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Eva Maria Hohnerlein:
Pension indexation for retirees revisited –
Normative patterns and legal standards
In: Global Social Policy, 2019


ZIAS – Issue 2, Volume 32, 2018,
pages 97-248

Zum Gedenken an Bernd Baron von Maydell

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Simone Schneider:
Why Income Inequality Is Dissatisfying -
Perceptions of Social Status and the Inequality-Satisfaction Link in Europe
In: European Sociological Review, 2019


Duarte N. Leite, Óscar Afonso, Sandra T. Silva:
A Tale of two Countries: Directed Technical Change, Trade and Migratory Movements
Elsevier, 2019

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Kangnikoé Bado:
Good governance as a precondition for subsidiarity: human rights litigation in Nigeria and ECOWAS
Taylor & Francis, 2019

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Natalie Waldenburger
Unterstützte Beschäftigung nach § 55 SGB IX
Eine sozial- und arbeitsrechtliche Untersuchung des zukunftsweisenden Teilhabeinstruments und zugleich kritische Normanalyse
Nomos, 2019

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Teodora Mariova Petrova
The Twofold Approach to Children’s Freedom of Movement Rights Under European Law:
Can ‘Children’s Equilibrium’ Guide the Interpretation of the Post-Brexit Rights of UK Children Residing in the EU?
In: Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy Vol 14 (2018), pp. 99-133

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Laura Neumann
Die externe Qualitätssicherung im Krankenhausrecht
Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Patientenschutz, Trägerinteressen, Zielen der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung und staatlicher Regulierung
Nomos, 2019

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Elisabeth Wacker, Ulrich Becker, Katharina Crepaz (Eds.)
Refugees and Forced Migrants in Africa and the EU:
Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges and Solutions
SpringerVS, 2019

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Annemarie Aumann
Arbeitsunfall 4.0:
Die Abgrenzung privater und beruflicher Risikosphären in der modernen Arbeitswelt
Nomos, 2019

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Tamara Popic, Simone Schneider, Maria Asensio
Public Opinion on Healthcare in the Context of Economic Crisis: Evidence from Portugal
Cambridge University Press, 2018

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Hendrik Jürges, Thomas Kopetsch:
MEA Discussion Paper
Prenatal Exposure to the German Food Crisis 1944-1948 and Health after 65 Years

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17 - 18 June 2019

Max Planck Society Research Initiative on Migration
Areas of Exclusion

Speakers: Prof. Jürgen Bast, Dr. Franck Düvell, Dr. Yvonne Giesing, Dr. Constantin Hruschka, May Khourshed, Romuald Méango, PhD, Dr. Carolyn Moser, Tim Rohmann

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

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Huge Gender Pension Gap in Germany

According to the latest comparative figures available from 2016, the claims of women aged 65 to 79 from the statutory pension scheme were around 42% lower than those of men. This puts Germany fifth last in the EU. Married women and widows from West Germany are particularly affected by the Gender Pension Gap. "The constitutional demand for actual equality in retirement incomes is currently not being met," says Dr. Eva Maria Hohnerlein, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. She calls for greater consideration to be given to the care of relatives in the statutory pension insurance.

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The Role of the ILO in the 21st Century

Scientists and experts from Germany and abroad discussed on 25 May the challenges and expectations facing the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the 21st century. Prof. Angelika Nußberger (photo), Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, and Prof. Anuscheh Farahat of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg reported on international social standards regarding the protection of migrants. Previously, Prof. Christian Walter of the LMU Munich (2nd from left) had investigated the role of the ILO Committee of Experts in comparison with other human rights treaty bodies. Further lectures were given by Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Prof. Andreas Hänlein from the University of Kassel (l.), Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi from the University of Johannesburg and Francis Maupain, PhD, who has worked as a special adviser to the ILO Director-General.

