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Social Policy and Social Economy Section

Sektion Sozialpolitik und SozialökonomieSocial Policy and Social Economy deal with the interrelation of social actions and economic processes in theory and empirical research.

About us

Analyzing social stratifications and political processes in a comprehensive fashion requires an understanding of their economic determinants and consequences. Conversely, economic analyses of social life gain in depth if the societal context and the goals and procedures of relevant political decision making are taken into account in an interdisciplinary perspective.

Against this background, members of the section address all kinds of social interactions and institutions in their teaching and research, mainly relying on economic theory and related empirical methods and with particular interest in the practical design of economic and social policy.

Fields of research

  • Theory of social policy and social protection systems
  • Public finance and public economics
  • Labour markets, education systems, and population economics
  • Health economics and environmental economics
  • Empirical research and international comparisons on economic and social policy