Dr. Michela Coppola

Address:  Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
Munich Center for the Economics of Aging
Amalienstraße 33
80799 Munich, Germany

+-Curriculum Vitae

Current Position


Since May 2007: Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), University of Mannheim


Head of Research Unit “Macroeconomic Implications of an Aging Society” (Since February 2010)


Head of Research Unit "Old-Age Provision and Social Policy" (Since September 2013)

Research Interests

Households' intertemporal decisions: consumption and saving; expectation formation and their role in saving decisions; poverty among the elderly; effect of economic growth on living standards; social and economic effects of the industrial revolution; Survey methodology: effect of incentives on sample attrition.




March 2007:

Ph.D. in Economics

Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität Munich

Dissertation: Three Essays on the Relationship between the Economy and the Living Standards

Supervisor: Prof. John Komlos, Ph.D.

Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter

Final mark : magna cum laude

June 2003:

Master in Economics and Institutions (Graduate program)

Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

April 2002:

Laurea degree in Economics (Master Equivalent)

Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Thesis: Poverty and Nutrition in Italy, 1861 – 1913: What can We Learn from Microdata?

Supervisor: Prof. G. Toniolo

Final mark: 110/110

July 1995:

High school degree

Liceo Classico M.T.Cicerone, Frascati (Roma)

Final mark: 56/60

Past Professional Experience

Jun – Aug 2003:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, office for the relation with the Caucasian republics

Internship: elaboration of reports on the political and economic situation of the Caucasian republics

May – Dec 2002:

University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, Prof. G. Toniolo

Research assistant: collection of historical data and creation of electronic datasets; preparation of a report on economic growth in Italy in the 19th century.

Apr 2002:

University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, Dr. G. Vecchi

Research assistant: elaboration of row survey data and creation of tables.

Teaching Experience

Tutorial for “Macroeconomics A”, bachelor course. University of Mannheim, Summer semester 2009


Tutorial for “Development Microeconomics”, master course. University of Munich, Summer semester 2005


Research Supervision


Michael Ziegelmeyer (Master Thesis) “The Analysis of the precautionary saving motive based on a subjective measure (SAVE 2005 – 2007)”


Armin Rick (Master Thesis) “The Saving Behavior of German Families: Heterogeneity in the effects of Children on Annual Saving, Saving Motives and the Regularity of Saving”


Alexander Haug (Bachelor Thesis) “Erwartungen zum Renteneintritt in Deutschland: Determinanten und Entwicklung”


Lora Popova (Master Thesis) “The Influence of Subjective Life expectancy on Households' Saving Behavior: Evidence from the German SAVE Survey”




Economic History Association:

2006 Exploratory Travel and Data Grant

German Science Foundation (DFG):

Doctoral Fellowship


Conferences and Seminars


Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Science Workshop, Nordwijk aan Zee, 27-28 August 2010


8th Annual Pension, Insurance & Savings Workshop, Paris 20 – 21 May 2010


5th European Workshop on Labour Markets and Demographic Change, Berlin 22-23 April 2010


3rd Ifo Conference on Survey Data in Economics – Methodology and Applications, Munich 6 -7 November 2009


Economic and Psychological Aspects of Households’ Saving Behaviour:Old-age Provision, Financial Literacy and the Financial Crisis , Deidesheim 29-30 June 2009


3rd International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications, Athen 4- 7 August 2008


Illness as financial burden: financial security of low-income individuals with chronic diseases, Berlin 18 June 2008


Second Conference on German Cliometrics, Tuebingen 7 – 10 June 2006


Social Science History Association 2005 annual meeting, Portland, OR 3- 6 November 2005


6th Conference of the European Historical Economic Society, Istanbul 9 – 10 September 2005


Economics and Biological Well Being: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Ifo Institute, Munich, February 24, 2005.


