About Us

What are the policies designed to address population change in Europe, and how do these policies work within modern societies? The Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) is a tool which allows the user to explore the linkages between policies and population developments.

Evidence-based decision-making and in-depth policy analysis largely depend on information and validated data which are easy to find. The data portal PERFAR (www.perfar.eu) offers a broad collection of policies related to population developments throughout Europe, a catalogue with links to socio-economic and demographic data, and an online repository for related research results. These tools enable the user to conduct comparative analyses of policies over space and time. PERFAR also represents an extremely valuable source of information for anyone interested in social policies and population change. Finally, PERFAR makes it easy to find key graphs and tables from diverse data providers.

PERFAR is coordinated by Axel Börsch-Supan and Ulrich Becker, in close collaboration with the partner institutes of Population Europe. The Scientific Advisory Board is composed of leading population experts, as well as representatives of data providers. The data portal, originally started at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, was launched in January 2015 in Brussels, and will be continuously updated and expanded to include more policy fields and countries. PERFAR is maintained and  hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich, Germany.

The data portal PERFAR, has been developed with financial support of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. in the framework of the projects “Laboratory of Population and Policy” (2008-2010) and “The Baltic Sea States Project” (2016-2021), as well as the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (2007-2017). The update of the policy database, particularly with regard to educational policies, received funding from the Progress Programme of the European Union, under grant agreement n° VS/2012/0168 for the project Population Europe 2.0 (2013-2015). The update of family policies received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), under grant agreement n° 320116 for the research project FamiliesAndSocieties (2013-2017). 

Data on Migration Policies for France, Italy, and Spain were generously provided by the Collaborative SSH-FP7 project Temporary versus Permanent Migration - TEMPER (http://www.temperproject.eu) coordinated by Amparo González-Ferrer.


Coordination Committee

Ulrich Becker
Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Axel Börsch-Supan,
Munich Center for the Economics of Aging | Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy



Diana López-Falcón
Population Europe | Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research 


Scientific Advisory Board

Antoine Bozio 
Institut des Politiques Publiques
Paris School of Economics 
Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Vladimir Canudas-Romo 
University of Southern Denmark, Odense 
John Hopkins Bloomberg, School of Public Health, Baltimore

Pearl A. Dykstra 
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam 

Rory Fitzgerald 
City University London, London 

Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz 
Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Vienna 
Vienna University of Technology (TU), Vienna 

Anne H. Gauthier 
Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), The Hague 
University of Groningen, Groningen 
University of Calgary, Calgary

Anne Goujon 
Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Vienna 
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg 

Robert Holzmann 
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Giampaolo Lanzieri 
Eurostat, Luxembourg 

Olivier Thévenon 
OECD, Paris 

Frans J. Willekens 
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam


Partners & Collaborations (read more)