WSF Newsletter #4/2016

 "Dynamic Panel Models" - Launch of Thematic Workshop Series in Berlin 

The "Dynamic Panel Models" Capacity Training workshop took place  on  June 16-17th, 2016 at Humboldt University of Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Bernoth, Professor of Economics at the Hertie School of Governance and Deputy Head of the Macroeconomics Department at Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin (DIW) , and  13 early stage researchers spent two intensive days discussing different dynamic panel estimation models, i.e. the Anderson Hsiao estimator, the Arrelano Bond estimator or the Blundell Bond estimator and applying the new methods to their own research.

The workshop on "Dynamic Panel Models" constitutes the launch of a series of thematic workshops within the NORFACE Welfare State Futures program. More information and pictures on

Associated Events -
Scheduled Thematic Workshops

October  4-6, 2016
"Health Politics, Health Policy, and Health Inequalities"

February 22-24, 2017
"Welfare State Attitudes"

March 16-17, 2017
"Migration and Welfare"

August 12-16, 2017
"The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"

Inequalities, Insurance, Incentives and Immigration: Challenges and Solutions for the Welfare State - 2nd Workshop Meeting in Helsinki
by Eva Mörk (Project Leader)
In the beginning of June, the 4I’s team met in Helsinki for the project’s second workshop. This time it was the Turku-team that was in charge of the arrangement and they had set us up in Hotel Katajonka, an old prison in Helsinki turned into a very nice conference venue.

Kaisa Kotakorpi had put together a comprehensive program with presentations of preliminary work from the Essex, Uppsala, Tampere and Turku-teams. The work presented included both comparative analysis on European data and country specific analysis on specific topics such as the role of incentives in activation programs, as well as the tax- and benefit systems’ ability to smooth income shocks over life. Papers presented include... [read more at]
Welfare State Futures: Our Children’s Europe, Berlin Conference
by Peter Taylor-Gooby (Project Leader)
The WelfSoc project held a conference in Berlin on 30 June and 1 July. The project uses Democratic Forums and other qualitative methods alongside existing structured quantitative surveys to investigate public attitudes to the future of the welfare state in Europe. The meeting was also attended by post-grads from some of the institutions as well as the project research teams.

We enjoyed a highly productive two days, reviewing the preliminary findings from the Democratic Forums, and our progress on our first collaborative book, discussing our second book, which will present the finding of the forums in the context of attitude research in this field, and setting out the framework for the


next stage of our data gathering, though Focus Groups. We will also be presenting papers at the ESPAnet conference in Rotterdam in early September which set out our initial findings. Further details of the conference will be put on the project website at

We also found time to enjoy Berlin in the summer sunshine, thanks to our hosts, the German team led by Steffen Mau at Humboldt. We look forward to next conference at Ljubljana next year.
WSF Thematic Workshop: Journal Special Issue on “Political Legitimacy and Welfare State Futures”
A group of WSF Researchers from the WelfSOC, FPRWS, HEALTHDOX and MIFARE projects met to discuss a journal special issue submission, which is to be edited by Peter Taylor-Gooby, Heejung Chung and Benjamin Leruth (all University of Kent). The issue focuses on the the political legitimacy of welfare states, as they face the challenges of retrenchment and austerity, privatisation and high levels of immigration. Are cut-backs allocated in a way that people find acceptable? Does privatisation undermine social solidarity? How far do immigrants’ own values challenge those of the welfare state? The papers all rely on innovative methods and data sources to tackle the analysis of changing welfare state attitudes and their implications for welfare state futures. In attendance were Alexander W. Cappelen (Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics), Cornelius Cappelen (University of Bergen, Department of Comparative Politics), Ellen M. Immergut (Humboldt University Berlin), Stein Kuhnle (University of Bergen, Department of Comparative Politics), Marcel Lubbers (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Maria Oskarsson (University of Gothenburg). Peter Taylor-Gooby had to be teleconferenced into the meeting as his flight was cancelled. Other researchers that will participate in the special issue are Diana Burlacu (Humboldt University Berlin), Ursula Dallinger, (University of Trier), Claudia Diehl (University of Konstanz), Theresa Kuhn (University of Amsterdam), Christian Larsen (Aalborg University), Björn Rönnerstad (University of Gothenburg), and Bertil Tungodden (Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics).
WSF Knowledge Exchange Advisory Committee
Getting Stakeholders in - Presenting Research Clusters based on Thematic Focus Areas

The Knowledge Exchange Advisory Committee (KEAC) met at Vetenskapsrådet in Stockholm, on June 15th, 2016.  Present were Christina Behrendt (International Labour Office), Carlien Hillebrink (NORFACE Coordination Office, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO), Eivind Hovden (Research Council of Norway), Ellen Immergut (WSF Scientific Programme Coordinator), Jeremy Neathey (Economic and Social Research Council, via Teleconference). The committee discussed the timing of the WSF Evaluation (organized by the Research Council of Norway), with the first meeting to be held in Berlin on January 30th, 2017, and the mid-term report due in June 2017. The committee also discussed the WSF knowledge dissemination strategy, especially as it relates to stakeholders. The committee recommends a research cluster presentation of the thematic focus areas of the WSF programme that could help to lead academics, policy-makers and stakeholders to research results and data that might be of interest.  The next meeting of the committee will take place in November 2016.
Upcoming Events


13-15th July 2016
3rd International ESS Conference - Understanding key challenges for European societies in the 21st century

WSF Researchers at ESS
Full info with Date, Time, Session and Room number at

Mare Ainsaar, Oliver  Nahkur, Liina-Mai Tooding
Public attitudes toward health care – self-interest or impact of institutions?

Tamara Popic and Simone Schneider
Institutional and individual factors in attitudes toward healthcare system: An East-West comparison.

Ave Roots, Anu Masso, Mare Ainsaar
Measuring attitudes towards immigrants: Validity of index variables across countries.

Ave Roots
Access to Medical care depending on the experience of unemployment in different welfare regimes.

Courtney McNamara 
Session: Health Inequalities I, Chair
Verena Seibel

Migrant’s attitude to childcare: An explorative overview of ten migrant groups attitudes to formal childcare in the Netherlands and Denmark
Wim van Oorschot 
Session: The education system, child care and education policy, Chair and Discussant
Session: Preferences for redistribution and policy outcomes, Chair and Discussant


4-6 October 2016
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Health Politics, Health Policy, and Health Inequalities"
Mannheim, Germany
Organization: Claus Wendt (HiNEWS)

February 22-24, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on "Welfare State Attitudes"
Gothenburg, Sweden
Organization: Wim van Oorschot (WelfSOC Partner), Maria Oskarsson and Björn Rönnerstrand (HEALTHDOX)

March 16-17 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop on Migration and Welfare
The Hague, The Netherlands
Organization: Helga de Valk (MobileWelfare)

August 12-16, 2017
WSF Thematic Workshop/Summer School on "The Future of Child and Family Welfare Policy"
Groningen, The Netherlands
Oragnization: Mónica López López (HESTIA), Lennart Nygren (FACSK)


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