2019-11-29Matías Dewey

2019 Journal Article Prize goes to Matías Dewey

Matías Dewey was awarded the 2019 Journal Article Prize by the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies during this year’s MPIfG Annual Colloquium in November. He received the prize for his article “The other taxation: An ethnographic account of ‘Off-the-Books’ state financing,” which was published in 2018 in the journal Latin American Research Review. The 750-euro prize goes to the best article by an MPIfG researcher in a peer-reviewed journal. Matías Dewey has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2011 and works in Jens Beckert’s Sociology of Markets project area. To the article (Open Access)




Jenny Andersson secures major research funding

Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo), has been awarded 33,100,000 SEK (around three million euros) in research funds by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. She will use the grant to build a research program focusing on “Neoliberalism in the Nordics: A new historical field.” Jenny Andersson was the co-director of MaxPo from 2015 to 2019 and is currently a visiting professor at Universität Uppsala. more



2019-11-28David Pinzur

David Pinzur to join London School of Economics and Political Science

David Pinzur will be taking up a post as assistant professor for sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from January 2020. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG in Jens Beckert’s Sociology of Markets project area since 2018. In his current research project, David Pinzur is developing a theoretical perspective of markets not merely as recipients but as sociotechnical mediators of economic predictions. LSE is one of the world’s leading social science universities.


2019-11-28Sidney Rothstein

Sidney Rothstein to take up post as assistant professor at Williams College

Sidney Rothstein is to join the political science department of Williams College in the USA as assistant professor from January 2020. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG in Lucio Baccaro’s Political Economy of Growth Models project area since 2018. His research project at the MPIfG explores the relationship between high-tech organizations and long-term unemployment in Europe. Williams College is a renowned private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts.



Monica Bolelli is new doctoral spokesperson

In November 2019 the IMPRS-SPCE doctoral researchers elected Monica Bolelli as their new spokesperson. She shares the role with Ebru Ece Özbey. Monica Bolelli has been a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) since 2018.


2019-10-30MPIfG’s 12th Annual Colloquium

MPIfG 2019 Annual Colloquium on digitalization and capitalism

The MPIfG’s 12th Annual Colloquium is taking place in Cologne on November 14 and 15, 2019. During the event, researchers and practitioners will explore the challenges of digitalization for individuals and for capitalism. Healthcare, dating, crime prevention, the media, and work – there are few areas of life today that are not affected by digitalization. In the opening talk, Gerd Gigerenzer stresses the continued importance of critical thinking in the digital age and how, if we are to use artificial intelligence appropriately and better control it, we must use our own intelligence wisely. In other talks and panel discussions, Melanie Arntz, Dominik Gerstner, Stefan Kirchner, Oliver Nachtwey, Ulrich Samm, Maria Sapignoli, and Tanja Smolenski join Kostas Gemenis (MPIfG) and Marcin Serafin (head of the Max Planck Partner Group in Warsaw) to explore the transformative effects of technological change and take a critical look at the diverse possibilities of a data-driven society. The Annual Colloquium is a public event hosted jointly by the Institute and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. Program (PDF)
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New researchers in fall 2019

Three postdoctoral researchers are beginning their work at the MPIfG in October 2019. Arjen van der Heide, who joins the Institute from the University of Edinburgh, is interested in the sociology of Europe’s sovereign bond markets; Puneet Bhasin, previously at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, is exploring the political economy of financialized growth models; and Riccardo Pariboni, formerly at Freie Universität Berlin, is researching possible interactions between comparative political economy and post-Keynesian economics.



New doctoral students at the IMPRS-SPCE in fall 2019

The MPIfG welcomes a new cohort of young researchers into the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in 2019. Ayodeji Akinnimi, previously at the University of Bielefeld, is working on issues surrounding labor markets and migration; Clara Baumann graduated from the University of Cologne and will be researching attachment to the homeland and changing identities; Michael Kemmerling, formerly a research assistant at the University of Cologne, is analyzing the political power of digital corporations; Vanessa Endrejat, who was formerly at Goethe University Frankfurt, explores understanding and regulation of systemically important institutions; and Edin Ibrocevic, also from Goethe University Frankfurt, is researching the creation and use of quasi-scientific knowledge in central banks. The IMPRS-SPCE is a joint international doctoral program of the MPIfG, the University of Cologne, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Twenty-two doctoral researchers are currently enrolled in the program.


2019-10-28Monica Bolelli

Conference on public sector wage setting

To date, research on wage setting has focused mostly on the private rather than the public sector. A conference on “The Political Economy of Public Sector Wage Setting in Europe,”“The Political Economy of Public Sector Wage Setting in Europe,” held in September in Cologne, brought together researchers from various subdisciplines of the social sciences and practitioners from public institutions. Their objective over the seven sessions was to explore the importance of wage-setting mechanisms for the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) from different perspectives and to advance theoretical and empirical understanding of public sector wage setting in the context of the European Union. The conference was organized by Donato Di Carlo, postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG. Conference website




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