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Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank

Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank - Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology

Research focuses

Population aging; intergenerational family relations; sociology of health; demography; life-course analysis; cross-nationally comparative research

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2010 Full Professor (W3) of Sociology at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne
  • 2006 Habilitation (in Sociology), University of Mannheim
  • 2003 - 2010 Head of the Research Unit ‘Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe’ at the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), University of Mannheim
  • 2002 Dr. rer. pol. (in Sociology), University of Rostock
  • 1999 - 2003 Pre-/Post-doctoral Researcher in the Laboratory of Contemporary European Fertility and Family Dynamics at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
  • 1998 Diplom-Sozialwissenschaftler, University of Bochum

Selected Publications

  • P.-C. Ko & K. Hank (2014): Grandparents caring for grandchildren in China and Korea: Findings from CHARLS and KLoSA, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, forthcoming.
  • K. Hank & J.M. Korbmacher (2013): Parenthood and retirement: gender, cohort, and welfare regime differences, European Societies, 15 (3), 446-461.
  • M. Brandt, C. Deindl & K. Hank (2012): Tracing the Origins of Successful Aging: The Role of Childhood Conditions and Social Inequality in Explaining Later Life Health, Social Science & Medicine, 74 (9), 1418-1425.
  • K. Hank (2011): Societal Determinants of Productive Aging: A Multilevel Analysis Across 11 European Countries, European Sociological Review, 27 (4), 526-541.
  • K. Hank (2011): How „Successful“ Do Older Europeans Age? Findings From SHARE, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66B (2), 230-236.
  • K. Hank (2010): Childbearing History, Later-Life Health, and Mortality in Germany, Population Studies, 64 (3), 275-291.
  • K. Hank (2007): Proximity and Contacts Between Older Parents and Their Children: A European Comparison, Journal of Marriage and Family, 69 (1), 157-173.
  • G. Andersson, K. Hank, M. Rønsen & A. Vikat (2006): Gendering Family Composition: Sex Preferences for Children and Childbearing Behavior in the Nordic Countries, Demography, 43 (2), 255-267.
  • K. Hank (2004): Effects of Early Life Family Events on Womens Late Life Labour Market Behaviour: An Analysis of the Relationship between Childbearing and Retirement in Western Germany, European Sociological Review, 20 (3), 189-198.
  • K. Hank & M. Kreyenfeld (2003): A Multilevel Analysis of Child Care and Women‘s Fertility Decisions in Western Germany, Journal of Marriage and Family, 65 (3), 584-596.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank