Recent Publications

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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Simone Viellehner:

Das Finanzierungsrecht der Gesetzlichen und Privaten Krankenversicherung

In: Schriften zum Sozialrecht (Volume 41)
Nomos, 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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Felizia Hanemann:
MEA Discussion Paper:
Influence of Social Networks on the Effect of Retirement on Cognition

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30 January 2018, 18.15
Recommendation on Social Protection Floors:
Basic Principles for Innovative Solutions

Dr. Tineke Dijkhoff
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy,
Hans F. Zacher-Saal (Room 413)

8 February 2018, 18.00 Uhr
Jenseits der Praxis? Die aktuellen Vorschläge für eine Reform des Gemeinsamen Europäischen Asylsystems (GEAS) aus rechtlicher und praktischer Sicht
Dr. Constantin Hruschka
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy,
Hans F. Zacher-Saal (Room 413))

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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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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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