Nils Witte


I am sociologist and junior researcher at the Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden, Germany. My research interests include labor market outcomes of migration over the life course, wage inequalities, social closure, and immigrant integration. I fulfill occasional teaching assignments at the University of Frankfurt.

Earlier, I held a postdoc position at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I received my PhD from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences at Bremen University where I was Doctoral Fellow and grantee from 2011-2015. During my doctoral research, I also was DAAD-funded visiting student at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In my dissertation I investigated processes of boundary negotiation in immigrant societies. I graduated in Social Sciences from the University of Mannheim in 2011.


January 2023 - New article on international school to work transitions of higher education graduates. Do they benefit in terms of wages? What are the implications for social inequality? Joint research with Nico Stawarz and Nicolai Netz. This link grants free access until March 15 [download].


October 2022 - We are organizing a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) on 3-5 July 2023. My colleague Elisabeth Kraus and I organise "Strand 2: Internal Mobility and International Migration Across the Life Course". Find more information [here].


July 2022 - The Scientific-Use-File Wave 3 of the German Emigration and Remigration Panel Study is now available through the GESIS data archive. The documentation is available through the Federal Institute for Population Studies. [data] [documentation]


January 2022 – New article about incentive effects on participation in probability-based online panels published in Social Science Computer Review. Low combined incentives (€5/€5) and high conditional incentives (€20) are most effective in enhancing panel participation. Thanks to my co-authors Ines Schaurer, Jette Schröder, Jean P. Décieux, and Andreas Ette. [download] [preprint]

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October 2021 – New preprint on the consequences of Brexit for return migration of high-skilled migrants. Our findings indicate that Brexit may have the unintended consequence of driving out skilled and socio-culturally more integrated migrants who had been livingin the UK for several years. Joint work with Nico Stawarz. [download]

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July 2021 – German summary of my research on changing wage inequality // Deutschsprachige Zusammenfassung meiner Forschung zur Veränderung der Lohnungleichheit in Deutschland; Danke Tomma Schröder! [here].

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May 2021 – New Open Access Book. The contributions to this edited volume illuminate the social structure of migrants from a developed welfare state and individual consequences of migration across the life course. With contributions by Ette, Erlinghagen, N. F. Schneider, Baykara-Krumme, Pollak, Sander, Fauser, G. Wagner and many others. Get your free copy of the e-book [here]. // Ein deutschsprachiges Interview zum Sammelband gibt es [hier].


March 2021 – Ich freue mich, am Integrationsmonitoring des Bundes mitgewirkt zu haben. Danke an Martin Weinmann für die Koordination. Ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt von BiB und DeZIM im Auftrag der Integrationsbeauftragten der Bundesregierung. [download]


March 2021 – Unser Kapitel im Datenreport 2021 liefert erstmals Informationen zur Sozialstruktur deutscher Auswanderer auf Basis von GERPS. Danke Andreas Ette, Andreas Genoni und für die Koordination am BiB Uta Brehm und Martin Bujard. [download], Kap. 8.6