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.
The Baltic Sea States Project
New joint project started (MPISOC/MPIDR/Population Europe)
SHARE press release - Mutual Learning: Joint pan-European research improves the understanding of ageing societies
Extension of SHARE study allows for EU-wide country-comparisons
The development of the pension gap and German households’ saving behavior
New MEA Discussion Paper published
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences to Angus Deaton
Angus Deaton was honored with the Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred...
Educational opportunities are more dependent on social background than ethnicity
Newly published anthology provides an overview of ethnic inequalities in education and training