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Family Affairs, Children & Youth

Targeted support for families

Around eight million families with underage children live in Germany. These families play a key role in our society. The task of family policy is therefore to support families as individually accurate as possible – according to the families’ needs and capabilities.

Objectives of family policy

Family policy pursues various objectives: ensuring the economic stability of families; supporting the well-being of children; promoting a fair division of tasks between parents.

Another central objective is to improve the compatibility of work and family life. Compatibility between these spheres of life enables parents to pursue their careers while at the same time spending time with the family – which also has a positive impact on other objectives of family policy.

At federal, state and local levels, these objectives are pursued through different means; the most well-known are child benefits, parental leave and parental leave benefits. Good childcare infrastructure is another important aspect. It not only enables early childhood education and social participation but also guarantees work-family reconciliation. Family education and counselling programs are another way to support families in their respective circumstances.

The role of employers and businesses in family policy

Aside from the state, employers play a key role in family policy. With a family-conscious human resource policy, they can support the compatibility of family and work – for instance, by providing flexible working hours or remote work facilities. The result is not only more satisfied employees; it also helps organizations to recruit and hold on to skilled workers, ultimately ensuring better economic outcomes.

Family Affairs, Children & Youth : A selection of our services

Data Analyses

We evaluate official statistics and representative data sets to ensure a reliable basis for political decisions. In Germany, the Micro Census and the Socio Economic Panel (SOEP) are proven starting points for our analyses.

Micro Simulation Model

We use our Micro Simulation Model to illustrate the economic effects of changes in tax and transfer systems on different family types.

Data Gathering

We use data gathered by ourselves to provide insight into issues of family policy. We carry out surveys of families, businesses, youth welfare offices and other stakeholders of family policy.


We regularly evaluate different measures of family policy, federal and regional family political programs – using the quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research.  

Modelling of Skilled Labour Development

Skill development in early childhood education: Based on our own model, we show how the main determinants of supply and demand of skilled labour will evolve in the medium term.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Vater hält die Hand eines kleinen Kindes, im Hintergrund Bäume und Sonnenschein

ZDF Deutschland-Studie 2019


Im Auftrag des ZDF haben wir die äußeren Lebensumstände für Familien, Seniorinnen und Senioren in den 401 Kreisen und kreisfreien Städten Deutschlands untersucht.

Älterer Mann mit Gehstock läuft mit Pflegekraft auf der Wiese, am Rand steht ein Rollstuhl



The aging of the German population will lead to a further increase in

Blick auf eine Stadt von oben

ZDF Deutschland-Studie 2018


Where is the best place to live in Germany? Prognos investigated this question on behalf of ZDFzeit.

Personen überqueren einen Zebrastreifen in der Stadt

Learning from the world: handling of cultural diversity


How can living together in cultural diversity succeed? On the occasion of the award of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018, Prognos was commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung to conduct international good-practice research on this question.

Kleiner Roboter hilft bei der Tomatenernte

Society 5.0


Implications of digitalisation for areas of life like work, health and mobility – that is the topic of “Society 5.0,” the short study carried out by Capgemini and Prognos.

Projekte und Studien

Pension Perspectives 2040


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Your contact at Prognos

Dr. David Juncke

Principal, Leitung Familienpolitik

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Dr. Dagmar Weßler-Poßberg

Principal, Themenfeldleitung Gesellschaftspolitik

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Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

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