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Inequality Barometer: Middle Class - Who Is That?

The survey of the Cluster's Inequality Barometer reveals great degrees of misperception of the amount and distribution of income and wealth inequality: Many of the rich, as well as many members of the lower income groups, falsely assume they belong to the middle class. Nevertheless, respondents would prefer a more egalitarian society, and have a pessimistic outlook on opportunities for social mobility.

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Overcoming resistance to COVID-19 vaccination: new evidence

Behavioural economist Dr. Katrin Schmelz of the University of Konstanz and her Santa Fe Institute colleague Prof. Dr. Samuel Bowles show that enforcing SARS-CoV-2 vaccination should be avoided: mandates would undermine intrinsic motivation to vaccinate in many people, and bear high social and political costs.

Germans (mis-)understand inequality

In their new “Inequality Barometer”, Konstanz researchers demonstrate: The German population often assesses the level of inequality incorrectly, underestimating wealth inequality in particular. This also has political consequences.

Claudia Diehl appointed

Sociologist Professor Claudia Diehl, professor of microsociology at the University of Konstanz and co-speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” appointed to the Standing Research Commission of the Conference of the German Ministers of Education – she will advise the Standing Conference in questions of migration and integration research

COVID-19 and Inequality

How does the pandemic change our society? Social scientists from Konstanz investigate this question in the first issue of their new research magazine In_equality.

Education Systems and Political Inequality

Susanne Garritzmann, researcher at the Cluster, defended her dissertation entitled “Education Systems and Political Inequality – How Educational Institutions Shape Turnout Gaps” in February this year.

Minerva Fellowship for Or Cohen Raviv

Or Cohen Raviv, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality”, has been awarded a Minerva Fellowship for 12 months.

WSI Senior Fellowship for Marius R. Busemeyer

The University of Konstanz political scientist and Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" was chosen for a senior fellowship at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) for a duration of three years, starting on 01 April 2021.