Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Research publications

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Research publications 2018

"Keep the future open"

September 03, 2018

Interview with sociologist Akos Rona-Tas [more]

Research publications 2017

A status symbol to die for

February 23, 2017

Three rhinoceroses are killed in South Africa each day, their horns chopped off and sold illegally on international markets. [more]

Research publications 2015

How fictional expectations drive the dynamics of economic developments

August 06, 2015

The financial crisis reached its apogee in the autumn of 2008: the market for mortgage-backed securities from US mortgage loans imploded. Investors who had made what they thought were safe investments in securities, suddenly found themselves facing massive losses. The writedowns required and the payments due from credit insurance policies brought the financial system to the brink of collapse in a very short space of time. [more]

The power and impotence of billions

August 03, 2015

On the political economics of the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme. [more]


Not every network is a guarantor of professional success for women

March 12, 2015

Actresses that work with diverse, not homogeneous teams, are more successful in their careers [more]


Children, work and consumption: why demographics and political economy are inseparable

March 10, 2015

Births and birth rates are normally subjects for family sociology or demographics. So what are they doing in a research programme on the political economy of modern capitalism? [more]


Family policy must adopt a regional approach

March 09, 2015

The birth rate depends on more than just income and childcare facilities – cultural models also exert an influence [more]

Research publications 2014

Children are not for sale

December 08, 2014

Intercountry adoption as a field of conflict: the absence of market characteristics [more]

Research publications 2012

What the electric meter tells us about the birth rate

July 03, 2012

Species that use more energy live longer and have fewer children [more]

Research publications 2005

The EU is Missing its Targets

December 14, 2005

Member nations carrying out their promises poorly [more]

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