany)

    01 December 2021

    Regional employment and inequality responses to the COVID-19 crisis: the role of digital opportunities and working-from-home in the short to medium-term

    Sarra Ben Yahmed (ZEW – Leibniz-Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, Germany)



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