Recent Publications

Tania Abbiate, Eva Fernandez:
Switzerland: vulnerable groups and multiplex solidarities in a composite state
In: Solidarity as a Public Virtue: Law and Public Policies in the European Union, V. Federico, C. Lahusen (eds)
Nomos, 2018.

Ulrich Becker, Hans-Joachim Reinhard (Eds.):
Long-Term Care in Europe: A Juridical Approach
Springer, 2018.

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Andreas Zeitlmann:
Alternative Konfliktlösung durch den Güterichter in der Sozialgerichtsbarkeit
In: Schriften zum Sozialrecht (Volume 42)
Nomos, 2018.

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Axel Börsch-Supan, Tabea Bucher-Koenen, Felizia Hanemann:
MEA Discussion Paper
Does Disability Insurance Improve Health and Well-Being?

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Ulrich Becker:
Soziales Entschädigungsrecht:
Bestand, Grundsätze, Neuordnung

Nomos, 2018.

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Tineke Dijkhoff, Letlhokwa George Mpedi (eds):
Recommendation on Social Protection Floors:
Basic Principles for Innovative Solutions

Wolters Kluwer, 2018.

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Anastasia Poulou:
Soziale Grundrechte und europäische Finanzhilfe
Anwendbarkeit, Gerichtsschutz, Legitimation
Verfassungsentwicklung in Europa 12
Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

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Iris Meeßen:
Staatliche Förderung beruflicher Weiterbildung in Deutschland und Schweden
Strukturen der Einbindung Dritter bei der Förderung beruflicher Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen
In: Studien aus dem Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik (Volume 66)
Nomos, 2017.

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Tania Abbiate, Markus Böckenförde, Veronica Federico:
Public Participation in African Constitutionalism
Routledge, 2017.

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Michael Schlegelmilch:
La Asistencia Sanitaria en la República Federal de Alemania
In: de la Quadra Salcedo Fernández del Castillo, Tomás (Dir.): Los Servicios Públicos Tras la Crisis Económica: En Especial la Asistencia Sanitaria en la Unión Europea: 394-449
Valencia, 2017.

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Liudmila Antonova, Tabea Bucher-Koenen, Fabrizio Mazzonna:
Long-term health consequences of recessions during working years
In: Social Science & Medicine, Volume 187: 134–143
Elsevier, 2017.

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18 April 2018, 10.30 – 12.00
MEA Seminar:
The ant of the grasshopper? The long-term consequences of unilateral divorce laws on savings of European households
Viola Angelini (University of Groningen)
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy,
Raum 313

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24 April 2018, 11.00
Law, Lawyers and Race: Critical Race Theory from the US to Europe
Referent: Mathias Möschel, Ph.D. (LL.M., Berkely), Central European University
Venue: Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law und Social Policy
Room: Hans F. Zacher-Saal (413)

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Reducing the burden of spousal caregivers

In order to counteract the rising costs of ageing populations, trends towards deinstitutionalisation, privatisation and marketisation of formal care can be observed in many countries. Yet, the results of a new study by Melanie Wagner, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, and Martina Brandt suggest that the opposite would be a far more beneficial strategy. Investing in the provision of easily accessible formal care resources is crucial for the well-being of particularly spousal caregivers who bear the main burden. The researchers used data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) that is coordinated at the Institute.


Recessions during Working Age affect Health in Later Life

Using SHARE data from eleven countries Tabea Bucher-Koenen, scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Liudmila Antonova and Fabrizio Mazzonna investigate the effects of economic crises that people experience during their prime working age (20-50) on their health later in life. The results show that individuals who experienced a strong recession, where GDP dropped by almost 1%, rate their subjective health as worse and have worse objectively measured health compared to persons who did not go through an economic crisis. This effect is significantly stronger for people with low levels of education.

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New Study on the Well-being of older Migrants in Europe

A new study by Gregor Sand and Stefan Gruber from the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy compares the subjective well-being of both immigrants and natives aged 50-85 years. Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), their research reveals that migrants have lower levels of subjective well-being. Relevant factors for reducing the immigrant-native gap in well-being are, among others, holding the citizenship of the country of residence as well as a secure financial situation.


15 years of Riester Rension Scheme – a Résumé

The Riester pension scheme was introduced in the course of the pension reform in 2001 with the aim of making the statutory pension (Gesetzliche Rentenversicherung, GRV) sustainable in light of the demographic development. Now the Institute’s Department for Social Policy (MEA) has analyzed the achievements and failures of the Riester pension scheme. The expertise, which has been drawn up for the German Council of Economic Experts, also outlines options for future actions.

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App Explains Demographic Change

How does an aging society work? Is there a formula for aging healthily? And can demographers actually predict the future? The new mobile app “A Life Journey”, available for iPhone and iPad, aims at answering these and further questions. It contains interesting information on the topic of aging, conveyed in a vivid and comprehensible way. Furthermore, scientists such as pension expert Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, explain the causes and effects of an aging society in a series of interviews. Interactive parts are included, too, for example the “Life Expectancy Calculator” as well as another tool, which simulates how people with visual disabilities view the world around them.

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