News 2016

Katharina Crepaz Receives Dissertation Award

The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy congratulates Katharina Crepaz, PhD, for being awarded the "Friedwart Bruckhaus-Förderpreis" of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation. Crepaz who is a scientist of the Max Planck Fellow-Group receives the prize for her article "Unabhängigkeitsbewegungen in der EU: Differenzierte Integration und ,Europa der Regionen' als Gegenmodell?", published in the book "Der Anfang vom Ende? Formen differenzierter Integration und ihre Konsequenzen". In this article Crepaz analyzes the need for reform within European Institutions against the background of a subsidiary political approach. Keynote speaker Rupert Scholz, former federal minister, commended Crepaz for her constructive approach, which provides important impulses for more regional self-government within the EU.

Prof. Rupert Scholz, former federal minister, honored the scientific work of Katharina Crepaz.

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Hunkler Visiting Professor at the University of Konstanz

Dr. Christian Hunkler, Head of the unit "Macro Implications of Demographic Change" at the Department for Social Policy (MEA) of the Institute, takes over a position as visiting professor for micro-sociology during the winter semester 2016/2017 at the University of Konstanz.

The Fallacies in the Pension Debate

Axel-Börsch-Supan, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, and Friedrich Breyer, Professor for economic and social policy at the University of Constance, have discovered that in the current pension debate even experts commit grave fallacies in reasoning. In a guest contribution for the Süddeutsche Zeitung the scientists correct five of the most common mistakes made in the pension debate.

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Further information on pensions
New Project on Social Protection Laws of Migrants

The Department for Social Law at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy has started working on a new project on migration. In cooperation with the University of California, Davis, the scientists will be conducting research on the regulations with which countries react to migration. On the one hand, they are especially interested in how the law constructs certain groups of people, e.g. persons entitled to asylum or those who are tolerated. On the other hand, the project will shine a light on the social protection laws that are connected to a specific status. Besides the USA and Germany, Sweden, Italy and Greece will be factored into the comparison. Furthermore, the experiences of African countries will be taken into account.

Annual report of the MPG

The latest annual report of the Max Planck Society is now available for download. It includes an article by Prof. Ulrich Becker that discusses the difficulties regarding refugee protection in Europe.

Research on ageing societies will be improved

Tackling the common challenges of ageing societies will be substantially improved by extending the coverage of the SHARE survey to all EU member states.“We succeeded in integrating the last remaining uncovered EU countries in the survey. This is a great novelty that allows us to investigate ageing societies in all of the European Union”, Axel Börsch-Supan, Scientific Coordinator of the survey said.

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Poverty: striking at the roots of the problem

The risk of poverty in old age has to be tackled at its roots. For this purpose, investing into apprenticeships and in-service training, as well as effectively integrating migrants, is better suited than reforming the pension scheme, Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Director of the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, explains in a recent paper.

Discussion Paper "Armut im Alter" (German only)
Commentary for the newspaper FAZ: "Wie Manna vom Himmel" (German only)
Martin Spindler takes over Chair for Statistics in Hamburg

Dr. Martin Spindler, researcher at the Department for Social Policy (MEA) of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, will be taking over the Chair for Statistics in Business Administration at the University of Hamburg.


Excellent Dissertation

The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy congratulates its alumni Dr Ilona Vilaclara for being awarded the dissertation prize by the "Gesellschaft zur Förderung der sozialrechtlichen Forschung" on 8 March. The prize is awarded to outstanding doctoral dissertations, which significantly contribute to the scientific analysis and development of social law. Moreover, on 18 March Ilona Vilaclara will be awarded with the faculty prize of the LMU Munich’s law school. In January Vilaclara received a science award from the "Gesellschaft für Recht und Politik im Gesundheitswesen" for her dissertation „Kooperative Kostensteuerung in der Versorgung mit medizinischen Hilfsmitteln – Ein deutsch-französischer Rechtsvergleich". The dissertation, which was supervised by Prof. Ulrich Becker, was published as part of the series "Studien aus dem Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik" (Nomos-Verlag).

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40 Years of Research on Social Law

On 1 March 1976, the Max Planck Project Group on international and comparative social law commenced its research under the leadership of Hans F. Zacher. A handful of scientists began to systematically carve out the unique characteristics of social law. In 1980, the Project Group was converted into the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law. 

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The potentials of migrants

Dr. Christian Hunkler, scientist at the Max Planck Institute für Social Law and Social Policy, joined a discussion on the integration of refugees at the Max Planck Forum in Berlin. In this context, he also introduced a new research project that investigates the potentials of persons seeking protection, notably from Syria.

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EU Commissioner honors the work of SHARE

At the recent SHARE meeting, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, stressed the importance of sound data to build up international and country-specific knowledge on ageing.

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