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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 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 multidisciplinary longitudinal survey for the study of the social, economic and health situation of people aged 50 and older in Europe. In 2004, it started collecting representative data of the generation 50+ in eleven countries. Today, 380,000 in-depth interviews with 140,000 people from 27 European countries and Israel have been conducted. The data collected by SHARE are an important instrument for research on the demographic change in Europe and for evidence-based policymaking. SHARE is also embedded in a global network of harmonized sister studies. Researchers from around the globe can access the data free of charge.

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

Managing Director

Hannelore Henning
Amalienstrasse 33
80799 Muenchen

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

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Grundrente: Studie zeigt mangelnde Zielgenauigkeit



  • Drei Viertel der Rentner:innen, die als arm gelten, haben keinen Anspruch auf die Grundrente.
  • Gleichzeitig gehört knapp ein Viertel der Anspruchsberechtigten für die Grundrente zur vermögensreicheren Hälfte der deutschen Rentner:innen.

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Research Team


Research activities at MEA


Publication Series of the MPI for Social Policy