The Higher the Better? A Comparative Analysis of Sociodemographic Characteristics and Human Capital of German Federal Government Members

German Politics & Society, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 21-38, 2014

Posted: 5 Mar 2016

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

Are the highest politicians better qualified than their peers? In this article, we analyze differences between chancellors, vice chancellors, and ministers of the inner or residual cabinets of the German federal governments between 1949 and 2009 with respect to their social backgrounds and educational, economic, as well as political human capital. Different statistical methods reveal no clear primacy of chancellors or vice chancellors over other members of government. Interestingly, inner cabinets have higher qualifications than residual cabinets, as well as partly chancellors and vice chancellors.

Keywords: German Federal Government, Human Capital, Leaders, Politicians, Sociodemographic Characteristics

JEL Classification: C81, J24, L88, M53, O52

Suggested Citation

Scharfenkamp, Katrin and Dilger, Alexander, The Higher the Better? A Comparative Analysis of Sociodemographic Characteristics and Human Capital of German Federal Government Members (December 1, 2014). German Politics & Society, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 21-38, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741576

Katrin Scharfenkamp

University of Tübingen ( email )

Geschwister Scholl Platz
Tübingen, 72070
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/economics-and-social-sciences/subjects/school-of-business-a

Alexander Dilger (Contact Author)

University of Münster ( email )

Institute for Organisational Economics
Scharnhorststr. 100
Münster, D-48151
Germany
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+49-251-83-28429 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.wiwi.uni-muenster.de/io/en/organisation/Dilger.html

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