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Marius Busemeyer Awarded Stein Rokkan Prize

Marius Busemeyer 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. more




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Lukas Haffert Awarded Körber Foundation Prize

Lukas Haffert 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. Press release




Eight IMPRS-SPCE Doctorates in Summer 2015

At a ceremony on July 14, the MPIfG congratulated eight doctoral students from the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy who had completed and successfully defended their dissertations in the academic year 2014/2015: Nina Engwicht on the illegal market for diamonds in in Sierra-Leone; Felipe González on the micro foundations of financialization in the Chilean credit market; Till Martin Kaesbach on European financial market regulation in times of crisis; Aldo Madariaga on continuity and change in neoliberal developing countries; Isabella Reichert on status and exploration within the literature market; Marcin Serafin with a sociological examination of the working practices of taxi drivers in Warsaw; Christian Tribowski on the political economy of German and US adoption practices of children from abroad; and Solomon George Zori on the adoption of international accounting standards in Africa. The IMPRS-SPCE is a joint international PhD Program offered by the MPIfG and the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne.



Sebastian Kohl Receives Bengt Turner Award

In July 2015, Sebastian Kohl received the European Network of Housing Research's Bengt Turner Award as first runner up. His paper "Urban History Matters: Explaining the German-American Homeownership Gap" examines why the differences in homeownership rates between the USA and Germany have remained constant since the nineteenth century. Sebastian Kohl was a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE up until 2014 and is currently a research fellow at the MPIfG.



Christian Tribowski Awarded Doctorate

Christian Tribowski was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2015. His dissertation on the political economy of international adoption in Germany and the United States analyzes how prospective adoptive parents reconcile the value spheres of the family and of money, what coping strategies they use, and which social structures they can turn to for support. Christian Tribowski was a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE until April 2015 and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG.



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