has been awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research 2015
for his book "Skills and Inequality." The book's central aim is to show that education and training systems are central to understanding the evolution of Western European welfare systems. The Stein Rokkan Prize is one of the highest awards for works in comparative social science research. The Jury praised the book's outstanding theoretical analyses and its broad empirical spectrum and cited it as a "very substantial and original contribution in comparative social science research." Marius Busemeyer was a researcher at the MPIfG from 2006-2010 and is currently Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz
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has received second prize of the Körber Foundation’s German Thesis Award in Social Science (Deutscher Studienpreis). In his thesis he analyses countries with budget surpluses and shows that even these are unable to stop the increasing erosion of a state‘s capacity to govern effectively. The prize ceremony is to take place on November 26, 2015 in Berlin. Each year, the Körber Foundation
awards prizes totaling more than EUR 100,000 to the best young researchers across every discipline. Lukas Haffert was a doctoral student from 2010-2014 at the MPIfG and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Zurich