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May Khourshed, Christian Hunkler, Romuald Méango, Axel Börsch-Supan
Qualifications, potentials and life courses of Syrian asylum seekers in Germany
In: MEA Discussion Papers, 01-2019


Sergio Mittlaender, Vincent Buskens
Retaliation, Remedies, and Contracts
In: American Law and Economics Review, 2019


Sabine Friedel:
What They Expect Is What You Get:
The Role of Interviewer Expectations in Nonresponse to Income and Asset Questions
In: Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 2019


Irene Ferrari:
The nativity wealth gap in Europe:
a matching approach
In: Journal of Population Economics, Volume 32 (2019), pp. 1-45


Melanie Wagner:
Das Wohlbefinden pflegender Partner im Kontext
Zum Einfluss formeller Pflegeangebote und sozialer Netzwerke
SpringerVS, 2019

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Roman Grinblat:
Die geplante Verordnung über die Bewertung von Gesundheitstechnologien - Chancen und Risiken eines neuen Verfahrens
In: G&S - Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik,
Volume 73 (2019), Issue 3, pp. 39-44

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Axel Börsch-Supan et al. (eds.):
Health and Socio-Economic Status over the Life Course: First Results from SHARE Waves 6 and 7
De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2019


Michael Bergmann, Annette Scherpenzeel, Axel Börsch-Supan (eds.):
SHARE Wave 7 Methodology:
Panel innovations and life histories
MEA, 2019


Anika Seemann:
Citizen Outcasts -
The Penalty of ‘Loss of Civil Rights’ During the Norwegion Treason Trials, 1945-1953
In: Scandinavian Journal of History, 2019


Eva Maria Hohnerlein:
Pension indexation for retirees revisited –
Normative patterns and legal standards
In: Global Social Policy, 2019


ZIAS – Issue 2, Volume 32, 2018,
pages 97-248

Zum Gedenken an Bernd Baron von Maydell

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Simone Schneider:
Why Income Inequality Is Dissatisfying -
Perceptions of Social Status and the Inequality-Satisfaction Link in Europe
In: European Sociological Review,
Volume 35 (2019), Issue 3, pp. 409-430


Duarte N. Leite, Óscar Afonso, Sandra T. Silva:
A Tale of two Countries: Directed Technical Change, Trade and Migratory Movements
Elsevier, 2019

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Kangnikoé Bado:
Good governance as a precondition for subsidiarity: human rights litigation in Nigeria and ECOWAS
Taylor & Francis, 2019

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Natalie Waldenburger
Unterstützte Beschäftigung nach § 55 SGB IX
Eine sozial- und arbeitsrechtliche Untersuchung des zukunftsweisenden Teilhabeinstruments und zugleich kritische Normanalyse
Nomos, 2019

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Teodora Mariova Petrova
The Twofold Approach to Children’s Freedom of Movement Rights Under European Law:
Can ‘Children’s Equilibrium’ Guide the Interpretation of the Post-Brexit Rights of UK Children Residing in the EU?
In: Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy Vol 14 (2018), pp. 99-133

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Laura Neumann
Die externe Qualitätssicherung im Krankenhausrecht
Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Patientenschutz, Trägerinteressen, Zielen der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung und staatlicher Regulierung
Nomos, 2019

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Elisabeth Wacker, Ulrich Becker, Katharina Crepaz (Eds.)
Refugees and Forced Migrants in Africa and the EU:
Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges and Solutions
SpringerVS, 2019

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Annemarie Aumann
Arbeitsunfall 4.0:
Die Abgrenzung privater und beruflicher Risikosphären in der modernen Arbeitswelt
Nomos, 2019

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All publications (social law)
All publications (social policy)

17 September 2019, 10:30 - 12

Material Security in Old Age

Laura Romeu-Gordo (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy,
room 313

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Prof. Wacker Chair of Board for 3rd Participation Report

Prof. Elisabeth Wacker, Head of the Fellow Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, is Chairwoman of the Academic Advisory Board for the 3rd Participatory Report of the Federal Government on the Living Conditions of People with Disabilities, which has now been convened by the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil. The report is intended to show how people with disabilities live in Germany and what opportunities for participation they have. By means of a comprehensive representative survey, the views of those affected will also be included. Ten representatives from various scientific disciplines have been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board, among them Dr. Martina Brandt, a former employee of the Institute and now professor at the TU Dortmund.

