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Department 1: Sociology

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M.A. Barbara Binder

Akademische Mitarbeiterin
Office HoursNach Vereinbarung
RoomR103, Geb. 01.96
Phone+49 721 608-42439
Fax+49 721 608-48847
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About me

I am a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies at KIT. Since June 2015, I've been accepted as a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In my dissertation, I study the impact of the minimum wage on income inequality and poverty in the USA. Further, I am a member of the KIT Junior Research Group Economic Inequality and Labor Markets.


Research interests

  • Income inequality and poverty in modern societies
  • Low-wage employment and minimum wages
  • Minimum income protection, social security, social policy



  • Dissertation project: The impact of minimum wages on income inequality and poverty in the USA, supervised by: Prof. Dr. Gerd Nollmann.
  • The causes of changing poverty rates in the USA and Germany in comparison, funded by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation (together with Dr. Andreas Haupt).

Please find a full CV here.


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