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I am a doctoral student at Freie Universität Berlin and the Eastern Europe and Russia coordinator of the World Inequality Database.

My research interests comprise economic history, public economics, and inequality research with a focus on gender inequality and on the post-socialist transition countries.

E-mail: theresa.neef@fu-berlin.de

Twitter: @ThereFeen


Work in Progress


The Long Way to Gender Equality: Gender Pay Differences in Germany, 1871-2016.

I construct a harmonized time series of the unadjusted gross earnings ratio between men and women in Germany for the period 1871-2016. On this basis, I can discuss factors associated with rapid change or stagnation of gender pay differences over time.

Summary on The Long Run Blog


When capitalism takes over socialism: (missing) capital income and East-West-German income inequality. (joint with Stefan Bach and Charlotte Bartels)

This paper constructs distributional national accounts (DINA) for East and West Germany to study the distribution of national income since the German reunification in 1990. We document substantial income differences between East and West Germans persisting 30 years after the German unification, which we relate to the lack of capital ownership in the East. We show that capital income generated in East Germany flowing to West German capital owners can explain structural differences between the income distributions in East and West Germany. [draft coming soon]


The Gender Wealth Gap in France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the US. (joint with Facundo Alvaredo and Clara Martínez-Toledano)



Research Methodology

Distributional National Accounts Guidelines: Methods and Concepts used in the World Inequality Database (with fellow wid.world coordinators and co-directors).



Policy Work

I contributed to 14 Ideas for after Corona hosted by Dezernat Zukunft.