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Karsten Hank

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; Key Research Initiative: Demogaphy & Social Inequality;

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

  • A. Steinbach, K. Mahne, D. Klaus & K. Hank (2019): Stability and change in intergenerational family relations across two decades: Findings from the German Ageing Survey, 1996-2014, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, advance online access. [Link]
  • K. Hank, F. Schulz-Nieswandt, M. Wagner & S. Zank (eds.) (2019): Alternsforschung. Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Praxis, Baden-Baden: Nomos. [Link]
  • N. Guertzgen & K. Hank (2018): Maternity Leave and Mothers' Long-Term Sickness Absence: Evidence from West Germany, Demography, 55 (2), 587-615. [Link]
  • P.M. Lersch, M. Jacob & K. Hank (2018): Long-Term Health Consequences of Adverse Labor Market Conditions at Time of Leaving Education: Evidence from West German Panel Data, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 59 (1), 151-168. [Link]
  • P.M. Lersch, M. Jacob & K. Hank (2017): Parenthood, Gender, and Personal Wealth, European Sociological Review, 33 (3), 410-422. [Link]
  • A. Steinbach & K. Hank (2016): Intergenerational Relations in Older Stepfamilies: A Comparison of France, Germany, and Russia, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 71 (5), 880-888.
  • K. Hank & V. Salzburger (2015): Gay and lesbian adults' relationship with parents in Germany, Journal of Marriage and Family, 77 (4), 866-876. [Link]
  • P.-C. Ko & K. Hank (2014): Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren in China and Korea: Findings From CHARLS and KLoSA, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 69 (4), 646-651. 
  • 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. [Link]
  • A. Börsch-Supan, M. Brandt, K. Hank & M. Schröder (eds.) (2011): The Individual and the Welfare State - Life Histories in Europe, Berlin / Heidelberg: Springer.
  • K. Hank (2011): How "Successful" Do Older Europeans Age? Findings From SHARE, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66B (2), 230-236. 
  • K. Hank (2011): Societal Determinants of Productive Aging: A Multilevel Analysis Across 11 European Countries, European Sociological Review, 27 (4), 526-541. 
  • 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.


Interview with Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank