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Recent Publications

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

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Yuri Pettinicchi, Axel Börsch-Supan
Retirement Income Adequacy of Traditionally Employed and Self-Employed Workers:
Analyses with SHARE Data
In: MEA Discussion Papers, 02-2019


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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All publications (social law)
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31 October 2019, 11:30

Innovationsumgebungen im Gesundheitswesen gestalten - eine multidimensionale Perspektive

Philipp Plugmann

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

6 November 2019, 10:30 - 12

MEA Seminar:
Perceived Social Support and its Connection to Cognitive Functioning

Andreia Paiva (Lisbon)

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

12 November 2019, 14

Migration aus Afrika: Szenarien, Ursachen, politische Maßnahmen

Prof. em. Max Haller (University of Graz)

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

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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 Online

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)

Tabea Bucher-Koenen Takes Over Professorship

Prof. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen, former staff member at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law and Social Policy and until the beginning of this year head of the research unit “Old-Age Provision and Social Policy” of the Social Policy Department (MEA), has accepted a call from the University of Mannheim. She takes over the professorship for Financial Markets and Business Administration. The economist, who since January 2019 has been leading the research department for “International Finance and Financial Management” at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, will strive to deepen the collaboration between the two institutions: ,,The combination of policy-oriented empirical economic research at ZEW with the expertise of a university with a strong economic profile offers the best prerequisites for pursuing my research agenda on issues relevant to economic policy in a targeted manner.”

Tabea Bucher-Koenen at the ZEW

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.

ECSR website

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)

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. Additionally, there is already a summary of the first results from waves 6 and 7 available, as well as a documentation on the methodology of wave 7.

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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