Recent Publications

Simone Viellehner:
Schriften zum Sozialrecht (Volume 41):
Das Finanzierungsrecht der Gesetzlichen und Privaten Krankenversicherung

Nomos-Verlag, 2017.

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Anastasia Poulou:
Financial assistance conditionality and human rights protection: What is the role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?
In: Common Market Law Review
Wolters Kluwer, 2017.

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Olga Chesalina:
The Legal Framework of Unemployment Benefits in Russia
In: Davulis (ed.) Labour Law Reforms in Eastern and Western Europe
P.I.E. Peter Lang S.A. Brussels, 2017.

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Yannick Eckervogt:
Die Innenhaftung des hauptamtlichen Leitorgans einer Krankenkasse im Sinne des § 35a SGB IV
Die Nusiness Judgement Rule und ihre Übertragbarkeit

In: Schriften zum Sozialrecht (Volume 40)
Nomos-Verlag, 2017.

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Felizia Hanemann:
MEA Discussion Paper:
Influence of Social Networks on the Effect of Retirement on Cognition

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Anastasia Poulou:
The Liability of the EU in the ESM framework
In: Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 24 (1): 27–139
Sage Publications, 2017.

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Gabriela Mendizábal Bermúdez:
Social Law Report:
Developments in Social Security Legislation in Mexico

Munich: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, 2016


Tania Abbiate:
A constitutional assessment of the right to social security in Africa
In: Rivista del Diritto della Sicurezza Sociale (17): 53-78
Il Mulino, 2017

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Katharina Schremser, Bettina Butzke, Nikola Wilman, Alina Brandes, Wolf Rogowski:
Managed Entry Agreements in Germany:
Systematic Review of Basic Concepts, Legal Foundations and Evidence in Germany

In: Gesundheitsökonomie & Qualitätsmanagement 22(01): 20-34
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart, 2017.

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Simone von Hardenberg and Philipp Wien:
Companion Diagnostics: Sozialrechtlicher Reformdruck vor dem Hintergrund aktueller medizinischer Entwicklungen
In: GuP - Gesundheit und Pflege (Jahrgang 7)
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2017.

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Anastasia Poulou Receives Award

Anastasia Poulou, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, was honoured by the German-Greek association of lawyers (DGJV) for her dissertation. The award is assigned to academic papers, which are especially beneficial for German-Greek legal relationships. In her thesis titled "Der Schutz sozialer Grundrechte in Zeiten der Krise. Zur Rekonzeptualisierung der sozialen Dimension Europas", Poulou analyses whether the austerity measures that were implemented during the euro crisis in Greece and Portugal violate individual as well as social basic rights. She also investigates who should be held accountable: the Union institutions, who imposed the measures, or the countries in crisis themselves.


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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Is the EU losing its battle against unemployment?

Free movement for workers is one of the biggest achievements of the European integration, Prof. Ulrich Becker explains in the radio program „Dossier Politik“ on Bayern 2. However, this does not mean that the social and economic order within the EU’s member states should be questioned. In order to ensure a better protection of all EU citizens in the case of unemployment, Becker proposes an introduction of a European unemployment insurance.

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Lecture on Social Rights and Free Movement in the EU
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New 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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