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About Martin Schröder

Martin Schröder ist Professor für Soziologie und forscht zu den Themen soziale Ungleichheit, Sozialstaat, Kapitalismusvarianten, Wirtschaftssoziologie, Moral und Lebenszufriedenheit. Er promovierte am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln und studierte in Osnabrück, der Sciences Po Paris und der Harvard University. Sein erstes populärwissenschaftliches Buch zeigt, warum wir nie das Gefühl haben, dass unser Leben besser wird, obwohl sich objektiv gesehen fast alles in der Welt und in Deutschland verbessert. Sein zweites Buch für die Öffentlichkeit zeigt, unter welchen Umständen Menschen mit ihrem Leben zufrieden sind.
1 03. 2020

Why the world is getting better but no one notices

By |2020-03-05T13:09:12+01:00March 1st, 2020|Blog|

Imagine that things are getting better, hugely better, but no one knows. You might take me for a hopeless optimist in saying that things are getting better, but far from it, it is actually a cold look at the data that makes any other view seem nonsensical. It also hardly matters how you define progress, as the world and life in Germany is getting better in almost any regard. Want people to not be hungry? While even around 1980 almost half of humanity lived in extreme poverty, the number now is one in ten. Want world peace? Since the

9 07. 2018

With how man working hours are people happy?

By |2020-03-05T11:22:28+01:00July 9th, 2018|Blog|

How many hours should people work? I am pretty sure you, and everyone you know, has asked that question. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, I can actually show with how many working hours people are most satisfied on average. And the results are pretty strange. In short, while mothers can be satisfied with their life while working long or short hours, fathers become unsatisfied with their life when they work shorter hours. You can check out the results in this graph, which shows how the life satisfaction of each group is related to working hours. To put this

3 07. 2017

Does inequality make people unhappy?

By |2020-03-05T11:22:38+01:00July 3rd, 2017|Blog|

In every society, some have more income than others. In some societies, some have much more income than others. But are people that live in more equal societies happier with their life? The prevailing view is that income inequality breeds unhappiness. But does someone from Sweden really wake up in the morning to thank god that she does not live in a country with more inequality? Probably not… Indeed, empirical studies that compare whether countries with more inequality have a happier population showed mixed results. Some found that indeed, countries with more inequality have a more satisfied population. But others

3 07. 2017

Inequality and trade unions as prey and predator

By |2020-03-05T11:22:49+01:00July 3rd, 2017|Blog|

Imagine a population of wolves and sheep. Wolves eat sheep. The wolve population grows, as long as there are sheep. But once the wolves have eaten all the sheep, the wolves starve and die. When the wolves are gone, the sheep population can recover. This is a basic prey and predator model. Essentially, it shows how trade union power is linked to inequality, trade unions are the wolves and inequality is the sheep. Using data from 12 countries over 100 years, I can show with my co-author Louis Chauvel that trade unions recruit more members after inequality has been high.

3 07. 2017

How we get used to income inequality

By |2020-03-05T11:22:58+01:00July 3rd, 2017|Blog|

In a recent paper I wrote, I can show that when more income inequality exists in a country, people also start to accept more income inequality. This means that when inequality increases in a country, after 3 to 4 years, people have adapted their social justice views to this and have accepted the increased inequality. This shows why people are not more outraged by rising inequality, they simply seem to have a strong tendency to get used to it. For the article, please access this link:

25 07. 2012

How have views on fair social inequality changed in the US since 1950?

By |2020-03-05T11:23:07+01:00July 25th, 2012|Blog|

Hey there, I thought I would let you in on my newest research results. I wanted to know how, with increasing social inequality, conceptions of ‘fair’ social inequality have changed? I will show you in the following, how justice norms in the media have changed from favoring a more egalitarian distribution of incomes to favoring more social inequality. In order to understand this, I have looked at changes in income inequality and I have read 600 articles that appeared in the NY Times since 1950 and that contained the search terms ‘income* social* equal* justice poverty.’ Thus, I looked at

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