Children of Single Parents: In the Poverty Trap

Almost half of all children of single parents in Germany experience poverty. This means that they and the parent with whom the roughly one million girls and boys affected live have to make do - for a certain time or permanently - with an income below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. The financial plight of many single parents, 90% of whom are women, has several causes: structural negligence on the part of the legal system, too few all-day childcare places, discrimination on the labour market and, last but not least, a lack of maintenance payments by the ex-partner. "The social law framework does not adequately support single parents," says Dr. Eva Maria Hohnerlein, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.

Press Release (German)

Call for new content for SHARE

The Survey for Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) invites users to submit proposals for new survey content for Wave 9. The main data collection for Wave 9 is planned for 2022. The questionnaire for each wave consists of 21 core modules and several add-on-modules for which proposals can be submitted. Applications from all disciplines represented in SHARE are welcome. The proposed module may include survey questions, physical and cognitive tests, or objective health measurements. Administration of the module should not exceed an expected length of 2 minutes. Successful applicants are expected to work in close collaboration with the SHARE team regarding questionnaire design, translation, testing and data cleaning at all stages of implementation, and present the add-on module at the Wave 9 kick-off conference in Helsinki, April 1-3, 2020.

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Is the Freedom of Science in Danger?

Under the moderation of FAZ journalist Heike Schmoll, Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Prof. Lorraine Daston, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and Prof. Ulrich Schollwöck, Vice President of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers and Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, explored the question of the risks to scientific freedom in Germany and worldwide at the Bavarian National Museum. Even if in Germany, unlike countries such as Hungary or Turkey, the danger cannot be regarded as acute, increasing interventions in the autonomy of scientists should be viewed critically, the participants agreed.

Presentation of Prof. Becker (in German)

Record of the Panel Discussion (in German)

Health: Opportunities and Risks of a New Procedure

The European Commission has launched a proposal for a regulation on health technology assessment in early 2018. In future, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) experts in the Member States will work together in a coordination group to assess whether or not a new drug or medical device has an additional benefit compared with standard therapy. The result is supposed to be binding for all EU Member States. Although the European Parliament approved the draft in the meantime, it adopted 199 amendments which strengthen the competence of the Member States but at the same time could lead to further problems in practice, as our scientist Dr. Roman Grinblat states in a newly published article. In addition, the new regulation must also be harmonised with other European legal frameworks such as the new EU Regulation on Medical Devices. If this is not done, there is a risk of unnecessary evaluation processes, with the result that the regulation not only fails to meet its objectives, but also introduces an additional procedure that has a negative impact on the development and availability of innovative health technologies.

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SHARE Wave 7 Data Released

The SHARE Release 7.0.0 includes the first release of wave 7 data. Eight new countries joined SHARE in wave 7: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Romania and Slovakia. The data collection in wave 7 focused on respondents’ life histories (SHARELIFE). The new SHARE Release 7.0.0 comes with a compatible update of all previous SHARE waves (1-6). We also provide an updated version of the Job Episodes Panel that comprises SHARELIFE respondents of wave 3 and wave 7. An updated version is also available for easySHARE, our dataset for student training and for researchers with little experience in quantitative analyses of complex survey data. Please, find all information about data access and data documentation on the SHARE homepage. Additionally, there is already a summary of the first results from waves 6 and 7 available, as well as a documentation on the methodology of wave 7.

Otto Hahn Medal for Felizia Hanemann

For her doctoral thesis, Dr. Felizia Hanemann of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy received the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. The award recognizes outstanding achievements of young scientists. In her dissertation, Hanemann investigated the transition from the labour market to retirement in various European countries. In particular, she looked at the relationship between labour market inactivity and health, taking into account institutional, occupational and social factors.


Huge Gender Pension Gap in Germany

According to the latest comparative figures available from 2016, the claims of women aged 65 to 79 from the statutory pension scheme were around 42% lower than those of men. This puts Germany fifth last in the EU. Married women and widows from West Germany are particularly affected by the Gender Pension Gap. "The constitutional demand for actual equality in retirement incomes is currently not being met," says Dr. Eva Maria Hohnerlein, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. She calls for greater consideration to be given to the care of relatives in the statutory pension insurance.

Press Release (in German)

Prof. Becker Explains Asylum Law in 70 Seconds

On the occasion of the anniversary of the German Basic Law, the Federal Government has asked well-known constitutional experts to explain the 19 fundamental rights in 70 seconds each. In his short contribution, Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, illustrates the right of asylum as laid down in Article 16a. Against the background of the experience with the National Socialist regime, the founding fathers and mothers of the German Basic Law sought to grant protection in Germany to victims of political persecution. In 1993, however, asylum law was substantially changed such that persons who are already permitted stay in other safe third countries no longer receive protection in Germany. All 19 media clips and further information on the Basic Law can be found on the website of the Federal Government.

Media Clips (in German)

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