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Public institutions matter.

Since February 2014 the newly created research unit “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.