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31 July 2014

2014 German Students Award conferred to Christian Hunkler

Dr. Christian Hunkler was conferred the German Students Award 2014 by Körber Stiftung for the most important theses of the year in the social sciences section for his dissertation entitled “Fehlende Ressourcen oder Diskriminierung? Ethnische Ungleichheit beim Zugang zu Ausbildungsplätzen im dualen System” [Lack of resources or discrimination? Ethnic inequality in the access to training opportunities in the dual system].

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7 – 8 July 2014


Homo faber disabilis? – Teilhabe am Erwerbsleben [Homo faber disabilis? – Participation in Working Life]

the human rights for the living situation of disabled persons are specified in order to make equal participation in social life possible. The question arises, however, how such participation of persons with impairments and disabilities in working life might be effected.

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30 June 2014

"Leave no one behind" – Social Security as a Future Task

Expert Workshop: Soziale Sicherung und die Post2015-Agenda [Social Security and the Post2015-Agenda]

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Presentations (PDF):
Cichon | Delarue | Janus | Kaltenborn | Knoess | Köhler | Schwarzer

2 June 2014

Helmut Farbmacher receives Otto Hahn Medal

The Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) wishes to congratulate academic staff member Dr. Helmut Farbmacher on his being awarded the Otto Hahn Medal, an honour conferred by the Max Planck Society to outstanding junior scholars. The award ceremony took place at the annual General Meeting of the Max Planck Society on June 4, 2014, in Munich.

In his dissertation „Financial Incentives and Behavior: Four Essays in Applied Health and Labor Economics“ Helmut Farbmacher investigated, among other things, the steering effect of the so-called German practice fee.

Helmut Farbmacher (second row, centre) and the Otto Hahn Medal prize winners from the Human Sciences Section, together with Prof. Dr. Christoph Engel, MPI for Research on Collective Goods. Photograph: Denise Vernillo/MPG.

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14 May 2014

The Mütterrente Will Primarily Benefit Low- and Middle-income Pensioner Households – but the Majority of the Approximately 300,000 Female Pensioners on Basic Pension Get Nothing

Scientists of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and of the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) deliver a mixed verdict of the planned increase of insurance periods recognised for bringing up children [Mütterrente]: Relative to the net household income, the Mütterrente will benefit low- and middle-income pensioner households more than high-income pensioner households. From this perspective, the reform appears progressive. However, pensioners who are claiming the basic minimum pension will not benefit, since the increase in pension payments is deducted from the basic minimum pension. The costs will have to be borne by those currently paying pension contributions and pensioners who do not have children – even if they are in the lower income brackets. The reform will increase the pension contribution rate by an average of 0.3 percentage points and reduce the gross pension level by an average of 0.4 percentage points by 2018.

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