soeb-Newsletter #7 (25.05.2016)


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear colleagues,

In this seventh newsletter of the network on socioeconomic reporting (soeb 3) we want to present the current events of our project work.


Participation of the soeb network at the 38th Congress of the DGS

From 26 to 30 September 2016, the 38th Congress of the German Society for Sociology will take place in Bamberg. The soeb network is represented by a workshop (“ad-hoc-Gruppe”) on the phenomenon of social closure in the context of the societal allocation of well-being, titled: “Rising tides do not lift all the boats: Die Persistenz von Schließungsprozessen bei der Verteilung gesellschaftlicher Wohlfahrt” (date of the event: 27.09.2016, 14:15–17:00, you find the program here). Further information with regard to the content of the workshop is available here.


Symposium on the Third Report

On October 17, 2016, the soeb network will present and discuss the results of their Third Report in the “Neue Mälzerei” in Berlin. The event program will be available on the soeb homepage soon and will as well be published via e-mail distribution lists of the participating institutes. Registration is already possible (Email to: sarah.cronjaeger[at]


soeb-Working-Paper 2016–2 published: Telling social history by socioeconomic reporting

This soeb-working-paper (German title: “„Mit Sozialberichterstattung Gesellschaftsgeschichte erzählen“”) documents the opening and the final statements of the workshop discussion “Sozioökonomische Entwicklung in Deutschland: Kontinuität, Wandel, Umbruch?” (Socio-economic development in Germany: continuity, change, rupture?) held by the soeb network. The workshop discussion took place in Berlin at the 10 and 11 December 2015. The complete program, along with all slides of the four discussion rounds, can be downloaded from the soeb website. Peter Bartelheimer (Sociological Research Institute Goettingen) and Anselm Doering-Manteuffel (University of Tuebingen) discussed in their opening talks and their concluding remarks, from a social sciences’ and a contemporary historical perspective, the possibilities and problems of a socio-economically extended reporting, which also seeks to tell a story of societal development using social and economic data. Such a story needs historical time marks and periodization as well as theoretical constructions. Both contributions reject the view of a continuous modernization and concurrently identify some crucial time marks in a medium-range historical perspective, even though the events are connected respectively weighted differently by them: the emergence of the post-war order after 1945, through the socioeconomic caesura in the seventies up to the economic and financial crisis in 2007. Peter Bartelheimer, from the perspective of the network reporting project, emphasizes the case of Germany, whilst Anselm Doering-Manteuffel outlines a global historical view.

Complementarily, the Working-Paper documents various contributions to the final discussion by Dr. Joachim Spangenberg (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, BUND e.V.), Prof. Dr. Toni Pierenkemper (University Köln) und Prof. Dr. Matthias Knuth (University Duisburg-Essen).

You can download the soeb-Working-Paper here.       


soeb-Working-Paper 2016-3 published: „Wirkungen eines ökologisch nachhaltigeren Konsums: Ergebnisse einer Szenarioanalyse“

The way to a sustainable development implies an environmentally friendlier and more resource saving consumption. In order to assess the socioeconomic consequences of an ecologically more sustainable consumption, a scenario analysis is conducted as a part of the socioeconomic modelling within the research project soeb 3. It is assumed that, given a constant level of aggregate consumption, the consumption expenditures gradually shift to less environmentally harmful services. Comparing the alternative scenario with the reference, the impact of a more sustainable consumption behavior on the aggregate economy, the social participation conditions and different household types are analyzed. The long-term socioeconomic outcomes of a more sustainable consumption are predominantly positive. Due to less imported (intermediate) goods, the current account balance and hence the GDP is higher compared to the reference. Incomes increase as well. The higher demand for (labour intensive) services relative to (resource intensive) physical goods in consumption and production leads to more employment and fewer unemployed. The overall changes improve resources and conditions for social participation, as measured by the TBI index. However, not all social groups benefit from the assumed changes in consumption behavior: the self-employed households incur income losses resulting from lower profit incomes. Conversely, lower-income households of the unemployed and pensioners experience income gains, which tend to reduce the existing disparities between households with regard to income and consumption.

The authors of the soeb-Working-Paper are the network members: Thomas Drosdowski, Britta Stöver and Ines Thobe of the Institute for Economic Structures Research (GWS). The Working-Paper is available here.


Graphic of the month: „Polarisierung der Teilhabechancen von Jugendlichen mit unterschiedlichen Schulabschlüssen“ (Polarisation of opportunities for social participation of young people with different school degrees) (Link)


More information can be found on


Thank you for your interest, we are looking forward to your feedback, questions and further suggestions.


Your soeb network


Current Publications of the soeb-network (since 25.02.2016):

Bartelheimer, Peter/ Doering-Manteuffel (2016): Mit Sozialberichterstattung Gesellschaftsgeschichte erzählen. soeb-Working-Paper 2016–02.

Becker, Irene (2016): Vor und nach der Hartz-IV-Reform: Wie sich Einkommen und Ausgaben der Betroffenen verändert haben. Lebensstandard und Teilhabemöglichkeiten erheblich gesunken. In: Soziale Sicherheit. Issue 3/2016. 93–101.

Drosdowski, Thomas/ Stöver, Britta/ Thobe, Ines (2016): Wirkungen eines ökologisch nachhaltigeren Konsums: Ergebnisse einer Szenarioanalyse. soeb-Working-Paper 2016–3.

An overview of all publications of the soeb network is available here.

Recent talks of the soeb-network (since 25.02.2016)

Bieritz, Loreto/ Stöver, Britta/ Sonnenburg, Anja (2016): Ansatzpunkte zur Abschätzung der ökonomischen Folgen der Flüchtlingszahlen. 31 March 2016 in Osnabrück within the Input - Output Workshop of the GWS.

Schmidt, Tanja (2016): Using the Capability approach within life-course research. Lecture in the master-seminary of the HWR Berlin, on 13 Mai 2016 in Berlin.

An overview of all presentations held by the soeb-network is available here.

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