Research

Research activities at MEA are organized in four research units.

The research unit Old Age Provision and Social Policy analyses the consequences of aging for the sustainability of social security systems and investigates how and why households save in order to understand the interactions between social security systems and private old-age provision. The main tools for our work are MEA-PENSIM, a simulation model which is based on official and MEA`s own projections on population and labor force, our own surveys on the willingness for reforms of European citizens, the SAVE-study, which builds up a longitudinal database of household saving behavior, and the MEA-PORTA model of German households’ portfolio choice over the life cycle.

The research unit Health Econometrics investigates the interactions between economics and economic decisions on one hand, and morbidity and mortality on the other hand. Concrete examples are the interactions between health and socio-economic status over the life-cycle, with their implications on retirement age, duration of public and private pension benefit receipt, and the functioning of annuity markets.

The research unit Macro Implications of Demographic Change investigates the consequences of population aging on the labor, capital and goods markets.

SHARE is a large EU- and NIA-sponsored project which constructs a longitudinal Survey on Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe. The obtained data from currently 20 countries will provide new insights into the complex interactions between economic, physical, psychological, and social factors determining the quality of life of the elderly.

News

MEA director part of new pension commission

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan appointed as expert by German ministry

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press release on April 24, 2018

"Kosten der doppelten Haltelinie"

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New MEA Discussion Paper

"Optimal Taxes on Capital in the OLG Model with Uninsurable Idiosyncratic Income Risk"

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New MEA Discussion Paper

"Cognition, Optimism and the Formation of Age-Dependent Survival Beliefs"

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New MEA Discussion Paper

"Does Disability Insurance Improve Health and Well-Being?"

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News & Events

Econometrics in the Castle: "Machine Learning in Economics and Econometrics"

The workshop will be organized by the Max Planck Society and the University of Hamburg on May...

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30.08.2017: MEA Seminar - Economics of Aging

Gregor Sand: "The Impact of Large-Scale Immigration on the Well-Being of Natives 50+ in Europe"

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