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In various projects, scientists investigate legal, political and economic issues.

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27.09.2021 Sozialpolitik (MEA) EN

Measuring Happiness in Old Age

Are Swedes more satisfied in old age than Germans? How can this be measured? And do children make you happy? Our scientist Dr. Thorsten Kneip provides answers to these questions in the new episode of "Ach, Mensch!", a podcast series by the Max Planck...

24.06.2021 Sozialpolitik (MEA) EN

French Commission for major future economic challenges published its report

MEA director Axel Börsch-Supan was a member of the French “Commission of Experts for Major Future Economic Challenges” and working group leader on "Demographic change: aging, health and immigration” in France, which also published its...

07.06.2021 Sozialrecht EN

COVID-19 Pandemic: Crisis Measures Highlight Vulnerability of Europe's Labour Market

In order to mitigate the economic hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments all over Europe have introduced extensive labour market and social policy measures. In response, the question has been raised in public and scholarly debate in how far...

22.04.2021 Sozialrecht EN

Understanding and Comparing Pension Systems at a Glance

Which pension system is the best? Even though there is no simple answer to this question, the Pension Maps of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy for the first time offer an easy-to-understand, visualised overview of pension...

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Visualising the Institutional Structure of Old Age Security

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Press / 24.09.2021 Social Policy
SPIEGEL Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph. D. Pension
Press / 24.09.2021 Social Policy
ARD Tagesschau Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph. D. Pension
Radio / 23.09.2021 Institute
BR/ARD alpha Prof. Dr. Ulrich Becker, LL.M. (EHI) Legal sciences, Gesundheitspolitik
Social Media / 22.08.2021 Institute
YouTube Prof. Dr. Ulrich Becker, LL.M. (EHI) Pension