Federal Statistical Office grants the 2017 Gerhard Fürst Award

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Headline: Federal Statistical Office grants the 2017 Gerhard Fürst Award

WIESBADEN – Every year since 1999, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has granted the Gerhard Fürst Award for outstanding scientific projects closely related to official statistics. For his doctoral thesis on “Wages and Unemployment before and after the German Hartz Reforms”, Dr. Michael Weber was granted the 2017 Gerhard Fürst Award of the Federal Statistical Office in the “doctoral thesis” category. This doctoral thesis was supervised by Professor Dr. Marcel Thum at Technische Universität Dresden. The award money is 5,000 euros. In the “Master’s/Bachelor’s thesis” category, the Master’s thesis by M.Sc. Patricia Dörr on “Comparison of Methods for Combining Surveys over Time” was assessed as an outstanding performance and was granted the 2017 Gerhard Fürst Award. The award money is 2,500 euros. This Master’s thesis was supervised by Professor Dr. Ralf Münnich at Trier University.

Another junior academic received a Prize for Young Researchers. B.A. Marcel Stechert was awarded the prize for his Bachelor’s thesis on “A Critical Analysis of Selected Effects in the Context of Introducing the Statutory Minimum Wage in Germany” which was supervised by Professor Dr. Beate Jochimsen at Berlin School of Economics and Law. The award money of the Prize for Young Researchers in the “Master’s/Bachelor’s thesis” category is 1,000 euros.

The Federal Statistical Office gives the awards on the basis of recommendations by an independent expert jury. This year’s awards were presented at the 26th scientific colloquium on “Wage inequality – Facts, data, analysis” held by the Federal Statistical Office together with the German Statistical Society in Wiesbaden on 23 and 24 November 2017.The laudatory speeches on the award-winning papers were delivered by the chairman of the expert jury, Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer (TU Dortmund University). They will be published in the 6/2017 issue of the “WISTA – Wirtschaft und Statistik” journal of the Federal Statistical Office. In 2018, the award winners will publish detailed articles on their papers in that journal.

The short versions of the award-winning papers and more details on granting the Gerhard Fürst Award are available on the website (only in german) of the Federal Statistical Office. Also, more detailed information on the programme of the coloquium and short versions of the papers contributed to the colloquium are available on the website (only in german) of the Federal Statistical Office.

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