Thomas Paster received the 2010 Erwin Wenzl Prize in recognition for his dissertation which he defended in 2009. In his research Paster investigated the conditions under which German employers are willing to accept social policy reforms. The St. Magdalena Education Centre bestows the Erwin-Wenzl Prize upon young researchers and students from Upper Austria in acknowledgment of their outstanding achievements. Paster is one of six laureates selected from among 192 nominees spanning all disciplines. Thomas Paster has been a researcher at the MPIfG since September 2009.