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
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
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.
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.