Axel Börsch-Supan, PhD

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Professor of Macroeconomics and Public Policy and Executive Director, Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), University of Mannheim, Germany;
Executive Director, Max Planck Institute 

Dr. Börsch-Supan's research focuses on the individual and system-level economic concerns of aging such as personal behavior towards pensions, retirement and general household savings and the macroeconomics of population aging and financial markets.

He received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Munich, a M.A. in Mathematics and Econometrics from the University of Bonn, and a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). He was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has been an advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Central Bank, the Bundesbank, and the World Bank. 


Education & Training:
PhD, 1984, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA, University of Bonn


Selected Publications:
Börsch-Supan, A., Härtl, K., Ludwig, A. (2014). “Aging in Europe: Reforms, international diversification and behavioral reactions”. American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings; 104 (5): 1-7.
Börsch-Supan, A. (2013). “Myths, Scientific Evidence and Economic Policy in an Aging World”. Journal of the Economics of Ageing; 1-2: 3-15.
Boeri, T., Börsch-Supan, A., Tabellini, G. (2002). “Would you like to Reform the Pension System? The Opinions of European Citizens”. American Economic Review; 92: 396-401.
Börsch-Supan, A., Schnabel, R. (1998). “Social Security and Declining Labor-Force Participation in Germany”. American Economic Review; 88 (2): 173-178.