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The unread Stasi files

Study examines the motives behind former East Germans’ decisions not to view their files more

potrait of Margaret Roberts

Award for political scientist Margaret Roberts and Medals for Vanessa Ogle and Wim Decock more

Hugh hydrogen tanks against a blue sky

The crisis in Ukraine has driven up energy prices, obscuring a dilemma that we’re likely to face in the near future - the use of fossil fuels will become more attractive again for countries that cannot afford or do not want to make the transition to renewable energies. Against this backdrop, Kai A. Konrad from the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance advocates speeding up the search for alternative uses, starting now. more

Misperceptions about doctors’ trust in Covid-19 vaccines influence vaccination rate

Informing people about the strong positive consensus among doctors persistently leads to increases in Covid-19 vaccinations more

Healthy development thanks to older siblings

If expectant mothers are exposed to stress their child can develop behavioural problems - but this is less often the case for children with siblings more

Oil painting with center right and left two Ottoman soldiers wearing turbans and moustaches, and 13 civilians, men, women and children lying or crouching between them, some appearing dead.

From the philhellenism of the 1820s to contemporary support for Ukraine more

Large fans and rusty gears in front of a concrete wall outdoors

It is controversial whether there is or should be a fundamental change from an industrial to a service society in rich Western nations more

Miners stand on the pitch in the Schalker Arena before the game; hammer and pick are shining above them.

Football clubs in former coal mining areas play an important role in terms of social cohesion between the now unemployed more

Wealth inequality plagues animal societies too

New review draws inspiration from studies into human inequality to learn about the evolution of animal groups more

Whistle

Whistleblowing perturbs the tax haven business, an empirical study found more

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The unread Stasi files

Study examines the motives behind former East Germans’ decisions not to view their files more

potrait of Margaret Roberts

Award for political scientist Margaret Roberts and Medals for Vanessa Ogle and Wim Decock more

Misperceptions about doctors’ trust in Covid-19 vaccines influence vaccination rate

Informing people about the strong positive consensus among doctors persistently leads to increases in Covid-19 vaccinations more

Healthy development thanks to older siblings

If expectant mothers are exposed to stress their child can develop behavioural problems - but this is less often the case for children with siblings more

Whistle

Whistleblowing perturbs the tax haven business, an empirical study found more

Young couple wearing disposable masks standing in the supermarket mall, with trolley carts full of vegetables, buying food and groceries, looking for healthy products.

Adolescents—like nutrition experts—use “naturalness” to judge a food’s healthiness more

Compliance in teams: liability matters

A study shows: Appropriate rules can increase compliance in groups more

Learning from experience to become better intuitive statisticians

Historical and comparative analyses of research on statistical intuitions more

Who are the unvaccinated?

Researchers analyzed the willingness of elder people in Europe and Israel to get vaccinated against Covid-19 more

"Proposing an increase in the retirement age is unpopular"

Professor Axel Börsch-Supan, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich, is calling for a rethink of current public pension arrangements. He suggests linking the retirement age to life expectancy to keep the financial burden on the younger generation manageable. more

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Hugh hydrogen tanks against a blue sky

The crisis in Ukraine has driven up energy prices, obscuring a dilemma that we’re likely to face in the near future - the use of fossil fuels will become more attractive again for countries that cannot afford or do not want to make the transition to renewable energies. Against this backdrop, Kai A. Konrad from the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance advocates speeding up the search for alternative uses, starting now. more

Oil painting with center right and left two Ottoman soldiers wearing turbans and moustaches, and 13 civilians, men, women and children lying or crouching between them, some appearing dead.

From the philhellenism of the 1820s to contemporary support for Ukraine more

Large fans and rusty gears in front of a concrete wall outdoors

It is controversial whether there is or should be a fundamental change from an industrial to a service society in rich Western nations more

Miners stand on the pitch in the Schalker Arena before the game; hammer and pick are shining above them.

Football clubs in former coal mining areas play an important role in terms of social cohesion between the now unemployed more

Harry Potter and Deliberate Ignorance in Welfare Economics

Why Some Information is Better Ignored more

The future in crisis

To overcome the Coronavirus outbreak, sociopolitical and economic visions for the future are needed just as urgently as vaccines or emergency assistance from the state. A contribution by Lisa Suckert more

Regulatory thickets – a problem?

A game-theoretical study shows when bureaucracies tend to excessive regulations more

"A liberal culture within the police force is something worth fighting for"

Following the attacks by rioting youths on police officers in Stuttgart and the police violence against blacks in the USA, Max Planck Director Ralf Poscher explains in an interview the different cultures of the police in Germany and the USA and the possibilities of preventing discrimination. more

Covid-19 and enduring stigma

The corona pandemic is increasing xenophobia and exclusion worldwide. A commentary by Steven Vertovec more

“Emphasize social and joint culture”

Lisa Suckert of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies argues for a more differentiated perception of the Brexit campaign and the economic identity of Great Britain. more

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Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Raisa Sherif,  now a senior research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, talks about her work, what advice she has for girls who want to become researchers, and the challenges of becoming a researcher. more

Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

In this video, anthropologist Rosalia Engchuan talks about her research in Indonesia. She looks at how Indonesian filmmakers respond to the challenges of their social and environmental surroundings and how they influence the development of moral values, for example, through solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. more

Grey parrots help others to obtain food

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology based at the research station outpost for parrot comparative cognition in the Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, have shown that parrots exhibit a high level of social intelligence and cooperativeness. They readily help others, even when there is no immediate opportunity for reciprocation. Moreover, they reciprocate received favours and do not appear jealous, if conspecifics obtain a better reward than themselves. more

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