Institution and Address
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

Phone: +49 / 30 / 25491 0
Fax: +49 / 30 / 25491 684
Email: wzb[at]

Management board: Professor Jutta Allmendinger, Ursula Noack (acting)
Shareholders: Federal Republic of Germany and Federal State of Berlin
Place of business: Berlin
Register court: Local Court of Charlottenburg, Berlin
Register number: HRB 4303
Value added tax identification number: DE 136782674
Responsible for the contents of this website: Prof. Dr. Steffen Huck
Disclaimer: We do not take on responsibility for the contents of externally linked web pages.
Websitedesign: Paula Ellguth, Marjam Fels
Frontend/Backend Development: Benedikt Hebeisen – virtual.worx
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Data protection

The following data protection information will tell you how we handle the collection, use and forwarding of personal data. Responsibility for this website rests with the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Center).

General handling of personal data
We attach great importance to protecting your privacy. We have therefore designed our internet pages so that they can be used anonymously. We use information that we receive and save during your visit to our webpages solely for internal purposes and to improve the design of the website. An exception to this is made when necessary for defense against attacks that represent criminal offenses or restrict the functioning of our web presence. For this purpose only, we record the IP address of your computer, for example, which is saved for seven days as a security measure in the meaning of Section 100 (1) of the German Telecommunications Act (Telekommunikationsgesetz, TKG).

Usage data
When you visit our webpages, “usage data” are temporarily stored as a protocol on our webserver for statistical purposes, so that we can improve the quality of our website. This data record consists of the following:

  • the page from which the file was requested,
  • the name of the file,
  • the date and time of the request,
  • the quantity of data transferred,
  • the access status (file transferred, file not found),
  • the description of the type of web browser used,
  • the IP address of the requesting computer.

We use this information to enable our website to be accessed, for control purposes, for managing our systems and for improving the design of the webpages. We delete the IP address after seven days. There is therefore no way of generating personal user profiles. No data are collected about specific persons or their individual behavior.

Analytic platform
This website uses Piwik, a web analytics open-source software. Piwik uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address anonymized prior to its storage) will be stored on the server of the service provider in Germany. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.


Contacting us

You can contact us by e-mail. Any personal information communicated or transmitted in this way is processed only in order to answer your inquiry. They are forwarded to third parties only to the extent that this is required for processing your request.

Your rights as a user

As a user you have the right to request information about which data about yourself are stored on our system and the purpose they are stored for. In addition, you can have incorrect data corrected, or have data deleted whose storage is not permitted or no longer required. Please contact us if you have information requests, other wishes or suggestions concerning data protection.


In order to protect your data from unwanted access, we use an encryption procedure on some sites. Your information is then transferred from your computer to our server and vice versa via the internet using 128-bit TLS encryption (Transport Layer Security). This is indicated by the lock symbol in the status bar of your browser and the address line beginning with https://.

Data protection officer

Our data protection officer will be happy to help you with information or suggestions regarding data protection:


Limitation of liability 

Internal content

The content of our website has been compiled with meticulous care and to the best of our knowledge. However, we cannot assume any liability for the up-to-dateness, completeness or accuracy of any of the pages. Pursuant to section 7, para. 1 of the TMG (Telemediengesetz – Tele Media Act by German law), we as service providers are liable for our own content on these pages in accordance with general laws. However, pursuant to sections 8 to 10 of the TMG, we as service providers are not under obligation to monitor external information provided or stored on our website. Once we have become aware of a specific infringement of the law, we will immediately remove the content in question. Any liability concerning this matter can only be assumed from the point in time at which the infringement becomes known to us.

External links

Our website contains links to the websites of third parties (“external links”). As the content of these websites is not under our control, we cannot assume any liability for such external content. In all cases, the provider of information of the linked websites is liable for the content and accuracy of the information provided. At the point in time when the links were placed, no infringements of the law were recognizable to us. As soon as an infringement of the law becomes known to us, we will immediately remove the link in question.


The content and works published on this website are governed by the copyright laws of Germany. Any duplication, processing, distribution or any form of utilization beyond the scope of copyright law shall require the prior written consent of the author or authors in question.