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20.11.2015

How Capitalism Is Changing Families: The 2015 MPIfG Colloquium

Smaller families, an aging population, and transformations in living and working conditions require new political and economic approaches, with the reconciling of work and family life representing a key future challenge. At the eighth MPIfG Colloquium held from 5-6 November 2015, MPIfG researchers and guests from academia, business, and politics came together to discuss the current state of these issues, the prospects and the alternatives. In the opening presentation, Florian Coulmas (University of Duisburg-Essen) gave a look into Japan’s ageing society. Wolfgang Streeck, Annina T. Hering, and Sara Weckemann showed the entirely different impacts on fertility patterns that social, financial, and partnership uncertainty can have. The Colloquium's second day focused on the world of work with Hans-Peter Klös (Cologne Institute for Economic Research) and Marius Busemeyer (University of Konstanz) providing insights into issues around the securing of skilled personnel, demographics, and vocational training. In a concluding panel discussion chaired by Werner Eichhorst (Institute for the Study of Labor), Birgit Helten-Kindlein (Henkel AG), Katharina Heuer (German Association for People Management), and Stefan Pfeifer (Ministry of Labor, Integration, and Social Affairs of North-Rhine Westphalia) debated new approaches to working-hours and workplaces to give greater freedom to families. The Colloquium is organized jointly by the MPIfG and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. Program (in German)

 

 
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