5th World Cliometric Congress, Venice International University 8 – 11 July 2004


Summer School “Financial Market Reactions to Institutional Change”Venice International University, September 2002






Australian Economic Papers, Economic and Social Review, Economic History Review, Empirica, Environment and Planning A, German Economic Review, Zeitschrift für Familienforschung/Journal of Family Research, Schmollers Jahrbuch/Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, The Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Spring Meeting of Young Economists (SMYE)


SS 2014
Seminar: MEA Seminar (Ph.D.)
Instructor: Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Dr. Michela Coppola

SS 2013
Seminar: MEA Seminar (Ph.D.)
Instructor: Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Dr. Michela Coppola

WS 2013/2014
Seminar: MEA Seminar (Ph.D.)
Instructor: Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Dr. Michela Coppola

WS 2012/2013
Seminar: MEA Seminar (Ph.D.)
Instructor: Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Dr. Michela Coppola

FS 2009
Uebung: Makroökonomik A (Bachelor)
Instructor: Dr. Michela Coppola


Publications in journals
  • Börsch-Supan, Axel; Bucher-Koenen, Tabea; Coppola, Michela; Lamla, Bettina (2015): "Savings in Times of Demographic Change: Lessons from the German Experience". In: Journal of Economic Surveys, 29 (4), pp. 807-829.
  • Börsch-Supan, Axel; Coppola, Michela; Rausch, Johannes (2015): "Die Rente mit 63: Wer sind die Begünstigten? Was sind die Auswirkungen auf die Gesetzliche Rentenversicherung?". In: Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 16 (3), pp. 264-288.
  • Coppola, Michela (2014): "Eliciting risk-preferences in socio-economic surveys: How do different measures perform?". In: Journal of Socio-Economics, 48 (), pp. 1-10.
  • Coppola, Michela (2014): "Riester-Rente: Mehr Klarheit über Förderung". In: Wirtschaftsdienst, 94 (3), pp. 158.
  • Coppola, Michela; Wilke, Christina Benita (2014): "At What Age Do you Expect to Retire? Retirement Expectations and Increases in the Statutory Retirement Age". In: Fiscal Studies, 35 (2), pp. 165-188.
  • Coppola, Michela (2013): "The biological standard of living and mortality in Central Italy at the beginning of the 19th century.". In: Economics and Human Biology, 11 (), pp. 453-464.
  • Coppola, Michela; Lamla, Bettina (2013): "Saving and Old-Age Provision in Germany (SAVE): Design and Enhancements". In: Schmollers Jahrbuch, 133 (1), pp. .
  • Gasche, Martin; Coppola, Michela (2011): "Die Riester-Förderung – Mangelnde Information als Verbreitungshemmnis". In: Wirtschaftsdienst, (Heft 11), pp. .
  • Coppola, Michela (2011): "Einkommens- und Vermögenssituation der Babyboomer". In: Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, 80 (4), pp. 31-50.
  • Börsch-Supan, Axel; Coppola, Michela (2010): "SAVE: Sparverhalten und Altersvorsorge in Deutschland". In: Deutsche Rentenversicherung, 65 (2), pp. 237-244.
  • Coppola, Michela (2010): "The biological standard of living in Germany before the Kaiserreich, 1815-1840: insights from English army data". In: European Review of Economic History, 14 (1), pp. 71-109.
  • Vecchi, Giovanni; Coppola, Michela (2006): "Nutrition and Growth in Italy, 1861-1911. What Macroeconomic Data Hide". In: Explorations in Economic History, 43 (), pp. 438 - 464.
  • Börsch-Supan, Axel; Coppola, Michela; Essig, Lothar; Eymann, Angelika; Schunk, Daniel (2009): The German SAVE Study: Design and Results. , .
Articles in anthologies
  • Coppola, Michela (2014): "Peer pressure", In: Morris Altmann, Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Coppola, Michela (2014): "Representativeness Bias", In: Morris Altmann, Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Coppola, Michela; Lamla, Bettina (2012): "Sparen und Vorsorgeverhalten: Neue Daten für bessere Antworten", In: , Jahresbericht der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 2012, ,
  • Coppola, Michela; Reil-Held, Anette (2011): "Jenseits staatlicher Alterssicherung: die neue regulierte private Vorsorge in Deutschland", In: Lutz Leisering, Die Alten der Welt. Neue Wege der Alterssicherung im globalen Norden und Süden, Campus, Frankfurt, pp. 215-243
Discussion papers and working papers

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