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Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Ageing (MEA)Research Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre



MEA is a research institute and part of the Department of Economics of Mannheim University. Its funding consists of basic funds and competitive third-party funds (currently about 60 percent of MEA's budget). The basic funds are financed in equal shares by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the German Insurance Association. Third party funds are received by MEA from many international institutions for the promotion of science and research (i.a. DFG, VW-Stiftung, EU, NIA/NIH).


The mission of MEA is to evaluate, anticipate and accompany the micro- and macroeconomic aspects of demographic change as one of the most important social developments over the next decades. Besides its consequences for social policy, it will bring about a macroeconomic structural change that will affect the entire economy. Empirical models and their projections enable MEA to deliver scientific advice for economic and social policy. MEA is part of several international research networks and thus combines academic research with strictly scientific policy consultancy.

Main research areas

Old-Age Provision and Savings Behavior: analyse the consequences of aging for the sustainability of social security systems and household savings behaviour in order to understand the interactions between them. Economics of Health and Life Expectancy: investigate the interactions between economics and economic decisions, and morbidity and mortality, like the interactions between health and socio-economic status over the life-cycle. Macroeconomic Implications of an Aging Society: analyse the consequences of population aging on the labor, capital and goods markets considering international capital flows. SHARE constructs a longitudinal Survey on Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe sponsored by EU and NIA to provide new insights into the factors determining the quality of life of the elderly.


Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of A
17D - 68131 Mannheim


+49 (0)621 181-1862

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