Prof. Becker Explains Asylum Law in 70 Seconds

On the occasion of the anniversary of the German Basic Law, the Federal Government has asked well-known constitutional experts to explain the 19 fundamental rights in 70 seconds each. In his short contribution, Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, illustrates the right of asylum as laid down in Article 16a. Against the background of the experience with the National Socialist regime, the founding fathers and mothers of the German Basic Law sought to grant protection in Germany to victims of political persecution. In 1993, however, asylum law was substantially changed such that persons who are already permitted stay in other safe third countries no longer receive protection in Germany. All 19 media clips and further information on the Basic Law can be found on the website of the Federal Government.

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Poverty Risk of Pensioners in EU Countries Growing

As a result of the economic and financial crisis of 2008, many pensioners had to forgo the adjustment of their pensions for years. Combined with fundamental reforms of pension systems, the risk of poverty among pensioners has increased in many countries of the European Union (EU). Older pensioners aged 75 and over are particularly at risk. This is the conclusion of a study undertaken by the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy which examined the changes in the adjustment modalities for existing pensions in the EU States between 2008 and 2017. In view of the risk of poverty for many pensioners in Europe, some countries have now begun to cushion the greatest hardships.

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Recommendation for Social Protection:
Prof. Becker in the German Bundestag

The recommendation of the European Council for better access to social protection for employees and the self-employed was discussed controversially at a hearing in the German Bundestag. Prof Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, said that this was not about transferring competences to the EU. Rather, it is a matter of reaching agreements in order to jointly take social policy measures in the EU Member States. One topic was the safeguarding of the self-employed. Not covered by the recommendation was the idea that every employee must be compulsorily covered by the social security system.

SHARE Wave 7 Data Released

The SHARE Release 7.0.0 includes the first release of wave 7 data. Eight new countries joined SHARE in wave 7: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Romania and Slovakia. The data collection in wave 7 focused on respondents’ life histories (SHARELIFE). The new SHARE Release 7.0.0 comes with a compatible update of all previous SHARE waves (1-6). We also provide an updated version of the Job Episodes Panel that comprises SHARELIFE respondents of wave 3 and wave 7. An updated version is also available for easySHARE, our dataset for student training and for researchers with little experience in quantitative analyses of complex survey data. Please, find all information about data access and data documentation on the SHARE homepage.

Consequences of Hyerpactive Legislation

The usefulness of a constant re-regulation in migration and asylum law was discussed by the Bavarian Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, the head of the Munich district administration department, Dr. Thomas Böhle, and legal scientist Dr. Constantin Hruschka at the recent Max Planck Forum. Hruschka criticized that the many reforms were sacrificing systemic coherence for the benefit of fragmentary individual regulations. This is primarily to the detriment of the local authorities, which have to implement the laws in practice. A central problem is that communication and legal impact assessment are often lacking, confirmed Böhle, who also highlighted the problem of obtaining passports. Minister Herrmann explained that there is indeed a huge problem with some countries of origin as far as the issuance of identity documents is concerned. The federal government should exert more pressure here.

Report "Gesetzeswirrwar im Migrationsrecht" availabe at
BR online (26 March 2019, in German)

Award-winning Dissertation on Inclusion

For her dissertation, Dr. Isabella Bertmann, former doctoral student at the Institute, received the Bavarian "Kulturpreis". The award is presented by Bayern AG and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art for outstanding artistic and scientific achievements. For her doctoral thesis entitled "Taking Well-Being and Quality of Life for Granted?", Bertmann conducted a field study on social security and inclusion of people with disabilities in South Africa. On the basis of qualitative interviews with those affected as well as with local experts in the fields of disability and social policy, her work provides insight into the current discourse on inclusive social protection systems.

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Expert Opinion on Demand Planning

Timely access to medical care is not available in all regions and at all times. This is one of many results of the expert opinion on the further development of demand planning, which was prepared by the Institute's social law department together with other scientific institutions. The legal part concentrates on the investigation of the constitutional requirements and the legal evaluation of options for further development. The Federal Joint Committee commissioned the report.

Summary of expert report (in German)

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