News 2014

10 December 2014

1.000 SHARE Publications

Today we are especially happy to announce that the 1.000th publication using SHARE data is “Born at the Right Time? Childhood Health and the Business Cycle” by V. Angelini and J.O. Mierau, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine (2014).

Further information on the article (PDF)
Further information on SHARE
MaxPlanckResearch, 3/2014

„The Pressure on Patients Could Increase“ – Individualised Medicine Poses Challenges for Health Policy and the Law

Interview with Professor Ulrich Becker in the current issue of the sciene magazine of the Max Planck Society.

Full text (PDF)
11 September 2014

Peter Masuch/Wolfgang Spellbrink/Ulrich Becker/Stephan Leibfried (eds.)

Grundlagen und Herausforderungen des Sozialstaats - Denkschrift 60 Jahre Bundessozialgericht

Memorandum on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the German Federal Social Court on the principles and challenges facing the welfare state presented to the German Federal President Joachim Gauck by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Becker
Venue: Bundessozialgericht, Kassel.

Further information (PDF)
14 August 2014

Dr. Martina Brandt accepts a chair at the Technical University of Dortmund

In October 2014, Dr. Martina Brandt, Assistant Coordinator Research at SHARE, will be taking up the professorship for social structure and sociology of ageing populations at the Technical University of Dortmund. Dr. Brandt is an expert for life course sociology and especially concentrates on the influence of social policy on work, family and health in Europe.
21 July 2014

2014 German Students Award conferred to Christian Hunkler

Dr. Christian Hunkler was conferred the German Students Award 2014 by Körber Stiftung for the most important theses of the year in the social sciences section for his dissertation entitled “Fehlende Ressourcen oder Diskriminierung? Ethnische Ungleichheit beim Zugang zu Ausbildungsplätzen im dualen System” [Lack of Resources or Discrimination? Ethnic Inequality in the Access to Training Opportunities in the Dual System].

Personal information
Press release
10 June 2014, 21.00

"Nicht nachhaltig finanziert" [No sustainable financing]

Interview with Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan in the programme 'ZDF frontal 21' focussing on the pension package of the federal government.

ZDF frontal 21:"Das Rentenpaket der Bundesregierung - Verflixt und zugeschnürt"
4 June 2014

Helmut Farbmacher receives Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society

Dr. Helmut Farbmacher has been conferred the award for his dissertation entitled "Financial Incentives and Behavior – Four Essays in Applied Health and Labor Economics". In his dissertation Helmut Farbmacher investigated, among other things, the causal effect of the so-called German practice fee by using, for instance, detailed claims data. The introduction of the practice fee triggered economically relevant changes in the consultation behavior of the insured. As a result, especially the younger and healthier insured persons sought medical advice far less often. The Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society is awarded to outstanding junior scholars. The award ceremony will take place at the annual General Meeting of the Max Planck Society on June 4, 2014, in Munich.

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Press release
3 June 2014

Christian Hunkler receives Klaus O. Fleck Award

Dr. Christian Hunkler has been conferred the Klaus O. Fleck Award of the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for his dissertation entitled “Fehlende Ressourcen oder Diskriminierung? Ethnische Ungleichheit beim Zugang zu Ausbildungsplätzen im dualen System“ [Lack of resources or discrimination? Ethnic inequality in the access to training vacancies in the dual system]. This IHK award for the promotion of young scientists acknowledges excellence in research. The award ceremony took place in the Great Hall of the Heidelberg Convention Centre on June 3, 2014 within the context of the Heidelberg Evening hosted by IHK Rhine-Neckar.

Personal information
Rhine-Neckar TV
May 2014

Axel Börsch-Supan appointed as a member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC)

The European Commission appointed Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan for a term of five years. The ESAC assists the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission covering all statistical domains relevant to the Union's statistical information policy.

Further information
Press release, 14 May 2014

The Mütterrente will primarily benefit low- and middle-income pensioner households – but the majority of the approximately 300,000 female pensioners on basic pension get nothing

Scientists of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and of the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) deliver a mixed verdict of the planned increase of insurance periods recognised for bringing up children [Mütterrente].

Press release (PDF)
To the Study

New Publication, May 2014 Martina Brandt & Axel Börsch-Supan, in:
Yearbook of the Max Planck Society 2014

SHARE: A European Research Instrument in Turbulent Times

The “Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe” (SHARE) is a European Research Infrastructure that was designed to help finding answers to the societal challenges of today. At regular intervals, it collects information on the lives of older Europeans in order to analyse the effects of and the reactions to population ageing, which are made even more dramatic by the financial crisis. A new open access publication based on the latest data sheds light on changes in all key areas of the lives of Europeans today: finances, work, health, and social and family networks.

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26 March 2014

Have We Achieved Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions?

Keynote speech held by Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan at the European Commission Conference on "The Future of Pensions in Europe: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead Two Years after the White Paper", Brussels, Belgium.
The conference was chaired by the EU Commissioners László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services) and Olli Rehn (Economic and Monetary Affairs, Vice-President of the European Commission).
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