Max Planck Research Fellow

Gert G. Wagner as Research Fellow in the Institute

The Max Planck Society appointed Gert G. Wagner, Professor of Empirical Economic Research and Policy at the Berlin Technical University, a Max Planck Fellow in 2008. The Society thereby honors the interdisciplinary and fundamental research of an internationally highly esteemed scientist. In 2018, Gert G. Wagner has been appointed Senior Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development until the end of 2023 by the President of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann.

As a member of the Executive Board at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and responsible for the German longitudinal Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), he already has connections with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development through a number of projects. The Institute will be providing Professor Wagner as a Research Fellow the space, personnel, and funds for his own working group up to the end of 2018.


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Wagner's research focuses on the causes of individual differences in life courses. Previous findings from psychological research in a controlled laboratory environment often cannot be generalized. Contrarily, large social science surveys only rarely allow causal conclusions on behavior and development to be drawn at an individual level. This methodological dilemma is increasingly being overcome by integrating questions on psychological personality traits in the representative longitudinal SOEP study. Moreover, as one of the few studies of this kind worldwide, the SOEP allows the introduction of behavioral experiments. The SOEP serves also as reference sampling for the Berliner Altersstudie (BASE II) which is located in this Institute.


Max Planck Research Fellow
Gert Georg Wagner
wagner [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de


The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a representative reoccuring survey that has been providing microdata for basic research in the social and economic sciences since 1984. The SOEP is located at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

More about SOEP

Was den Menschen wichtig ist

Abbildung 1: Was ist für Sie wichtig im Leben

Fragt man die Menschen danach, was ihnen wichtig ist und was Lebensqualität für sie bedeutet, dann spielen einige Themen, die in der Politik eine große Rolle spielen – beispielsweise Umwelt, Innovationen und Europa – eine Nebenrolle. Als wichtiger würden Gesundheit und nahestehende Mitmenschen wie Familie, Kinder und Freunde bewertet. Das schreiben Gert G. Wagner, Julia M. Rohrer und Martin Brümmer in einem Gastbeitrag, der in gekürzter Fassung am 27. Januar 2017 in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung erschienen ist.

Lesen Sie hier die Langfassung!

"Bild der Wissenschaft" - Article

Bild vom Artikel

"Bild der Wissenschaft"- edition 1/2011, page 64 ff. (in German only)

SOEP Study: Pessimists Live Longer

Current research outcomes on the basis of SOEP Data:

Link to DIW press release (28.02.13; available in German)