Recent Publications

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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Dr. Annika Ascher:
Schriften zum Sozialrecht, Band 39:
Sozialleistungen für Unionsbürger

Baden-Baden: Nomos, 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.

Thea Vasilikou and Roman Grinblat:
Gesetz zur Bekämpfung von Korruption im Gesundheitswesen und Compliance - Maßnahmen für Marktakteure
Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016.

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Axel Börsch-Supan, Tabea Bucher-Koenen und Johannes Rausch:
MEA Discussion Paper:
Szenarien für eine nachhaltige Finanzierung der Gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung

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ZIAS – Issue 2, Volume 30, 2016, pages 233-440
Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer, Yannick Eckervogt, Laura Ewald, Katharina Knuf: Die soziale Sicherheit in der Volksrepublik China nach dem Inkrafttreten des Sozialversicherungsgesetzes
Daniel Eryk Lach: Organisation, Akteure und Rechtsverhältnisse im polnischen System der Gesundheitsfürsorge
Peter Herrmann: Entwicklungen irischer Sozialpolitik 2014-2015
Gabriela Mendizábal Bermúdez: Social Security in Mexico
Terry Carney: Australia 2014: Building towards a Conservative Vision of Welfare?
Ku-Yen Lin: Die Vorbereitung eines Pflegeversicherungsgesetzes in Taiwan - Kernelemente des Regierungsentwurfs
Hans Peter Kunz-Hallstein: Menschenrechtsverletzungen durch Internationale Organisationen - Zuständigkeit nationaler Gerichte? - Zu einem Urteil gegen die Europäische Patentorganisation

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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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Failure & Prospects of Asylum Systems

Prof. Ulrich Becker und Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi of the University of Johannesburg analyzed the asylum regimes in Europe and South Africa in a joint conference of the Institute and the University of California, Davis. The experts in comparative social and immigration law outlined how states such as Germany and South Africa have responded to recent forms of crisis immigration. The conference deals with the integration of crisis migrants from a global perspective.

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The Dynamisation of the Retirement Age

The daily newspaper BILD reported on 24 January 2017 under the heading of “The 2:1 formula / the new pension formula” about a proposal which was brought forward by Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan already in 2007. The idea had been taken up by the OECD in 2011 as well as, only recently, by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The current media coverage relates to a statement that Börsch-Supan, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, gave at a public hearing of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on 23 January.

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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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