Schwerpunkt Interdisciplinary Public Policy (IPP)

The main research initiative "Interdisciplinary Public Policy – IPP” at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz works on questions regarding the interaction of public institutions with the socioeconomic environment they act in. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines numerous disciplines - such as economics, management, law, psychology, political science, medicine, computer science and neuroscience - IPP asks the following questions:

  • Under which conditions should public institutions intervene?
  • How should appropriate interventions look like?
  • What are the effects of these interventions on people and socioeconomic systems?
  • Are these interventions implementable, given a specific socio-cultural and economic conditions of a country or a region?

Based on rigorous quantitative and empirical methods, and rooted in a deep understanding of the behavior of people and institutions, the IPP wants to improve our understanding of the role of public institutions for our lives.

Within the project, the data mining group investigates how networks of German companies can be analysed with regards to economics or socio-economics aspects. In detail, companies, define a network by their ownership structure, their management and supervisory boards, or their auditors. Using this information, we are investigating the influence of the structures given to the oevrall effect on individual companies as well as on sector- or industry specific sub-groups.

More information can be found at the webpages of the main research initiative "Interdisciplinary Public Policy – IPP