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Social Policy (MEA)

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging


The Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) is one department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. The chair of "Economics of Aging" at the Technical University of Munich is also located here. The mission of MEA is to evaluate, anticipate and accompany the micro- and macroeconomic aspects of demographic change. Empirical models and their resulting projections enable MEA to deliver sound scientific advice for economic and social policy. These models base on German, European and global data. In addition to predicting future developments, these models shall be also used to analyze policy measures that affect these developments.

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Exploring the Economic Aspects of Aging Societies.

Our new brochure summarizes current research findings and contains an outlook on MEA´s research activities.

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MEA coordinates the project SHARE


SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. From 2004 until today, 530,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people aged 50 or older from 28 European countries and Israel have been conducted. Thus, SHARE is the largest pan-European social science panel study providing internationally comparable longitudinal micro data which allows insights in the fields of public health and socio-economic living conditions of European individuals, both for scientists and policy makers. SHARE has global impact since it not only covers all EU member countries in a strictly harmonized way but additionally is embedded in a network of sister studies all over the world, from the Americas to Eastern Asia.

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Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph. D.


Hannelore Henning
Amalienstrasse 33
80799 Muenchen

+49 89 38602 355 +49 89 38602 390 Write E-mail

Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph. D.:

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Podcast: Does intra-European migration pay off?


In his research, MEA scientist Dr. Stefan Gruber focuses on individuals who have migrated to another European country in the course of their lives. How does migration affect their well-being and economic situation? And how can these factors be…

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Research activities at MEA


Publication Series of the MPI for Social Policy