Während der Vorlesungszeit veranstaltet das INCHER-Kassel regelmäßig Vorträge  zu Themen der Hochschulforschung mit anschließender Diskussion. Sofern nicht anders angekündigt, finden Veranstaltungen jeweils im INCHER-Kassel, Mönchebergstr. 17 (Sitzungsraum, 4. Stock), Universität Kassel statt.

Im Wintersemster 2020/2021 finden die Veranstaltungen überwiegend online statt.

Forschungskolloquien des INCHER-Kassel 2020/2021

25. November 2020


16:30-18:00 Uhr

Bias and careers: Evidence from the aid effectiveness literature

Dr. Katarina Zigova

Fach Soziologie, FB Geschichte, Soziologie, Sportwissenschaft und empirische Bildungsforschung, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz

Abstract: We investigate whether estimates of the effect of aid on growth are influenced by authors' careers. We collect data on the careers of 190 authors and apply meta-regression analysis to investigate the impact of authors' age and tenure status on the reported magnitude of aid effectiveness, and on the degree of selectivity in which results are reported. On average, authors without tenure report much larger effects and they also exhibit substantial publication selection bias. These findings are consistent with differences in publication incentives between tenured and non-tenured authors. Older non-tenured researchers report the most biased findings in this literature. One explanation for this latter result is these authors' links with aid agencies.

3. Dezember     2020,
Zoom-Veranstaltung, 18:00-19:30 Uhr

Early bridges - The impact of interdisciplinarity and novelty on young academics' careers                       

Professor Dr. Raphael Heiko Heiberger

Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Interdisciplinary research is increasingly demanded by funding agencies and is seen as a source for the development of new research strands as well as of enhanced scientific impact. However, it is not clear if scholars benefit from undertaking such endeavours due to cognitive and organizational strains that interdisciplinary work puts on researchers. In particular, we inspect the impact of "high risk, high reward" boundary-spanning on a time in scientists' life that is itself characterized by much insecurity, the early career period. We use a comprehensive datasets on U.S. physicists and track their careers from thesis onwards. Rather than examining individual papers and their performance based on interdisciplinarity, hence, we take a look at the success of researchers based on the diversity of publications in the first years after one's dissertation. We operationalize disciplinary diversity along three dimensions, variety, balance and disparity of classifications assigned to publications. While diversity in and of itself might be beneficial or detrimental to a career it is not necessarily innovative to a field. To account for innovation and its effects on careers, we include a measure for novel combinations of classifications. We estimate a logistic regression model to investigate the effect of early career diversity on establishing an academic career, controlling for output, prestige, gender and citations. We expect different effects for our four explanatory factors, i.e., an overall negative effect of diversity and novelty on initially establishing a career and a positive effect on careers that manage to persist.

16. Dezember 2020,

16:30-18:00 Uhr
Ort: Campus Center, Seminarraum 6, Raum 1124,


The effect of labor market integration on knowledge diffusion and inventor productivity

Dr. Rainer Widmann

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München

Abstract: This paper studies the effect of labor mobility on knowledge diffusion. Leveraging the gradual opening of the Swiss labor market for German cross-border workers between 2003 and 2007, we find that Swiss citation rates of patents from German border regions increased by around 40%. We use administrative cross-border worker visa data to establish a link between cited and citing entities. We find that Swiss firms cite German patents if they employ cross-border workers who are located close to the originators of the cited patent. Our findings indicate that reduced labor mobility contributes to the noted negative effect of institutional borders on knowledge spillovers.

13. Januar 2021,

16:30-18:00 Uhr

Ort: Campus Center, Seminarraum 6, Raum 1124,


Quitters: What drives exits from entrepreneurial teams?

Professorin Dr. Hanna Hottenrott

TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München, München

Abstract: We study team stability in large sample of top management teams in young firms. We test hypotheses regarding drivers of exit of individual team members from the team. We find that investor entry and firm performance are important factors explaining management team churn. We also find that female team members are more likely to drop out, but that this can be traced back to differences in equity holdings rather than family reasons, individual preferences, or personality traits.

3. Februar 2021,


16:30-18:00 Uhr

Gender diversity in academia: Does it matter for research outcomes?

Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen

Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract: This presentation examines the relationship between gender diversity and research outcomes. Existing research on the topic primarily focuses on how team gender diversity influences scholarly productivity in terms of citations and publication rates. Far less attention has been devoted to the question of how the intellectual contents of research disciplines change as they become more gender diverse. Based on empirical evidence from three disciplines, this presentation will illuminate impact-, content- and status related dimensions of gender diversity in scientific research and discuss how the broadened repertoire of perspectives, values and questions resulting from gender diversity may render research more responsive to the full gamut of societal needs and expectations.

10. Februar 2021,

16:30-18:00 Uhr

Ort: Campus Center, Seminarraum 6, Raum 1124, Hybrid-Veranstaltung

Where do women earn more than men? Explaining regional differences in the Gender Pay Gap     

Dr. Michaela Fuchs

Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), IAB regional in der Regionaldirektion Sachsen-Anhalt-Thüringen, Halle

Abstract:It is a well-known fact that in Germany, women’s wages are about 20 per cent lower than men’s. This national figure hides profound spatial variation in the gender pay gap that ranges from 41 per cent to -4 per cent, i.e. in some regions women earn more than men. We examine the reasons for this spatial pattern on the basis of theory-based individual, establishment and regional determinants. Our findings underscore the role played by the establishment composition in a region and the kind of jobs provided.


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Brown-bag-Lunchs (12:00 – 13:30 Uhr)

17. November 2020,

Zoom- Veranstaltung


Showing life opportunities: Assessing the effectiveness of online education

Referent: Dr. Igor Asanov

(Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Universität Kassel, Kassel)

Abstract: We used a randomized control trial in order to assess the effect of online courses in schools on studying outcomes, intentions, and career-related choices to become an opportunity-driven entrepreneur or choose a STEM type of education. We worked with 15-17-year-old students in 110 schools (around 15 000 students) in Ecuador (before and during the COVID-19 outbreak). We randomly assigned schools either to treatment (and receiving the entrepreneurship-related online course), or placebo-control (receiving a placebo treatment of online courses from standard curricula) groups. The current presentation will focus on the short-term impact of the program on the choices and life of the students.


8. Dezember 2020,


Systematic reviews: Research methodology and publication potential

Referentinnen: Dr. Shweta Mishra und Alexandra Hertwig

(International Centre of Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel), Universität Kassel, Kassel)

Abstract: Systematic reviews play an important role in identifying, summarizing, and analyzing existing studies. Although systematic reviews are extensively used in the fields of public health and clinical studies, its application in the education sector is rather limited.This presentation will focus on systematic reviews as a research methodology and outline the main steps in conducting a systematic review. The main focus will be on describing the methods (e.g., developing search terms, identifying reviews, selection criteria, and analysis) to ensure a high quality and reliable review and publishing articles based on this research methodology.


26. Januar 2021

Moritzstr. 25-31,

Systembau 3,

Raum 0306,


Jenseits von NPM: Ein neues Paradigma der Hochschulgovernance?                      

Referent: Professor Dr. Bernd Kleimann

(FG Soziologie, Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Universität Kassel, Kassel und Abteilung Governance in Hochschule und Wissenschaft, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), Hannover)



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