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Finished Projects

Wealth Taxation in the Media

Project duration: March 2019 - October 2019

The research project “Wealth Taxation in the Media“, funded by the Otto-Brenner Foundation, focuses on the coverage of wealth taxation in the German print media discourse. The focus on print media stems from their ability to frame and shape the understanding of economic inequality and – closely related - redistribution policies such as wealth taxation by selecting, presenting and arranging certain types of information, ideas, narrative frames and discourses.

The project is based on a long-term analysis (2001-2018) of the media coverage, its variation and development over time. In particular, the research focus is on the general framing of wealth taxation as well as the specific linguistic resources applied in such as context. In terms of methodology, we use corpus linguistics methods and critical discourse analysis

Contact: Andrea Grisold, Hendrik Theine, Maria Rieder

EQUALdigitalent - Promotion of Gender Equality in Digital Entrepreneurship

Project Duration: September 1st, 2016 - August 31th, 2019

Unfortunately, the disruptive power of new digital technologies appears to be limited to technology and business models and has not yet impacted the issue of gender diversity. Digital entrepreneurship and the media industry are faced by a stagnation of women in leadership positions and the continued depletion of female technology talent. For the digital economy to truly reach its potential, the gender imbalance must be confronted and addressed at all levels of the society. Higher Educational Programs are important social and economic change agents towards gender equality and diversity. The primary goal of the project is therefore to develop a master programme curriculum for digital entrepreneurship in application of innovative gender mainstreaming approaches. Taking into consideration findings from feminist (media) economics, entrepreneurship and information systems on the gendered structures of entrepreneurship and information systems, the project aims to contribute to the successful innovation and commercialization of digital goods and services and the creation of businesses that will enact gender equality at all levels of the society and the economy.

The main deliverables of the project comprise a fully gendered reference curriculum for digital entrepreneurship including didactical guidelines, physical and virtual course materials.

The project will be carried out by a consortium of the University of Liechtenstein, the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and the Catholic Social Academy of Austria (KSOE). The key participants

Prof. Heike Wiesner (Berlin School of Economics and Law)

Prof. M. Tomenendal (Berlin School of Economics and Law)

Prof. Andrea Grisold (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Mag.a Margit Appel (Catholic Social Academy of Austria)

all have vast experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of higher educational curricula and programs and contribute expert knowleedge in their specific disciplines including business administration, entrepreneurship, economics, information systems, digital technologies and political science.

Education and training are key to empower women in the digital age and to foster a society with future viability. Thus, the project is designed to have a strong impact on the higher education in the field of entrepreneurship by training and enabling female and male student to become leading digital entrepreneurs and to commit themselves to the closing of the existing gender gap in the digital economy.

Gendered economic inequality in Evolution

Projektdauer: 01.02. - 31.07.2019

This paper considers how government policies influence the distribution of work within a household. In particular, it looks how the institutions of marriage, alimony, and joint taxation affect a couple's decision to engage in a division of labor in paid and unpaid work. The analysis uses the case of the somewhat sporadically granted rights for same-sex couples to marry, access alimony, and file income taxes jointly to see how the couples changed their work patterns when they were given access to those institutions. These new rights were granted intermittently across states and years starting in 2000; in 2015, the process was complete following the Obergefell v. Hodges case that granted same-sex couples in all states the right to all three institutions. This research exploits this quasi-experimental structure of timing differences to legal changes across states to investigate if these changes had an effect on the extent to which same-sex couples engage in a division of labor.

The paper is thus important because it analyzes how social and economic policy affect couples' work choices. Economic theory on the family and the household suggests that it is efficient for individuals in a couple to specialize in either paid work (on the labor market) or unpaid work (in the household, including care work) and then trade with a partner, who does the other type of work (Becker 1965, 1985, 1991). The theory predicts that in different-sex couples, this division is biologically predetermined: because women carry and bear children, they will have a natural comparative advantage in care work. The optimal division of labor, then, is for the woman to specialize in unpaid work and for the man to specialize in paid work. Indeed empirical research from the U.S. using labor force and time-use surveys shows that men in heterosexual couples perform about 60\% of the total paid work, while women perform 63\% of the unpaid and care work (BLS, 2018). Interestingly, although there is no biologically predetermined reason for this to be the case, people in same-sex couples also engage in a household division of labor (Schneebaum, 2013). (In Schneebaum (2013), I use the distinction between biological sex and social gender, where the latter refers to the social norms and characteristics assigned based on biological sex, to make the point that the division of labor in same-sex couples implies that the so-called (biological) "sexual division of labor" is instead a (socially-determined) gender division of labor.) The degree of the division of labor in same-sex couples is lower than it is for different-sex couples, though the gap did narrow between 1990-2010 (Giddings et al. 2014).

This study in this project builds on the literature on the household division of labor to examine if couples change their specialization decision upon being granted access to legal institutions which could offer some protection and/or incentive to specialize, using same-sex couples in the U.S. as a case study. It employs the fact that individual states in the U.S. started granting same-sex couples access to alimony rights, the right to marry, and the right to file taxes jointly beginning as far back as 2000; each year, more states extended these rights to their citizens until nation-wide legislation was passed in 2015 which granted marriage rights (and thus also access to alimony and joint income tax filing) to all remaining same-sex couples.

Projektleitung: Ass. Prof. Alyssa Schneebaum, PhD


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