Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D.
Born in 1954, Börsch-Supan studied economics and mathematics in Munich and Bonn and received his Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. in Cambridge (USA) in 1984 under Daniel McFadden. From 1984 to 1987 he was Assistant Professor at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After two years as Professor of Economics at Dortmund University he became Professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim in 1989. Since 2001 he was the founding and executive director of the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA). He was chairman of the Council of Advisors to the German Economics Ministry, has co-chaired the German Pension Reform Commission, and was member of the German President’s Commission on Demographic Change. He has served as a consultant to many governments, the OECD, the World Bank, among others. Since November 2010 Börsch-Supan has been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society. He was a director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy from 2011-2022, and has been been director emeritus of the Institute since Jan. 1, 2023. Börsch-Supan is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the MacArthur Foundation Aging Societies Network. He is also Executive Director of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).