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Ruth Maria Schüler

Dr. Ruth Maria Schüler

Economist for social security systems and income and wealth distribution

Tel: +49 221 4981-885
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Passau
  • Master of Science in Economics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • Master of Science in Economic History at the University of Lund
  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Since 2018 at the IW
  • Since 2021 in the competence area "Public Finance, Social Security, Distribution"
  • Research interests: Social security, distribution

IW Publications

Beznoska, Martin / von Haldenwang, Christian / Schüler, Ruth Maria, 2022, Steuervergünstigungen in den OECD-Ländern. Erkenntnisse aus der Global Tax Expenditures Database, IW-Report, Nr. 33, Berlin / Köln
Zur Studie

Schüler, Ruth Maria, 2022, Sorgen um die Altersversorgung in Deutschland. Determinanten und normative Implikationen, in: IW-Trends, 49. Jg., Nr. 1, S. 21-39
Zur Studie

(in cooperation with Wido Geis-Thöne)
Lebenslagen und Kompetenzentwicklung von Grundschulkindern
IW-Trends 2/2019

(in cooperation with Oliver Koppel)
Akademikerberufe – Nicht nur die Nachfrage bestimmt den Preis
IW-Kurzbericht 66/2018

Expertises

(in cooperation with Christina Anger, Oliver Koppel, Axel Plünnecke, Enno Röben)
MINT-Fruhjahrsreport 2019 – MINT und Innovationen – Erfolge und Handlungsbedarfe
Gutachten für BDA, BDI, Mint Zukunft schaffen und Gesamtmetall, 2019

(in cooperation with Christina Anger, Oliver Koppel, Axel Plünnecke, Enno Röben)
MINT-Herbstreport 2018 – MINT: Qualifizierung und Zuwanderung zur Stärkung von Forschung und Digitalisierung
Gutachten für BDA, BDI, Mint Zukunft schaffen und Gesamtmetall, 2018

(in cooperation with Christina Anger, Axel Plünnecke)
Bildungsmonitor 2018 – Teilhabe, Wohlstand und Digitalisierung
Gutachten für die Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft, 2018

External Publications

(in cooperation with Francesco Cinnirella)
Nation Building: The Role of Central Education Spending
Explorations in Economic History, Vol. 67, 2018, pp. 18–39

Education Economics from a Historical Perspective
ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung 78, 2018

Educational inputs and economic development in end-of-nineteenth-century Prussia
Ifo Working Paper, No. 227, 2016

Centralized Monitoring, Resistance, and Reform Outcomes: Evidence from School Inspections in Prussia
Ifo Working Paper, No. 223, 2016

(in cooperation with Francesco Cinnirella)
The Cost of Decentralization: Linguistic Polarization and the Provision of Education
CESifo Working Paper, No. 5894, 2016

More from Dr. Ruth Maria Schüler

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Tax concessions in OECD countries
IW-Report No. 34 13. June 2022

Tax concessions in OECD countries

Martin Beznoska / Christian von Haldenwang / Ruth Maria Schüler

The Global Tax Expenditures Database (https://gted.net/) collects national reports on tax expenditures for 101 countries for the period from 1990 to the present.

IW

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Determinants and Normative Implications
IW-Trends No. 1 9. March 2022

Pension Concerns in Germany: Determinants and Normative Implications

Ruth Maria Schüler

The level of statutory pensions for future generations is set to decline systematically. If future retirees are to maintain their standard of living, they will therefore need to supplement their statutory benefits with private and occupational pensions – a change already initiated with the pension reforms of the early 2000s.

IW

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Conversations and Traditional Media Lead the Way
IW-Report No. 2 15. January 2021

Political Information Behavior: Conversations and Traditional Media Lead the Way

Ruth Maria Schüler / Judith Niehues / Matthias Diermeier

How Germans inform themselves about political events: Personal conversation and use of traditional media come first.

IW

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Are Wages in Germany Responsive to Skilled Labor Shortages?
IW-Trends No. 4 6. January 2021

Are Wages in Germany Responsive to Skilled Labor Shortages?

Alexander Burstedde / Ruth Maria Schüler

The demographic transition is confronting Germany with a growing shortage of skilled workers. In a simple, static labor market model, wages in occupations where the demand for labor is high should rise at an above-average rate to restore market equilibrium.

IW

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Online Petitions as an Indicator of Current Polarization Tendencies
IW-Report No. 47 14. September 2020

Online Petitions as an Indicator of Current Polarization Tendencies

Armin Mertens / Ruth Maria Schüler

The COVID-19 measures of the federal and state governments have at times massively affected public life in Germany. The ban on contact has temporarily restricted the freedom to pursue a profession, the freedom of trade, compulsory education and religious freedom.

IW

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How Young People Learn and Schools Teach
IW-Trends No. 2 17. June 2020

Digital Education?: How Young People Learn and Schools Teach

Barbara Engels / Ruth Maria Schüler

Young people spend a lot of time online, a fact which influences how they learn and follow political and economic developments. This empirical study based on a survey conducted as part of the JUNIOR project examines how young people in Germany use the Internet for learning, focusing particularly on their criteria for selecting videos for educational and information purposes.

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The Living Conditions and Competence Development of Primary School Children
IW-Trends No. 2 18. June 2019

The Living Conditions and Competence Development of Primary School Children

Wido Geis-Thöne / Ruth Maria Schüler

How children develop is strongly influenced by the circumstances in which they grow up. However, it is not clear which factors play a role in this process. To tackle this question, the present paper looks at a broad range of indicators on family structure and the time parents spend with their children, on children’s socio-economic background and on their leisure activities.

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