Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, MPIfG)

Institution Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Location Cologne
Themes social and political foundations of modern economies
Orientation application-open basic research, empirical social research
Founded 1985

Copyright: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung The MPIfG is one of Germany's most prestigious research institutes. It is one of approximately 80 research institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), which are primarily active in the natural sciences, but also in the humanities and social sciences.

The MPIfG investigates connections between economic, social and political action. It conducts basic research aimed at an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economic systems. Taking an institutional perspective as their point of departure, approximately 50 MPIfG research team members study the ways in which markets and economic organisations emerge from historical/institutional, political and cultural contexts. The institute bridges the gap between theory and policy, and contributes to policy discussions on central issues of modern societies.

The MPIfG participates in numerous international cooperative research projects, thus distinguishing itself with a wide-ranging, global network of research institutes. About 80% of the MPIfG's financing comes from public funds from the federal and state governments.
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