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Recent Publications

Christian Hunkler, May Khourshed
The Role of Trauma on Integration:
the Case of Syrian Refugees
In: MEA Discussion Papers, 05-2019


Linxin He
Une protection remarquable du droit au repos et au loisir
In: Revue trimestrielle de droit européen, 4/2019,
pp. 651-662

Laura Buhr
Das Finalitätsprinzip und das Kausalitätsprinzip im Recht der Gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung
Nomos, 2019

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Sergio Mittlaender, Vincent Buskens
Retaliation, Remedies, and Contracts
In: American Law and Economics Review, 2019


Sabine Friedel
What They Expect Is What You Get:
The Role of Interviewer Expectations in Nonresponse to Income and Asset Questions
In: Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 2019


Irene Ferrari
The nativity wealth gap in Europe:
a matching approach
In: Journal of Population Economics, Volume 32 (2019), pp. 1-45


Melanie Wagner
Das Wohlbefinden pflegender Partner im Kontext
Zum Einfluss formeller Pflegeangebote und sozialer Netzwerke
SpringerVS, 2019

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Roman Grinblat
Die geplante Verordnung über die Bewertung von Gesundheitstechnologien - Chancen und Risiken eines neuen Verfahrens
In: G&S - Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik,
Volume 73 (2019), Issue 3, pp. 39-44

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Axel Börsch-Supan et al. (eds.)
Health and Socio-Economic Status over the Life Course: First Results from SHARE Waves 6 and 7
De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2019


Michael Bergmann, Annette Scherpenzeel, Axel Börsch-Supan (eds.)
SHARE Wave 7 Methodology:
Panel innovations and life histories
MEA, 2019


Anika Seemann
Citizen Outcasts -
The Penalty of ‘Loss of Civil Rights’ During the Norwegion Treason Trials, 1945-1953
In: Scandinavian Journal of History, 2019


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,
Volume 35 (2019), Issue 3, pp. 409-430


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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11 December 2019, 10:30

MEA Seminar:
Patterns of Multiple Lifestyle Risk Factors and Their Link to Mental Health in the German Adult Population:
A Cross-sectional Study

Josefine Atzendorf

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy,
room 313

12 - 13 Dezember 2019

Social Law 4.O: New Approaches for Ensuring and Financing Social Security for the Digital Age

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Becker, Olga Chesalina, PhD, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gächter, Prof. Dr. Edoardo Ales, Dr. Philip Larkin, Prof. Dr. Gijsbert Vonk, Natalie Videbaek Munkholm, PhD, Dr. Annamaria Westregard, Jan Drahokoupil, PhD, Prof. Dr. Borja Suárez Corujo, Dr. jur. habil (HDR) Francis Kessler, Prof. Dr. Gaabriel Tavits, Prof. Dr. Paul Schoukens, Prof. Grega Strban, PhD, Aikaterini Pantazatou, PhD

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy,
Hans F. Zacher Hall (room 413)

The event is kindly supported by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung.

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Prof. Börsch-Supan Receives Honorary Doctorate

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Rostock awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, PhD, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. Börsch-Supan, who heads the Institute's Social Policy Department, the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), received the award for his groundbreaking research on economic issues of demographic change. The multidisciplinary EU study SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe), which he coordinates and which is used by thousands of scientists worldwide, is of particular importance for research, the university stated. The laudatio was held by Prof. Dr. Alexander Ludwig of the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Pension Reforms in Germany Miss their Targets

Targeting is an important aim for social policy. A new MEA Discussion Paper reflects in three case studies typical shortcomings in the targeting design of pension reforms in Germany. The first case study examines how well work disability and the receipt of disability insurance match. In the second example, the researchers investigated the question of whether the 2014 introduction of a new pathway of early retirement without actuarial adjustments reached the intended target population. The third case study looks at the much discussed supplemental pension benefit for households at risk of poverty.

MEA Discussion Paper

The ILO in the 21st Century: Conference Report Online

The report on the symposium "Challenges to the ILO in the 21st Century: On the Future Role of a 100 Years Old Organisation" is now available for download (see below). On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization, scientists and experts from Germany and abroad discussed at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy the challenges and expectations facing the organization. In particular, they looked at how the ILO deals with changes in industrial relations resulting from digitisation, the rise of the platform economy and atypical forms of employment. Central topics of the symposium were also the guarantee of social rights of migrants and the influence of the ILO on national law.

Conference Report (PDF)

New Database SPLASH

The new Social Policy and Law Shared Database (SPLASH) is now online available. The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy provides researchers with statistical data and policy content on European countries for their research work. SPLASH contains information on education, family, health, migration, living conditions, work and retirement. As SPLASH continues to expand, the focus will be on old-age provision, pension systems and access to health and care services.

Access the database SPLASH (in German)

Prof. Wacker Chair of Board for 3rd Participation Report

Prof. Elisabeth Wacker, Head of the Fellow Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, is Chairwoman of the Academic Advisory Board for the 3rd Participatory Report of the Federal Government on the Living Conditions of People with Disabilities, which has now been convened by the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil. The report is intended to show how people with disabilities live in Germany and what opportunities for participation they have. By means of a comprehensive representative survey, the views of those affected will also be included. Ten representatives from various scientific disciplines have been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board, among them Dr. Martina Brandt, a former employee of the Institute and now professor at the TU Dortmund.

Broadcast with Prof. Wacker on 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (in German)

MEA Becomes ECSR Member

The Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy is now a member institution of the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). The purpose of the ECSR is to promote theory-driven empirical research in sociology in Europe, particularly by encouraging cooperation between research centres. The ECSR organizes yearly conferences and annual graduate schools. Moreover, it offers visitor grants for graduate students and awards a prize for the best PhD thesis among candidates from the ECSR member institutes every year.

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Children of Single Parents: In the Poverty Trap

Almost half of all children of single parents in Germany experience poverty. This means that they and the parent with whom the roughly one million girls and boys affected live have to make do - for a certain time or permanently - with an income below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. The financial plight of many single parents, 90% of whom are women, has several causes: structural negligence on the part of the legal system, too few all-day childcare places, discrimination on the labour market and, last but not least, a lack of maintenance payments by the ex-partner. "The social law framework does not adequately support single parents," says Dr. Eva Maria Hohnerlein, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.

Press Release (German)

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.

Media Clips (in German)

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