The Institute mourns the loss of Prof. Baron von Maydell
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Baron von Maydell passed away after an eventful, fulfilled and highly successful academic life. In 1992 he was appointed Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director of the Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, then known as the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law, which he managed until his retirement in 2002. Bernd von Maydell remained connected to the Institute for many years afterwards through an intensive scientific and personal exchange. During his career he has not only helped to shape German, European and international social law, but has also made his knowledge available to governments and national and international organisations. Maydell's manifold activities were also supported by the concern to contribute to socio-political progress through social law.
Prof. Börsch-Supan member of new pension commission
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has appointed Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, as pension expert in the new pension commission. The Commission's aim is to find ways of securing and developing pension systems in a sustainable manner from 2025 onwards, thereby laying the foundation for a new generational contract.
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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.
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. Further Information