Dear members of the Verein für Socialpolitik!
At the beginning of the year, I took over the chairmanship from Georg Weizsäcker. I would like to thank both, him and the entire Management Board, most sincerely for their commitment over the past years. During this time, the topic of promoting young talent was at the top of the chairman’s agenda. The results of this project were reported in the April 2023 issue of the ”Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik”.
For the association, the current year is all about its foundation 150 years ago. To mark the occasion, we launched a joint project with the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection some time ago. With the support of renowned authors, we are documenting the contributions of economics to solving societal challenges. We will soon be able to host the resulting texts and videos on the association’s website. Individual contributions will be printed regularly in the ”VfS 150” series of the ”Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” until our Annual Conference. During the Annual Conference we will celebrate our big anniversary in a ceremony. I am looking forward to it.
During my chairship of the association, I am particularly concerned with the issue of access to research data for economists in German-speaking countries. Our survey in January revealed a considerable need for improvement. The association’s WG Data Access is working on statements that we will present and discuss, among other things, on the VfS panel at this year’s Annual Conference.
I hope to welcome you all to our meeting in Regensburg in September. In the aftermath of the pandemic, we are sure to have a special appreciation for this event.
With best regards,
Regina T. Riphahn
Chairwoman of the Verein für Socialpolitik