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The influence of non-regulatory factors on asylum decisions

Study by researchers from the Nuremberg Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the University of Konstanz and the University of Bamberg concludes that the chances of obtaining asylum in a specific region depend upon how sceptical of migration its population and government are.

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Black letters on a white background: Gender Pay Gap"

Equal Pay Day

In Germany, women earn an average of 18 percent less than their male colleagues. Over one year, this is the equivalent of women working for free until 6 March 2024 (Equal Pay Day). In a policy paper, researchers from the Konstanz Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" explain how the gender pay gap could be reduced.

In_equality Research Award

The Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz presents In_equality Research Award 2024 to economist Simon Jäger in recognition of his exceptional research achievements and their social relevance. The award ceremony will take place on 10 April 2024 during the In_equality Conference at Bodenseeforum Konstanz.

How does the majority population feel about policies for minorities?

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by a large majority at the UN General Assembly in 2007. In a recent publication, Konstanz political scientist Fabian Bergmann examines why countries are still struggling to implement these rights effectively.

New vice rector team

University of Konstanz Senate elects new vice rectors for the period until 2027.

Pessimism and political trends

In the current edition of the "Cicero Podcast Wissenschaft", Marius R. Busemeyer, speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality", spoke about the effects of the subjective perception of inequality on the political preferences of citizens and what is problematic about it.

New Year's Reception 2024

On 16 January, the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" welcomed the new year with a variety of programme items. The highlight of the New Year's reception was the presentation of the first In_equality Early Career Research Awards to outstanding early career researchers at the Cluster.

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Report on the quality of teacher training

On 8 December 2023, the "Ständige Wissenschaftliche Kommission" (SWK) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs presented its new report "Lehrkräftegewinnung und Lehrkräftebildung für einen hochwertigen Unterricht" (Teacher recruitment and teacher training for high-quality teaching). Claudia Diehl, co-speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality", is a member of the SWK and contributed to the report.

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"Technostress" and the role of the welfare state

What role does the welfare state play in how "technostress" affects health and social inequality? Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz conclude: Higher income as well as social welfare measures help reduce the stress people perceive from everyday interactions with technology.

Am I rich?

Marius R. Busemeyer as an expert on "Duo Informale", the video podcast from Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR).